norsk norsk&engelsk / norwegian&english

Course Description IMT3361 - Aesthetics and Theory of Interpretation (2005/2006)

ECTS Credits10

The students shall acquire a basic knowledge of aesthetic theory and art theory, as well as theories of interpretation (the latter in the shape of modern literary theory). All designed artifacts have a pronounced aesthetic as well as semantic dimension or function, and design is often perceived as a carrier of artistic or personal expression. The course provides an introduction to modern theory of art and modern aesthetic theory. There will also be emphasis on the uneasy relationship between intention and interpretation in all human communication. This is often accentuated when it comes to designed artifacts, where the designed artifact's outer characteristics is seemingly the only means of mediation between the designer and the user or reader. An introduction to modern literary theory is used as a catalyst in order to problemetise the relationship between intention and interpretation.


Aestehtic theory
Theory of art
Literary theory

Study MethodsLectures
Writing of two essays with formative-iterative assessment.
AssessmentSummative assessment of the two essays with a final grade after the end of the semester.
Grading SystemAlphabetical Scale, A (best) - F (fail)
Course RequirementsNone