Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Language-based art38354/3027/2324/1/80
Study guide

Language-based art

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
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • credit contract.
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: di Serego Alighieri Andrea
Other teaching staff: Bovyn Guy
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: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 36,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

This course is concerned with language and writing and their potential for artistic production.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA1 - The student has the necessary artistic skills to design and/or realize a personal project within the broad spectrum of the visual arts under supervision.
The students are able to conceive, organize and realize their own artistic project in a self-disciplined, systematic and autonomous way.
BA2 - The student has the necessary knowledge, skills and insights regarding material, form, action, concepts, function and contents of the chosen medi
The students are able to deliever a consistent and original piece of written work.
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 students will develop knowledge and insight into the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of writing practices and discourses.
The students is able to follow and interpret evolutions within the field, and can position themselves within an artistic and intellectual framework.
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 students gain insight into past and current discourses on text and writing in the art field and beyond, as well as a set of technical and theoretical skills to be able to communicate and present their writings effectively.

Course content

This elective course takes language and writing as its subject matters. Further, it explores writing’s potential for artistic research and production, and primarily as an autonomous form of art in itself.

The primary aim of the course is to provide students with a concrete set of frameworks and methodologies that can allow them to experiment with and develop their own writing, in free from. (The course doesn’t address academic writing, but will still tackle analytical and essayistic forms, just from a different angle).

The course will be organised around three axes: free writing (experimentation), poetics (writing theories, histories and techniques) and publishing (editing, typesetting, mise en page, reading and performance). Themes and subjects discussed will be, a. o.: translation, prosody, metrics, plurilinguism, politics of delivery, orality, voice, material culture of the text, mise en page, typography, typesetting, inscription.

Students wishing to enrol in this elective must pass an intake test, based on personal motivation, and an interview.
Written motivations (max 1 A4) can be sent to:
Deadline: 15 October

A maximum of 13 students will be allowed to participate

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials26,00 hours
  • Description: Meetings with students: 2 hours a week, or 4 hours every two weeks. 3 guest lectures: 2 from within the Academy, 1 from outside guests
  • Remark: After an initial period of written experimentation, intertwined by lectures, excursions and exercises on theories and techniques the students will aim at producing and publishing a consistent piece (or a collection) of writing(s).

    Exercises will take the form of workshops in the classroom and/or elsewhere (such as libraries or outdoor spaces).

    Lectures will be delievered by the core tutor and by a selection of guests, lecturers and/or researchers at the Aceademy and beyond.

    A necessary aspect of the course will be its collective dimension (writings will be delivered and discussed with the whole group), as it will also be gathered, published and presented together at the end. This publication will take the form of a printed object and/or a public reading.
Work time outside of contact hours10,00 hours
  • Description: Workload: the work is primarily done in class (writing experiments and lectures: 70%), with some ‘home work’ for revision (30%)

Evaluation (text)

The outcome of the course will be a consistent piece (or a series) of writings, developed autonomously by the students or in relation to the material presented in the course.

Permanent evaluation + end evaluation at the end of the year. Assessment criteria are: originality, conceptual coherence and clarity, (formal/performative) delivery.

The final result is formed by aggregating the marks obtained during the permanent evaluation (40%) and the end-of-year evaluation (60%).