ESTET8863 - Arts Based Research Methodology. Practice-Led Research: Discipline Research and Ways of Human Knowledge


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Arts-based research is a broad term denoting contributions to humanistic knowing, arts production and qualitative research. The course will map current traditions and specifically focus on practice-led/practice-based research by ways of lectures, cases, research workshops and participants own design thinking. The course will teach the epistemology of practice-led research, also related to the European discourse on artistic research and American performative ethnography/arts-based research. The course has two gatherings of each 3 days duration, separated by a period where the participant writes an essay which is relevant to the student’s emphasis on artistic inquiry as empirical activity. The reading list has two parts; a common and contemporary arts-based curriculum (250 p.) and a participant-selected and discipline-specific curriculum (250 p).
The course is developed and run in close relation with an ongoing project on “building democracy through theatre”, including a student from South - Africa. Even if theatre research is predominant, students from other disciplines are welcome to join a united platform for learning and development. Students are requested to participate actively, to prepare minor oral contributions from the reading list as well as writing an essay. The course is given in English.
Please note that if students plan to include this course in their coursework component, it must be preapproved by the head of the student's PhD-programme in cooperation with their supervisor.

Learning outcome

The student
- can understand and explain the epistemological foundations of qualitative, practice-led research methodology.
-is familiar with the diversity of methods within arts-based designs, and specifically within her own discipline.
-is able to instigate a practice-led research process leading to delimited research questions
-is able to select appropriate methods that can serve the process of inquiry
- is able to write about practice-led research in a self-reflexive manner
-is able to delimit and focus on demanding processes
-is able to present studies in a credible, empathetic and ethical manner that qualifies for international peer-reviewed publication in qualitative research journals
General competency
The student
-has developed ethical research competency, including issues of power, advocacy, and participant interaction
-knows how to uncover own pre-understandings, biases and advocacies that affect the research process
- knows how artistic practice contributes to human knowledge
- shows critical thinking as well as aesthetic approaches to research processes

Learning methods and activities

3 days course x 2, with a middle periode for individual work:
Course at Dragvoll campus (total 6 days): Lecturing: 12 hours, Interactive seminars: 36 h.
Individual reading and writing between week 34 and 43: Reading/self-study: min 32 hours, Essay writing: ca 56 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation

Further on evaluation

Compulsory participation and essay (3-4000 words).
Mandatory participation in all teaching hours and seminars, including a completed and approved essay, is required in order to pass and receive credits.

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

Minimum level Master of Arts or relevant education on Master level preparing for Arts-based research.

Course materials

A reading list (500 pages) will be distributed on registration pr. July 1.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Aesthetic Studies
  • The Humanities
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Humanities



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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