Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
campus Desguinlei
Desguinlei 25 - 2018 Antwerpen
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Portfolio 224319/1914/2021/1/41
Study guide

Portfolio 2

Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Dance, programme stage 2
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Marinus Tuur
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. Main activities are listening, reading, writing, discussing and visualising.


having passed Portfolio 1.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Obtained credits for Portfolio 1
If the credit is not obtained, Portfolio 1 must be obtained together with Portfolio 2

Learning outcomes (list)

Comprehends historical and current cultural and social frameworks
Places contemporary dance practice in a broader framework
Critically reflects upon own artistic practice to situate and engage within diverse social and artistic contexts
Critically reflects upon own position in the dance field in relation to personal artistic vision
Develops a personal writing style that demonstrates ability to observe, reflect and analyse
Defines, explores and articulates a personal research topic
Investigates, digests and engages in current arts research
Contributes to a critical and constructive dialogue with peers about artistic research
Demonstrates reflection and questioning of own practice, artistic vision and research interests
Has self-discipline, organizational self-reliance and entrepreneurial skills to sustain and develop own artistic practice
Demonstrates organisational and time management skills to complete tasks and link them to the artistic product
Uses relevant skills to communicate and dialogue with diverse target groups
Demonstrates communication skills to cultivate relevant dialogue

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 their own artistic creation in the 3rd year. Emphasis is on ways of defining, clarifying, and arguing their 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, as to be able to embark on a more in depth research, both in their artistic practice as 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 2 writing classes combine personal reflections with analytical writing.
First task is the writing of a movement diary, which entails a detailed observation of their daily life from the perspective of movement and not specifically dance.
After a class on dance research and essay writing, the next task is to write a 4000 word essay on a research question of their choice, inspired by art criticism references from James Elkins’ The State of Art Criticism and Gilda Williams’ How to write about Contemporary Art?. This essay is guided through feedback processes.
In the Atlas-class in BA2 the students have to document their artistic references, texts, video’s, pictures, music etc. on a shared online platform. They also have to present these files to their peers in classical sessions. Using this shared (digital) documentation platform, the students are encouraged to consider their artistic practice in an ecological way as some ideas might become recurrent themes throughout their future practice.

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