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Academic Skills II (Art History): Searching and Processing Information, Writing and Oral Presentation


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History.


The course is a first step towards doing independent art historical research and acquiring the skill of presenting/publishing research outcomes. Students explore a research topic from the list of topics on the Blackboard course module, that they themselves supplement with relevant materials found in literature search. The course is aimed at acquiring academic skills, focussed on both oral and written presentation of information. All relevant steps in scholarly research are included: searching for literature, managing references, preparing a research proposal, formulating a research question, organizing relevant resources, presenting in the form of an oral report and writing Of a scientific text, including literature and notes.

The skills acquired in the seminar sessions are tested on site, by visiting artworks and architecture in the museums and the urban context of Hamburg or another important cultural centre in Europe.

Two seminar sessions will be organised by the Expertise Centre for Academic Skills, where the topics are:

  • Research skills: argumentation.

  • Oral presentation skills: presentation techniques and effective use of presentation software (Powerpoint).

Course Objectives

  • Basic practical knowledge of doing art historical research, writing and presenting, as required for studying works of art, architecture and design on an academic level.

  • Under guidance of a tutor, you can formulate a research question on a specific artwork/artifact or art historical topic.

  • Being able to conduct literature research in relation to a research question, i.e. being able to trace the literature and other resources relevant to the question.

  • Being capable of recognising and using the types of argumentation in speeches and texts.

  • Knowing how to present a research question and the argumentation related to that in an oral presentation for a group of peers for up to 10 minutes, with effective use of presentation techniques (Powerpoint).

  • Knowing how to present a research question and the related argumentation in writing; i.e. in a research proposal and 2500-word paper, excluding notes and literature.

  • Being able to do reference management on an academic level.



Spring semester: Monday 9-11 hrs (group A) / Monday 11-13 hrs (group B) / Wednesday 9-11 hrs (Groep E) [DRAFT]


Spring semester: Tuesday 19-21 hrs (Group C and D) [DRAFT]

Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable BA Art History on the Arts, Media and Society website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Excursion

Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations 2017-2018.

Course Load

Course load in summary: 5 ects (140 hrs)

28 hrs: 12+2 seminar sessions on academic skills
14 hrs: preparing of a short oral presentation
18 hrs: literature research and preparation of an interim report
24 hrs: excursion (Friday - Sunday)
56 hrs: preparing and writing a final paper, based on feedback of the tutors —-
140 hrs

Assessment method

The final grade will be determined by means of weighing 3 components:

  • Assignment 1 (15%): research proposal, literature research report and other interim assignments.

  • Assignment 2 (15%): oral presentation.

  • Assignment 3 (70%): final paper of approximately 2500 words, excluding notes and references.

  • Active participation in the excursion and the seminars organised by the Expertise Centre for Academic Skills counts as a practical exercise (and is therefore mandatory).

Compensation: The weighted average over all assignments needs to be 6.0 or higher. Grades of at least 5.0 may be compensated by the other grades in order to pass the course. For the final paper a grade below 6.0 is not allowed.

Re-sit: one re-sit per insufficient mark. An alternative assignment may be formulated for the oral presentation and participating in the excursion.

Exam review: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for announcements, course materials and communication.


The literature will be announced on Blackboard.


Via uSis.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la Carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


A.K.C. (Arthur) Crucq MA (coördinator)

Or send an e-mail to the study cooridnator of the BA Arts, Media and Society


  • A short excursion (Friday evening - Sunday morning) is part of the program.

  • The excursion requires good conditions.

  • Please note that the cost of the excursion amounts to a total of EURO 175,- to 200,-

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is part of the additional requirements regarding components that have to be completed for the first (positive) binding study advice. This means that the student should have passed this course in order to be able to continue in the programme. See the programme-specific part of the Course and Examination Regulations 2017-2018.