Module Title:Thesis
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 20
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Tutorials, seminars, independent learning.
Module Aim: Students are expected to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the subject. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in support of the subject and project aims. The aims of this subject are: • To equip the student with the necessary skills and conceptual awareness to research and execute an academic thesis in a fully professional manner. • To show original and critical thinking about their chosen subject, question or hypothesis. • To encourage students to make connections between their studio work and their thesis research topic. • To give emphasis to the importance of critical engagement, historical specificity and discursive debate in contemporary culture. • To develop the individual student’s ability to express complex ideas through verbal form. DISSERTATION PRESENTATION: The dissertation must be presented on A4 paper and two hard bound copies submitted for assessment. Student’s name and dissertation title to appear in gold lettering on the cover and spine of the black binding. The text must be word processed, double spaced in 10pt or 12pt font size with adequate margins (no less than 3cm all the way around) on one side of the paper only. There must be a 200 word summary accompanying the dissertation presented on a separate sheet of paper. Dissertations must be presented by the agreed submission date. Late submissions in the Award Year will automatically fail. Reading lists are created by the student in consultation with staff.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge, scholarship and understanding of a specific contemporary debate(s) in the field(s) of art and design history/criticism, film theory/criticism, visual culture studies, community based learning etc.
LO2 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and in-depth engagement with key moments in their research field that hold relevance to contemporary debates
LO3 Be able to present through a sustained piece of writing, an in-depth exploration of a theme or subject demonstrating independent and critical analysis in their findings and conclusion.
LO4 Be able to use advanced research methods including online research, accessing visual art archives and using index cards etc.
LO5 Be able to write an academic thesis in a clear and comprehensible manner with illustrations, complete footnotes, appendices and bibliography
LO6 Demonstrate evidence of a critical and contextual reflection on visual art/ visual culture and criticism
LO7 Be able to learn from experiences in different contexts and participate in professional forums/symposiums
LO8 Be able to integrate the subject and theme of the dissertation with their final project.
LO9 Be able to time manage and meet deadlines.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Thesis Subject
In this subject students reflect on their learning in years 1-3 and devise their own research project and present a research proposal/rationale for their thesis. The proposal should include An outline of their topic, question or argument. A review /survey of relevant academic literature. A plan of execution and single methodology with defined targets of development. Details of primary research and data collection where appropriate. The award year will consist of group and individual tutorials as well as focused research. Students are assigned a tutor who supervises and supports their research project. Tutors will meet students in the stages of research, draft and final phase of written work. Relevant areas of research, academic reference, lay out, structure, original material, referencing, management in time and in essay content will be established. Guidelines on when each stage of the dissertation is due will be clearly shown. In addition to the above the award student is encouraged to attend seminars, external specialist lectures and symposia around Ireland. A week after their submission students are asked to make a 15 minute presentation about their research to the class, tutors and all years.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Proposal/Rationale, literature survey: 2000 words: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 20.00 Sem 1 End
Project Thesis: Word count 6,500-8,000 words. A dissertation is a sustained piece of writing where a subject or theme is explored in depth. The evidence presented in the dissertation is documented in the footnotes and bibliography. Supplementary material may also be included in appendices. The dissertation must be presented on A4 paper and two hard bound copies submitted for assessment. Student’s name and dissertation title to appear in gold lettering on the cover and spine of the black binding. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 70.00 n/a
Project Presentation: 15 minutes illustrated: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 10.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 2.00
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 4.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 4 Mandatory