Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Research in Dance36385/3143/2324/1/28
Study guide

Research in Dance

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bridging Programme dance
  • Preparatory Programme Music & Performing Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 9 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Van Assche Annelies
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 270,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

The course 'Research in Dance' offers insight into recent debates on artistic research. Students are offered examples of basic research methods in dance. This course prepares students to talk and write about their research by doing it in classes and assignments. An introduction to (academic) language and discourse is given and concrete cases of artistic research in dance are presented, analysed and discussed. In the first part of the course, students get an introduction to the art of pitching your research. Moreover, students are asked to position their own artistic research and to reflect on the broader field of artistic research. A distinction is made between research in dance in the academic world and within the arts field itself. Besides the (working) lectures, students are expected to participate in one compulsory symposium on artistic research and one symposium of their choice. This part of the course aims to acquaint students with the research practices and approaches of many different dance artists and how they talk about them. In addition, by means of individual assignments (a presentation assignment and a written assignment), students are introduced to the basic principles of speaking and writing about their own research as a dance artist. These individual assignments are discussed collectively and each receives individual feedback.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Passed the admission test.

Learning outcomes (list)

This course includes the following learning objectives:
Can distinguish between research on, with and in the arts
Acquires insight in a wide spectrum of possible approaches and meanings of research in the arts
Reports insights by reflecting on research processes and research outputs
Uses an academic vocabulary and is able to write in a clear, structured, and objective way
Relates the required insights to their own artistic practice and artistic process of research, and in doing so can recognize and describe their own method or way of research

Study material (text): Mandatory

  • Every student must have a laptop for blended learning (online and offline classes)
  • See Trotter (study guide)

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours240,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeResearch Assignment80,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodResearch Assignment80,00
Evaluation(s) for both exam chances, not reproducible in re-sit exam
Eerste examenperiodeReflection assignment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)20,00

Evaluation (text)

The evaluation consists of two parts:
- 80% research assignment 
- 20% permanent evaluation throughout the teaching weeks 

The 'research assignment' part (80%) consists of two assignments:
- 40% presentation assignment
- 40% writing assignment 

Refer to the evaluation list for the specific evaluation components of the course unit.

Re-sit exam
Not all courses have a re-sit exam possibility. Refer to the notification above in this ECTS information sheet for the possibility of a re-sit exam for this course unit.

A re-sit exam:

• is not possible for assessment methods that use permanent evaluation (see evaluation list above). When a re-sit exam is possible for the course, the grade for the permanent evaluation of the first examination period is transferred to the second examination period.
• is possible for the evaluation components that do not include permanent evaluation.

Attendance requirement:
A minimum of 60% attendance is required. For less than 60% attendance, the student will receive 0/20 for (all) permanent evaluation assessment method(s).

Conditions for legitimate absence:
• An absence substantiated by a medical certificate uploaded in iBamaFlex!
• An absence requested in advance and approved by the head of programme or artistic coordinator.