Visual art is recognized through a wide spectre of expressions, from drawing and painting, crafts, architecture, design, art in public space and art in social relations.
The aim of the bachelor programme is for the students to become acquainted with visual art through explorative practical-aesthetic processes. The programme will expose students to both domestic and international art, as well as art theory and art mediation. These encounters will lead to discussions of the importance of art both for individuals and society.
Contemporary art is art created in our present time that we consider being relevant for the times we are living in. The programme emphasizes community involvement with regards to art practices that are critical, creative and involving. The programme also explores how relevant questions can be given a visual expression through explorative methods of work, as well as through new ideas, concepts and objects.
The programme will facilitate the creation of aesthetic expressions. The students will get experience with various forms of expressions, materials and techniques, both analogue and digital. The lectures will be held in well-equipped workshops as well as other areas such as museums and galleries. The students will have practical training in various cultural institutions, as well as visits from practitioners within the field of art and culture as guest lecturers, securing that the programme is practice basaead and vocational.
The programme emphasizes critical reflection with regards to art and art education, and the students will practice various forms of art education strategies. These strategies apply to dissemination of the student's works as well as others, through producing exhibitions, curating and mediation workshops. A mediation workshop consists of an educational workshop where the students will meet and reflect on art, as well as working with relevant exhibitions at museums or in a collection of art.
Art education takes place in museum and galleries, but also in other contexts where art happens, and the study aims to give the students knowledge of an expanded concept of mediation. The department of Visual Arts and Drama at University of Agder (UiA) collaborates closely with SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (Sørlandet’s Museum of Art), and some of the mediation workshops will be held at the museum.
|1. sem||KF-100-1 Creative and Experimental Processes 30 sp|
|2. sem||KF-101-1 Art and Art Education in Context 30 sp|
|3. sem||KF-102-1 Between Art and Design 20 sp||EX-100-1 Exam Philosophicum 10 sp|
|4. sem||EX-102-1 Examen Facultatum, Humanities 10 sp||KF-103-1 Art Educational Practice 10 sp||KF-200-1 Visual Culture 10 sp|
|5. sem||Exchange or courses at UiA|
|6. sem||KF-201-1 Design of Bachelor’s Thesis 10 sp||KF-300-1 Bachelor´s Thesis 20 sp|
On completion of the programme, the candidate:
Contemporary art is international, and the students will gain knowledge of global art movements.
Throughout an international network and contact with regional collaborators, the students will have an opportunity to experience international contemporary art. The programme emphasizes increasing the student's global awareness. It focuses on international affairs, through themes such as globalization, migration and sustainability. This is made possible by using guest lecturers, visiting exhibits and the range of topics presented through the student's practical work. The students are encouraged to see art in a regional, national and international perspective. The faculty will facilitate the possibility to see both domestic and international contemporary art through voluntary study tours.
Parts of the teaching will be in English, and parts of the curriculum will focus on international perspectives.
The faculty strives to achieve good exchange agreements that also open up for international students coming to UiA. UiA has facilitated for the students to have an option to study at an educational institution abroad in the 5th semester. The students can choose nearly any course within visual art during this semester. It is encouraged to select courses that make their education unique. It is emphasized that the students can choose between educational institutions that have a varied set of profiles. See UiAs web site for information on exchange programs.
UiA will facilitate for incoming exchange students to participate in the course KF-104-1, Site-specific expressions, during the 5th semester. Both the teaching and curriculum in this course will be in English. The international students will partake in the lectures with students already following the progress of the programme. UiA will also facilitate so that exchange students can attend the course TFL111 Beat-culture: Literature and art (10 cr).
The programme may qualify for further studies at Faculty at Fine Arts, the master's degree program, University of Agder, as well as other educational institutions both nationally and internationally.
The student's experiences with art processes and art education practices make the education qualified for work within the culture field, where creative project work and art education are significant.
Combining the bachelor's degree with practical-pedagogical education can qualify the students to teach in secondary school, high school and art schools. For work with teaching in Norwegian secondary or high schools, a supplementary year with Practical-Pedagogical Education is required.
Faculty of Fine Arts