MGLU5231 - Artistic research in arts and craft


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
An exhibition of practical works 51/100 1 weeks
Written report 49/100

Course content

The course will qualify the student for independent exploration in materials, techniques and tools through an analytical methodological approach. Examples from various artistic development works are used as an impetus in teaching. The academic content is practical and creative through independent exploration in one or more of the arts and crafts of the various fields; art, design, architecture and visual communication. The course is artistic as well as methodologically oriented and deals with aspects related to the choice of the artist-teacher and artist-researcher: to formulate a limited problem, create a project design, use methods to produce research material, test in a workshop, analysis methods, interpretation, artistic and theoretical reflection and documentation. The creative work may be related to the research topic that forms the basis for writing the master's thesis.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has advanced knowledge of art didactics and artistic development work
  • has in-depth knowledge of methodological and scientific theoretical perspectives by researching art and applying the knowledge in own work with art and craft issues
  • has in-depth knowledge of methods for generating, analyzing and interpreting empirical material through an art-based research approach
  • has specialized and practice-based knowledge within a limited area in the field of didactic research


The student

  • can develop a problem formulation for a project design in the arts and crafts field based on their own creative work
  • can use an art methodological approach to independent artistic development work
  • is able to orientate, analyze, assess and use relevant sources in previous artistic development work
  • has in-depth skills in the systematic exploration of materials, tools and techniques
  • can place their artistic development work in the field and describe and argue for chosen positioning

General competence

The student

  • is able to analyze and discuss methodological and research ethical issues in the arts and crafts field
  • is able to describe, analyze and communicate their own and others' artistic development work to professionals and the general public
  • can act innovatively in the executive and theoretical part the field - can contribute constructively in collaboration with others

Learning methods and activities

Lectures with workshop markings, lead own and joint work on developing a project design, analytical investigation of own creative work in workshop, group work, literature search, visits to museums, own writing and supervisor talk. Written, visual and oral presentations and colloquium reports.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory activity A
  • Compulsory activity B
  • Compulsory activity C

Further on evaluation

Compulsory activity: a) Analyze, discuss and present relevant previous artistic development work in the field of arts and crafts. b) Work in colloquium groups where different parts of the artistic development work are discussed and reflected on. The colloquium meetings will culminate in reflection notes. c) Draw up a project sketch for an artistic development work and present it at a seminar. The student should also respond to a fellow student's project sketch.

The exam consists of: a) An exhibition of practical works b) A written report that places your own artistic development work in relation to the subject area and how it contributes to the development within the subject area. The report shall show critical reflection on:

  • processes regarding artistic choices and turning points, use of theory and methods
  • placement and description of one's own artistic point of view and work in relation to the field
  • contribution to professional development in the field, including any professional innovations
  • result (own assessment in relation to the project design and problem formulation)
  • subject didactic potential according to teaching in primary school

Both forms of assessment are linked to the problem of artistic development work. The parts should be closely related and considered as a whole. Part a) counts 51% and part b) counts 49% of overall grade.

It is possible to appeal a grade given on parts of the assessment (not practical/oral examination)

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Completed primary school teacher education through 4th grade.

Course materials

Final syllabus will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the study.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
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 Written report 49/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD An exhibition of practical works 51/100

2023-12-01 - 2023-12-06

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written report 49/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD An exhibition of practical works 51/100
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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