BK3198 - Key Concepts of Art Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Works
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Works 100/100

Course content

The course concentrates on the role of theory and criticism in the context of contemporary art. It provides an introduction to art theory and experiments and plays with a variety of different notions of theoretical praxis. In principle, art theory is understood as “the art of seeing art”. Rather than with an identifiable body of knowledge, the course operates as an open and flexible collaborative learning environment. It introduces and critically examines key concepts of contemporary art theory and explores their impact on the major movements in visual art from the early 20th century to the present day.

Learning outcome

This course is constructed towards developing a methodology, couched in the proposition of contemporary theory, artworks and artefacts of visual culture. The students can reflect on and articulate the significance of art in relation to media and digital culture. The student has knowledge of the artistic theories and methods in the field of contemporary art and can use relevant methods for research and artistic development work.

Learning methods and activities

Based on the methodology of problem-based learning a variety of different formats is employed: Reading groups, lectures and presentations, artist’s films and documentaries, studio visits, tutorials, one-to-one conversations, exhibiting, blogging, joint archiving and collective small-scale research projects. Students will be asked to co-host teaching sessions and re-visit texts of the curriculum in a joint project.

Additional information will be provided at the start of the semester.

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
  • Assignment

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 valuation will be held in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Fine Art (MFA)
Industrial Design Engineering (MTDESIG)


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

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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