Ba study program in art & technology, 2015

1: Preface

In pursuance of Act No. 960 of 14 August 2014 on universities (the University Act) with subsequent amendments the following regulations and curriculum are stipulated for the BA program in Art & Technology.

2: Basis in ministerial orders

The Bachelor’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1520 of 16 December 2013 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 670 of 19 June 2014 on University Examinations (the Examination Order) with subsequent changes. Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 257 of March 18, 2015 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order) with subsequent changes.

3: Campus

The programme is offered in Aalborg og København. 

4: Faculty affiliation

The Bachelor’s programme falls under The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University.

5: Study board affiliation

The Bachelor’s programme falls under Study Board of Art & Technology

6: Affiliation to corps of external examiners

The Bachelor’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Information Studies and Interactive Media Studies.

7: Admission requirements

Students admitted through the coordinated enrolment procedure, are admitted on the basis of completed secondary school education including mathematics at B level, English at B level, history or history of ideas or contemporary history at B level, and in addition one language at A level – but only at B level in case the language is at an advanced level. More information and possible further requirements are available at the website of the program.

8: The programme title in Danish and English

The Bachelor’s programme entitles the graduate to the designation Bachelor (BA) i kunst og teknologi. The English designation is: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art and Technology.

9: Programme specifications in ECTS credits

The Bachelor’s programme is a 3-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 180 ECTS credits.

10: Rules concerning credit transfer (merit), including the possibility for choice of modules that are part of another programme at a university in Denmark or abroad

The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Bachelor’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level, in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.

11: Exemptions

In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order.  Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.

12: Rules for examinations

The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published by the faculty on their website.

13: Rules concerning written work, including the Bachelor’s project

In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.

The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).

The Bachelor’s project must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.

14: Requirements regarding the reading of texts in a foreign language

It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in his or her native language as well as in English and use reference works etc. in other European languages.

15: Competence profile on the diploma

The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:

A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has competencies acquired through an educational programme that has taken place in a research environment.

A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has fundamental knowledge of and insight into his/her subject's methods and scientific foundation. These properties qualify the graduate of the Bachelor’s programme for further education in a relevant Master’s programme as well as for employment on the basis of the educational programme

16: Competence profile of the programme

The BA program in Art & Technology is a research-based full-time study program aimed at providing students with a relevant background for carrying out professional functions and at qualifying students for admission to an MA program.

The general objective of the BA program in Art & Technology is for students to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required in order to work independently within the subject areas at a level, which meets international standards.

Knowledge

Within the field of art and technology, and on completion of the BA program, students should have knowledge, understanding and reflection about:

  • technologies and materials important for the field of art and technology
  • artistic-experimental, academic and technological methods and practices
  • theories on perception and cognition
  • theories on interactive spaces, interactive dramaturgies, sound, and multimodal technologies
  • problem-based learning
  • art history, art theory, and aesthetic theories
  • various quantitative and qualitative methods in relation to the analysis and understanding of users, places and their applications
  • theories of art and media art
  • theories and methods for strategic communication and entrepreneurship.

Skills

Within the field of art and technology, and on the completion of the BA program, students should have skills in:

  • identifying, formulating, analyzing, and solving artistic and technological problems
  • analyzing real world entrepreneurship relevant to the field of art and technology
  • selecting and employing various methods of concept development
  • describing and motivating choice of methods in connection with the production of sketches, models and prototypes of artefacts
  • identifying, describing, evaluating, selecting, and applying appropriate technologies and construction methods for the production and use of art and technological artefacts
  • applying central concepts and analytical methods of art theory, and aesthetics
  • devising concrete and practical methods of international collaboration
  • communicating professionally to both specialists and non-specialists through artistic projects and project reports.

Competencies

Within the field of art and technology, on completion of the BA program, students should have competencies in:

  • applying academic-analytical theories in creative processes aiming at the production of art and technology artefacts
  • developing and realizing artistic concepts relevant to various user groups
  • implementing solutions for international collaboration
  • constructing synergies between marketing, entrepreneurship and artistic projects
  • collaborating with professionals to solve defined problems
  • operationalizing art and technology projects in the context of social, cultural and global issues
  • identifying further learning needs and structuring learning processes in the area of art and technology.

17: Structure and Contents of the programme

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

The duration of the BA program is six semesters (first to sixth semester). In the fifth semester the students have the opportunity of tailoring their education through elective modules representing 10 ECTS credits in total. Such modules may typically be offered by other programs or in other academic areas. In the sixth semester, students write a BA project. A period of exchange studies abroad may form part of the program, normally after successful completion of the first three semesters, and following the approval of the study board.

The program consists of modules and is structured as a problem-based and predominantly project organized study program. In the fifth semester students may choose optional modules representing 10 ECTS credits, i.e. either 10 ECTS credits or 2 x 5 ECTS credits.

Sculpture and Technology1st sem15 ECTS
Problem-Based Learning1st sem5 ECTS
Physical Interface Design I1st sem5 ECTS
History of Art and Technology I (or II)1st sem5 ECTS
Performative Space and Technology2nd sem20 ECTS
Physical Interface Design II2nd sem5 ECTS
Art in Context I – Art Theory (or II)2nd sem5 ECTS
Dynamic Art and Technology3rd sem15 ECTS
Programming Interactive Systems3rd sem5 ECTS
Art and Technology Concept Design3rd sem5 ECTS
History of Art and Technology II (or I)3rd sem5 ECTS
Place and Space of Interaction4th sem20 ECTS
Art in Context II – Media Art Theory (or I)4th sem5 ECTS
International Collaboration4th sem5 ECTS
Narratives and Interaction5th sem15 ECTS
Mixed Reality Technologies5th sem5 ECTS
Art-Based Research5th sem5 ECTS
Art and Technology as Experience (Bachelor Project)6th sem20 ECTS
Art & Technology Entrepreneurship6th sem5 ECTS

 

Elective modules: Students must select 5 ECTS in the fifth semester and additional 5 ECTS in the sixth semester

Multimedia Programming (Elective) or
Electives
5th sem.5 ECTS
Play and Event (Elective) or
Electives
6th sem.5 ECTS
Social Sciences Module5th  or 6th sem.5 ECTS
Engineering Module5th  or 6th sem.5 ECTS
Humanities Module5th  or 6th sem.5 ECTS

Students may choose one or more elective modules offered by AAU or other universities representing a total of at least 5 ECTS. Such choices by students must be approved by both the Board of Studies of Art & Technology and the Board of Studies offering the activity prior to the beginning of the semester. Under all circumstances, electives/elective modules must always as a minimum represent a total of 10 ECTS.

 

Subsection 2 ART PROGRAM
As a whole the program is based on progression of increasing academic complexity, stretching from working with a focus on: 1. simple and isolated artefacts in solid materials 2. basic spatial conditions and spatial constructions across working with a focus on 3. construction of artefacts expressing or creating movements (transitions and transformations) physically and/or psychologically and 4. principles concerning interaction between artefacts and humans to working with a focus on 5. artefacts with narrative qualities. The five first semesters of the program each take their focus points as their point of departure 6. in the sixth semester, which must conclude in a BA project, students will to a larger extent choose their individual focus as well as their individual weighting of principles.

Subsection 3 SEMESTER 1
In the main module of the first semester, 1: Sculpture and Technology project work is anchored in subject matters concerning the construction of simple and isolated artefacts. The teaching is organized as a number of workshops and courses to support project work. In order to offer the students broad knowledge about the field art and technology, three separate modules are offered: 2: Problem-Based Learning, 3: Physical Interface Design I and 4: History of Art and Technology I

Subsection 4 SEMESTER 2
In the main module of the second semester, 5: Performative Space and Technology, project work concentrates on space, basic spatial conditions and the creation of places. Teaching is organized in a number of workshops and related courses supporting project work. In order to support the students in their work in a broader sense, one module is offered teaching basic programming skills 6: Physical Interface Design II; and another module, 7: Art in Context I – Art Theory focusing on art theory.

Subsection 5 SEMESTER 3
In the main module of the third semester, 8: Dynamic Art and Technology, project work concentrates on problems concerning construction of products and artefacts expressing or causing transitions and creating movement physically and/or psychologically. Work is organized in a number of workshops and related courses aimed at supporting project work. In order to further the students programming skills and deepen their understanding of art's challenges and opportunities within society, separate modules are offered in 9: Programming Interactive Systems, 10: Art and Technology Concept Design, and the module 11: History of Art and Technology II, focusing on art analysis and art history.

Subsection 6 SEMESTER 4
In the main module in the fourth semester, module 12: Place and Space of Interaction, the project work consists of problems and solutions concerning the creation of interactive spaces, places and installations. Work is organized in a number of workshops and related courses aimed at supporting project work. In order to support the students in their work in a wider sense, module 13: Art in Context II – Media Art Theory focusing on media art theory and analysis and module 14: International Collaboration focusing on collaborative practice is offered.

Subsection 7 SEMESTER 5
In the main module in the fifth semester, module15: Narratives and Interaction, project work consists in focusing on how to create responsive narrative universes and scenic artefacts. Teaching is organized in a number of workshops and related courses aimed at supporting project work. In order to support the students in their work, a separate module, 16: Mixed Reality Technology is offered. Furthermore, module 17: Art-Based Research introduces art as a scientific research method. With a view to tailoring their own education – i.e. in relation to subsequent MA studies – students must also choose relevant elective modules representing 5 ECTS credits. Typically, other AAU programs or other universities will offer elective modules. The study board of Art and Technology may offer module 18: Multimedia Programming.

Subsection 8 SEMESTER 6
In the main module in the sixth semester, 19: Art and Technology as Experience consists in the BA project of the program. The BA project must include a minimum of three of the focal areas and methodologies, which are presented in the previous main modules of the program. Work is organized in a number of workshops and related courses aimed at supporting project work.

In addition, students must complete module 20: ArT Marketing and Entrepreneurship. With a view to tailoring their own education – i.e. in relation to subsequent MA studies – students must also choose relevant elective modules representing 5 ECTS credits. Typically, other AAU programs or other universities offer elective modules. Art & Technology offers, depending on the number of attendees, module 19: Play and Event.

18: Overview of the programme

The program consists of modules and is structured as a problem-based and predominantly project organized study program. In the fifth semester students may choose optional modules representing 10 ECTS credits, i.e. either 10 ECTS credits or 2 x 5 ECTS credits.

Offered as: 1-professional
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method
1 Semester
Sculpture and Technology Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Problem Based Learning Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Physical Interface Design I Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
History of Art and Technology I Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
2 Semester
Performative Space and Technology Project 20 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Physical Interface Design II Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
Art in Context I – Art Theory Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
3 Semester
Dynamic Art and Technology Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Programming Interactive Systems Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Art and Technology Concept Design Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten and oral exam
History of Art and Technology II Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
4 Semester
Place and Space of Interaction Project 20 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Art in Context II – Media Art Theory Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
International Collaboration Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
5 Semester
Narratives and Interaction Project 15 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Mixed Reality Technologies Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
Art-Based Research Course 5 Passed/Not PassedExternal examinationOral exam
Electives 5
6 Semester
Art and Technology as Experience (Bachelor Project) Project 20 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten and oral exam
Art & Technology Entrepreneurship Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationWritten exam
Electives 5

 
Electives
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method
Play and Event Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam
Multimedia Programming Course 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam
Electives Project 5 Passed/Not Passed Internal examination Written exam

19: Additional information

Substitution for fourth or fifth semester

Location of module: 4th or 5th semester

Credits: 30 ECTS
Method of working: studying abroad

Learning objectives:
During the fourth or fifth semester, students can study abroad at a foreign university or educational institution (e.g. art academy). The study activities abroad must in terms of content and subject matter match or add to the program of Art and Technology at Aalborg University. The student does not have the possibility to studying abroad during both semesters. The student has to apply the study board by sending in detailed information about the foreign educational institution and the courses the student plan to attend (cf. form issued by the study board of ArT); and the board of study has to approve it, before the student can travel abroad.

During this module students should acquire:

Basic knowledge about

  • defined by the foreign academic program

    Skills in

  • defined by the foreign academic program

    Competencies in

  • defined by the foreign academic program

The module is completed with:

An internal written examination in Module 3: Substitution for fourth or fifth semester Normally, the foreign program defines the examination form and requirements. The student has to submit all assignments and has to attend all assessments specified by the program chosen corresponding to 30 ECTS. In addition, the student has to prepare a short evaluation report of his/her study abroad including a short description of the institution, the courses attended, and the learning outcome. This part must not exceed 3 pages. In case the educational institution does not grade or otherwise assess students’ work according to 7-point scale (e.g. various art academies), the student has to submit a reflective report describing his/her work during the semester, theories and methods applied, and the learning outcome. Form of examination: a). The written part must not exceed 20 pages. Grading according to the 7-point scale.

 

20: Commencement and transitional rules

These regulations have been recommended by the Board of Studies for Art & Technology and approved by the Dean. These regulations take effect from September 1 st 2015 and apply to all students who begin their studies in the BA program on this date or later.

The Study Board will determine when examinations will be held for the last time in accordance with the present regulations for Art & Technology and/or the Faculty of Humanities, AAU.

 

21: Amendments to the curriculum and regulations

Minor editorial changes have been made in connection with the digitisation of the study Curriculum