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Guidance and examples for those considering an Arts EE.

EE Research Proposal Guide 2017. Theater Arts EE Example 1. Theater Arts EE Example 2. Theater Arts EE Example 3. Visual arts: Choice of topic. Choice of topic The EE topic may relate to an area of the Diploma Programme visual arts course, but students can also choose to explore other areas of the subject.

Visual arts: Choice of topic

Crucially, the topic must reflect their particular interest and enthusiasm within the visual arts. Sources of ideas may include: the student’s own art-making processes and resolved pieces the student’s visual arts journal. Topics to avoid A topic that a student can answer by summarizing general secondary sources, such as universal art history textbooks and encyclopedias. Visual arts and other subjects The topic must relate directly to the visual arts.

Essays on “green” architecture that focus on technology rather than esthetic considerations would be better submitted under environmental systems and societies. Examples of topics These examples are just for guidance. Research question Once they have chosen their topic, students must frame a focused research question. Visual arts: Treatment of the topic. Treatment of the topic Once they have their research question, students should make a research plan.

Visual arts: Treatment of the topic

Visual arts: Interpreting the assessment criteria. Interpreting the EE assessment criteria Criterion A: Focus and method (Strands: Topic, Research question, Methodology) The EE must be specific and sharply focused on a research question that is well connected to the visual arts.

Visual arts: Interpreting the assessment criteria

In addition to traditional forms of so-called “fine art”, the visual arts should be understood to also include some aspects of architecture, design and contemporary forms of visual culture. Titles must give a clear indication that the research is significant and should not, for example, lead to a simple narrative account of an artist’s life or compare the work of two randomly chosen artists.

While a topic with opportunities for access to original artworks is a good choice, this is not a requirement and students should not shy away from library-based research. Visual Arts EE Example. Music: Subject-specific guidance. Interpreting the EE assessment criteria Criterion A: Focus and method (Strands: Topic, Research question, Methodology) To successfully meet this criterion, students will chose a topic that focuses on analysis, investigation, discussion and evaluation of actual music, that is, musical source material.

Music: Subject-specific guidance

While students may be inspired by their musical encounters and experiences, it is important that the chosen topic is relevant and with a distinct research purpose. The topic is expressed through a clearly stated research question, which is focused and specific without being unduly restrictive to the development of the research study. The essay must outline the methodology that is followed throughout the research. Musical analysis of performances, scores or transcriptions collecting and evaluating data, for example through comparative analysis of: interpretations interviews or questionnaires. Students must refer to secondary sources to place the study into a wider context. Criterion D: Presentation. Music: Subject-specific guidance. Treatment of the topic Musical analysis is the starting point of the investigation, but it is not sufficient for completing the essay successfully.

Music: Subject-specific guidance

Students are also expected to place their analysis in context: to relate their findings to the wider field of music and if possible, to add their own creative perspective. Throughout the EE, their arguments must be supported by findings from their research. Music: Subject-specific guidance. Choice of topic Researching and writing their EE allows students to gain a deeper understanding of music.

Music: Subject-specific guidance

A simple analysis of a piece of music is not enough. Students must also develop critical arguments with the aim of gaining deeper insights into, for example, musical contexts or theory. Their choice of topic must therefore give them scope to do this. Sources of ideas may include: This list is not exhaustive, but is intended for guidance and inspiration. The Diploma Programme music course Performances or concerts Musical cultures students have encountered within their own experience Personal contact with composers or performers Direct involvement in the making of music Recordings (distributed in various forms) Other music that has a particular interest, emotional appeal or specific importance for the student Topics and research questions for students to avoid Research questions that lead to essays that are essentially narrative or descriptive.

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