Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Art & Ecology: Making Change37270/3027/2324/1/84
Study guide

Art & Ecology: Making Change

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Painting within Fine Arts
    Choice package:
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze (MO + GO)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Painting within Fine Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses
    • Elective courses (MO + GO)
  • Bridging Programme Visual Arts
  • Preparatory Programme Visual Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Arkesteijn Roel
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).


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA2 - The student has the necessary knowledge, skills and insights regarding material, form, action, concepts, function and contents of the chosen medi
The student knows the relevant developments within ecological art.
BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
The student knows the relevant concepts concerning nature, environment and ecology.
The student can reflect on his own artistic practice and can situate it within contemporary developments within the field of visual arts.
The student has a broader vision of the position of his / her own work in relation to other humane and scientific fields, including ecology.
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 can critically analyze (art) theoretical texts.
BA6 - The student understands the characteristics of his/her personal designs and/or realizations and is able to communicate about this in an appropriate manner.
The student can explain his interdisciplinary research case orally.
BA7 - The student is able to organize his/her artistic project in consultation with others.
The student can write a concise interdisciplinary research case.
The student is able to help realize the proposals in practice by identifying potential partners and cooperating with these partners.

Course content

Since the late 1960s, a variety of new art forms have developed internationally, which for the sake of convenience are often referred to by the umbrella term 'ecological art'. In recent decades, these trends have accelerated, partly under the influence of alarming reports about climate change and the continuing degradation of biodiversity. Various generations of artists have responded by actively addressing ecological issues. Many artists have even initiated strategies to actively intervene in (local) ecological systems - often connecting different fields of science, communities, politicians, policy makers and financiers.

The lectures and workshops start from the practice of visual arts and ask the question how artists can bring about change. We pay attention to relevant trends in the field of nature and the environment and examine the work of pioneering eco-artists through close readings, among other things. Phenomena that will be discussed include permaculture, the global Transition movement and the phenomenon of 'ecovillages'. Equally, recent developments within the field of garden and landscape architecture will be presented. In the form of case studies in and around the Academy, the student then sets out to investigate and find ways of effecting change on a small scale in the everyday environment. By formulating achievable action points, we hope to be able to actually implement proposals. A writing exercise and a paper are part of Making Change.

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeProject assignment100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodProject assignment100,00