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Independent Study Project in Asian Art History

Course Dates

This course is available in-person and online each term. We would recommend you take this course alongside your third and final twelve-week module to complete the Postgraduate Diploma. However, you can also opt to complete it in a future term, so long as you complete within the required four academic years of enrollment.


Course Synopsis

The Independent Study Project in Asian Art History allows you to develop a focused project on a single topic in Asian Art history. You will consolidate the skills and approaches you have developed throughout your programme, by applying them to a single output. Your output can be an essay (3000 words), an exhibition proposal with selected object catalogue entries (3000 words), an extended presentation (30 mins), or a guided tour of a museum gallery (20 mins). You will work with a supervisor to select a topic, develop a formative proposal, select and appraise appropriate sources, and research and deliver your final output. This is an opportunity for you to pursue a singular, focused passion, communicating and consolidating your understanding, passion and critical engagement with the content of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art History programme.


Course Delivery

The Independent Study Project in Asian Art History includes five workshops that help you conceive, focus and develop your project, and six 30 minute 1-1 meetings with your supervisor.



·       Annotated bibliography, 500 words (10%)

·       Final submission (3000 words or 30 minute presentation) (90%)


Further Information

You will be required to complete this course, as well as Analysing and Exploring the Arts, in order to receive either a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate award. Both supporting courses are included within the module fee. You do not need to pay any additional fees to enroll on these courses. Those seeking a Postgraduate Certificate award can complete one core module and both supporting courses within one term if this is their preference.


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