Are you interested in how language influences a reader, how a picture influences a spectator and how all this is connected to our conceptions, our memories, our awareness and the way our sense of sight is organised? Cognitive Semiotics is the study of meaning in all its aspects. Here, you will learn what it means when a person experiences something as meaningful, whether it is a natural phenomenon, literature, communication or art.
As a Cognitive Semiotics student, you will learn to combine cognition, having to do with the way man perceives the world, with semiotic problems, primarily having to do with communication, sign formation and language. With this combination, you will get a theoretical insight into the creation of categorisations, metaphors, image formation, symbolisation and narratives. Furthermore, you will become acquainted with the practical aspects of analysing meaning, that is, you will study concepts and models that make it possible to effectively analyse the human production of meaning in cultural expressions, texts, artworks etc.
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
The teaching of Semiotics is mainly in the form of seminars, but also includes practical exercises such as presentations by students and small written assignments followed by discussions. In addition, you are responsible for a so-called “student symposium”, in which students present their assignments or other examples of work in progress.
The Cognitive Semiotics environment is extremely international and students from almost all continents attend on a daily basis. The teaching draws on your main subject, so that knowledge, theories and analyses within and outside Cognitive Semiotics support each other. The supplementary subject focuses on independence, collaboration, dialogue and presentation skills, interdisciplinary and philosophical openness, and – last but not least – an academic interest.
Many of the students taking the supplementary subject in Cognitive Semiotics are exchange students or foreigners permanently residing in Denmark, and all the teaching is therefore conducted in English. If you wish, it is possible to hand in exam papers and minor assignments in Danish.
As a Semiotics student, you spend every day at the Nobel Park along with others studying languages, Philosophy, The History of Ideas, Theology, the study of Religion and much more. Students with a variety of interests therefore influence your everyday life.
Together with students of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, you can contribute to – or just read – the Semikolon journal, which aims at creating dialogue between students of Semiotics, Philosophy and the History of Ideas.
Student-to-student is your opportunity to ask about being a student at the Faculty of Arts and about Aarhus and Denmark in general to another international student who has already taken the leap and now lives in Denmark and studies for his/her Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts.
You can read more about the student-to-student service and find the list of AU international student ambassadors at Arts here.
A degree programme that includes a supplementary subject in Cognitive Semiotics is relevant for a wide range of jobs in the business sector, and provides support in:
The supplementary subject in Cognitive Semiotics provides you with the following skills: