Artistic theory and methodology (MUM807)

Based on a wide portfolio of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the course qualifies students for in-depth and relevant reflection towards their chosen specialization linked to their master project.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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The course represents the methodological and theoretical tools for the development of the candidate’s master project. Lectures/seminars are thematically organized, in which the first part is concentrated around project development, including writing training and text development. Further on, basic theoretical and analytical models and tools are introduced to aid the conceptual and analytical development of the candidate’s own master project and future artistic work.

For each year a detailed plan is presented, with the following themes:

  • Project development related to master project
  • Writing workshop
  • Artistic and scientific methodology
  • Perspectives on artistic research
  • Art theory and critical analysis
  • Introduction to art-based methodologies, e.g. a/r/tography, performative inquiry, sensory ethnography, diffraction, narrative methodology, affective methodology
  • Aesthetics and creativity
  • Experimentalism and performativity
  • Ethics

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the course, the candidate should have acquired the following:


  • detailed and systematic knowledge about historic and arts-based connections to one’s own performance practice
  • ability to account for different perspectives on relevant research and field of specialization.


  • a conceptual, methodological, and language-based skill set which enables the candidate to develop specific artistic projects around personal artistic practice
  • able to reflect on personal practice, as well as mediate relevant knowledge to the field

General competence

  • a general competence which includes central methodologies for conceptual project development, critical analysis, contextualization, and personal reflection

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Portfolio submission
• Regular presentations throughout the year
• Regular, short written submissions throughout the year
• Final presentation

Coursework requirements

Teaching in the course is mandatory, the Master Forums included. In order to take the exam, the student must have at least 80% attendance.

There is basically no differentiation between reasons for the absence.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olaf Eggestad

Course coordinator:

Petter Frost Fadnes

Study Adviser:

Anne Siri Norland

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

Students are expected to attend all of the Master Forums. Students are responsible for keeping up to date with information provided on Canvas.

Open for

Music Performance - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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