Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Genesis of an Oeuvre24559/3027/2324/1/45
Study guide

Genesis of an Oeuvre

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
    Choice package:
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze (MO + GO)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses
    • Elective courses (MO + GO)
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: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

For this class, every participating student is invited to present his or her own work (or a relevant aspect thereof) and to discuss it with the colleagues. Our main focus goes to the evolution of this work and how this might have been influenced by technical mastery, the choice of materials and techniques, accidents, limitations, experiences, insights, events, beliefs, encounters with artworks or people, unconscious patterns and so on. Whenever possible and or necessary the discussions will be broadened and put in a larger context by the teacher. The students will be evaluated on the basis of their own presentation and on their weekly contributions to the discussions.
Attendance to each class is compulsory. 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 (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.

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
  • Remark: Student attendance is a requirement for this course unit. In case you are legitimately absent, bring a certificate to the secretariat as soon as possible.
Work time outside of contact hours64,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)100,00Assessment of reports during classes. Student attendance is a requirement for this course unit. In case you are legitimately absent, bring a certificate to the secretariat as soon as possible.

Evaluation (text)

Permanent 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.