A single-semester paper representing half of ARTH 490 (normally taken by approved students in the second semester and again in the first semester of the following year).
One of the most important elements of the honours degree and postgraduate diploma,
the Art History dissertation involves writing a research thesis of about 20,000 words
on a subject of the student's own choice, based on primary sources. It can focus on
a study of a particular artist or art work or a more thematic examination. The sources
used may be printed or published - or archival - depending on the topic chosen.
The dissertation offers a comprehensive training in research skills and methods and requires you to submit a short thesis based on primary sources that meets professional standards of argument, documentation, and presentation.
The successful completion of one of these projects is regarded as the principal research qualification for those who may wish to proceed to MA study or beyond. Employers seeking evidence of substantial self-discipline also regard completion of these projects highly.
|Subject||Art History and Visual Culture|
|Points||60 points 60 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,646.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$6,528.00|
- 54 300-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points
- ARTH 470, ARTH 491
- Limited to
- BA(Hons), PGDipArts
- Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
View more information about departmental permission.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History and Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Mark Seymour and Professor Takashi Shogimen
- Course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Specific learning objectives of the dissertation include:
- The development of the capacity to work independently
- The refinement of skills in accessing and evaluating information
- The capacity to analyse material in a logical and coherent manner
- The articulation of ideas in the form of an extended academic discourse
- The development of habits of scholarship, in particular the ability to set high standards, to be self-critical, to critique sources, and to prepare and present material of publication standard