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The Great Indoors, Avgangustillingen for master i billedkunst tok form som kunstnerresidens i Kunstnernes hus. Studentene utviklet sammen daglige aktiviteter med tema fra internasjonal merkedager som korresponderte med oppholdets datoer. Foto: István Virág/KUNSTDOK
The Great Indoors, Avgangustillingen for master i billedkunst tok form som kunstnerresidens i Kunstnernes hus. Studentene utviklet sammen daglige aktiviteter med tema fra internasjonal merkedager som korresponderte med oppholdets datoer. Foto: István Virág/KUNSTDOK

Academy of Fine Art

Artistic practice – in the very broadest sense – 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 in parallel with the different contexts in which contemporary art appears. Whatever form your practice takes, the academy emphasises exploring how your art engages a public.

Every student at the academy gets a studio: an open space for making. Self-motivated experimentation is at the heart of the studies, but there is also an emphasis on collaboration, collective learning and shared knowledge. You will be supported in your making by regular feedback on your work, ranging from regular one-to-one tutorials with professors and guest teachers to ‘group crits’ (in which you discuss work-in-progress with fellow students). KHiO’s many workshops (from ceramics and woodworking to 3D printing and digital video editing) provide the opportunity to develop a range of technical skills, with guidance from the workshop leaders. And you will gain practical experience in exhibiting your work every year, whether in one of KHiO’s gallery spaces or elsewhere.

Each semester you will choose from an extensive range of courses, covering both practical skills and theoretical topics, offering ways to consider your practice in broader contexts and to direct your studies towards topics and techniques most relevant for your own work. Recent courses have covered such diverse topics as the artist as curator, gestures in painting, scores and scripts in performance, organising an artist-run institution, exhibiting sound art in public space, video in the age of social media, or making a photobook.

The Academy has a faculty of internationally-respected artists working in a variety of media. In recent years, Academy faculty have exhibited at high-profile venues and exhibitions.

The Academy regularly collaborates with a variety of Norwegian and international institutions for both teaching and exhibiting. One of our most important partner institutions is Kunstnernes Hus (The Artists’ House) in Oslo. Other recent collaborations have included the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Cinemateket, the Historical Museum (Oslo), the Norwegian Film School (Lillehammer) and the Momentum Biennial. As part of KHiO, the Academy also offers the possibility to collaborate with students and professors from other departments: Dance, Theater, Opera, Design and Art and Craft.

The Academy emphasises the importance of student activities that connect to the local and global art scene, and provides guidance and financial support for student-initiated initiatives that navigate public space. The Academy also puts an emphasis on active student involvement in the programme’s organisation and supports self-organized initiatives, through the platform for public talks Open Forum and Akademirommet (The Academy Room), a student-run exhibition space at Kunstnernes Hus. 

Current Academy students and recent alumni are also active in the local artist run scene, establishing venues in Oslo and beyond including Destiny’s Atelier, K4, Plum Trim, Haus der Kunst, Løvens Hule, Khartoum, Podium and more.

Much of the academy’s activity includes a moment of engaging the public, whether in the form of a lecture, a performance or an exhibition - you can see a sample of recent and upcoming events on our public programme page calendar: artacademycalendar.khio.no

Bachelor’s in fine art (BFA)

BA grad show 2022, Seilduken 1. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein KUNSTDOK. Works by Emil Kjærnli and Truman Chance.
BA grad show 2022, Seilduken 1. Photographer: Tor S. Ulstein KUNSTDOK. Works by Emil Kjærnli and Truman Chance.

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.

The BA starts with an intensive workshop aimed at developing creative and collaborative skills. For the rest of 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.

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

  • independent practice, with a focus on studio work via individual supervision and group critique
  • practical seminars/workshops, including courses and study trips addressing various themes
  • theoretical seminars on a variety of topics, learning a critical vocabulary around the student’s own practice
  • exhibition practice in the school’s galleries and external showrooms

Master’s in fine art (MFA)

Master’s in fine art (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a two-year degree programme (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 programme 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 guiding principle of the Academy is close and regular engagement with an internationally renowned faculty of artists, theorists and curators, and a diverse group of students. The programme aims to foster a reflective approach to the artist’s individual practice, as well as to provide contextualisation, dialogue and critical feedback in a dynamic and inclusive environment.

The first year of the programme is structured by a shared course, aiming to tie critical discourse to the student’s artistic processes and the choices we are confronted with when exhibiting. Along the way, the students explore different ways of framing and contextualising their practice, culminating in an exhibition or public project. The second year builds on the learning and experimentation of the first year and includes a thorough focus on the graduating exhibition - which comprises both an individual and group project - as well as life beyond the academy as a practicing artist.

The Master’s programme welcomes students who wish to work in an interdisciplinary, non-medium-specific context as well as those who wish to pursue a particular discipline. 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. Speaking and writing skills are an important aspect of the education, with significant emphasis placed on cultivating research skills, as well as exploring different ways of framing your practice for others. In the second year, the student will produce a research paper rooted in their practice, as well as a text to accompany their graduation exhibition.

There are four strands to the Master’s programme:

  • independent practice, with a focus on studio work via individual supervision and group critique
  • practical seminars/workshops, including courses and study trips addressing various themes
  • theoretical seminars on a variety of topics, learning a critical vocabulary around the student’s own practice
  • exhibition practice in the school’s galleries and external spaces

Admissions

Useful websites about admissions

Bachelor’s programme in Fine Art (BFA)

Application deadline: 3 April 2023 (23:59 CET).

NB! Søknadsweb (the application portal) will be available two months before the application deadline.

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

Applicants will be assessed based on the mentioned criteria. By looking at motivation we aim to find out how open you are to new artistic strategies, your interest in contemporary art and the role art plays in society. When we assess your suitability for the programme we are looking for experimental approaches, creative expression and your degree of self-reflection surrounding your own production.

Applicants are assessed based on motivation letter, portfolio, qualifications and interview. The admission committee is made of external and internal representatives. All applicants must be proficient in Norwegian and English

Master’s programme in Fine Art (MFA)

Application deadline: 1 February 2023 (23:59 CET).

NB! Søknadsweb (the application portal) and information about the admission process will be available two months before the application deadline.

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

Applicants will be assessed based on the mentioned criteria. By looking at motivation we aim to find out how open you are to new artistic strategies, your interest in contemporary art and the role art plays in society. When we assess your suitability for the programme we are looking for experimental approaches, creative expression and your degree of self-reflection surrounding your own production. 

Applicants are assessed based on motivation letter, portfolio, qualifications and interview. The admission committee is made up of external and internal representatives. The admission process is digital. All applicants must be proficient in English and all parts of the admission process will be held in English.

How to apply
  1. Register in the application portal Søknadsweb. Please read the detailed guidelines for information on how to use the online application portal.
  2. Upload the required documents to Søknadsweb
  3. You can change your application in Søknadsweb up until the deadline. 
  4. Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.
Required documents

For the application to be complete, you are required to upload a set of documents. The total size of the uploaded files may not exceed 15 MB per file and 100 MB total. All documents must be uploaded as PDF. All text must be in English.

Documents Comments

Documentation of Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)/ Transcript of records

File name:
Diploma-bachelor.pdf
or
Transcript-of-records.pdf

All pages of the Diploma must be uploaded.

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

In addition, you must submit by email a scanned copy of your Diploma once you obtain your degree no later than July 1st. If we do not receive such confirmation, any admission to the programme will be revoked and reassigned to a qualified applicant.

All documents must be translated to Norwegian or English by an official translator if they are not in English or a Nordic language. Your original education documents must always be scanned and enclosed. You may later be asked to display the original documents.

Proof of English proficiency

File name:
English.pdf

All applicants must be proficient in English.

Applicants with educational backgrounds from either outside of the Nordic countries, or from non-English speaking countries, must demonstrate English proficiency.

See NOKUT for more information about how to document the requirements .

Curriculum Vitae

File name: 
BMA2022-CV.pdf
Your age, gender, relevant education and practice.
Portfolio

File name:
BMA2022-portfolio.pdf
Maximum 10 artworks, one artwork on each page. Ten pages total as one PDF-document.

Each page of the portfolio can have one main photography of the artwork, and two smaller photographies to give it context.

Include the following information for each artwork:
  • Date
  • Title
  • Medium
Do not include other descriptions than these. If you need to give further descriptions, use your motivation letter.

If you want to add sound or video, paste the link into a portfolio page. Maximum length is 5 minutes. (You can have a longer version available, but there is no guarantee the committee will assess it.)

The admission committee will use app. 10 minutes assessing your portfolio, so think about how you prioritize the content.
Motivation letter

File name: 
BMA2022-motivation-letter.pdf
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).

Maximum 400 words/ one page. 

Admission process and important dates
December 1st 2021 - February 1st 2022 Application period You can change your application and upload new documents until the application deadline.
February Assessment Complete applications will have their portfolio assessed by the admission committee.
March Interview If you are invited to an interview, we will contact you.
The interviews ar digital.
Other applicants will also be contacted. 
April Admission Applicants who are offered admission or a place on the waiting list will have the result published in Søknadsweb. You will also be notified by e-mail.
July 1st Deadline for submitting Diplomas If you complete your bachelor during the year of application, you must submit a scanned copy of your Diploma to postmottak@khio.no no later than July 1st, 2022.

When granted, admission is to the programme as a whole, irrespective of specific techniques and materials. Roughly 18 students are admitted each year.

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.

Start of studies

Welcome to the start of studies at The Academy of Fine Art! We look forward to meeting you!

Monday 22. August
  • 10-12: Welcoming meeting for all new students at the Academy
  • Introduction to The Academy, allocation of studios, KHiO tour with buddy groups. Coffee and tea
    Place: Seilduken 1
  • 12-13: Lunch with the buddy group
  • 13-14.30: Welcoming meeting for all new students at KHiO
  • Welcome speech from the principal. Get to know the departments. Meet The Student Council
    Place: Hovedscenen
  • 14.30-17: Meet and greet with teacher + pizza for all Academy
  • Place: Seilduken 1
  • 17-   : Social with the buddy groups

Tuesday 23. August
  • 9-10: Practical orientation meeting for all new students at KHiO
  • Place: Hovedscenen
    Language: Norwegian
  • 10-11: Practical orientation meeting for all new students at KHiO
    Place: Hovedscenen
    Language: English
  • 11-12: Introduction to studies 
    Presentation of the subjects Artistic Practice, Theory for Practice and Exhibition Practice
    Place: Seilduken 1
  • 12-13: Lunch
  • 13-15: 1BA Social gathering and info meeting at the Academy
    Meet with the dean, professors, program coordinator, and study consultant. Presentation of the semester plan and Q&A.
  • Bachelor students meetup: Corner room at The Academy
  • 13-15: 1MA Buddy group meet up
  • 15-16.30: Guided tour of the Ekeberg Sculpture Park for all new students

Wednesday 24. August
  • 9-12.30: 1MA student presentations
  • Get inspired and familiar with the new master students!
    Place: Seilduken 1
  • 12.30-13: Lunch
  • 13-15.30: 1MA student presentations continues
  • Place: Seilduken 1
  • 16-19: KHIO BBQ in the front yard
  • Bring your own food - we provide the grills and the sound

Thursday 25. August
  • 9.30-12.30: 1BA presentations in the class
  • Get to know your class better!
    Place: Seilduken 1
  • 10.30-12: 1MA Social gathering and info meeting at the Academy
    Meet with the dean, professors, program coordinator, and study consultant. Presentation of the semester plan and Q&A.
    Master students meetup: Corner room at the Academy
  • 12.30-13: Lunch
  • 13-14.30: Official opening of KHiO!
    Place: KHiO stairs
  • 16: Open Forum presents a talk with Thora Dolven Balke
    Place: KHiO library
    Open Forum is a student-run initiative from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo that facilitates lectures, talks and other live events within fluid settings.

Friday 26. August
  • 9-15: Open office day
  • Come visit us in the office - we look forward to seeing you and are ready to answer any and all questions!

Please visit our checklist for new students. Once you've gone through the necessary steps to activate your IT account, you can read about the courses and classes offered autumn 2022 in Canvas. Deadline for registrations: August 28th. 

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