KUH2000 - Museums and collections: Bachelor's Thesis in Art History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 30 minutes
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course gives students an introduction to central themes related to collections and museums. The course will focus on how museums build and develop their collections and how they document and research these collections. The course will also look at how museums exhibit their collection or specific objects from their collections. Excursions to various museums and collections will provide an overview and insight into the field.
Students will write a bachelor thesis based on a specific collection. The thesis will preferably be based on one or several specific object(s) in the collection. As an example, theme for the thesis can be to do a research work on a specific object; it might be an investigation of an object as part of a collection or to investigate how an object or a group of objects are exhibited and conveyed to the audience. It can also be relevant to examine the architecture of the museum as a frame for the collection.
The theme and research question of the thesis will be developed under the guidance of the supervisor.
The students will gain an understanding of reading and writing academic texts, processing information, collection of empirical data and the assessment of research theories and methods within the discipline. The students will also gain an experience in oral and written presentation of research findings.

Learning outcome

Students will acquire:
- Knowledge about different collections, and what characterizes them
- An insight into theory regarding museums and collections
- An understanding of how to plan and complete a scientific project and paper

Students will:
- Develop skills to independently plan and carry out a scientific paper related to a work of art or a theme
- Acquire skills to develop and write an academic text
- Know how to summarize, analyse and conclude their findings, and give an oral presentation of their project.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars and individual supervision
There will be excursions to museums and collections, primarily in Trondheim.
Students will get supervision and feedback on outline, disposal and draft chapters of the bachelor’s thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance at first class session
  • Submission of project topic
  • Project proposal
  • Oral presentation of project, and feedback on other students projects
  • Sullabus
  • Minimum two meetings with assigned supervisor

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is based on the written work of the thesis which is graded on the scale A-F. The assessment is adjusted by an oral examination, where the students will be able to defend the thesis and give their own assessment of the work.
The length of the thesis must be on 6000-8000 words.
Students who fail the course must deliver a new thesis with a different research question and have a new oral exam. It is not possible to write a bachelor’s thesis in semesters where there are no lectures given and supervision is not offered.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Art History (BKUH)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor Programme i Art History and a specialization (a minimum of 67,5 ECTS) in Art History.

Course materials

Minimum 1200 pages syllabus. 600 pages form a common nucleus of course literature related to the lectures, whereas the remaining 600 minimum consists of individually chosen text

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KM2017 15.0 01.09.2019
KM2000 15.0 01.09.2019
KUH2100 15.0 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The History of Art
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

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

Release 2021-04-14

Submission 2021-05-14

Release 10:00

Submission 10:00

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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