The Theory modules demand and also encourage debate and reflection on art, design, film, cultural development, media, literature and philosophy. The focus of teaching is always how theoretical and scientific concepts may influence art and design practices and thereby in turn be influenced themselves. The modules’ aim is to sensitize students to the tension between theory and practice; and they serve furthermore to qualify Bachelor’s students for national or international specialised discourse at the Master’s level.
Mono- and transdisciplinary, mandatory and elective
Mandatory modules serve to provide students with an overview of their chosen field as well as in-depth insights into its history and contemporary condition; elective modules may be selected from within the art and design context or, for a more transdisciplinary slant, from parallel programmes. Thus anyone who wants to pursue a mono-disciplinary programme may do so, while those wishing to pursue a transdiscplinary programme can select even a majority of their (elective and/or ISA-) modules from outside their initial specific field.
Visual competence and a clear position on questions of art history and contemporary culture need to be clearly expressed in writing – objectively, analytically and narratively. Writing skills are therefore practised and honed from the first semester on, by critically analysing and describing images and objects. In seminar papers and final written projects, students should make links between academic discourses and specific issues in the visual arts. The modules thus equip students at Bachelor level with the necessary skills to produce a written Bachelor project in which they reflect on and contextualise their work from a particular angle of their own choosing.
Credits and Assessments
As a rule students take Theory modules equivalent to 6 ECTS each semester. From the 2nd semester on, they have to take elective modules too, and so have a chance to acquire more than 6 ECTS. This is especially recommended for students who are planning an internship or a study exchange in the second year of their degree programme.
The ‘value’ of the modules varies between 1 and 3 ECTS. Modules worth 3 ECTS (Mon and Wed) demand approximately 48 hours of attendance plus 40 hours of independent study, including assessments. Modules worth 2 ECTS (which are taken as a one-week Theory block) demand 27 hours of attendance as well as substantial research plus a written report on it.
Modules worth 1 ECTS demand 27 hours of attendance plus minor input / set reading.
© aller Illustrationen Johanna Schaible, 2014