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Undergraduate course

Ancient Art and the Classical Tradition with Bachelor's Thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKUN253
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, Scandinavian, (English on request)
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring/Autumn, but not regularly

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is a specialization unit in art history. It focuses on the arts and visual culture of antiquity and the use and reuse of antique art in modern and contemporary European culture, especially in the late 19th - 21st centuries. The impact of prehistoric, classical and Byzantine forms on modern art and visual culture from various contexts is central to the theme. The lectures are structured thematically around selected artists and artworks. Examples are drawn from the realms of sculpture, painting, fashion and advertising and commercial art. The course may explore themes such as the interaction between art and archaeology, original versus copy, mimesis, appropriation, paraphrase, polychromy, and the aesthetics of the fragment. The main theme is open to variation.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course the student will:

- have acquired specialized knowledge of the interaction of antique and modern art.

- have a thorough knowledge of the recycling of archaeological material in modern and contemporary art, visual culture, fashion and advertising.


After completing the course the student will

- be able to critically reflect on aesthetic and visual questions.

- be able to decipher cultural codes and processes of reception.

- be able to use relevant art-historical methods to interpret art works.

General competence

- through the Bachelor thesis the student will have gained practise in working independently with art-historical material.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching will be in the form of lectures, normally 12 (each 90 minutes). Individual supervision will also be given in connection with the writing of the Bachelor thesis. If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department may reduce the teaching; cf. the department¿s guidelines on ¿Mitt UiB¿. In that case, the students will be informed about it at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline for semester registration 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must participate in a minimum 75% of lectures and seminars

The Bachelor thesis must be handed in for advising twice during the semester. It is mandatory to submit the essay for two tutorials. A list of names and individual times for supervision will be published on Mitt UiB.

In the autumn semester 2021, the attendance requirement will not apply due to the corona situation. However, it is highly recommended that students attend as much as possible.

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation is based on the supervised Bachelor thesis of 4500-5000 words. The subject of the thesis should relate to the theme of the course offered in the current semester.

Grading Scale

Grading scale A to F

Assessment Semester

Spring or Autumn, but not regularly. There is also assessment early in the following semester for students with approved compulsory assignments given the course was held in the previous semester.

Reading List

The syllabus is ca 1000 pages. The source literature for the Bachelor's thesis is chosen by the student, in consultation with the supervisor, on the basis of the individual topic.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

E-mail: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Bachelor's thesis

    Submission deadline
    19.11.2021, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam