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Graduation project 'COLC - undrown' | Marloes van Son, ArtScience 2013, Winner - ArtScience Department Award

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The Bachelor’s programme aims to guide students towards an ‘auto-disciplinary’ art practice. Students acquire the skills, research methods and conceptual background that they need in order to develop their personal artistic work within the broad field of the arts and sciences.

The courses provide a theoretical and practical foundation, but the core of the education offered at ArtScience consists of practice-based research. Knowledge is acquired through the conception and realisation of projects. In these projects, students work together with their teachers and primarily with other students, thereby learning to collaborate and organise projects on various scales. The open curriculum and the individual study tracks help students to develop a strong sense of independence, self-organisation and critical thinking during their studies. Because many study projects are presented outside the walls of the school, students are expected to be active and well connected in the field at the time of their final examinations.

Professional competencies

Students are challenged to develop a range of professional competencies in three domains:
a. the artistic-technical domain
b. the professional domain
c. the theoretical domain

Within each of these domains, students are expected to develop competencies within the following areas:
1. creativity
2. critical reflection
3. innovation and growth
4. organisation
5. communication
6. contextual awareness
7. collaboration

These competencies form the foundation for the assessment by the teachers at the end of each course module, and they are used to evaluate the presentations at the end of each semester. In addition, evaluation sessions are held twice each year, in which students evaluate the programme and suggest improvements.

Propaedeutic Year

Creative ability: You are able to apply the acquired skills and knowledge independently to the production of your work, and you are able to carry out the assignments given in connection with your artistic ambitions.
Capacity for critical reflection: You are able to reflect on your own work and evaluate its effectiveness and quality.
Capacity for growth and innovation: You are able to acquire and apply new knowledge, skills and insights at a theoretical and practical level.
Organisational ability: You are capable of organising internal and external factors in order to create an effective and inspiring research and working process.
Communicative ability: You are capable of providing verbal explanations of your own work and development, in addition to interpreting your own positions in relation to the current artistic situation, both orally and in writing.
Environmental orientation: You are able to demonstrate a strong interest in historical and current forms of art and your social significance and embeddedness. They can actively participate in critical assessments of your own work and that of others.
Capacity for collaboration: You are capable of making positive contributions to group projects, excursions and the educational climate in your classes and at the Academy.

Main Phase, Year 2

Creative ability: You are capable of initiating and sustaining a broad and varied, inquiry-based production of visual objects.
Capacity for critical reflection: You are able to reflect on your own work and that of others and evaluate its effectiveness and quality.
Capacity for growth and innovation: You are able to apply newly acquired knowledge, skills and insights to the development and progress of your own work.
Organisational ability: You are able to arrange your work processes and studios in a manner that promotes progress and depth in production.
Communicative ability: You are able to discuss your work and production processes, explaining these using words and images.
Environmental orientation: You are capable of delving into artistic and social settings in order to intensify your production of visual objects and your reflection on these.
Capacity for collaboration: You are capable of collaborating with fellow you and/or external parties, applying the experiences that emerge from these collaborations to enhance the progress and depth of your research and production processes.

Main Phase, Year 3

Creative ability: You are capable of applying thematic and formal coherence to the continuing production of visual objects.
Capacity for critical reflection: You are capable of identifying both weaknesses and potential when investigating work in terms of its thematic and formal coherence.
Capacity for growth and innovation: You are capable of achieving continual development in your work, in part by focusing on the coherence of your work.
Organisational ability: You are able to arrange your work and research in a manner that promotes optimal thematic and formal coherence.
Communicative ability: You are able to discuss the coherence of your work, explaining it using words and images.
Environmental orientation: You increasingly relate to artistic and social settings, using these aspects to intensify your investigation of thematic and formal coherence in your work.
Capacity for collaboration: You are capable of collaborating with fellow you and/or external parties, applying the experiences that emerge from these collaborations to enhance your investigation of thematic and formal coherence.

Main Phase, Year 4

Creative ability: You create authentic work that emerges from your own research and personal artistic vision and which contributes to the achievement of your personal ambitions as an artist.
Capacity for critical reflection: You are able to consider, analyse, explain and assess your own work and that of others, and you are capable of abstracting the outcomes for the benefit of your own work.
Capacity for growth and innovation: Through a continuous process of research you are able to further develop your artistic practice in terms of both breadth and depth, thereby contributing to your discipline.
Organisational ability: You are able to create an inspiring and functional working environment and organise your research, work and practice effectively.
Communicative ability: You are able to present and explain your visions, research and work in a convincing manner.
Environmental orientation: You are able to relate your own artistic practice to the wider artistic and social context.
Capacity for collaboration: You are able to make independent artistic contributions to collaborative products or processes.

Final qualifications of the Bachelor’s programme

During the final examination, students present works that demonstrate their ability to work as professional artists and that convincingly communicate an articulated and authentic vision on the arts. Graduates are expected to have the following final qualifications:

  • Students create authentic works emerging from their own artistic visions that contribute to the fulfilment of their personal ambitions as artists (creative ability)
  • Students are able to consider, analyse, interpret and assess their own work and that of others, and they are able to consider their findings constructively in relation to their own work (capacity for critical reflection)
  • Students are able to achieve further development in the breadth and depth of their artistic practice in an ongoing process, thereby contributing to developments in their artistic disciplines (capacity for growth and innovation)
  • Students are able to establish and maintain an inspirational and functional working environment and organise their research, work and practice (organisational ability) 
  • Students are able to present and discuss their artistic visions, research and work in an effective manner (communicative ability) 
  • Students are able to relate their artistic practice to both the artistic and social context (external awareness) 
  • Students are able to make independent contributions to collaborative products or processes (capacity for collaboration)



   
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