DID3104 - Arts education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course seeks to advance understandings of arts education research and pedagogies. The aim of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of different theories, views on learning and teaching and research methodologies with arts education. The module extends candidates’ understandings of different views of pedagogies and research in arts education. The course enhances comprehension, articulation and critical engagement with key views on art, learning and teaching in the arts and research, and how different views influence practices and research within arts education. Course activities explore current methodologies, practices and theories in arts, arts pedagogies and arts education. Candidates investigate arts as social change, how they carry and share their own histories, and own and others’ ways of articulating arts education knowledge. Candidates engage in inquiry led peer review and support between students and teachers, fostering the development of a learning community.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes


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 diverse views and values of the arts in theory, practice, teaching and learning, and research.
  • has advanced knowledge about art as social change, in theory and practice
  • thoroughly understands the key ideas behind the theories, pedagogies and methodologies presented.


The candidate

  • can confidently and critically explore different views, values, theories and methodologies in arts education and arts education research
  • can confidently and critically present diverse views on arts education pedagogies and research.
  • can examine the theoretical and methodological options available and how they might inform choices during teaching, and the research and writing processes in arts education.

General competence

The candidate

  • is capable of supporting inquiry led student peer review processes.
  • can analyse and apply current theory and methodologies on arts education practice, writing and research in order to contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.
  • can disseminate a diverse range of approaches and understandings to arts education research, practice 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
  • Case study
  • Reading, creating, analysis, and peer discourse
  • Written and multimodal expression, with self and peer review
  • Self-directed learning though independent projects
  • Constructing a learning community of practice with fellow students

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. The organization of collaboration with and research at these institutions must be arranged by the students themselves.

Compulsory activities

There are four 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. Case study

2. Annotated bibliography

3. Pecha kucha presentation

4. Participation during intensive seminars: Participation is required to be 75%.

Compulsory assignments

  • Case study
  • Annotiated bibliography
  • Participation in teaching 75%
  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

There are two parts within one assessment as the examination for this course. In order to submit the assessment, the compulsory activities must be passed. The two parts within one assessment are as follows:

  • A multimodal blog post of a publishable standard.
  • An academic essay (10-12 pages)

Both parts are to be examined together, with one grade given.

The assessment scale will be through the letter grade scale A-F, where the grades A-E means pass and F means failed.

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

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. 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 2021
MGLU4219 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
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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