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The study programme comprises 60 ECTS credits and is taught over two semesters at the Faculty of Folk Culture, Art and Teacher Education. Students will develop their fundamental ability to produce visual expressions, and gain a basic understanding of dissemination in relation to drawing, work with images, design, digital literacy and visual communication.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

General admission requirements. Applicants with prior experiential learning may also apply.

Aim of the Programme

Students will:

  • develop skills in idea-development, problem-solving and in visualising ideas through image and design processes.
  • learn to use drawings as a tool in design development.
  • cultivate their ability to make aesthetic evaluations through art-orientation and working with different impressions, experiences and reflections.
  • acquire knowledge, skills and the ability to make decisions in the use of basic materials, tools and techniques.
  • gain experience and skills in theme and project work and various methods of dissemination in the field of visual arts.
  • gain insight into the main movements in art history and have knowledge of art and design culture as a vehicle for the expression of ideas in culture and society.

Curriculum and structure

Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V)
20BILLEDK Visual Arts 20.00 O 20  
10GRAFDES 1 Graphic Design 1 10.00 O 10  
10PRODES 1 Product Design 1 10.00 O   10
G Independent Project 1 10.00 O   10
505HIST Art and Design Culture: A Historical
10.00 O   10
Total: 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The study programme is divided into three course units with subordinate areas. Each area is allotted an assigned value in terms of ECTS credits. The course units and areas are interwoven and mutually dependent in the creative process with respect to both visual expression and design. Practical creative work alternating with theoretical analysis and reflective activities form the nucleus of the study programme.

Course units:

Course unit 1: Creative Visual Art, Design, Visual Art Theory and Analysis, 4 areas, 35 ECTS.

Course unit 2: Art and Design Culture, Aesthetic Theory and Dissemination, 15 ECTS.

Course unit 3: Subject Specialisation, 10 ECTS.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Theory and reflection associated with one’s own creative work is essential. In the creation of visual art and the development and presentation of design concepts, it is important to find various types of approaches in the scope between intuitive and analytical working methods. Assessment and guidance from teachers and co-students will be an important aspect of the learning process.

The use of exhibitions, cultural initiatives and presentations on campus and in the local area are an important part of the study programme.

Theory and Practical Training

The study programme requires that students acquire practical experience in disseminating visual art. This practical training will normally be organised in groups of 4-5 students, and will involve 40 hours of training organised as a project, teaching practice or as some other relevant form of dissemination over a 2 – 4 weeks period.

Assessment Methods

There should be consistency between the objectives, content, teaching and learning methods and assessment in the study programme. The assessment constitutes part of the actual learning process, and a medium which will allow the individual students to reach goals and gain insight into their own qualifications for further study and future employment.

The objectives of the ongoing assessment in the study programme include providing guidance to the students. This guidance involves work-processes, results and the ability to cooperate with others. Both students and teachers participate in the ongoing assessments with the objective of improving the study programme. The assessment must therefore also include the content and organisation of the study programme as well as the students’ own contributions and working methods during the year.


The examination consists of:


The presentation portfolio which shows up to 4 responses to portfolio assignments during the academic year.


Individual specialisation assignment (course unit 3)


Individual written examination/exercise in art and design culture


A final grade for the study programme will be entered on the diploma. The grade-scale ranges from A to F, where A is the highest grade, and E the lowest passing grade. All elements of the assessment must receive passing grades in order to receive a final passing grade for the study programme.

For further information please refer to Telemark University 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 Jostein Sandven - 28/12/2011