DID3102 - Arts education research


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 40/100
Assignment 60/100

Course content

This module seeks to advance masters research that is original, critical, ethical, methodical, informed, and clearly articulated. The aim of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of research methods, practices and scholarship associated with Arts Education, with a clear sense of how these approaches might be applied within masters research projects. The module further aims to enhance candidate confidence, creativity and flexibility in the articulation of evidenced-based arguments, so that new knowledge in arts education might be revealed and shared in accessible and innovative ways. Course activities and assessments explore current global theories and practices associated with arts education research. Candidates will investigate how they carry and share their own histories and ways of articulating arts education knowledge in the module. Candidates engage in enquiry led peer review and support, fostering a community of research practice. Candidates engage with practices with a focus on refinement of research writing and presentations through drafting and re-drafting, inside and outside of class time.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate - thoroughly understands research in and with the arts, including and emphasising arts-based, practice-led research as well as theory-driven, critical and decolonial research. - has advanced knowledge of arts as social change in theory and practice. - thoroughly understands the key ideas behind the theories and methods presented, and can thoroughly apply these independently in research and writing. Skills, the candidate - can confidently plan and conduct a masters level research project. - can confidently present research and writing for masters examination. - can examine the theoretical options available and how they might inform choices during the research and writing processes. General competence, the candidate - is capable of supporting enquiry led peer review processes. - can analyse and apply current theory on arts education writing and research in order to contribute to new thinking and innovation processes. - can disseminate a diverse range of approaches to arts education research and writing. - can apply their knowledge in new areas in order to carry out advanced projects in arts education.

Learning methods and activities

Learning methods The teaching is organized as 4 intensive seminars at campus in Trondheim. Candidates will learn through the following methods: • Exploring conceptual dispositions • Reading, analysis, and peer discourse • Written expression, with self and peer review • Self-directed learning though independent projects • Constructing a community of practice Diverse sites for learning might be used during this course, which might include visits to urban or nature outdoors spaces as well as to different arts (educational) institutions like performance venues, museums, cinemas or concert halls. Possible entrance fees will be paid for by Department for Teacher Education. Students’ collaborations with different arts educational institutions will be encouraged. Compulsory activities There are five compulsory activities in this course. These compulsory activities must be approved in order to be able to deliver the examination assignments. They are as follows: 1. (individual): Pecha kucha presentation This pecha kucha presentation focuses on a specific research method used within arts education. 2. (individual): Short essay developing a research question This essay offers an overview of the main research question candidates wish to explore within their proposed master’s study. 3. (individual): Annotated bibliography This annotated bibliography gathers scholarly writings pertaining to the candidates own research query. 4. (individual): Presentation of the master’s research proposal This presentation provides the candidates with the opportunity to share their proposed research and gain feedback from their peers and relevant staff. 5. (individual): Participation during seminars on campus. In order to complete the compulsory activities on-site participation during the intensive seminar weeks is necessary. Participation at the presentation day is 100 % compulsory. Participation at other seminar days 75 %. Other relevant information Self-directed learning though independent projects in this course will require collaboration with self-chosen institutions relevant for arts education. The organization of collaboration with and research at these institutions must be arranged by the students themselves.

Compulsory assignments

  • Pecha kucha presentation
  • Short essay developing a research question
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Presentation of the master’s research proposal
  • Participation during seminars on campus

Further on evaluation

There are two assessments as the examination for this course. In order to submit these assessments, the compulsory activities must be passed. The two assessments are as follows: - Literature review (focused on a particular research query) (10-12 pages) 60% - Written research proposal (7-10 pages) for the Master’s thesis 40% The assessment scale will be through the letter grade scale A-F, where the grades A-E means pass and F means failed. Both forms of assessment must be passed in order to pass the course. If one part is failed, only this part must be taken again in order to pass the course. If a student wishes to improve the assessment result, it is possible to take only one of the parts again.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The teaching materials required for this course are as follows: - Curriculum summary - Course reader including current global theories associated with arts education research with literature choices in English and Nordic languages. There will be different reading choices, but the readings list will be advised by and must be approved by the course coordinator. A preliminary reading list will be posted on NTNU’s digital learning platform blackboard prior to the start of the course. - Different arts materials as required and as available at ILU, NTNU. ILU will not cover the costs of other materials.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EDU3075 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
MGLU4219 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
DID3105 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Aesthetic Studies
  • Pedagogical knowledge
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 40/100





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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