Art and Problem-Based Research Methodology


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module gives knowledge of theories and methods for creating art-based, visual communicative, digital and cultural expertise. The students are taught problem-based, art based and art pedagogical approaches to research and theory generating practice. The module comprises local based and site-specific activities connected to art and problem-based research methodology. First part of the module is taking place as a five-days mandatory symposium on one campus.

Learning objectives


Through the module, the student must gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Visual communicative, digital and cultural paradigms, methodologies and art-based methods
  • Relation between scientific philosophy, scientific and art-based methods and theory in transdisciplinary settings
  • Problem-based, art-based, art pedagogical approaches to research and theory generating practices


The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • Seeking, analysing, and discussing advanced research literature in art education, digital visual communication, and arts-based research
  • Applying theories and concepts from advanced research literature and practice in independent research projects
  • Evaluating and reflecting the implications from using diverse methodical, artistic and theoretical approaches and concepts


The student must through the module acquire competences for:

  • Independently to perform creative problem setting, rethink, plan and conduct and problem-solving in specific contexts of practice  
  • Reflect on the basis for combining creative and scientific approaches for investigating visual communicative and art educational issues
  • Recognizing novel contexts for transdisciplinary, creative problem-solving

Type of instruction

Furthermore, the students are taught in collaborating online, offline and hybrid learning environment. The first part of the module takes place as a mandatory five-days symposia on a campus.

Reference is made to §17.



Name of examArt and Problem-Based Research Methodology
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
An internal written examination in Art and Problem-Based Research Methodology.
The examination is a seven-day take-home assignment on a set topic. Evaluation: pass/fail.
The assignment paper must demonstrate that the student fulfils the objectives for the module stated above.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

The criteria of assessment are stated in the  Academic Policies and Regulations (Aalto)

Facts about the module

Danish titleKunst- og problembaseret forskningsmetodologi
Module codeKANOVA231
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
MA 1. Semester

Location of the lecture: Aalborg University Copenhagen + online co-teaching
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Arts (MA) in Visual Studies and Art Education
Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities