KLS 3400 Introduction to art and creative industry

KLS 3400 Introduction to art and creative industry

Course code: 
KLS 3400
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Sigrid Røyseng
Course name in Norwegian: 
Introduksjon til kunst og kreativ næring
Product category: 
Bachelor of Creative Industries Management - Programme Courses
2018 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

With this course, students will develop insight into areas that will give them a broader foundation for leading organizations in the creative industries. Creative industry embraces a broad segment of cultural and economic activities, such as music, design, film, dance, theatre, visual arts, and games. Here we find aesthetic expressions that challenge and entertain, art that is created for its own purpose, and creative products and services generated on a commercial platform. In these are organizations for which state funding makes up a substantial element of their financing we also find businesses that more or less exclusively generate their income on the market. But what these divisions of the art and creative industries have in common is that they are perceived by many as existentially meaningful. This is given expression by the energy spent by businesses to create content that contributes to covering our need to find meaning in what we do.    

The course provides an introduction to central definitions, structures, logics and transitions that management in art and the creative industries should be aware of. As well as providing access to knowledge regarding the internal aspects of the creative industries, it also provides insight into the industry’s role in society and in the value of art and creative skills in other areas of working life.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Students will acquire a broad base of skills regarding common features and variations in art and the creative industries and management in the creative industries. They will acquire knowledge of aesthetic, economic and organizational aspects of the industry, as well as history and processes of change in the industry. 

Learning outcomes - Skills

Students will be able to explain and analyse how basic features of art and the creative industries. They will learn how to produce and discuss central issues within the industry in written form. 

Learning Outcome - Reflection

Students will develop their ability to reflect on the values that provide the foundation for different aesthetic and economic approaches in art and the creative industries. They will provide nuance for the variations that exist. 

Course content
  • What is art? 
  • What is creative industry?
  • What characterizes creative processes? 
  • Which industries are part of the creative industry, and what characterizes them? 
  • What characterizes the economy in art and creative industry - historically and today?
  • What is the role of politics and public authorities in the arts and creative industries, historically and today?
Learning process and requirements to students

The course is carried out with the use of lectures and case studies complimented by external guests.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites is required.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Semester(s)
Exam code: 
KLS 34001
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
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Portfolio assessment
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Student workload
30 Hour(s)
Other in classroom
6 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
70 Hour(s)
70 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
24 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.