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 one-year 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 contemporary 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.
The programme focuses on tradition, innovation and relevant questions, and explores how these 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 programme emphasizes critical reflection with regards to art and art education, and the students will practice various forms of art education strategies through mediation workshops and other workshops.
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.
On completion of the programme, the candidate:
Relevant forms of teaching include hands-on teaching, lectures, projects, practical and theoretical individual counselling, seminars and subject-related debates. There will be arranged guest lectures, excursions, visits to regional artists studios and voluntary field trips. Collaborative presentations and exhibits will create the foundation for discussion and assessment of the students work and will serve as a method to develop the student's professional reflection.
The digital content management system Canvas is used as a method of communication for the study programme.
Parts of the lecturing in the courses are mandatory due to the large share of teaching within specific techniques, tool and machine use. The students will be part of collective creative processes that require attendance. See individual course descriptions.
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 emphasises 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 faculty will facilitate the possibility to see both domestic and international contemporary art through voluntary study tours.
Faculty of Fine Arts