Art and Crafts 2: Sculpture and Images; Visual Communication and Innovation K&H 503

Learning outcome

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and experience of different materials, tools, techniques and other aesthetic means, both analogue and digital, related to varied work with images, graphic design and visual communication.
  • Be able to use international art and culture as a basis for experiences related to creative work, and evaluate quality, suitability and use of the various tools, both analogue and digital, when working with various image genres.
  • Acquire knowledge of the main characteristics of the historical development of international visual arts in recent times and gain experience in describing, analysing and interpreting various artistic expressions.
  • Be able to document creative processes, linking relationships to relevant theory and practice and use this to reflect on didactic skills.
  • Acquire comprehensive experience in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the form, content and presentation style of physical and digital presentations and exhibitions.
  • Acquire knowledge of the main theories of visual forms of expression of children’s culture in a multicultural media world.
  • Be able to choose materials, maintain tools and have knowledge of the appropriate safety procedures.
  • Use knowledge and experience of entrepreneurship and innovation as a starting point for a student business project.

Course Description

The work on images, graphic design and visual communication will be divided into three parts. Part 1: Images and art-orientation; Part 2 Graphic design and visual communication; Part 3: Images, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Teaching and 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 in 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 on teaching practice. 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

Publisert av / forfatter Ian Hector Harkness <>, last modified Ellen K Baskår - 22/05/2012