Jørn Mortensen
Tel.: + 47 945 23 328

The Rector has overall responsibility for academic activities at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The Rector is elected by the staff for a fixed term of four years with the possibility of re-election for a second term. The Rector also serves as chair of the board.

Merete Lingjærde
Tel.: + 47 909 18 358

The Pro-Rector assumes responsibility during extended absences of the Rector, and also has special responsibility for the Learning Environment Committee. The Pro-Rector is elected by the staff for a fixed term of four years with the possibility of re-election for a second term.


Annemarie Bechmann Hansen
Academy Director
Tel.: +47 951 95 645

The Director is in charge of administrative functions and financial management, within the framework set by the Ministry of Education and Research and the board. The Director is appointed for a fixed term of six years with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term. The Director serves as secretary to the board.

Departmental heads

Stine Hebert
Dean, Academy of Fine Art
Tel.: +47 480 95 486

Ellen Aslaksen
Dean, Art and Craft department
Tel.: +47 926 37 078

Suzanne Bjørneboe
Dean, Academy of Dance
Tel.: + 47 952 18 335

Tore Dingstad
Dean, Academy of Opera
Tel.: +47 479 15 374

Karianne Bjellås Gilje
Dean, Design department
Tel.: +47 997 26 607

Jon Refsdal Moe
Dean, Academy of Theatre
Tel.: +47 480 39 689

Trond Lossius
Head of Artistic Research and Fellowship Programme
Tel.: + 47 959 22 613

Administrative management

Atle Faye
Head of Section, Communication and Service
Tel.: +47 913 47 369

Torben Lai
Head of Section, Academic Affairs
Tel.: +47 928 96 161

Jim Fainberg
Head of Section, Technical Production
Tel.: +47 915 40 607

Hege Undem Store
Head of Section, Library and Archive

Lillian Andersen
Head of Section, Human Resources
Tel.: +47 905 10 044

Jon Ivar Strømmen
Acting Head of Section, Finance and Infrastructure
Tel.: +47 996 03 654


The board is the highest organ at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.


Chair of the board

Rector Jørn Mortensen
(Deputy member: Pro-Rector Merete Lingjærde)


Director Annemarie Bechmann Hansen

Academic staff

Kirsti Bræin
Karen Disen
Anne Grete Eriksen
(Deputies: 1. Olga Schmedling, 2. Jan Bjørnar Sture)

Technical and administrative staff

Christian Tviberg
(Deputy member: Espen S. Matheussen)


Natanya Helena Kjølås
Ole Petter Ribe
(Deputies: Helene T Duckert and Viktor Johanströmmer)

External board members (appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research)

Sigbjørn Apeland
Morten Gjelten
Karin Hindsbo
Anna Lindal
(Personal deputies: Samir M’Kadmi, Tore Slaatta, Alfhild Skaardal, Tone Hansen)

Board meetings

All case documents (with a few exemptions) and minutes from Oslo National Academy of the Arts board meetings are made publically accessible on-line.

Meeting schedule 2016–17

5–6 September 2016, 25 October 2016, 13 December 2016, 7 February 2017, 14 March 2017, 2 May 2017 and 13 June 2017.

The minutes from each meeting are formally approved at the subsequent board meeting.

Case documents

The case documents are available in Norwegian only. Go to the Board's Norwegian page.

Delegation authorisation

Delegation Authorisation as of 06.09.2016 (S-sak 47/15) (Norwegian only)

Organisation chart

The Academy is divided into academic departments, with responsibility for the various subject areas, and administrative sections, which handle shared administrative tasks.

Organisation chart. Click for PDF version.
Organisation chart. Click for PDF version.

The Rector has overall responsibility for the academic activities at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The Director is in charge of administrative functions and financial management, within the framework set by the Ministry of Education and Research and the board.

Academic departments

The Design department has academic responsibility for educational programmes in graphic design, illustration, fashion design, costume design, interior design and furniture design.

The Art and Craft department has academic responsibility for educational programmes in textile art, printmaking and drawing, ceramic art, and metal and jewellery art.

The Academy of Fine Art has academic responsibility for educational programmes in fine art. It works across media, disciplines and approaches, exploring questions of form and material as well as post-conceptual, social and political issues.

The Academy of Theatre has academic responsibility for educational programmes for actors and theatre directors, offering specialisations in acting, direction, stage writing and scenography, and a postgraduate certificate in education for drama teachers.

The Academy of Dance has academic responsibility for educational programmes for choreographers and dancers in the fields of contemporary dance, classical ballet and jazz dance, and a postgraduate certificate in education for dance teachers.

The Academy of Opera has academic responsibility for educational programmes in the field of opera, developing vocal and acting skills, with an emphasis on stage productions.

Administrative Sections

The Section for Communication and Service is responsible for communications, marketing and public relations. It works to disseminate strategic information about the Academy to various interest groups in the community. The section manages and edits the Academy’s web sites and social-media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Section for Academic Affairs provides advice about and quality assurance of administrative processes relating to study and research. The section develops the study programmes in close cooperation with the academic departments and also has responsibility for the coordination of the artistic research, fellowships and networks.

The Section for Technical Production is responsible for the workshops, rehearsal and performance spaces, classrooms and support facilities at the Academy. The section’s main task is to contribute to and enable technical production of a high artistic quality, and to acquire knowledge about relevant technological developments on behalf of the Academy’s artistic community.

The Section for Library and Archive has the academic responsibility for the Academy’s library, with its collection of 80,000 publications, plus associated special collections, journals and multimedia collections. The archive service is responsible for incoming mail, for logging correspondence, and for storing other records relating to the Academy’s activities.

The Section for Finance and Infrastructure is responsible for the Academy’s financial management, IT requirements, purchasing, building operations and wages.

The Section for Human Resources is responsible for personnel matters, the assessment and implementation of initiatives in the organisational field, internal auditing and HSE.

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Download pdf:   English    Norwegian-Bokmål    Norwegian-Nynorsk

Our Social Mission

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts provides education and training for visual and performing artists and designers, conducts artistic research at the highest international level, and disseminates knowledge about the Academy’s activities, operations and values.

The Vision

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts strives to maintain a leading position in the education of creative and performing artists and designers. The Academy is intended both as an arena for innovation within academic traditions, and as a future-oriented contributor to knowledge and social development. International cooperation is a prerequisite for quality, both in education and in research.

The students – tomorrow’s artists and designers

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts trains independent and engaged artists and designers who decisively influence artistic and cultural life in Norway. Over many decades, the artists and designers who have emerged from the Academy have shaped the agenda in the fields of theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, craft and design in Norway. The Oslo National Academy of the Arts helps to fill Norwegian and international performance and exhibition spaces. The Academy will continue to produce professional creatives who make a difference – not only to art and design, but also to society. The artistic ambitions and commitment of our students, together with the exceptional skills and competence of our staff, form the principal raw materials for the school’s activities. The students of today will be the artists and designers of tomorrow. Their perspective is fundamental to the development of the school.

Our objectives are

  • to attract highly qualified students with a diversity of cultural and artistic backgrounds
  • to train specialised and independent-minded Bachelor graduates
  • to develop Masters programmes with opportunities for greater specialisation, and which draw their perspectives and ideas from the full breadth of fields studied at the Academy
  • to establish a doctoral programme for artistic research, alone or in partnership
  • to work closely with research fellows and teaching staff on the design of four-year fellowship positions
  • to play an active part at every stage of the educational courses we provide
  • to raise the quality of education by further developing teaching and assessment methods, through the use of national and international peer review processes, and student and teacher exchanges
  • to consolidate our status as a centre of educational excellence
  • to provide a learning environment where students develop both professionally and personally

Artistic research – the new knowledge

Artistic research at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts is a source of new art and design, and new knowledge about and insights into art and its contexts. Artistic practice serves to deepen experience and understanding in ways that add new perspectives to existing knowledge paradigms. In an era that places high demands on the capacity to be flexible and on openness to change, artistic research at the Academy seeks to cultivate new perspectives and approaches that both reinvigorate the artistic disciplines and contribute to social development more broadly. It is expected that artistic research at the Academy should be groundbreaking, contribute to developments within the various fields, and be rooted in artistic practice.

Our objectives are

  • to enhance and promote the many cutting-edge fields of research at the Academy and their associated networks
  • to cultivate the Academy’s fields of specialisation through the strategic use of national and international research partnerships
  • to define quality and standards of artistic research
  • to strengthen the rectorate with a vice-rector for artistic research
  • to further develop attractive arenas for the sharing and development of artistic research work
  • to expand the publication and dissemination of research results in all our disciplines

Present in the world

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts is an educational institution with exceptional community contacts. To contribute to the development of art and culture is to contribute to the development of a democratic society that prioritises values such as freedom of expression, education, and respect for aesthetic experience. With an active policy of using artists as guest teachers, a specialised teaching staff, and an on-going programme of student performances and exhibitions, we cultivate a learning environment with close links to the professional and practical field. The Oslo National Academy of the Arts seeks to be outgoing and active in its interactions with the professional art world nationally and internationally, and to play a clear and dynamic role in society.

Our objectives are

  • to enhance understanding of the value of art and artistic processes as beneficial to aesthetic awareness, democracy, the labour market and openness to change
  • to strengthen the Academy as an arena for “art in the making” and for the sharing of artistic methods and results
  • to further define our national responsibilities within relevant fields
  • to train artists and designers who contribute to working and social life
  • to develop audience awareness and effective systems to reach appropriate audiences

A transparent, attractive and dynamic organisation

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts seeks to optimise its use of human and material resources for the benefit of education, artistic research and dissemination, and to be an attractive place to work and study.

Our objectives are

  • to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified and motivated staff
  • to promote a work environment characterised by inspiring cooperation, well-being and affirmation
  • to stimulate and facilitate cooperation between departments and sections
  • to maintain a mix of full-time, fixed-term staff members and guest teachers, all with specialist skills in the art field that are beneficial to our objectives and priorities
  • to implement knowledge-based resource distribution between the Academy’s various disciplines and to maintain a healthy balance between activities and resources
  • to ensure that our academic, administrative and technical staff and resources are organised and used in ways that are beneficial to our core activities
  • to improve our financial flexibility by increasing external funding and optimising use of resources internally

The Academy’s Ethos

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts strives for constructive interactions which allow us to help each other develop and to better ourselves. We seek to develop transparent processes for knowledge-based decision-making and prioritisation. We aim to enable professional knowledge and ideas to collide in productive and stimulating ways. We value diversity, critical awareness, responsibility and mutual respect.

Decided by the Board at the 14 March 2017 meeting.

Steering documents

Strategic plan

The Strategic Plan 2012–2016 builds on the Academy’s “Culture Arts and Brand Platform”, approved in autumn 2009.

Our ideas concerning our activities and values form the foundation for the strategic plan.

Letter of allocation

The letter of allocation is the annual steering document issued by the Ministry of Education and Research to Oslo National Academy of the Arts, containing guidelines for the Academy’s activities in accordance with the government-approved state budget, chapter 260.

Letter of allocation 2018 (pdf, in English)

Letter of allocation 2017 (pdf, in Norwegian)

Language policy

Language policy for Oslo National Academy of the Arts, approved by the board, 30.09.2014 (pdf) (Norwegian only).

Ethical Guidelines

Ethical Guidelines for the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Approved at IDF and board meetings in June 2015

Academic Regulations (only in Norwegian)

Forskrift om studiene ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Apporved by the board at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo 22. Februar 2011 according to lov av 1. april 2005 nr. 15 om universiteter og høyskoler (universitets- og høyskoleloven) § 3-2, § 3-5, § 3-9, § 4-2, § 4-5, § 4-7, § 4-8, § 4-9, § 4-10, § 5-2 og § 5-3.

Correspondence logs

The correspondence log is a publically accessible record of the Academy’s incoming and outgoing correspondence.

Case documents from board meetings are also logged and made publically accessible, provided no exemption has been granted in accordance with the law, cf. Freedom of Information Act § 3.

Usually the correspondence log is made accessible to public scrutiny for twelve weeks. Access to older correspondence logs will be granted on request.


The correspondence logs are available on the Norwegian page.


Where access to documents is requested, the institution is required to offer guidance in accordance with the Public Administration Act § 11.

The parties to a case have a right of access to documents in accordance with the Public Administration Act § 18.

Documents are sent as email attachments in pdf format.

Refusal and appeal against refusal of access

Where access to documents is refused, a justification for the refusal may be demanded within three weeks, cf. Freedom of Information Act § 31. The justification must be provided in writing within ten working days after receipt of the request.

Refusal of a request for access may be appealed within three weeks of receipt of the refusal, cf. Freedom of Information Ac t § 32.


All questions concerning access to documents should be directed in writing to:

Remember to state the case number, document number and description of the document you have requested!

Job vacancies

We encourage you to apply for vacant positions at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

We announce vacant positions via the job-seeker portal Jobbnorge.

All applicants must register on the portal, providing their name, and uploading their CV and application. Relevant attachments such as references and qualifications can be uploaded as separate attachments (pdf).

We advise you to register on the portal several days before the application deadline. To ensure equal treatment of all applicants, only applications submitted via Jobbnorge by the application deadline will be considered.

Note that the portal closes at midnight on the date specified as a deadline!

Are you applying for an academic position at Oslo National Academy of the Arts?

Read more about the regulations concerning recruiting and promotion for teachers and researchers and our guidelines for expert appraisal for academic appointments on the Norwegian version of this page (Norwegian only).


Click on the following links to access our logos:

Avgang 2018



Design manual

There are two versions of the Academy’s design manual, a simplified version and an extended version.

The simplified version contains the main logo of Oslo National Academy of the Arts and guidelines for its use. The simplified version of the design manual can be downloaded here.

The extended version of the design manual contains, among other things, logos for various departments and sections with guidelines for their use, templates for various elements, examples of advertisements and posters, and an explanation of how to construct the Academy’s grid system for graphic layouts. Send an email to the web editor to receive a digital copy.

General questions about the academy’s design manual/visual identity should be directed to