The subject area of the Arts at the Academy include the disciplines of design, opera, theatre, dance, art and craft
and fine art.
The discipline of dance
The Academy of Dance is interested in developing and challenging artistic practices and the parameters for what
artistic research might be, and the insight it might provide. Particular focus is given to the following areas:
- dance/choreography developing concepts, methods and practices with an orientation towards social engagement
- perspectives, methods and practices of the art of dancing/performing
Researchers consider their practice and discourse with regard to the international field of performingarts.
Particular interest is given to investigating formats for documentation and presentation within the current
circumstances (e.g. location of work, media, liveness).
The discipline of design
At the Design Department we recognize that the field of design is constantly developing, and the focus is currently
shifting from the traditional technical, consuming concerns to social and cultural aspects. This shift has
implications on the discipline of design and how it manifests itself in our contemporary society.
We therefore see a need for forms of investigation that encompass; experimental outlooks, and reflective and critical
thinking, value creation and sustainability.
The Design Department values and celebrates plurality and difference in backgrounds, genders and generations and we
see these differences as contributing and locating research within the spectrum of social values and their respective
The discipline of fine art
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.
n dialogue with international art communities, we approach artistic research in an open-ended manner that is anchored
within the specificity of individual artistic practices.
The discipline of art and craft
Artistic research at the Art and Craft department takes an experimental approach to workshop-based art practices and
an interest in the relationship between art, society, and the individual. It functions as a common meeting place that
facilitates interaction and development between material-based art and public art strategies.
The discipline of opera
The Opera Academy has national responsibility for opera education in Norway. With world-class teaching and stage
facilities, the Opera Academy combines individual, group and project-based teaching.
Singing, acting techniques and language are together with stage productions and concerts the cornerstones of the
study. Working with professional directors, conductors and a full stage technical team gives students a versatile,
Research at The Opera Academy seeks to develop the field of opera as an important and meaningful art form in our
time, and to develop and extend the artistic boundaries of performing artists including singers, musicians,
conductors, composers, librettists, directors, choreographers, scenographers and playwright.
The discipline of theatre
Artistic research at the Academy of Theatre is part of a wide-ranging and multifaceted practice both in Norway and
abroad. The artistic research that takes places here, also in collaboration with other institutions of higher
education and research, is often rooted in practical and hands-on theatrical projects.
At the Academy of Theatre, we explore methods and concepts that help us develop the type of actor training we offer
to our students. We both examine and challenge a variety of directorial functions and approaches to the methods and
models of the theatrical arts, whether historical or contemporary, hierarchical or non-hierarchical. At the Master’s
and PhD levels, we oversee a systematic experimentation of the discipline’s artistic, organisational and contextual
The Academy of Theatre places particular emphasis on studying individual and collective strategies as mutually
dynamic and creative challenges. Students and staff examine and experiment with the mechanisms of co creation, explore
the discipline’s boundaries with other art forms, and enact and put to the test a variety of dramaturgical starting
points, focal points and parameters. Innovative decolonising strategies and critical perspectives on power also
continually contextualise the history and academic foundations of our discipline.