Visual Art and Sloyd Education

The Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education at Konstfack offers two Teacher Education Programmes: -          One programme for students who want to become teachers at upper secondary level, with Visual Arts as main subject and Media or Design as the second subject. Here the semester of exchange is during Fall second BA year.   -          One programme to become a teacher at secondary level in Visual Arts and Sloyd. This programme also gives qualification to teach Visual Arts at upper secondary school. Here the semester of exchange is Spring during third BA year.               This means that all our courses have a ground in teacher education. The language of instruction is Swedish but of course we accept exchange students who do not speak Swedish. Then the teaching will be in a mix of English and Swedish in the class.     Exchange students are welcome to apply to our semester of Visual Art classes, namely Narration, Spatial Art and Material Culture. Below you’ll find descriptions of what these courses entail. Please note that the content of the courses might vary slightly from these descriptions.

Narration:

The course consists of three parts. One practical part that deals with narration using moving images in a more traditional way. Namely that which in everyday life might be understood as classical movie narration. But also the contrary, an investigation of different genres’ narrative patterns and conventions.

The second part of the course deals with and investigates comics and different types of animation. We investigate how we can convey a message effectively using our own images and work with different animation techniques.

The third part of the course is a theory segment. This part deals with general questions concerning the narrative of the image, narration and learning.

 

Spatial Art:

The course aims at making the similarities and differences in three-dimensional formations visible. During the course we work with problematizations and methods ranging from the small object to the spatial installation, from the principles of depiction to the idea-based strategies for formation and boundary-breaking types of formation like performance.

By trying and re-trying an object’s or room’s attributes we wish to problematize and make visible how the room’s attributes both presuppose and affect an artistic and pedagogical work. The course consists of different parts: installation, sculpture, art didactics and art theory. We investigate spatial dimensions like the bodily, material, social, relational and temporal dimensions. These are dimensions that we need to respect and relate to, both in artistic and pedagogical practices. 

 

Material Culture:

What are our expectations for the future concerning production, consumption and environment? Instead of buying products produced far away from where we live, under conditions we don’t stand for, perhaps we should learn to create our own everyday objects?

Material culture is a Visual Arts course in which we work thematically with these questions. The dominating features of the course are formation work along with art and design theory. The course will problematize the concept of Anthropocene, meaning the era that we live in now, linked to the Earth’s inability to heal the environmental damages caused by man. We also look at what we can do as individuals today when it comes to recycling, downcycling and upcycling.   

The course will also investigate the phenomenon of advertising, its visual rhetoric, and how it is feverishly at work to make us spend more money on products and services. To understand how advertising works can be a way to raise awareness about the effect it has in people’s lives.