KUH3200 - Topics in Modern Art: Avant-garde Strategies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course on ”Topics in contemporary art” discusses relevant subjects on art, architecture and visual media, within the period 19th to the 21th century. Students will gain specialization within a given subject related to modern and contemporary art and architecture, as well as theory and methods relevant for the given topic.

The topic Avant-garde strategies examines the importance and influence of avant-garde art from 1850 to the present. While several of the vanguard works of art were dismissed as non-art in their own time, posterity has rehabilitated them as important works of art. One famous example is Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (1917), which can be seen as a deliberate intervention in the artworld. The course will discuss various similar interventions, from the 2nd half of the 19th century until the present, and examines their cultural and social/political strategic significance. The course will also discuss the possibilities of an avant-garde art today.

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have gained:
- in-depth knowledge and understanding of how modern art and architecture are used in different discourses and relate to various social conditions
- knowledge of key works in modern and contemporary visual art and architecture, linked to the current topic
- insight into how the relevant subject is treated in the specialist literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will know how to:
- discuss and theorize various artworks in relation to the relevant thematical approach
- formulate and discuss current and key issues related to the topic of the course
- present the subject matter in both oral and written form

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Excursions can also be included in the instruction. All activities are joint with KUH2200.

The students are required to keep posted on messages from the department or teacher at Blackboard.

This course is taught in Norwegian only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of individually written term paper. The students' self chosen texts should thematically be focused on the topic of the term paper. These texts must be included in the list of literature in the finished paper, but more texts can also be included.

During the work on the term paper, the students will receive individual supervision and/or group supervision. The scope of the paper should be between 4000-5000 words.

Specific conditions

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

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

Course materials

A given syllabus of ca. 700 pages, in the form of a compendium and academic literature. The student will also put together a set of individually chosen texts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KUH2200 7.5 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


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

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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