Clay – Art and Design 1, årsstudium


The 60 ECTS study programme runs over 2 semesters and consists of 5 independent modules. The programme emphasises applied-art forms and sculpture expressed in clay. By alternating between theory and practice, students will develop personal skills and the ability to justify their professional choices. On this basis, the study programme will provide a platform for personal development and encourage an awareness of the field’s possibilities and values with respect to the individual, school and society.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The target group includes students who desire a basic education in crafts, design and working with the material clay.

Students must meet general admission requirements or apply for admission on the basis of prior experiential learning.

Aim of the Programme

In the study programme, Clay – Art and Design 1, students will develop their knowledge, experience and creative skills. In this way, understanding and experience of the aesthetic values related to design, art, environmental art, clay as material, communication, function and didactics will be reinforced. The study programme will develop students’ awareness of the subject’s possibilities and values, in which man, learning, culture and the environment are central.
Students will learn to:

  • Increase their knowledge, awareness and ability to express themselves through aesthetic creative work using clay.
  • Master the use of creative processes in problem-solving, product development and aesthetic creative work.
  • Systematically develop the necessary fine motor skills and technical knowledge required in order to be able to realise ideas and produce concrete results.
  • Develop their ability to independently formulate and solve problems.
  • Develop basic skills in design.
  • Be able to draw on theories of form, colour and composition in order to evaluate their own creative work and that of others.
  • Experience and acquire knowledge of art and design culture within the specialist subject field and develop active skills regarding our culture’s traditions and renewal.
  • Acquire knowledge and experience of relevant research and development work within the subject field.
  • Visualise and document the creative process from idea to finished product.

Further Education opportunities

Study programme may be used as a:

  • Programme that will offer the possibility of applying for further studies in the study programme, Subject Teacher: Education in the Arts or the Bachelor’s programme in Visual Art and Design.
  • Continuing education programme for teachers who have completed their teacher or pre-school teacher education.
  • Foundation qualification for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Art & Design Education.
  • General foundation for further studies in arts subjects.
  • Professional foundation for starting one’s own business.

Curriculum and structure

Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V) S3(A) S4(V) S5(A) S6(V)
Total: 30 30 0 0 0 0
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The study programme is comprised of 5 modules. In order to take the examination in Clay – Art and Design 1 all the modules must receive passing grades.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Students work mainly independently and under supervision of a teacher in the workshop. Through guidance in the workshop sessions, theory and reflection will be related to the student’s own creative work. Lectures, seminars and various types of externally-oriented activities will be included in the teaching and learning methods; this will include exhibitions and digital presentations.

Theory and Practical Training

3 weeks during the course of the academic year will be set aside for practical training related to teaching activities in a school or business.

Assessment Methods

Students are responsible for keeping themselves informed about assignments, deadlines, programme requirements, etc. Work will be submitted in a portfolio, assessed and allocated a grade. Lectures, seminars, introductions and reviews are considered within the rule of 80% compulsory attendance.

Each course is evaluated separately on the basis of the contents of the portfolio with exhibited products.
Grades A-F will be awarded, where A is the highest and E is the lowest passing grade.

The grades of each of the 5 modules will be entered on the diploma.
For further information refer to Telemark University College’s examination regulations.

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

Publisert av / forfatter Ian Harkness <>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 09/09/2010