Things to Consider Before Choosing a Topic for Art Thesis

Monday, October 26, 2009

Art is an extremely interesting subject to study. And if you are someone who is passionate about it, you will find it even more interesting to study it as a subject. It is one of those subjects which can be looked at and handled as a hobby even when you are writing an essay, term paper or a research paper on it. Many students choose it as a subject for their thesis because of their interest in art but preparing an art thesis is not exactly an easy job.

Most people are capable of appreciating an artwork and its intricacies. And many, who are collectors of famous works of art, can tell you quite a lot about the subject. But that will not be enough to study art as a subject and do a research on it. Interest in the subject will be most necessary for the purpose but interest alone will not be able to see you through the difficult task of preparing an art thesis.

There is a lot more to art than what strikes you from outside. To decide on the topic for your art thesis, you will have to first choose a work to write on and then decide what argument you can place. If it is a famous work then you must make sure that the topic you wish to argue about is available because most of the famous works get researched on very often. Your interpretation of the work should not, accidentally, be the same as any of those which have been researched on and proved by other researchers.

Interpreting someone else’s work is very easy when you are not obliged to prove anything. But when you are expected to prove whatever you say, it is a totally different matter. So make sure that the view you take on the work is something you can prove. The level of difficulty you choose should be according to how much effort you are willing to put in and how much pressure you can handle. You should also consider how much time you have been allotted for the task.

Another important thing to check before finalizing the topic is whether the work you wish to choose is easily accessible to you. Some subjects can be researched on with the help of existing information. But art is not one of them. To be able to interpret a work, you will most certainly have to see it more than once and be able to spend at least a few hours with it. If you can manage that, the rest can be done with the help of existing sources. Most of the famous works will be preserved in museums and the entry will be restricted. Hence you should make sure that the entry timings suit you and also that you will get as much time as you need for the purpose.

If you have chosen a topic that suits you well, preparing an art thesis can be a very interesting and exciting experience. If you are not sure of what to choose, you should consult someone who can help you with your decision. What matters most is that you get to enjoy what you do, thus making sure that your thesis turns out interesting and impressive.

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