Thinking and acting as a cultural critic, that is to say applying a reflective and critical approach to society through its past and present cultural and artistic output, is the main objective which students of the Master  in History of Art and Archaeology : General are called upon to achieve.
In this way, at the end of their programme, s students will have an active and integrated expert understanding of a select corpus of disciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge (awareness, terminology, issues, methods, conceptual frameworks) which is indispensable in order for them to become professionals in the different fields of archaeology and the history of art.
Students will be able to study and analyse a work or an object, a corpus, a site or a particular theme and undertake personal, objective and methodical research dealing with a significant quantity of information in accordance with disciplinary methods and by using a systematic and rigorous approach. Students will demonstrate the capacity to define a research subject and pose a research question, and will show their ability to focus upon a given question on the basis of quality heuristics and by using the principles of documentary criticism. Students will learn to operate independently by managing research and an individual project, and more generally by keeping their knowledge updated.
The CP ARKE thereby wishes to train actors who are receptive to the cultural and socio-professional worlds and who are capable of understanding those worlds and integrating into them easily and efficiently.
On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :
1. Think and act as a cultural critic: Apply a reflective and critical approach to society through its past and present cultural and artistic output.
1.1. Be an active citizen who is conscious of the global and socio-cultural issues at play in the examination of human output from the past and the present, by understanding their position in a complex socio-cultural and historical network;
1.2. Encourage society to understand the importance of its material and audio output by making it aware of the conservation and development of its heritage, while being open to artistic manifestations of modern cultures;
1.3. Demonstrate intellectual independence in reasoning, apply a critical eye to both material and intellectual output over a wide variety of collections (typological, chronological, geographical, etc.);
1.4. Think and act in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way by being open to other conceptual and methodological frameworks with a view not only to gathering knowledge but also to being able to form hypotheses themselves.
2. Mastery of knowledge: Attain an active and integrated expert understanding of a select corpus of disciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge (awareness, terminology, issues, methods, conceptual frameworks) which is indispensable in order to become an expert in the different fields of archaeology and the history of art.
2.1. Attain an expert grounding in various fields of archaeology and the history of art;
2.2. Attain specialist knowledge in either of the specific fields;
2.3. Starting from the basis of the knowledge acquired, contribute to the development of new hypotheses in the fields of archaeology and the history of art, in connection with professional practice in these fields.
3. Apply disciplinary methodologies: Study and analyse a work or an object, a corpus, a site, or a complex issue by calling upon archaeological and history of art methodologies and improving their critical eye.
3.1. Study a work or an object, a site, or a particular corpus using formal, technical, iconographical and iconological analysis methods employing different disciplinary approaches ;
3.2. Be capable of relocating the above in their historical and socio-cultural context and understanding the interactions and challenges affecting them ;
3.3. Reflect upon the contribution of new methods and develop these methods with a view to adapting them to various different situations.
4. Carry out research using a scientific approach: Successfully complete an original, individual research assignment dealing with a significant and varied quantity of data, using a rigorous and systematic approach.
4.1. Develop and deal with specific issues surrounding a given subject. Demonstrate clear and structured reasoning by applying and, where necessary, adapting the conceptual frameworks provided;
4.2. Carry out documentary research on a subject: collate a large quantity of data (secondary and primary sources) and select those that are most relevant;
4.3. Analyse a significant quantity of data: describe, organise and summarise it in a systematic and rigorous manner. Criticise and challenge the documents;
4.4. Examine the body of data in a relevant manner: apply disciplinary methodologies to it while also reviewing it using their own reflective and critical eye, developing a new, individual assignment relating to that issue;
4.5. Communicate the results of their research in a scientific and pedagogic manner.
5. Independently manage their work and developmental path: Demonstrate independence in managing a research project and an individual project, and more generally by keeping their knowledge updated.
5.1. Independently manage a research assignment using a scientific approach and employing the knowledge acquired in preparing questions relating to specific issues or research topics, including those which are multidisciplinary, where appropriate ;
5.2. Plan and manage their own path, making individual choices relating to their training;
5.3. Develop their intellectual curiosity: be interested by and open to developing perspectives and change, both as regards knowledge but also in relation to the methods for mediating that knowledge;
5.4. Conduct their own training: independently manage the acquisition and updating of their knowledge and know-how;
5.5. Manage their time and plan the steps necessary in order to carry out a project.
6. Be receptive to the cultural and socio-professional world: Understand the cultural and socio-professional worlds and integrate into them easily and efficiently.
6.1. Analyse, but also devise, organise and adapt various cultural devices and targeted communications for different audiences;
6.2. Integrate smoothly into a socio-professional environment;
6.3. Forge links and interact with professionals in the worlds of culture and heritage;
6.4. Work effectively as part of a team, adapting and negotiating ways of working.