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Study guide

Genesis of an Oeuvre

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
    Choice package:
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses
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
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


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

The students are invited ton reflect upon the development of their own work, the work of fellow students and the oeuvre of well-known artists.

They give a lecture about the development of their own work, pointing out the original narrative structures, images,  ideas, concepts, intentions or motivations that have set them into motion, the stories, images, ideas, materials and techniques that have used later and the unforseeable events that have taken place and have influenced the final result.

The students have to be present during each class.

This is an optional course. Students that cannot attend it, cannot enlist.

Educational organisation (text)

The students will learn about the evolution of the work of some contemporary visual artists. They will also be invited to speak about the evolution of their own work and to relate this to general insights discussed in class. They can do this in their studio. If possible, two young artists will be invited to speak about their work.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

No specific requirements.

Learning outcomes (text)

The student understands that often the oeuvre of an artist is not always the result of a conceptual strategy, but as the result of a series of ad hoc decisions springing from one another and being related to eachother through the used materials and techniques and through the personality of the artist (current environment, social background, upbringing, family situation, era, education, knowledge, experience, ability). The student can discuss dozens of examples in detail and enrich them with a personal point of view. The student can apply the insights on his or her own oeuvre.

Learning outcomes (list)

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 understands that the oeuvre of an artist often does not come about as a result of a conceptual strategy, but as a result of a series of successive, ad hoc decisions that arise from each other and are related to each other by the materials and techniques used and by the personality (current environment, social origin, upbringing, family situation, age, education, knowledge, experience, skill) of the artist.
The student can discuss and enrich dozens of examples with a personal approach and can apply this insight to his own situation.

Learning objectives

Demonstrate at artistic oeuvres often are not the result of a plan, but of a continuous, focused occupation.

Relieve the student of his or her fear 'not to know enough' before he or she starts developing his or het bachelor project or master project.

Bring the students into contact with the other departments. Introduce them to the oeuvre of fellow students. Generate cross overs and collaborations.

Teach the studentys how to talk publicly about their own work, how to address a public, how to hold oneself and so on in order to prepare them better for juries.

Course content

We study how oeuvres evolve.

We learn how to speak publicly about our own work.

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
Semester 1Continuous test assessment (Permanent evaluation)100,00beoordeling van referaten tijdens de lessen
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge test100,00korte paper op basis van nieuwe inzichten tijdens de lessen

Evaluation (text)

Semester 1: Evaluation based on the student's collaboration during class, especially the student's lecture about his or her own work, but also his or her active participation during the lectures of the fellow students.

2de exam periode: Oral examination about the new insights of the student.