Art and Crafts 1 – Crafts, Design and Architecture K&H 102

Learning outcome

Students will:

  • Acquire basic knowledge of, and experience in, using different materials, tools, techniques, and other aesthetic means related to working with design, architecture, sculpture and environment.
  • Acquire basic knowledge about the use of simple digital software (3D) as part of the process of planning and construction of various spatial models.
  • Be able to evaluate the quality, suitability and use of natural materials in the development of sculpture and spatial forms, particularly in relation to local culture and environment.
  • Develop simple spatial presentations or exhibitions, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of major theories related to children’s three-dimensional design and children’s play with materials.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of the main features of the historical development of Norwegian sculpture, design and architecture.
  • Be able to demonstrate a creative process, linking relationships to relevant theory and practice and use this as a basis for reflection on didactic competence.
  • Have gained experience in the maintenance of basic tools and machines; with the organisation of suitable workshops - both inside and outside - and have knowledge of the appropriate safety procedures.
  • Be able to use subject and practice-related experience, and theoretical knowledge, in the planning and execution of an individual depth project with professional development goals.

Course Objectives

The course focuses on practical creative work in the areas of crafts and design, architecture, nature and environment, which provides the basis for didactic reflection and discussion. Innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasised as a method for practical problem solving in creative processes. Students will work with the creative use of new media such as blogs, which may be used as a communicative tool. Design studies and art activities using appropriate materials will be emphasised. The course has a theoretical foundation in which both creative activities and theory provide a basis for understanding, evaluating and developing ideas in pictorial art.

Course Description

Design, Architecture, Sculpture and the Environment (15 ECTS credits)

Part 1: Sculpture, nature and environment
Part 2: Design and architecture.
Part 3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learning Methods

The course is organised as an online course with a fixed schedule for instruction and guidance. The course includes a 4-5 day workshop in Notodden.

The course can also be organised as a course of study located on the college campus at Notodden. Students who follow the online course may also use the college facilities.

The course provides an introduction to art, culture and visual communication. Students will gain experience in using a variety of methods and materials that will provide learning outcomes in relation to the requirements of the current curriculum for years 1 - 7 in primary schools. The course is characterised by an interaction between theory and practical work with materials. Students will develop their ability to make decisions and defend professional practices. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, seminars, study groups, project work and visual presentations. It also includes attendance at exhibitions and other cultural activities.

Large parts of the course require obligatory attendance; information is given in the year-plan/semester plan/period plans.

Students will be responsible for their own learning. This means that each student must keep themselves updated with respect to the syllabus literature and seek professional guidance. The acquisition of knowledge will, to a large degree, depend upon supervision of the learning processes and learning through action. Attendance and participation in an active, creative workshop environment is a fundamental and vital condition for gaining maximum benefit from the course.

Portfolio assignments

The course is organised through portfolio assignments designed by the teaching team. Each assignment includes specific learning objectives which correspond with the content of a particular course unit and specific area. The portfolio assignments reflect the course’s expectations in terms of active and consistent student participation throughout the academic year. These assignments will also reveal the structure of the course and the students’ progress. The assignments, which will be specified early in the course, are intended to build basic skills that will provide the qualifications necessary for solving increasingly more complex problems.

Through working on the portfolio assignments, students will receive guidance and feedback on the work they produce, exhibitions and presentations, sketches, their studies and written commentaries. The portfolios will document the students’ progress, results and thoughts through written and practical work, thereby gradually building up awareness and understanding of their own developmental and learning processes in this field of study.

Assessment Methods

Students will submit their portfolio assignment before the deadline; the portfolio will include products, presentations of products, process description and their reflection regarding practical work.

The portfolio will be assessed on a grade scale A-F, where E represents the lowest passing grade.

For more information please 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 Hector Harkness <> - 23/06/2011