Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
campus Desguinlei
Desguinlei 25 - 2018 Antwerpen
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Portfolio 124318/1914/2021/1/07
Study guide

Portfolio 1

Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Dance, programme stage 1
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Gordon Natalie
Teaching staff are not (all) known yet.
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


This information is subject to possible future changes in the Corona-measures.

Short description

Portfolio is an ongoing course from year 1 to 3 that provides students with tools to embrace, research and analyse their own artistic identity in relation to the dance field.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Passed the admission test.

Learning outcomes (list)

Critically reflects upon own artistic practice to situate and engage within diverse social and artistic contexts
Reflects upon own position in the dance field
Observes, reflects on, writes and communicates about an artistic creation
Reflects on practice to gain an understanding of own potential
Investigates, digests and engages in current arts research
Has a basic awareness of own artistic identity and research interests and begins to relate own vision to current arts research
Uses relevant skills to communicate and dialogue with diverse target groups
Knows the difference between a personal, subjective and objective, analytical writing style
Can enter into a critical and constructive dialogue with peers about artistic research

Learning objectives


Course content

Portfolio is an ongoing course from year 1 to 3 that provides students with tools to embrace, research and analyse their own artistic identity in relation to the dance field. Main activities are listening, reading, writing, discussing and visualising. In the Portfolio writing and analysing classes, personal writing (manifesto, movement diary, blog review) is combined with analytical writing, starting with newspaper review writing in the 1st year, going into defining a research question and essay writing in the 2nd year, ending with a research paper about own artistic creations in the 3rd year. Emphasis is on ways of defining, clarifying, and arguing points of view. 
In the Portfolio Atlas classes, students are prompted to contextualize their artistic practice by placing it in a network of references. While stimulating this contextual awareness, throughout the three Bachelor years the students are stimulated to bring some of their artistic topics and themes into clear focus, to be able to embark on a more in depth research both in their artistic practice and in their artistic research. With a series of tasks, the students are asked to start externalizing parts of their artistic visions, ideas, and aspirations. 
Portfolio 1 writing classes combine personal reflections with more analytical writing. A class about dance manifestos historically, is followed by the task of writing their own dance manifesto, and feedbacking them in small groups. Next, a class on dance criticism, is followed by writing a blog review and a newspaper review about two different dance performances recently seen. After the group feedback, the next task is to reverse them: changing the blog review into a more objective newspaper review or vice versa.
In the Atlas-class in BA1, the students are invited to reflect upon their first year in school, as a person and an artistic person, by gathering a collection of images, following the model of the atlas of French art historian and art philosopher Didi-Huberman. Taking the work of Aby Warburg as a point of departure, artistic production is contemplated as a montage, in which things, places and time can be reconfigured. Students make, discuss and remake their own atlas, before the final class in which the atlases are presented and discussed in a classical ‘exposition’.

Study material (text): Mandatory

Trotter DANCE: study guide for the bachelor dance programme

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Collaborative learning5,00 hours
Lectures and / or tutorials5,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours80,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearPortfolio100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodPortfolio100,00

Evaluation (text)

The student must always be present during the lessons for this course unit.
During these lessons, permanent evaluation takes place. This permanent evaluation counts towards the realization of the entire examination mark for this course unit.
If the student is unlawfully absent for more than 1/5th of the lessons, they will receive 0/20 for the part 'permanent evaluation'.

Conditions for legitimate absence:
- An absence supported by a medical certificate
- A previously requested absence, approved by the artistic coordinator