Survival guide for new students
Are you a new student at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts? To make your transition as smooth as possible, we have summarised the most important information here in seven points. (Note that the floor numbers stated here follow the British system of ground floor, first floor, second floor etc.)
1. Finding your way
• Keep calm: The Academy is housed in a vast, refitted factory complex that sprawls over an entire quarter, encompassing 46,000 square metres and seven floors. Don’t worry, you’ll get lost – often.
• Theatre: On the ground floor and the third floor there are eight black box stages and two rehearsal rooms.
• Ballet: Two of the black box stages have dancefloors. On the sixth floor there are nine studios, as well as a physiotherapist and a workout room.
• Opera: The main stage is a proscenium with an orchestra pit, and on the first and fifth floors there are rehearsal rooms and sound studios.
• Gallery: The Academy has several large galleries. Other on-campus exhibitions must be approved by Operations.
• Workshops: 23 workshops cover 33 different disciplines. Find the works manager at your department and contact them to gain access. Most of the workshops lie in the building across from the main entrance. The media lab is to the right of the reception.
• Studios: Students of the visual arts have access to studios in several of the Academy’s buildings.
• The library: Up the stairs from the room by the reception is where you’ll find the library, which owns Norway’s largest collection of books on art.
• Hungry? The Seildukens Spiseri cafeteria is hidden away down the stairs to the left of the main entrance. Once you’re down you continue in to the right, through an empty room (which is sometimes used as a gallery).
• The French head of the cafeteria has an eye for quality ingredients and makes his food from scratch. Try his chili-marinated mackerel!
• Budget: With your student loan in your pocket you might feel like being a big spender and eating out at Grünerløkka. If you can’t afford to splurge, however, two microwave ovens are available for you at the back of the cafeteria, so that you don’t have to queue up to grill your cheese sandwich.
• Emergency rations: The ground-floor lobby area (known as “Vrimla”) has a variety of automats stocked with calorie bombs and coffee to help you get through those long evenings.
• Fashion: It’s entirely essential to look good, but …
• Functionality: … it’s just as important to keep warm. The Academy’s air conditioning is so effective that the iced coffee you bought outside in the sweltering 25-degree heat loses its appeal when you come inside and realise you should have worn a wool jumper instead.
4. Access and opening hours
• Keycard: Remember your keycard! There’s not much work you’ll get done siting on the bench right inside the main entrance.
• Am I allowed to be at the Academy in the middle of the night? Almost: Your keycard allows you in from six in the morning, but you have to be out by midnight.
5. Digital skills
• User name, e-mail and wireless Internet: aktivering.khio.no.
• Remember to pay your semester fee by 10 September and to register for the semester by 12 September! You can both pay and register at Studentweb.
• Student ID: When du have paid the semester fee, you can download the student ID app from App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
6. Health and welfare
• SiO health and counselling: SiO, the welfare organisation for students in Oslo, has much to offer students at the Academy: training centres with a number of courses; athletic associations and a swimming pool; a health centre with general practitioners for students; and psychologists and nutrition experts.
• Welfare: SiO also offers student dorms, nurseries, counsellors, associations and a career service.
• Operations and IT: Right inside the main entrance is where you’ll find Operations and IT, which can help you with digital and practical problems.
• Reception: The three staff members who work in the reception have seen a whole army of confused students in the combined 47 years they have worked here. Feel free to ask them for help!