964 Clay – Art and Design 2, fordypning


This specialisation study 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. The study programme will provide students with skills for teaching art, design and handicrafts in upper secondary schools, folk schools, and music and art schools. The programme may also be included in a Bachelor’s degree in art and handicrafts/design. The study programme is based on the common goals described under art and handicrafts in the National Curriculum, Subject Teacher: Education in the Arts, established by the Ministry of Education and Research on 3rd April 2003.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

Students must meet general admission requirements or a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in art, design and handicrafts, or the equivalent at university level.

Aim of the Programme

In the study programme, Clay – Art and Design 2, students will develop their knowledge, experience and creative skills. In this way, understanding and experience of the aesthetic values related to materials, 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.
  • 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.
  • Increase their knowledge of children and adolescents’ creative work using clay, and develop knowledge of teaching children with different interests and backgrounds.

Further Education opportunities

The study programme may be used as:

  • Continuing education course 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.
  • Part of a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree.
  • General foundation for further studies in arts subjects.

Curriculum and structure

Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V) S3(A) S4(V) S5(A) S6(V) S7(A)
Total: 30 30 0 0 0 0 0
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The study programme is comprised of the following courses, as well as the period of teaching practice. The courses relate to each other both technically and academically. They are considered as “passing points” which must be evaluated before students can proceed.

  • Throwing Clay
  • Sculpture
  • Clay from an Ethnological Perspective
  • Subject Didactic Practice
  • Scientific Theory
  • Bachelor’s Thesis

Refer to course description: Clay and Ceramics

Refer also to the study programme’s homepage

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

5 weeks during the course of the academic year will be set aside for practical training related to teaching activities in an upper secondary school, folk school or other educational institution.

Assessment Methods

Students are responsible for keeping themselves informed about assignments, deadlines, programme requirements, etc. All the assignments must be completed and submitted as described in the semester plan/year plan/period plan, before the final project / Bachelor’s Thesis may be completed. All the courses must have received passing marks in order for the student to be awarded a diploma for successfully completing the study programme.

The courses may be assessed in different ways, including portfolio assessment and written examinations (please refer to the individual course descriptions).

The course grades and the title of the Bachelor’s Thesis will be entered on the diploma.

Grades A-F will be awarded, where A is the highest and E is the lowest passing grade. The course Subject or Professional Didactics practice will be assessed as pass or fail. The period of practical training must be receive a passing mark before the candidate will be awarded a diploma.

Students who do not complete the study programme will receive a transcript of the grades for the courses they have passed.

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 Frode Evenstad <Frode.EvenstadSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 09/09/2010