BK1162 - Lensbased Art Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Works
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Works 100/100

Course content

This course introduces students first to practices from the early stages of photography, its context and materiality. Central are the means of experimentation and economic and scientific components in the history of photography evolving.  In close collaboration with the workshops resources and possibilities this is a practical and practice oriented course. Acquiring the understanding of processes and instruments, temporal and special perspectives of lense-based approaches in art crucially sparks from the darkroom. From there it hoovers and connects to challenges of representation, refraction and components of the image in various render.      The hands on production is key and can expand over working with for example stock photos to satellite images or multispecies approaches for example in an ethical and experimental way.  

Learning outcome

When finishing the course the student:

  • The student knows  tendencies and selected elements of photographic art and history.  
  • The student has hands on knowledge and can develop tools for lens based artistic production.  
  • The student knows methods of dissemination of lens-based production inside and outside the academy.  

Learning methods and activities

Practical structured exercises in the group and workshops evolve around the work in the darkroom: developing and printing on various analogue and digital materials using various techniques including for example camera obscura and quantum physics laser technology. The basic exercises will involve the classical apparatus, the film and photostudio, light as material and different printing and mapping strategies. This will include collective work, digital and analogue as well as two and three dimensional formats. With archival practices as a component to the more advanced algorithmical challenges concepts and contexts will be discussed and physically explored with collective tasks assignments and fieldtrips backed up from lectures. Geopolitical and ecological aspects are for example highlightened as the background and necessities of contemporary approaches are in the centre. This will be engaged in exhibition and exhibition visits, artist talks and fieldtrips as well as assignments and documentation methods. 

Specific conditions

The course will be cancelled in case of not enough students have signed up.

Approved compulsory assignments are valid in the current semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in course activities
  • Workshop assignment
  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

  • Assessment of artistic progression by presentation or submission of work produced in the course or documentation hereof.
  • Documentation: Sufficient visual, audiovisual, written or other documentation of activities, proces and results in order to represent development of the work and/or project in the course.
  • Postponed evaluation will be held in the next semester.

Specific conditions


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Fine Art
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Trondheim Academy of Fine Art


Examination arrangement: Works

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Works 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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