Fra Ane Thon Knutsens arbeid med sitt ph.d.-prosjekt.
Fra Ane Thon Knutsens arbeid med sitt ph.d.-prosjekt.

PhD in Artistic Research

Doctoral education at Oslo National Academy of the Arts is a three-year full-time study programme, 180 credits, which leads to a PhD in artistic research. The subject areas for the PhD at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts are art and craft, dance, design, fine art, opera and theatre. The education gives the candidate knowledge, expertise and competence in accordance with the Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF). The study programme is practice-based. The candidate has access to relevant and qualified supervision in dialogue with an active community of peers and colleagues operating according to international standards.

Artistic practice is at the core of the artistic PhD result. At the same time, the artistic practice is to be accompanied by an explicit reflection, which, when the project is presented, grants others access into the working methods and insights that emerge from the artistic research.

The study programme consists of training component courses (30 ECTS credits) and independent artistic research, that is, the artistic PhD project (150 credits). Courses and the artistic PhD project are required to operate according to advanced professional standards. The artistic PhD project is expected to be at a level of national and international relevance.

The doctoral study programme is the parallel within artistic disciplines to third cycle science-based research training and qualifies for artistic practice and artistic research at a national and international level. Additionally, the competence is relevant to other societal functions where in-depth competence with artistic research is required. In addition to its relevance within the arts, competence at this level will be sought after in public administration, universities and colleges and in the industry.

PhD research fellow positions and admissions

PhD in artistic research

Application deadline: 1. December 2020

To be announced.

Application for position as artistic PhD research fellow - 2020.
Attachment 1 for the application in JobbNorge 

To be announced.

Note that you must download the PDF and save it on your computer before you begin filling in the form.

In order to be admitted to the PhD programme, the applicant must usually, at a minimum, have a performing and/or creative Master’s degree within the discipline in question, cf. the second cycle of the Norwegian Qualifications Framework.

Frequently asked questions

What type of PhD is this?

From the announcement: «Artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts is expected to be innovative, further the professional fields, and be based on artistic practice.»

There are two different types of PhD degrees in Norway

  • philosophiae doctor (PhD)
  • philosophiae doctor (PhD) in artistic research

Oslo National Academy of the Arts offer a PhD in artistic research.

The core in Oslo National Academy of the Arts PhD is explained in our regulation:

«Artistic practice is at the core of the artistic PhD result. At the same time, the artistic practice is to be accompanied by an explicit reflection, which, when the project is presented, grants others access into the working methods and insights that emerge from the artistic research.»

Do applicants need a master in performing or creative arts?

From announcement: «Applicants must normally have a master’s degree in performing or creative arts in the relevant art discipline, c.f. the descriptions in the second cycle of the Norwegian Qualifications Framework. Based on a special assessment, Oslo National Academy of the Arts may approve other, comparable qualifications as the basis for admission.»

The key is that the competence requirement is an executive / creative master's degree in the relevant subject area/ art field.

Documentation of competence requirement

The competency requirement is usually documented with a diploma, or with other documentation of master degree within the subject area.

If you cannot document this level of competence with a diploma, you may be able to document the same competence requirement (executive or creative master's degree) in another way.

  • Unfortunately, it is not possible for Oslo National Academy of the Arts to make an expert assessment, but what you can consider is whether you are likely to have the same level of expertise as people who have taken an executive or creative master's degree in the artistic field – and how you can document this level of competence
  • Documentation of competence will be measured against the learning outcome of the relevant master's study, eg. Design
  • You can find the learning outcomes described in the curricula for these study programs at khio.no
  • The documentation you enclose must cover all of the learning objectives; This means that this may require quite extensive documentation
  • The documentation is evaluated by experts who are appointed for each individual position as a doctoral fellow
Is the position in Oslo?

From the announcement: «The PhD research fellowship is a three-year full-time position with terms and conditions in accordance with regulations for state employees» «Workplace on a daily basis is at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.»

Yes, the position is in Oslo.

Can two people share a PhD position?

Admission to the PhD programme at Oslo National Academy of the Arts requires appointment in position that includes three years of pure doctoral education.

Two people who both need to take the doctoral degree cannot share a position.

Can several people contribute into a doctoral research project?

From regulation § 11-2. Collaborative work:

«It is the responsibility of Oslo National Academy of the Ars to decide whether an artistic doctoral result produced through collaboration between several contributing partners may be submitted for evaluation. In this case, it must be possible to identify the contributions of the individuals involved.
If the artistic doctoral result or parts of the result have been produced in collaboration with other cooperating partners, the PhD candidate must follow the norms for co-authorship that are generally accepted within the academic and artistic community and in accordance with international standards.
A doctoral result containing collaborative contributions from cooperating partners must include a signed declaration that describes the candidate’s contribution to each of the results. The candidate and all the contributors must sign the declaration.»

As of today, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, does not yet have experience with the situation that an artistic doctoral result produced by several others, is handed in for appraisal. Oslo National Academy of the Arts will have to make a concrete assessment, should this situation come up. As the fellow is admitted into a doctoral programme that will lead to a result being assessed, a minimum requirement will nevertheless be that the fellows individual contribution can be identified.

Is it necessary to contact a professor before applying (discuss the research plan)?

No, you should not contact a professor before applying to the PhD position.

Information meeting (2019)

An information meeting was held 20 November 2019 at 5-7 pm at KHiO.

See the presentation here:

For more information about the PhD programme, please contact e-mail: kuf-administrasjon@khio.no

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Research Fellow graduates

Marte Johnslien (2020)

Tina Jonsbu (2020)

Brynjar Bandlien (2020)

Janne Camilla Lyster (2020)

Finn Iunker (2020)

Ingri Midgard Fiksdal (2019)

Silje Aker Johnsen (2019)

Liv Bugge (2019)

Ane Thon Knutsen (2019)

Katrine Køster Holst (2019)

Merete Røstad (2019)

Franz Petter Schmidt (2018)

Jesper Alvær (2017)

Yuka Oyama (2017)

Geir Tore Holm (2017)

Eva-Cecilie Richardsen (2016)

Siri Hermansen (2016)

Birgitte Appelong (2016)

Andreas Bunte (2016)

Annelise Bothner-By (2015)

Njål Sparbo (2014)

Thomas Kvam (2014)

Andreas Siqueland (2013)

Ane Hjort Guttu (2013)

Marianne Heier (2013)

Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk (2012)

Sara Margrethe Oskal (2010) - publication available at the KHiO library

Tyra Tønnessen (2009)

Tone Hansen (2009) - publication available at the KHiO library