Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Research Methodology 334476/3027/2324/1/51
Study guide

Research Methodology 3

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
  • Bridging Programme Visual Arts
  • Preparatory Programme Visual Arts
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 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


previously registered for Research Methodology 2.

Short description

In a few introductory lessons, we discuss academic and non-academic artistic research through many examples, focusing on how research models and methods are used and can evolve. Then the students are divided into groups of about 20 people. We discuss their current research and how they can link it to existing theories, models or methods. We try to present this use of models and methods not as limiting, but as a driving force, as a stimulating framework that can evolve as well.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

No specific competences required.

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.

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.

The students write a paper in which they develop a founded research project for their master year.

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
Eerste examenperiodeReflection assignment during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodReflection assignment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

The students write a paper in which they develop a founded research project (master project/thesis) for their master year.

The student has to attend the classes in order to be able to write this paper.