441 BA Visual Art & Design, bachelor


The study programme in Visual Art and Design will prepare the students to work in large and small enterprises and in the public sector where visual competence is required to carry out their duties effectively. The programme may also be used as a basis for advanced training for students’ own creative artistic or handicraft activities. With its option of various types of specialisation in the final year of study, the programme can provide suitable competence in mediation and information for use in situations where visual communication plays a major role. Basic themes include art appreciation, visual communication, design and product creation.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements or have accreditation for prior experiential learning.

Aim of the Programme

The intention of the programme is to establish fundamental competence in visual communication within different forms of expression, as well as to develop understanding and insight into aesthetic theory, basic research theory and methodology together with contemporary forms of cultural expression viewed in the light of art history. The products of the student’s own creative efforts are an important aspect of the programme, and the relationship between theory and their own practical-aesthetic work is fundamental. The ability to understand, create and mediate visual messages is decisive in today’s society.

The students will:

  • Develop their ability to solve problems and visualise ideas through imaging and design processes.
  • Develop a well-rounded ability to evaluate and recognise basic characteristics of art and design culture and relate them to their own creative efforts.
  • Acquire knowledge, technical skills and the ability to make decisions concerning the use and treatment of materials, tools and techniques.

Further Education opportunities

With 60 ECTS credits in practical teacher education in addition to the three-year Bachelor’s degree, the students will possess a solid professional education which will qualify them for work in primary and secondary schools. In combination with this pedagogical qualification, the programme will qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Art and Design Education.

Curriculum and structure

Obligatory Courses
Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V)
Total: 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

Electives Year 2 & 3
Code Course title Credits
FKUN1 Folk Art 1 60.00

The three-year Bachelor’s degree programme in Visual Art and Design may be taken entirely at the Department of Arts and Design, but it may also be supplemented in the third year of study with subjects from other departments at Telemark University College, or other university colleges or universities.

1st year (note that this year of study is identical to the 1-year programme in Form and Design)

  • Image creation, design, image theory and analysis (17.5 ECTS)
  • Form, material and product (10 ECTS)
  • Art project (10 ECTS)
  • Graphic design (10 ECTS)
  • Art and Design Culture (10 ECTS)
  • Scientific Theory, R&D (2.5 ECTS)

For more detailed information please refer to the course Form and Design, 60 FORMD, in the table above (obligatory courses).

2nd year

  • Product design (10 ECTS)
  • Art Lab (10 ECTS)
  • Graphic Design (10 ECTS)
  • Independent Project (10 ECTS)
  • Scientific Theory, R&D, (2.5 ECTS)
  • Student Enterprise (17.5 ECTS)

For more detailed information please refer to the course, Visual Art and Design, 60VISKF2, in the table above (obligatory courses).

3rd year

Select one of the following 60 ECTS specialisation courses:

  • Digital Images and Visual Communication
  • Clay – Art and Design 2
  • Drawing and Image Communication
  • Textiles – Art and Design
  • Wood and Metal – Art, Handicrafts and Design
  • Folk Art

5 ECTS scientific theory is also included in the units. Students may also study other relevant subjects in other departments at TUC, or other university colleges or universities, but these must be approved before a Bachelor’s degree can be awarded.

For more detailed information please refer to the elective courses for the specialisation units in the table above (elective courses, 3rd year).

Teaching and Learning Methods

Theory and reflection are related to the student’s creative work through supervision in the workshops. Relevant forms of instruction include lectures, demonstrations, seminars, colloquiums, project work and visual presentations. The use of exhibitions and other cultural activities in schools and the local area are part of the programme. Student enterprises are an important activity during the second year. Contact with appropriate businesses and workshops will be related to assignments and practice periods.

Programme requirements

Guidelines for obligatory attendance in studies at the Faculty of Art, Folk Culture and Teacher Education will be valid for parts of the study programme. The student is responsible for documenting attendance in the obligatory parts of the study programme, and keeping himself/herself informed with regard to whether he/she is in danger of falling below the minimum attendance requirement. Failure to meet the attendance requirement may result in the student not being allowed to continue on the study programme or to sit the examination. This will be considered in connection with a student’s rights and responsibilities as described in Telemark University College’s examination regulations and the Norwegian Universities Act § 40 and § 46.3.

Student participation/academic affairs committee

Each class has a student representative and a deputy. These representatives participate in the faculty’s democratic processes. The class also has its own academic affairs committee which consists of 2-3 students who function as a link between the teaching team and the class. When appropriate the committee may participate in team meetings in order to discuss matters in connection with planning and the class’s activities. The students will also choose representatives for course committees in Art and Design Culture (1st year of study) and joint lectures (3rd year of study).

The academic affairs committee and the course committees must have at least one meeting per semester. The subject teacher and class leader are responsible for ensuring that representatives are appointed and for arranging the first meeting. Minutes will be recorded at the meetings. These will be delivered to the programme coordinator and the head of the department.

Participation in the class’s and campus’ democratic processes is both a student right as well as a responsibility.

Theory and Practical Training

No practical experience period has been planned for the first year of study.

During the second year, the students will work with student enterprises throughout the academic year.

The third year will involve training in an enterprise, but other types of practice may also be selected.

Assessment Methods

The faculty intends to create a balance between aims, content, teaching and learning methods and assessment methods in the programme. The assessment will be an aspect of the learning itself, as well as a means by which the individual students may gain insight into their own potential for further studies and future employment.

The assessment during the course of the programme is intended, in part, to guide the students. This guidance involves work-processes, results and the students’ ability to cooperate. Both students and teachers participate in assessing the study programme with the objective of improving it. This assessment must therefore involve the content and the organisation of the programme as well as the students’ individual work and working methods throughout the year. The forms of assessment and examination are described for each individual course.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

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