DID3105 - Arts Education Research


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

In this course candidates navigate the field of arts education research, and to develop a project description for their own master’s thesis. This module seeks to advance master’s research that is original, critical, ethical, methodical, informed, and clearly articulated. The course further aims to enhance candidate confidence, creativity, and ability to critically assess arts education research. Throughout the course the candidates will experience how arts education research can develop, be shared and contribute to processes of change. Course activities and assessments explore current theories and practices associated with arts education research. The candidates engage in inquiry led peer review and support, fostering a community of research practice. The candidates gain experience in presenting and developing their own research ideas and designs throughout the course. 

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes


The candidate

  • thoroughly understands research methodologies 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 theories and methods in arts education research presented 


The candidate can

  • confidently plan a masters level research project
  • confidently present own master research in written, verbal and multimodal ways
  • argue for methodological choices in their own master’s proposal
  • examine the methodological 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 engage with current methodologies and theories within arts education research
  • can disseminate a diverse range of approaches to arts education research and writing.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is organized as 4 intensive seminars at campus in Trondheim.   

Candidates will learn through the following methods:

  • Reading, analysis, and peer discourse 
  • Develop own master’s project design
  • Self-directed learning 
  • 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. 


Compulsory activities

There are four compulsory activities in this course. They are as follows:

  • 1 (individual): Presentation of an examined master’s thesis with a focus on the methodology
  •  2 (individual): Reflection statement based on a methodological approach 
  • 3 (individual): Presentation of a master’s research design through an academic poster
  • 4 (individual): Participation in teaching is 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. 

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation
  • Reflection statement
  • Presentation
  • Participation in teaching is 75%

Further on evaluation

Written research proposal (8-10 pages) for the Master’s thesis. 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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Education (MDID)

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
DID3102 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 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: Assignment

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