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Contextualisation 3

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Brief course description

The course aims to give the student insight into theoretical topics and art-theoretical issues related to their practice and stimulate the student’s ability to reflect critically and contextualise their work. The further development of the student’s examination thesis/essay is a major component of Contextualisation 3.

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to:

  • use acquired knowledge to develop an individual language and expression
  • critically reflect upon their artistic practice and situate their project in a historical and/or contemporary context (verbally and in writing)
  • situate their practice within a broader social and cultural context
  • demonstrate insight and understanding in regard to how the art world functions
  • communicate their own work using concepts and terminology relevant to their artistic specialisation

Teaching and learning methods

Studies consist of lectures/seminars, group discussion and tutorial sessions. Attendance at theory lectures, writing-practice sessions and tutorials is mandatory.

Study requirements for the course are as follows:

  • Active participation
  • Completed work assignments, submission of written papers and/or presentations


The study requirements for the course have to be approved in order for the student to receive the final assessment.

The student’s work and progress is assessed throughout each semester. A formal assessment takes place at the end of each semester.

At the semester assessment each student presents their work to an assessment committee comprised of their main tutor and another member of the teaching staff. A brief report is delivered to the committee in advance of the student’s presentation. The presentation can include artworks, digital documentation and texts. The assessment committee reviews the student’s practice and progress together with the student.

Marks given are Pass or Fail.

A pass of each semester assessment is a requirement for continuation in the programme.