Critical Text

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This module will prepare students to develop the critical reflection component of their exam project.

Various written formats will be explored, such as project descriptions, artist statements, manifestos, manuscripts, creative texts, and so on. Students will be given exercise in articulating a critical and contextual awareness of their own practice in relation to art history and theoretical frameworks, and will ultimately work towards finding their own voice within text-based expression.

Key questions:

How are references used and cited?

How are complex issues conveyed as text?

What is the difference between an academic text and an artist's critical reflection?

Learning Outcomes


Reflect critically on own practice


  • Convey ideas in writing
  • Analyze and communicate own artistic questions and standpoints
  • Identify and cite different types of references

General competence

  • Identify and choose between text formats
  • Arrange and structure a critical reflection in the form of a text


Full time.

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

University of Bergen
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Admission to the course requires a right to study in the Master's program in art.
Teaching and learning methods
  • Writing and reading exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

    A minimum of 80% attendance.

    Forms of Assessment

    Written submission (specific assignment given in module).

    Assessment criteria:

    written assignment demonstrating: reflection on individual artistic practice employing a critical approach

    Grading Scale
    Pass / Fail.
    Course Evaluation
    The module is evaluted every third year according to UiBs quality system for education.
    Programme Committee
    The program board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program and for the quality of the study program and all courses there
    Course Administrator
    The Art Academy at The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design holds the administrative responsibility for the module and study program.