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Project in Child Culture and Arts Education (MA level)

1 semester, autumn

In this course, the students explore their chosen subject area within the arts through developing a child cultural and/or arts educational project, which shall involve children.

Project in Child Culture and Arts Education (MA level)

Course content

The project shall be planned, carried out and assessed in collaboration with child cultural and/or arts educational institutions, like for instance museums, professional orchestra, theatres, libraries, ECEC institutions, schools and schools of performing arts.

The student will find a partner for the project himself or herself. The student may use QMUC’s partners, which include museums, professional music ensembles, theatres, primary and lower secondary schools and schools of performing arts.

Dissemination of the project and its content will be presented to supervisors and fellow students, and will be the basis for the course content and the assessment of the student.

The course shall contribute to experience and knowledge about the planning, carrying out and assessment of child cultural and/or arts educational projects for, with and/or by children. The quality of the dissemination of the project (the presentation) and the documentation of the project will be important in the assessment of the course.

QMUC’s art workshops, art rooms and showing arenas may be used. This course shall, in addition to provide experience of carrying out the project, contribute to raise relevant research questions based on both oral and written reflections to be explored further in the master’s thesis.

As part of the teaching, the student shall work in study groups in which the exploration of the concepts of child culture, play, aesthetics and multimodality, amongst others, is central. The course provides knowledge about leading child cultural and arts educational projects and about arts educational discourses that affect children.

As part of the course, the student will write an individual academic text in which arts education is the point of departure for reflection. The reflection shall consider one or more of the subject areas music, drama, children’s literature and/or arts and crafts for, with or by children.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission requirements:
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education, bachelor’s degree, with a specialization related to arts and culture (a total of 60 ECTS credits within arts and culture)
  • Bachelor’s degree as pedagogue/educator, including 60 ECTS credits within arts and culture
  • Bachelor’s degree in music, arts and crafts or drama/literature, including a one-year programme in educational theory and practice
    The applicant must be admitted to a master’s degree programme related to the Master’s Degree Programme in Child Culture and Arts Education at QMUC, preferably with passed master’s courses equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.
    The average grade of the bachelor’s degree and the chosen subject area must be C or better, cf. the Norwegian grading system, or equivalent.
    Recommended previous knowledge: Work experience related to children and the arts.
    The list of required prerequisite courses below does not apply to international exchange students.
Required prerequisite courses
  • MKVFM4000 Philosophy of Science and Research Method
  • MKKSF4010 Workshop in Arts Studies
  • MKASK4020 Academic Writing
  • MKBKP4030 Theory: Child Culture and Arts Education
  • MKMOP4900 The Research Design of the Master's Thesis

Working and learning activities

Between the sessions, the students will work practically on their project in a child cultural and/or arts educational arena of their own choice. They will be given supervision on campus related to this work. The students will give and receive response on their own and other’s work, both theoretically and practically. The students will be given lectures on the leading, carrying out and assessment of projects. There will be discussions in study groups with a focus on important, relevant literature and ethical topics.


The course lasts for 13 weeks (3 months). The teaching is organised in three sessions during the semester, each lasting a week.

The course constitutes one part of the Master's Degree Programme in Child Culture and Arts Education. This programmes is running every second year (odd-numbered years). 

Visa and Insurance

Residence permit
There are different rules about what to document, how to apply for residence permit and how to register with the police depending on which country you are from. Choose the right category below, to find information that applies to you.

EU/EEA citizens:
As an EU/EEA citizen you do not need a residence permit since they have the right of residence in Norway. If you are planning to stay longer than 90 days you have to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration online at the Application Portal Norway and schedule an appointment with the police to receive your residence card. Please book this appointment as early as possible after arrival date.

You must have applied prior to your arrival in Trondheim to be granted permission of residence more than 3 months (one day more than 90 days is more than 3 months). You need to bring your passport and other relevant documents to show that you are an EU citizen.

Non-EU/EEA citizens:
Citizens from outside the Schengen area have to apply for a Tourist Visa/Visitor’s visa (up to 90 days) or a Residence Permit (more than 90 days) from their country of residence. List of Norwegian embassies/consulates.

All non-EU/EEA students must submit documentation that they have sufficient funds to cover living expenses, approximately NOK 61 760 NOK for one semester (2020 rate). We refer you to Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s webpage for required documents. UDI charges an application fee of NOK 4 900 (2020 rate). Attached to the application, you should also include the Letter of Admission from QMUC to your application. International exchange students have housing guarantee, and this information is included in the Letter of Admission.

Remember to make sure that you have a passport and that it is valid during the time of your stay. If you have to apply for a new one or make changes or updates, do it as soon as possible.
Health insurance

EU/EEA citizens: 
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you must bring either the European Health Insurance Card (ec.europa.eu) or documentation of private health insurance when you enter Norway.

If you have private health insurance, please clarify with your insurance office whether your coverage applies to Norway. We strongly recommend a travel insurance in addition. 

Non-EU citizens:
Students staying in Norway for more than 3 months can become members of the National Insurance Scheme (nav.no).

All students from countries outside the EU/EEA should have private or public health insurance to cover their stay in Norway or until they have become a member of the National insurance Scheme. 

Please note that this membership means "coverage under the health section". If you should get ill and need medical treatment, the insurance will cover this within Norway, but not in another European country. 

During your stay in Norway you will get free medical treatment, apart from a minor fee. The Norwegian National Health Scheme does not cover dentists' fees or opticians.

Other insurances
It is the student's own responsibility to make private insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property (cameras, stereo, personal computer etc) resulting from, or in any way connected with, the study period in Norway. You should therefore consider whether you need a private/group travel/accident insurance policy. Check with your insurance office that your policy gives 24 hour cover and is valid for trips outside Norway during your stay (even for a few days).

Reading list

Project in Child Culture and Arts Education

Questions about the course?

Morten Sæther
Professor Morten Sæther msa@dmmh.notlf: 73 80 52 21
Nina Scott Frisch
Associate Professor Nina Scott Frisch nsf@dmmh.notlf: 73 56 83 55
Rasmus Kolseth Rian
Senior Advisor/International Coordinator Rasmus Kolseth Rian international@dmmh.notlf: 73 80 52 20