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Research Methodology 324135/1717/1920/1/71
Study guide

Research Methodology 3

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
  • Preparatory Programme Visual Arts
  • Schakelprogramma Beeldende Kunsten
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Theys Hans
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1 + Semester 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2019 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


having passed Research Methodology 2.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

No specific competences required.

Learning outcomes (text)

The student has acquired insight in a wide spectre of possible approaches and meanings of research in the arts, and is capable of reporting his or her insights.

The student can relate the required insights to his or her own artistic practice and artistic process of research, and in doing so can recognize and describe his or her own method or way of research.

The student learns to summarise texts or lectures and to discuss them critically and from a personal point of view in a paper and/or an oral examination.

'The term 'personal' doesn't mean that the student has to write whether he or she 'likes' something. It implies that the student learns how to relate a subject or theme to his or her personal knowledge and experience, and to his or her oeuvre.

The paper has to contain correct blibliographical references. He or she can find the description of the used style in the Styleguide (p. 27).

The paper should be typewritten and stapled in the upper left corner. No plastic or other sleeves.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA4 - The student develops and sharpens his/her critical and investigative attitude towards designs and/or realizations that arise from visual experiments and research, emotion and intuition.
The student learns to deal correctly with bibliographic data. The style guide applies as a guideline.
The student can summarize a lecture.
The student can write a paper.
The student can express a personal point of view in writing.
The student can use a reference system in a consistent manner.
BA5 - When developing his/her personal visual language the students starts from a searching and reflective attitude when developing one's own visual language.
The student has gained insight into the broad spectrum of possible approaches and interpretations of research in the arts and is able to report on this.
The student can connect the acquired insights to their own artistic (research) practice and thus recognize and describe research - at different levels - within their own practice.

Learning objectives

The student learns how to distill and summarise central thoughts from a book or text.

He or she learns how to relate these findings to personal experience and to approach them critically.

He or she learns how to listen actively to a lecture and if necessary to ask questions or make remarks.

He or she learns how to write a clear, academically structured paper about these matters, using correct reference systems, and/or to do this during an oral examination.

The student develops notions about the way artists and masterstudents develop their oeuvre and a working method that leads to an oeuvre.

He or she learns how to deal critically with texts and/or lectures.

He or she learns how to develop a personal viewpont, to formulate arguments and to formulate critical questions

Course content

Research in the arts is situated as a recent domain of research in development. Insight is offered in a wide variety of methodologies of artistic research and in the recent debate about artistic research. Students also are offered examples of basic methodologies of research.

After the introductory lessons this seminar invites artists - regardless of discipline - to present in word and image their practice, methodologies and artistic research. This happens through the public series of lectures "Academy Guests". The lectures are recorded in audio or video, and placed online to be accessible for students and the wider audience.

Study material (list)

The Story of ArtMandatory€ 15,00
  • Author: Hans THEYS

Study material (text): Mandatory

The students read indicated chapters from the book Hans Theys, 'Form Vision' (Tornado Editions, 2019).

They read the book Hans Theys, 'Walter Swennen. Ne Quid Nimis' (Xavier Hufkens, 2016).

They read these texts before they come to class, where the texts will be discussed, evaluated critically, completed, illustrated and so on.

It is also possible that artists or master students will give a lecture about the development of their oeuvre (PHD / Master Project). If so, the Master Students will be assisted by the professor. 

The students have to attend all classes. No alternative assignmernts will be available.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials26,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours64,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearReflection assignment100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodReflection assignment100,00

Evaluation (text)

Semester 1 or 2: paper (reflection assignment) or lecture/ presentation.
2nd examperiod: paper (reflection assignment).