DID3103 - Artistic practice, knowledge and research


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination and Assignment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

This course qualifies candidates to approach arts educational teaching planning and research questions through creative and collaborative practice. The course focuses on creative processes in arts educational professional learning communities and on developing tools of investigating, structuring and leading in different art forms and cross-overs between them. Impulses will be given from dramaturgy (theatre), choreography (dance), composition (music) and designing (visual arts). In a collaborative creative practice process the candidate will develop communicative and structural skills and an expressive vocabulary within a broad and participatory arts educational field, as well as knowledge of how to engage creatively with different populations and individuals in different educational contexts.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate
- thoroughly understands structural tools and understandings within the arts (in the realms of dramaturgy, choreography, composition, and visual design), and how this can be utilised in teaching.
- has advanced knowledge of of how to engage creatively with different populations and individuals in different educational contexts.

Skills, the candidate
- can confidently investigate a masters level research question through creative and collaborative practice.
- can confidently engage in co-creative teamwork within arts education processes.
- has advanced communicative and structural skills and an expressive vocabulary within a broad and participatory arts educational field.

General competence, the candidate
- is capable of supporting enquiry led peer review processes.
- can disseminate a diverse range of approaches to creative practice in arts education.
- can apply their knowledge in new areas in order to carry out advanced projects in arts education.

Learning methods and activities

Candidates will learn through the following methods:
- Collaborative creative practice as artistic research in groups
- Leading, teaching and participating in arts educational collaborative and participatory creative practices.
- Collaborate with guest teachers from different art fields. Reading and discussing course literature in a collaborative reading group.

Diverse sites for learning will 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 three 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:

Compulsory activity 1 (group): Development of an area of practice
The creation of a clear and relevant problem area that serves as an impulse for teaching planning as creative practice as well as well as practice-led research, created by the collaborative group / the professional learning community that the candidate is part of. The problem area must be informed by literature approved by the course responsible teacher, and read and discussed in the collaborative reading group.

Compulsory activity 2 (group): Development, performing and documentation of creative practice
The development, performing and documentation of a collaborative creative practice around the chosen problem area, shared at a mini-conference arranged by the candidates and course responsible teacher (which is part of the examination form of the course).

Compulsory activity 3 (individual): Peer feedback
Actively give response and formative evaluation to other groups’ collaborative creative practices shared within the mini-conference.

Compulsory activity 4 (individual): Participation during intensive seminars
In order to complete the compulsory activities on-site participation during the intensive seminar weeks is necessary. Participation at performance of group creative practice is compulsory. Participation at other seminar days 75 %.

All compulsory activities will be assigned with approved/not approved and must all be approved in order to take the examinations for this course.

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

  • Development of an area of practice
  • Development, performing and documentation of creative practice
  • Peer feedback
  • Participation during intensive seminars

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:

Creative practice presentation 60%
Presentation of creative practice collectively with the collaborative group in the forum of a mini-conference.

Written paper 40%
Paper presentation in written form (3-4 pages), which will be collected and shared as conference proceedings by the responsible course teacher.

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 up only one of the parts again.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The compulsory activities in DID3102 Arts Education Research must be approved in order to be able to register for this course.

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.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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: Practical examination and Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical examination 60/100
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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