Art in Context I – Art Theory


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module is an introduction to relevant art, media art, and aesthetic theories from a variety of research disciplines and research traditions (i.e. history of art and literature, rhetoric, philosophy, sociology, technology) and an introduction to the analytical methodologies of these disciplines and their position within theories of science related to the study‟s subject field. Together with Art in Context II, the module introduces the students to the academic and theoretical contexts of the mixed field of art and technology. Through different teaching formats such as lectures, workshops, study-trips, and seminars, the students will get acquainted with the methodologies of analyzing media art and digital design artifacts.

Courses: In connection with the module, courses may be offered within the following area:

  • Theory of Art and Aesthetics Learning objectives: 

Learning objectives


During this module, students should acquire basic knowledge about

  • basic aesthetic theories and their significance for art and experience design
  • basic methods of aesthetic analysis of artworks and art projects
  • basic art theories on the relation between artist, the recipient, and the work of art


During this module, students should acquire skills in

  • applying various basic aesthetic concepts and artistic models in connection with analyzing projects of art, their contexts and their participants
  • presenting and discussing various aesthetic and artistic positions and their significance for the field of art and technology


During this module, students should acquire competencies in

  • writing academic analysis of artistic projects and aesthetic artefacts
  • applying aesthetic theories and methods in design, description and evaluation of artistic projects and experiences
  • conducting case specific studies, applying one or more theories and methods of the field.

Type of instruction

Method of working: Individual work in relation to course activities



Name of examArt in Context I – Art Theory
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is a 7-day assignment on a set subject, which is evaluated by one examiner and awarded a pass/fail grade.

Number of pages: the written work must not exceed 12 pages.

In case of a Fail grade, an additional examiner will also evaluate the assignment.

The examination may be substituted by satisfactory and active participation in
courses, i.e. 80% presence and submission of all assignments set during the course.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe examination should demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the objectives outlined above.

Facts about the module

Danish titleKunst i kontekst I – kunstteori
Module codeBAART20157
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
2nd or 4th semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Art & Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities