DID3106 - Arts Education as Practice-led and Artful Inquiry


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Theory-infused reflection text 40/100
Performance lecture 60/100 20 minutes

Course content

This course qualifies candidates to approach arts educational teaching, planning and research through artistic 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, crossovers between them, and in artful approaches to learning on other subjects. Improvisation and dramaturgical thinking as key educational skills in teaching in the arts will be emphasised, but also choreography, music composition and visual design as educational resource will be explored. Performative research, with practice-led and post-qualitative approaches, will be emphasised as ways of doing research with the arts. The candidate will develop communicative, collaborative and pedagogical skills and knowledge within a broad and participatory arts educational field, as well as knowledge of how to engage creatively and artfully with different populations and individuals in different educational contexts, in a way where difference is understood as a value.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has thorough knowledge about improvisation and dramaturgical thinking as key educational skills in teaching in the arts
  • has advanced knowledge about practice-led and performative inquiry as ways of doing research with the arts
  • has advanced knowledge of how to engage creatively, artfully and in empowering ways with different populations and individuals in different educational contexts.


The candidate  

  • can creatively and critically plan, carry out, evaluate and present teaching with the help of improvisation and dramaturgical thinking
  • can investigate, a master’s level, analytical question through practice-led inquiry.
  • can use difference and community as a central value for planning, carrying out and developing arts education practises.
  • can use communicative and educational skills on an advanced level within a broad and participatory arts educational field.

General competence

The candidate

  • can constructively contribute in enquiry led student peer review processes.
  • can apply their knowledge in new areas in order to carry out explorative and creative projects in arts education.

Learning methods and activities

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

Candidates will learn through the following methods:

  • Workshops, collaborations, and constructing a community of practice
  • Reading, analysis, writing and peer discourse 
  • Planning and carrying out own arts educational project in collaboration with a self-chosen arts/arts education institution.
  • Self-directed learning 
  • Artful presentations and performance lectures

Self-directed learning through an independent project in this course will require collaboration with a self-chosen institution relevant for arts education. The organization of collaboration with and research at this institution must be arranged by the students themselves. 

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:

  •  Practice-based but theory-infused presentation
  • Artful and verbal presentation of own practical arts educational teaching session at a self-chosen institution.
  • Theory-infused written lesson plan.
  •  Participation during intensive seminars 75 %.

All compulsory activities must be approved in order to take the examination for this course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Practice-based but theory-infused presentation
  • Artful and verbal presentation
  • Theory-infused written lesson plan
  • Participation during seminars 75 %

Further on evaluation

The examination for this course consist of two components:

  • Performance lecture about arts education as practice-led and artful inquiry (60%).
  • Theory-infused reflection text (5 pages) presenting the pedagogical and artistic ideas, values and methods used in the performance lecture (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 components 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

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

Required previous knowledge


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
EDU3078 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
DID3101 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 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Theory-infused reflection text 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Performance lecture (1) 60/100 2021-11-29
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.
  • 1) Eksamensdato: 29.11.2021. Du vil få tildelt individuelt oppmøtetidspunkt senere.

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