BK2453 - Critical Reflection and Writing in Context


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

This course takes its starting point with the notion, that reflection and context are key to face the challenges of todays mulitple and diverse contemporary artistic practices. As contemporary artist understanding the context of the practice and its implications is as necessary as the medias and materials that shape the work.  

Context is the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event, object or phenomenon. In the field of contemporary art every artist is a context analyst and at the same time a context producer - whether we like it or not. In the course the student will be looking into, learning from and developing the frames that surround and contextualize artistic practice. Everything from the title, bio, cv, portfolios, applications, documentation represent and format the artistic work and practice, as does the specific and general, societal, historical and political backgrounds. 

Critically reflecting through analysis and writing is essential to the development of the aesthetic potential, and help build a sustainable framework for the artistic practice. Critical writing skills are also a necessity when applying for funding, positions or collaborations, presenting projects, writing texts for press releases and likewise. But most importantly writing and reflection are essential and powerfull tools when developing and expanding a sustainable artistic practice.

Learning outcome

When finishing the course the student will be able to:

  • Develop critical writing skills through reading, analysis and writing assignments. 
  • Analyse and identify contextual characteristics of contemporary art practices in relation to creating aesthetic experiences
  • Be able to apply contextual understanding to individual artistic practice 
  • Support development artistic projects with writing 

Learning methods and activities

The core learning activities are based on assignments reflecting directly on the artistic work and the writing of the students as well as mapping both historic and contemporary case-studies. Lectures, guest talks, student presentations, group discussions as well as writing and analytical assignments inform the course environment. Student active participation is key to the success in so far as the course material is shaped by the emerging artistic practices of the students.

Further on evaluation

Students will be assessed in assignments during the course:

  • Written assignments - such as context analysis, press release, application outline text.
  • Presentation in class of case studies
  • Postponed exams /new exam will be held in the next exam period.
  • All learning activities require a mandatory 80% attendance.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Bachelor of Fine Art (BBK)

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: 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: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 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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