Artist: Ottar Karlsen
Title: Uten tittel (burned sticks)
Year: 2012
Photographer: Solveig Lønseth

Academy of Fine Art

Artistic practice is at the heart of studies at the Academy of Fine Art. We work across media, disciplines and approaches, exploring questions of form and material as well as post-conceptual, social and political issues.

We like to think of the Academy of Fine Art as a unique collective: artists from a variety of backgrounds, countries, fields, genders and generations who have come together to create what they consider an ideal space for the development of their artistic practices.

As part of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway’s largest educational institute for a broad range of art forms, the Academy of Fine Art is the perfect environment for collaborations with dancers, choreographers, actors, stage writers and theatre directors, not to mention graphic designers, fashion and interior designers, specialists in ceramics, textiles, graphics, metalwork and various other fields. Our Media Lab, one of the school’s many workshops, offers unique facilities for 8mm and 16mm film processing, analog and digital photography and digital 3D printing. Full overview of our workshops.

The Academy of Fine Art cooperates with a number of national and international institutions. One of our most important partner institutions is Kunstnernes Hus, which is home to our project space, Akademirommet (The Academy Space), and the venue for our lecture series Åpent forum (Open Forum). It also has studio spaces for eight newly graduated artists. Other partner institutions in the Oslo area include Henie Onstad Art Centre, Kunsthall Oslo, Cinemateket, Ny Musikk, several artist-run exhibition spaces, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), and the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), while in Fredrikstad we cooperate with the Norwegian Theatre Academy.

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Outside of Norway, our closest partner institution is the International Academy of Art in Ramallah, with collaborative projects between Palestine and Norway organised on an annual basis. The Academy of Fine Art also maintains a studio residence in Paris and an extensive network of partner institutions under the KUNO, Erasmus, Share and other academic exchange schemes.

«The academy provides time and space to ask questions: What does my dream have to do with that of others?»*

*Jan Verwoert in «Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want», Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute, 2011.

Bachelor’s in fine art (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) is a three-year degree program (180 ECTS) aiming to offer students the knowledge required to become an independent artist.

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) training is a three-year programme leading to a concluding, single-subject degree, which aims to provide the student with sufficient knowledge to get established as an independent artist.

For the first two years of the programme, the emphasis is on exploring and experimenting with processes, ideas, collaborations and various materials. In the third year the focus is primarily on developing and producing a graduation project. During the final year, the student compiles a portfolio of work that investigates the questions, ideas or topics of their choice, or the media and techniques they find most appropriate to their practice. The student should be able to produce original and coherent work that demonstrates a clear intention and direction.

Students have access to the many workshops at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and can seek help and instruction from workshop managers if they need it. The Media Lab loans out production equipment and has facilities for editing video, film and photo material. There are also a sound studio, a model and prototype workshop, and other workshops for metal, plaster, sculpture and bronze, silk-screen printing, ceramics and textiles/weaving.

During the first four semesters, the student will engage in five types of activity, each of which highlights a central aspect of artistic practice:

  • independent work, with a focus on studio work and individual supervision
  • group critique, in which the student’s work is discussed collectively
  • practical and theoretical seminars/workshops, including courses and study trips addressing various themes
  • writing practice, including art-related writing and publication
  • exhibition practice in the school’s galleries and external showrooms

Master’s in fine art (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a two-year degree program (120 ECTS) aiming to offer students the knowledge required to become an independent artist. The aim is also to enable students to be active contributors within contemporary art and related areas of society. The program aims to prepare fine-art professionals for a national- and international-level practice.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) training is a two-year programme leading to a concluding, single-subject degree, which aims to provide the student with sufficient knowledge to get established as an independent artist. A further objective is to enable the student to become an active contributor to the field of contemporary art and related areas of society. The programme seeks to prepare fine-art professionals for a career on both the national and the international levels.

The programme combines independent practice, theory and seminars, group critique, writing and exhibition practice. In addition, students receive regular studio supervision from faculty staff and visiting tutors. The goal of the programme is to strengthen students’ practical abilities to execute projects while deepening their theoretical understanding.

Students can choose from a range of specialisations including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, video and text. Technical classes are provided for each discipline. The Oslo National Academy of the Arts has extensive, professional-standard workshops for prototype production, CNC scanning, ceramics, graphics, metalwork, textiles, photography, video and digital media. The school also has a well-stocked professional library with a wide selection of media. All facilities are at the disposal of students at the Academy of Fine Art.

The Master’s programme emphasises interdisciplinary, non-medium-specific art practice. We encourage students to participate actively in collaborations with other institutions and art circles. Students are expected to adopt an international perspective and to work on building networks during their studies. Textual understanding and writing skills are an important aspect of the education, with significant emphasis placed on the Master’s thesis in the final semester. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to apply theory and methodology in written form as a way to contextualise his or her artistic practice.

There are five strands to the Master’s programme:

  • independent work, with a focus on studio work and individual supervision
  • group critique, in which the student’s work is discussed collectively
  • practical and theoretical seminars/workshops, including courses and study trips addressing various themes
  • writing practice, including art-related writing and publication
  • exhibition practice in the school’s galleries and external showrooms

Entry requirements

Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

Bachelor’s in fine art (BFA)

Admission is based on satisfactory results in an entrance exam and general admission eligibility. The general admission requirements can be waived for applicants who can document exceptional subject-relevant qualifications at the time of the entrance exam. All applicants must have a command of both Norwegian and English in line with general admission requirements.

The entrance exam emphasises:

  • motivation
  • general suitability for the programme
  • development potential
  • relevant previous experience

The criteria for admission to the programme are general admission eligibility and satisfactory completion of the entrance exam. The entrance exam is in two parts. The first consists in the assessment of art work independently produced and submitted by the applicant. On this basis a limited number of applicants are selected to proceed to the second part, which consists of a one-week practical entrance exam held at the school.

Interviews are held with each candidate. When granted, admission is to the programme as a whole, irrespective of specific techniques and materials. Roughly 21 students are admitted each year. The entrance exam is held in June.

Application deadline: 1 April

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Master’s in fine art (MFA)

Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS credits or equivalent). At least 80 ECTS credits from the earlier training must be for the discipline, subject or group of subjects in which the candidate wishes to specialise at Master’s level.

The following factors are prioritised:

  • independent practice and artistic development
  • motivation
  • general suitability for the programme
  • relevant previous experience

All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

The criteria for admission is attainment of a Bachelor’s degree in fine art or some other relevant subject amounting to 180 ECTS credits. Applicants are assessed on the basis of a written text describing their motivation, documented work, qualifications and an interview. Admissions are decided by a jury consisting of internal and external members.

Application deadline: 1 February

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Student exchange

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.

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