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Undergraduate course

Modern and Contemporary Art with Bachelor's Thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKUN254
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, Scandinavian, (English on request by more than 5 students. Requests must be made before the start of the term.)
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Level of Study


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is a specialization unit in art history. It explores central works and tendencies in visual art from the post-war era to the present ¿ in addition to the theoretic discussions that have taken place around these late modern and contemporary practices. The thematic focus may wary from term to term, but will be placed in the wide spectre between American post-war art, neo avant-garde movements, conceptualism, multimedia art practices, the relationship between aesthetics and politics (for example feminism and post-colonial perspectives) and the development of a global art scene.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the student will:


- have acquired specialized knowledge about important artistic tendencies and theoretical perspectives relevant in the study of modern and contemporary art after 1950

- Be able to analyse art from this period using relevant literature

- Be able to account for important concepts and theoretical positions in literature on art from this period.


- be able to develop, expand and critically reflect on issues and problems related to modern and contemporary art.

- be able to account for and apply relevant concepts and theories in art history.

General competence:

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

- Be able to write critical essays of academic standard

- Plan and follow up a project independently.

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 less 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

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.

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

A - 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.

Course Evaluation

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


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Bachelor's thesis

    Submission deadline
    01.12.2022, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam