Art in Context I


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, philosophy, sociology, psychology, feminist and decolonial theory) and an introduction to the analytical methodologies of these disciplines.

Together with Art in Context II, the module introduces students to the academic and theoretical contexts of the field of art and technology. Through different teaching formats such as lectures, workshops, study-trips, and seminars, the students will learn how to apply theories when analyzing media art.


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

  • Art in Context I

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.


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.


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
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
Active participation in the module’s series of lectures and other course related activities is required. Active participation is defined as reading of set literature, 80 % attendance of the module’s series of lectures and other course related activities, contribution to the module’s discussion sessions through presentations and active participation in discussions as well as hand in of all assignments.

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.
Form of examination: c)
In case of a Fail grade, an additional examiner will also evaluate the assignment.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKunst i kontekst I
Module codeBAART20197
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
3rd 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