Arts & Culture

Learn to reflect on the role of the art subjects in the curriculum of the international primary schools, explain the core of the education in the art subjects (visual arts, drama, music and dance) and their didactical principles and learn to apply a variety of teaching methods in the art subjects.



  • Semester: fall
  • Amount of ECTS: 30

  • Location: Meppel

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This minor includes the art subjects (visual arts, drama, music and dance). It combines creating and recreating,  understanding and appreciation of arts and culture. The programme contributes to:

  1. Reflection - a clear vision of  and knowledge about the art subject and its role in different societies, its history, (recent) developments in the subject discourse, an informed opinion in discussions concerning (the teaching of) the subject;
  2. Teaching methods - knowledge about and skills in how the art subject is learned and taught, both on micro-level (in the classroom, a lesson or activity) and macro-level (series of lessons, longitudinal lesson planning, curriculum development, interdisciplinary and themes);
  3. Pedagogical knowledge – concerning the artistic development of children, their differences in talents and learning styles, the way the art subject plays a role in their daily lives and how to connect this with the ‘scholastic art subject’.
  • Analyse art objects with an open and inquiring attitude with attention for the cultural context in which these appear.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of arts phenomena in various cultures, both historical and contemporary.
  • Reflect on your development in a professional manner, formulate realistic learning goals for further development.
  • Participate and cooperate in the development and execution of an interdisciplinary art project.
  • Explain the unique contributions of the art subjects to the general and the artistic development of children.
  • Create and teach lessons in the art subjects acknowledging the fact that these subjects should connect to the whole curriculum and the general vision of the school on education.
  • Apply a variety of teaching methods in the art subjects in order to connect to the stage of development of the pupils and their interests.
  • Critically reflect on theories on art education.
  • Explain your vision on art education showing a clear understanding of educational dilemmas and possibilities.
  • Location: Meppel
  • Semester: Fall semester
  • Credits: 30 ECTS
  • Methods: Cooperative learning, lectures, seminars, direct and virtual coaching (tutor hours & ELE), action Learning, task/problem-based learning and presentations of products and processed in an electronic portfolio.
  • Examination: Group assignments and individual testing, a variety of spoken and written assignments and practical tasks
  • Entry requirements:  It is not necessary to have any specific abilities in the art subjects (although students who do have these will find enough challenges to use these and to expand them). In addition, an open mind and a good motivation to focus on the arts (and arts education) is essential.
  • Language: Required level of English Cambridge C1 level