The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Students know the fundamentals of Art History and Theory.
1.2. Students have basic knowledge of methods, theories and concepts in Art History and Theory.
1.3. Students have a general overview of the history of art and visual culture.
1.4. Students have been trained in understanding, analysing and interpreting works of art from different periods and from various societies.
1.5. Students have gained an understanding of various forms of art, such as painting, sculpture/3D art, graphic art, multi media, performing arts, installations etc.
1.6. Students have gained special insight into Icelandic art history.
2. Practical skills
2.1. Students have acquired independent working methods and mastered scholarly presentation skills in both written language and oral expression.
2.2. Students can work independently and methodically on specific Art History and Theory topics.
2.3. Students are able to use guidance and comments in order to enhance their analysis of Art History and Theory.
2.4. Students are able to set goals, and devise and follow a work schedule in writing a scholarly text.
2.5. Students can apply their knowledge to other related fields, such as Museum Studies, Cinema Studies, Ethnography, Aesthetics and Cultural Studies.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. Students know the fundamentals of source evaluation and can use sources in their own investigations in the standard manner.
3.2. Students have an understanding of theoretical texts and can exploit them in their work.
3.3. Students can exploit the fundamental principles of Art History and Theory in their analysis and essay writing.
3.4. Students have gained proficiency in examining texts from the perspective of Art History and Theory.
3.5. Students have been trained in reading art from a formalist, iconographic, socio-historical and feminist perspective.
3.6. Students can present Art History and Theory topics in a scholarly manner using the required technology.
4. Communication skills
4.1. Students demonstrate initiative and interest in their studies.
4.2. Students can work independently and in groups.
4.3. Students can express themselves clearly and methodically in discussions and in writing.
4.4. Students can explain basic subject matter within Art History and Theory in a public forum.
4.5. Students are familiar with the technology required to present Art History and Theory subject matter.
5. General learning skills
5.1. Students have acquired the necessary learning skills to be able to undertake further studies in Art History and Theory and related fields.
5.2. Students have gained the fundamentals of scientific analysis and independent working methods.