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Theory for practice 1

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Master’s in fine art (MFA)

Brief course description

Developing ways to describe and present an artistic project is a central part of an artist’s practice. By means of theoretical and art-historical approaches, Theory for Practice should encourage the students to develop a language and a mindset that can support reflection on their own and others’ artistic practice. Sometimes this work will involve writing practice, but oral conversations may be equally important

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students should be able to

  • recognise several different critical perspectives related to contemporary art
  • relate relevant concepts from art history and theory to their own work

Teaching and learning methods

The course normally takes place as seminars/lectures where the students read up on assigned material in advance. Students may also be asked to hand in written assignments and/or carry out oral presentations.

These assignments will help prepare the student for the process of writing and presenting a research paper related to their graduation project in the following semester.

Coursework requirements:

  • active participation in classes (minimum 80 % attendance)
  • submission of written assignments and/or delivery of oral presentations

In exceptional cases, a student may carry out a self-organised project rather than participate in a class. This must be agreed upon in advance with the student’s main advisor as well as the course teacher


The required coursework must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment. Students will be assessed by the teacher of the given class. The assessment will be seen in relation to the course’s learning outcomes.

The course is graded pass/fail.