Visual Arts: Two-Year Programme Towards Matriculation

The programme provides foundation education in diverse visual arts subjects. A matriculation examination in visual arts prepares the student for entry into further studies at the tertiary level, in art and design subjects and humanities and social sciences. Studies in visual arts are also a good foundation for various occupations. Opportunities within the field of art and culture are constantly increasing concurrent with the rapid growth of creative industries in the world.

Admission Requirements:
* Applicants must have finished at least 60 secondary school credits, 30 credits at second level; 10 in Icelandic, 10 in English, 5 in Danish and 5 in mathematics, and a minimum of 30 elective credits in languages, humanities, or humanities sciences.
* An entrance examination is an integral part of the application process. An admissions committee reviews the application and assesses the test results.

The matriculation examination consists of 200 secondary school credits, in which the student acquires third level skills according to the Icelandic Qualifications Framework for Education. The programme offers 140 credits on the assumption that students complete 35 credits each term. The programme offers core subjects and course subjects and one credit in health education each semester of the earlier academic year. The core consists of all students’ subjects, but the course subjects are specific to the comprehensive foundation programme in visual arts. It is practical, and art and design are integral in tackling academic subjects. Modules are taught periodically throughout the semester or in continuous 1-6 credits groups.

Course assessment:
The course assessment considers the learning objectives set out in the course description. The course description stipulates how students submit their projects and grading criteria for students’ work. The curriculum has a prescribed assessment framework, but the school takes on a continuous evaluation that focuses on various methods to meet students’ diverse needs. Practical courses assess both students’ competence in specific aspects of the relevant field of study and their ability to express themselves critically. In addition to grades, students receive guideline reports at the end of each module. For students with learning difficulties, modules are reviewed and revised in consultation with the school’s educational counsellor.

Course progress regulations:
To complete a module, students must attain a minimum grade of 5. The school curriculum contains further information on the studies and programme development.

Course objectives: At the end of the course, students shall have the ability to:
* Realize their social responsibility and participate in democratic dialogue and collaboration
* Realize how to take advantage of their strengths
* Apply their knowledge of numerous ways in image creations
* Utilize their imagination, intuition, and emotions in creating a work of art
* Develop and implement their ideas in an independent and intrepid manner
* Apply their knowledge of cultural history and engage in an informed discussion about various issues related to the interaction of culture, art, and society
* Organize their work in an independent and responsible manner
* Express themselves clearly, and critically about their works and the works of others
* Understand the aesthetic, moral and social role of the artist
* Assess their strengths and place value on their education.