Art and Crafts 2: Sculpture, Design, Architecture, Entrepreneurship and Innovation K&H 504

Learning outcome

Students will:

  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of, and experience with, the use of different materials, tools, techniques and other means when working with design, architecture, sculpture and the environment.
  • Be able to evaluate quality, suitability and versatile use of different materials and material combinations from an environmental perspective related to recycling and redesign.
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the use of digital software and media tools throughout the creative process, from idea to finished product.
  • Use and evaluate the use of digital and interactive media as an arena for the dissemination of design, architecture, sculpture and the environment.
  • Acquire knowledge of the main features of the historical development of international sculpture, design and architecture in the context of a multicultural society.
  • Acquire knowledge of and experience in the use and evaluation of various sculptures in public spaces, both in terms of form and content and as part of the physical environment.
  • Have gained experience in and knowledge of the assessment of different design products ​​in the context of form, function and use of materials, and in light of environmental and sustainable development.
  • Acquire knowledge of and the ability to describe various types of houses and rooms in light of functional requirements and aesthetic qualities.
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of documenting a creative process related to theory and practice, and use this in the further development of reflective and didactic skills.
  • Acquire broad experience in and knowledge of the maintenance of tools and machinery and the organisation of appropriate workshops and spaces for learning, with particular emphasis on functional and aesthetic aspects.
  • Be able to initiate, plan, implement, document and assess professional and practice-related development projects.

Course Objectives

Arts and Handicrafts 2 is an arts and culture subject; a subject of expression, communication and skills in which practical, creative work is essential for the development of final competence. The course is intended to have a subject didactics profile related to teaching and instruction in years 5-10 in primary, lower secondary, as well as cultural schools. Students will develop their knowledge, experience and creative skills. In this way, understanding and experience of aesthetic values expressed in a variety of materials; communication; function and didactics will be reinforced. The course 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 a variety of materials.
  • 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 art and architecture.
  • 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.
  • Acquire skills that involve subject didactics skills and the ability to reflect upon their own activities within the subject area. Students should be capable of organising and developing tasks suited to individual pupils.
  • Develop the ability to act and to justify their professional practice.
  • Use their period of teaching practice as an arena for experimentation and reflection with regard to the study programme.

Course Description

In this course, creative work in sculpture, design and architecture will be emphasised; innovation and entrepreneurship will focus on these areas. The course will emphasise three-dimensional work using the appropriate materials. Students will also work with the creative use of new media such as blogs, which can be used as a communication tool. Students will be given a solid theoretical foundation, and the course will alternate between creative activity and theoretical instruction providing a basis for understanding, assessing and developing ideas in sculpture and architecture.

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.

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 5-10 in primary and lower secondary 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.

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.

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

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