Arts-Based Research


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module “Art-Based Research” focuses on the meeting between artistic experimental practices and academic, analytical methods. The module focuses on the interrelation between theoretical and practical approaches. Arts-based research takes the form of projects based on a set or self-chosen problem formulation or problem field. The projects investigate this interrelation by means of artistic artefacts (e.g. installations, exhibitions, performances, events, etc.) and academic methods such as the production and analysis of empirical data. The module introduces theories related to arts-based research, combined with the practical planning and realization of arts-based research projects.


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

  • Arts-Based Research

Learning objectives


During this module, students should acquire:

Basic knowledge about

  • selected theories and methods of arts-based research
  • quantitative and qualitative methods in arts-based research
  • the historic and epistemological dimensions of arts-based research
  • formats of knowledge dissemination for arts based research findings
  • evaluation criteria for arts-based research projects
  • planning, curating and realizing an arts-based research project or exhibition.


Skills in

  • conceptualize and formulate a relevant arts-based research problem or field of investigation
  • creating concepts for artistic research experiments
  • applying evaluation criteria as part of arts-based research
  • employing methods of practical planning, realization, and evaluation of arts-based research projects.


Competencies in

  • developing a research design
  • developing and realizing arts-based research projects in the field of art and technology
  • planning and realizing an arts-based research project.

Type of instruction

Individual or smaller groups in relation to course activities.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • Prerequisition: In order to attend the oral examination students are required to design and realize an arts-based research project and produce an academic report/paper, which must not exceed 10 pages per group.


Name of examArts-Based Research
Type of exam
Oral exam
Form of examination: a)
Oral group-based exam.
Duration of oral Exam: 20 min per student including grading and assessment. Max 1 hour per group.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePraksis-baseret forskning
Module codeBAART201917
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
5. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Art and Technology
Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities