Installation view, Plural Plur, graduation exhibition 2019. Foreground: View of Louise Jacobs, MY WORLD IS EPIC/GRAVITY LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU. Photo: Istvan Virag.
Installation view, Plural Plur, graduation exhibition 2019. Foreground: View of Louise Jacobs, MY WORLD IS EPIC/GRAVITY LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU. Photo: Istvan Virag.

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

Admissions

Please note! Admission procedures taking place after 12th March will be completed, but in a different format. More information will be posted on our website as soon as it has been clarified.

Useful websites about admissions

Bachelor’s programme in Fine Art (BFA)

Application deadline: 1 April 2020 (23:59 CET). 

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian website about admissions for more information about the application procedure.

Entry requirements

Admission is granted on the basis of passed entrance examinations and a Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Exceptions may be made to the requirement of a Higher Education Entrance Qualification for applicants who can document special professional qualifications in the entrance examination. It is a condition that the applicant masters both Norwegian and English to the same level as applicants who have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

In the entrance examination, emphasis is placed on:

  • motivation
  • suitability for the programme
  • potential for development
  • 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.

Master’s programme in Fine Art (MFA)

Application deadline: 3 February 2020 (23:59 CET).
The application portal Søknadsweb is now open for registration and uploading.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Master's programme are required to hold a three-year degree in fine arts (Bachelor's degree of 180 credits or equivalent). The first degree must have included in-Depth studies in the subject, course or course Group amounting to at least 80 credits within the subject area of the Master's programme. 

Priority is given to the following criteria:

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

All applicants must be proficient in English. 

How to apply
  1. Register in the Application Portal Søknadsweb. Please read the detailed guidelines for information how to use the online application portal.
  2. Upload the required documents as stated on our website on Søknadsweb
  3. Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.
Required documents

For the application to be complete, it is required that you upload a set of documents.

The total size of uploaded files may not exceed 100 MB.

Some of the jury members are English speaking, and the motivation letter and work descriptions must be written in English. The interviews will also take place in English.

Documents Comments

Documentation of bachelor's degree (or equivalent)

File name:
Diploma-bachelor.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

Applicants with non-Norwegian educational background have to upload translated documents (Norwegian or English).

Transcript of records

File name: 
transcript-of-records.pdf 
(max. 15 MB)

If you complete your bachelor’s degree during the year of application, you must also upload a transcript of records showing how far you have progressed in your programme of study.

In addition, you must submit a scanned copy of your diploma once you obtain your degree no later than July 1.

If we do not receive such confirmation, any admission to the programme will be revoked and reassigned to a qualified applicant.

Proof of proficiency in English

File name: 
English.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
All applicants must be proficient in English.

Applicants with educational background from either outside of the Nordic countries, or from non-English speaking countries, must demonstrate English proficiency by passing the TOEFL-test (minimum score of 500), or the IELTS-test (minimum score of 5.0). Alternatively, with a high school transcript showing the completion of a minimum of 7 years of study of English as a primary foreign language.

Se NOKUT for more information about language requirements.

Applicants may demonstrate proficiency in English in other ways than mentioned above.
Portrait photo

File name:
Portrait.jpg
(max. 15 MB)
A recent portrait photo of yourself.
Curriculum Vitae

File name: 
CV.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Relevant education and practice.
Portfolio

File name:
BMA2020_portfolio.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Your Portfolio must appear as one document of maximum 10 pages, one artwork per page.
Include the following information for each artwork: image/video/audio/text, year of creation, medium/technique, title, link to web page containing sound or video files.
All descriptions must be in English
Motivation letter (max. 400 words, one page)

File name: 
BMA2020_motivation_letter.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
You have to answer the following questions:

* Why are you applying to the Master of Fine Art programme at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and how do you envision to participate in the programme?

* Describe your working method and process.

* Contextualize your artistic practice (i.e. name an artwork, an artist, a text or an experience that is important to you and describe why).
Admission process and important dates
  1. All complete applications will be read by a committee during week 9
  2.  Relevant candidates will be invited to attend an interview where they will be given the opportunity to clarify the aplication and their motivation for applying. The interviews will be held in week 11. If you are invited but prevented or unable to meet in person at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, we will offer to hold the interview via Skype. Interviews will be held in English.
  3. Acceptance letters will be sent out in week 12 or 13.

Do you have any further questions? Please send an enquiry to postmottak@khio.no

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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