Degree Project
Course description
Ädellab, MA2, tutor Karen Pontoppidan
Degree Project consists of the following three learning elements:
Essay
7,5 ECTS
Laboration 4
7,5 ECTS
Exam
12 ECTS
Touchdown
3 ECTS
The Essay-writing develops the student’s competence in writing as well as reading scientific reports and articles.
The theme of the essay is chosen by the student and the course consists of seminars, group discussions and
individual tutoring.
Laboration 4 marks the culmination of the assessed work on the course. Here we expect to see the emergence
of the Masterful Practitioner, presenting a fully resolved body of work that can be defended through public
examination, which fulfills all of the objectives that the students have set for themselves at the start of the year.
During the Exam the students present themselves as artists, their intention with the degree project, their visual
work, their capacity to embrace the complexity of a master project and their ideas about further development as
professional artists. The exam will include opponents and take place in front of an audience.
Touchdown presents the student and their work in a fully polished professional way, making use of contacts and
skills acquired earlier in the year. This will culminate in a major public exhibition – and we expect students to have a
professional development plan in place to exploit the opportunities that their graduation will present them with. This is
the final preparation for the student’s professional career.
MA2 – Degree Project
Learning outcomes
Examination criteria
Material based research
Upon completing the course, the student is to:

Plan and execute a project leading to a
considerable improvement of the students
capacity in a specific field of jewellery and/or
corpus
To fulfil the learning outcomes:
The student presents an individual body of work. The
body of work is communicating the chosen subject of
the exam-work through the language of jewellery
and/or corpus. The amount of work equals the time
given for the development of the exam project.

Demonstrate a fully resolved body of work to
a professional standard.
Every piece is finished and accomplished to a
professional standard. The pieces are developed to
the point comparable to the international market.

Demonstrate an individual contemporary
expression as well as professional technical
solutions within the field of jewellery and
corpus art
The student’s work demonstrates her/his artistic skills
as well as her/his technical knowhow. Each technical
solution is appropriate for the chosen material and
each technical solution is accomplished to perfection in
relation to the expression of the piece. The pieces
have contemporary expressions, as they relate to the
contemporary western culture; this might also include
quotes to other periods or cultures.

Go beyond what have been taught and
creatively deal with new situations in a way
that new knowledge is created.
The group of work demonstrates an individual artistic
position. The pieces are providing insight into the
development of the project, as they might be pointing
out different aspects of the project.

Demonstrate profound insight into the
complex relation between the human body,
an object and a space
The choice of material, form and techniques as well as
the cultural references within the work are expressing
the subject of the exam project. The student is able to
reflect on her/his choices in relation to the subject of
the exam-work. The work also communicates the
context in which it should be placed, as well as it refers
to the category of objects it relates to.
Knowledge within the field
Upon completing the course, the student is to:
To fulfil the learning outcomes:

Demonstrate profound insight into the method
of communicating through objects
The choice of material, form and techniques as well as
the cultural references within the work are expressing
the subject of the exam project. The student is able to
reflect on her/his choices in relation to the subject of
the exam-work.

Demonstrate profound knowledge of jewellery
and corpus in an international and
contemporary context
The student is able to reflect on her/his work in relation
to the international field and in relation to the
contemporary situation. This might include referring
and comparing to other artist’s work.

Demonstrate an ability to relate their work in a
social context as well as in a historical context
The student is able to verbally reflect on her/his
choices in relation to the historical tradition within the
field. The student is able to reflect on her/his object
within a social context, this might including
environmental issues, gender issues, role patens or
class systems. The student is able to reflect on her/his
work and its relevance for their field of practice.
Reflective ability
Upon completing the course, the student is to:
To fulfil the learning outcomes:

Actively participate in profound discussions
about our field of practice as well as related
art practices
The student is engaging in the discussion with the
opponents and the teachers, pointing out aspects of
the work or the process in relation to other artist’s
works or processes. The student demonstrates insight
into art and craft practices.

Demonstrate the ability to analyze and reflect
on their chosen working methods in relation
to their goals

Demonstrate an ability to verbally analyze
and reflect on our field as well as on related
themes
The student is able to verbally reflect on the different
steps of the working process, the choices she/he has
made during the process and how these choices have
let to the result.
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The student is able to discuss the fields of craft, art,
jewellery and corpus and their relevance in the
western culture.

Demonstrate self-responsibility for working
method, time management and for the work
process, to a professional standard.
The student is well prepared for the examination. The
student demonstrates analytic insight into her/his work
process. The student demonstrates the ability to
discuss her/his pieces and working process
objectively.
Professional ability
Upon completing the course, the student is to:
To fulfil the learning outcomes:

Develop and present a finished individual
presentation for their project, of a professional
standard
The physical and the verbal presentation are well
prepared. All elements of the presentation such as
lightning, props, tables, models etc. are precisely
chosen to support the expression of the pieces. The
student is able to motivate her/his individual choices
for the presentation in a discussion.

Demonstrate and articulate their position as
artists in jewellery and/or corpus
The student has developed a realistic vision for her/his
future work as an artist including that the student is
able to demonstrate knowledge of distribution and
knowledge of the international jewellery or corpus
scene.

Demonstrate ability to present and discuss
their own and others artistic work with a
national and/or international audience.
The student engages in the discussion with the
opponents. The student answers questions from the
opponents and the audience well; this might include
overcoming smaller language difficulties or smaller
cultural differences.

Have established a platform from which to
launch their creative careers
The student is well prepared for professional life, as
she/he has published work and been active in
presenting work in an exhibition context.