Course - Master thesis in arts education - DID3910
DID3910 - Master thesis in arts education
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
This course consists of work with the Masters thesis. The Masters thesis is an independent academic research project that is original, critical, ethical, methodical, informed, and clearly articulated, connected to an arts educational theme. The research project can be theory driven or practice-led, but the result that will be evaluated is a written Masters thesis. The Masters thesis can be designed as a monograph or as a collection of two articles with a synthesis. Supervision is an important element of the work with the masters thesis, and supervision is a compulsory part of the course.
Knowledge, the candidate
has advanced and independent knowledge in methodological, ethical and critical research work in arts education
- has advanced knowledge about working with a clear research question within arts education
has thorough knowledge about academic writing and presentation
has advanced knowledge about different, written and multimodal possibilities in arts educational academic formats
Skills, the candidate
can confidently conduct and present a Masters level research project
can confidently present research findings and theorize around practice-led or theory-driven research through academic writing on Masters level
can choose among available theoretical options, read research material with theory and critically reflect around how theory informs choices during the research and writing processes
can use referencing systems in accordance with recognized standards
can find and critically evaluate information in analogue and digital resources
General competence, the candidate
is capable of utilizing supervision
has thorough competence in dialoguing with others about own research results, as well as defending own work
can analyse and apply current theory on arts education in order to contribute to new thinking and innovation processes on an advanced level
can apply her/his knowledge about arts education in order to strengthen, develop and work innovatively the role and value of the arts in new areas on a broad educational and societal field
Learning methods and activities
The masters thesis can be written individually or in pairs.
The learning methods consists of:
- Independent individual work or in couples under supervision. Supervision can take place individually or in groups.
- Two verbal presentations of the masters project in-process including opposition of peer students masters projects in-process, midway and towards the end of the process.
All students must read, understand, and sign a written agreement that regulates the masters thesis process. The agreement confirms that a supervision relation is established, that the theme is approved by the supervisor and that the parts (student, supervisor and department) know, understand and have accepted the regulations stated in the agreement.
Students collaborations with different arts educational institutions will be encouraged. The organization of collaboration with and research at institutions relevant for the own master project must be arranged by the students themselves.
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: Supervision
Compulsory activity 2: Participation at midway seminar. Verbal presentation of the master project in-process including opposition of peer students master projects in-process. The written master thesis in-progress must be delivered to a peer-student and the supervisor before the midways seminar.
Compulsory activity 3: Participation at a final process seminar. Verbal presentation of the master project in-process including opposition of peer students master projects in-process. The written master thesis in-progress must be delivered to a peer-student and the supervisor before the final process seminar.
All compulsory activities will be assigned with approved/not approved and must all be approved before submitting the thesis for assessment.
Other relevant information
The organization of collaboration with and research at institutions relevant for the own master project must be arranged by the students themselves.
- Participation at midway seminar
- Participation at a final process seminar
Further on evaluation
Form of assessment and grading scale
The written masters thesis is assessed as examination for this course.
The master thesis shall be written in accordance to guidelines in line with ILU requirements as supplied by the course coordinator.
The master thesis is assessed through the letter grade scale A-F, where the grades A-E means pass and F means failed.
Students who write the masters thesis in pairs receive a joint grade for the master thesis.
Limited admission to classes.
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that all other modules on the study program Master in Arts Education are fulfilled and passed before or parallel to this subject.
Required previous knowledge
The subject is restricted to candidates that have received study right to the programme Master in Arts Education.
The compulsory activities in DID3101 Participatory arts teaching and learning, DID3102 Arts Education Research and DID3103 Artistic practice, knowledge and research must be approved in order to be able to register for this course.
All subjects in the study programme Master in Arts Education must be passed before the masters thesis can be submitted for assessment.
The teaching materials required for this course are as follows:
Course reader including current global theories associated with arts education research with literature choices in English and Nordic languages. Readings list will be advised by the students supervisor.
Different arts materials as required and as available at ILU, NTNU. ILU will not cover the costs of other materials.
Credits: 45.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Aesthetic Studies
- Pedagogical knowledge
- * 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"