MKKSF4010 Workshop in Arts Studies

General information

Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Kunstfagleg skapande fordjuping
Level of study: 
Master's degree (two years)
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian and English
Program of study: 
Master’s Degree Programme in Child Culture and Arts Education
1 semester
Teaching semester
2019 autumn
Assessment semester
2019 autumn
Person in charge
Jørgen Moe
Required prerequisite knowledge
Admission deadline for international exchange students: 15 April.
Admission requirements:
• Early Childhood Teacher Education, bachelor’s degree, with a specialization related to arts and culture (a total of 60 ECTS credits within arts and culture)
• Bachelor’s degree as pedagogue/educator, including 60 ECTS credits within arts and culture
• Bachelor’s degree in music, arts and crafts or drama/literature, including a one-year programme in educational theory and practice
The average grade of the bachelor’s degree and the chosen subject area must be C or better, cf. the Norwegian grading system, or equivalent.
Recommended previous knowledge: Work experience related to children and the arts.

Course content

The course provides theoretical teaching in the chosen subject area’s history, didactics and substance. Teaching sessions are organized in groups based on the students’ subject area from their bachelor’s degree, which also will be the base for the individual student´s subject area in this course. However, the teaching will first and foremost be practical and give the students individual mentoring and supervision in groups based on their independent creative artistic work in workshops, on theatre stages / black boxes, during their writing processes and during their performing musical processes.

The course gives the student the opportunity to work within his/her chosen subject area based on their bachelor’s degree, for example:

  • Art, culture and creativity / interdisciplinary and multimodal specialization (“KKK”, which is included in the Early Childhood Teacher Education in Norway): Specialization in interdisciplinary and multimodal expressions.
  • Drama: Specialization in children’s theatre, drama, play or performance.
  • Arts and crafts: Specialization in visual art workshop activities using chosen materials and techniques.
  • Music: Specialization in music performance, using instruments and voice.
  • Literature: Specialization in literature, text and creation of images for children.
    If there are less than five students in a group, alternative teaching forms and organizations of groups may be chosen.

The course includes a creative piece of work of the students’ own choice within their chosen subject area. Teaching in group and individual supervision will be provided.

The students work independently and creatively with instruments, body, movement and voice, in workshops with materials and tools, in different spaces, on stage and/or with texts, sounds and images.

The chosen individual, creative piece of work may be used as a preliminary work for the master’s thesis.

Expected learning outcome


A candidate who has completed the education has:

  • thorough knowledge about theories related to the reflective practician
  • in-depth knowledge about the use of the chosen subject area’s aesthetic effects, and about visual and auditive presentation of these effects


A candidate who has completed the education has:

  • thorough ability to make use of art skills in his or her own creative expression

General competence:

A candidate who has completed the education has:

  • thorough, independent ability for practical and theoretical in-depth study within his or her chosen subject area
  • ability to identify his or her chosen specialization within a larger social perspective

Working and learning activities

Individual, creative work in art workshops. The students will be given supervision and lectures related to this work. The students will give and receive feedback on their own and other’s work, both theoretically and practically.

Mandatory coursework

CommentMandatory courseworkMandatory coursework grouping
KSF-AK1: Reflection paperReport/reflective noteIndividual
OBLTS: Minimum 80 % attendance Compulsory attendanceIndividual
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Report/reflective note
Comment:KSF-AK1: Reflection paper
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual
Mandatory coursework:Compulsory attendance
Comment:OBLTS: Minimum 80 % attendance
Mandatory coursework grouping:Individual


Form of assessmentExam codeGroupingDurationType of durationProportionCensor typeSupported materialsComment
Portfolio exam MAP3Individual1semesters100 %Internal and external AllSubmission and oral presentation (ca. 15-20 minutes) of individual art work
Reflection paper (8-10 pages)
Form of assessment:Portfolio exam
Type of duration:semesters
Proportion:100 %
Comment:Submission and oral presentation (ca. 15-20 minutes) of individual art work
Reflection paper (8-10 pages)
Supported materials: All
Exam code: MAP3
Censor type:Internal and external
Grading scale: 

The examination MAP3 replaces the previous examinations MAP1 and MAP2.

Reading list

Reading list 2019-20