Academy of Theatre
Since its founding in 1953, the Academy of Theatre has been Norway’s leading educational institution for the acting professions. The Academy offers a three-year Bachelor’s course for actors and directors and a two-year Master’s course in theatre, specialising in acting, direction, stage writing and stage design. The department also offers a practice-oriented teacher training course (PPU) for drama teachers.
The Academy embraces both traditional and experimental techniques. Our primary goal is to help our students develop all the skills they need for a career in theatre, uniting the traditional craft that has long underpinned our great theatrical institutions with the best of the more experimental and creative techniques coming from the independent field.
The Academy offers not only a valuable vocational education, but also a first-class arts education. We aim to encourage and develop our students’ artistic abilities, giving the theatrical world not only the supply of new talent it craves, but perhaps also some fresh perspectives it doesn’t yet know that it needs.
Bachelor’s in acting
Students taking a Bachelor’s degree in acting learn to be independent creative artists of a high calibre, gaining experience in a rich array of methods to develop their own expressive abilities. The programme gives the student a solid foundation in acting technique, ready for professional work in stage productions, film, TV and radio. Theatre is a collaborative medium, so students also learn to work both as part of an ensemble and in partnership with professionals from other artistic and theatrical fields.
The course is grounded in the principles established by the Russian theatre director and educator Stanislavski. The core subject is the theory of acting, beginning in the first year with an introduction to foundational acting techniques. The course progresses steadily towards professional-level presentations in the third year of study, with additional opportunities to work on and perform in independent stage projects.
Acting technique comprises roughly half the course. The other half consists of supplementary modules such as movement and improvisation, dance, elocution and vocal training, singing and music, text and poetry, in addition to art theory and methodology. There are also modules in film and radio theatre, in collaboration with NRK, Norway’s broadcasting company.
Bachelor’s in theatre directing
Students learn to work as independent creative artists of a high calibre, gaining experience with a rich array of methods to develop their own expressive abilities. Theatre is a collaborative medium, so students also learn to work both as part of an ensemble and in partnership with professionals from other artistic and theatrical fields. The course is grounded in the principles established by the Russian theatre director and educator Stanislavski, although students are also introduced to other approaches and methods in the field of directing.
In course work, students work together as both actors and directors. They also collaborate with other students at KHiO, and with people from other academic and non-academic fields, on directorial exercises and productions of increasing scope and complexity.
In addition to the primary focus on directing, the Bachelor’s course also teaches acting techniques, theatre and art theory, dramaturgy, dramatisation, production and the technical aspects of theatre.
Master’s in theatre
The Master’s degree programme in theatre is a two-year, full-time study. The aim of the programme is to develop theatrical practitioners who may help re think the various disciplines, introduce fresh perspectives and create their own artistic expression within a broad definition of what the theatrical arts are and can be.
The programme focuses on artistic practice, and a major part consists of collective creative processes where a mix of disciplines and specialisations meet and interact.
The programme is a unique opportunity for theatrical practitioners to develop professionally both in the practice and theory of their discipline. This requires a willingness to work independently, to mature and to reflect.
The Master’s programme gives students the opportunity to reflect on and refine their artistic practice, immerse themselves in artistic exploration, participate in new forms of collaboration and present their works in a professional setting at one of Europe’s premier art academies. The artistic work takes place both individually and in collaboration with a highly diverse student body and staff.
The teaching at the programme is varied, and students will also engage in a wide range of workshop processes. A key element is the production work that leads to various forms of performances and stagings, as closely followed up by teachers and supervisors at a high Norwegian and international level. The programme concludes with an artistic Master’s degree project, which will also include a written submission with the student’s reflections.
The Master’s programme is no longer organised according to a fixed division into areas of specialisation. This means that it is up to the students themselves to define their own specialisation on the basis of their experiences, skills and goals.
The programme also qualifies the students for research and for applying to the PhD programme in Artistic Research and other relevant doctoral programmes.
Both individuals and groups are welcome to apply to the Master’s programme.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PPU) Theatre is for actors and directors who wish to work as drama teachers.
The programme qualifies the student to teach in primary and secondary schools, adult education, folk high schools, cultural schools and private theatre schools.
PPU is a one-year course that earns 60 ECTS credits, covering basic and subject-related teaching theory and practice. The course includes 12-14 weeks of integrated and supervised practical training.
Education theory deals with the science of upbringing, teaching, learning and development, providing knowledge about and increased capacity for reflection on the role of the teacher in preparation for practice.
The curriculum covers:
- Psychology: developmental psychology, relationships, communication, learning and motivation.
- Philosophy: various justifications for and focal concerns of upbringing and education, ethics and value consciousness.
- Sociology: society, culture, group processes and interaction.
- Theory of education/teaching: the what, why and how of teaching – curricula and assessment work.
Subject-related teaching theory deals with different approaches to and perspectives on the teaching of various target groups in a range of learning contexts. Primary goals include gaining experience and feedback and collecting suitable material relevant to the planning, implementation and evaluation of lessons. Students work with a wide variety of teachers. The course is divided into the following areas:
- Play, creativity and imaginative work with children.
- Interaction, improvisation and composition.
- Basic dramatic techniques (role and character development).
- Drama teaching in depth: concept and directing.
In practice training students gain experience of different aspects of the teaching profession. Working together with practice supervisors, students receive instruction in how to plan, organise, implement and assess lessons in accordance with pedagogical and educational principles. The practice training is conducted with trial classes of different ages and is primarily/normally geared toward cultural schools/private theatre schools and secondary schools.
- Bachelor’s Programme in Acting
- Bachelor’s Programme in Theatre Directing
- Master’s Programme in Theatre
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Theatre)
Useful information about admissions
- How to use the online application portal Søknadsweb
- Frequently asked questions about admissions
- Language policy at KHiO
- Useful information for international students
Bachelor’s Programme in Acting
Application Deadline: 1 February 2022 23:59 CET
Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian website about admissions for more information about the entry requirements and the application procedure.
To enter the programme the applicant must satisfy general admission requirements and pass an audition.
Admission is based on jury assessment of the audition. A new admissions committee consisting of internal and external members is appointed annually. We seek candidates who can demonstrate imagination, an expressive urge, motivation and stage presence.
Candidates must be fluent in Norwegian and/or another Scandinavian language.
Bachelor’s programme in theatre directing
No admission in 2022
Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.
To be admitted the applicant must pass an audition and satisfy general admission requirements. Applicants are ranked according to their audition results. The general admission requirements can be waived for applicants who can document exceptional subject-relevant qualifications at the time of the audition.
Admission is based on jury assessment of the audition. An overall assessment is made of each applicant with particular emphasis on artistic individuality and personal suitability.
Candidates must be fluent in both Norwegian and English.
Master’s Programme in Theatre
No admission in 2022
Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent. The applicant must document a minimum of at least 80 ECTS credits in a relevant subject area, or equivalent practical experience.
Language requirements: Applicants must document proficiency in one of the Scandinavian languages and English.
Applicants must submit a letter of motivation, which is to be included in the application attachment itself.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Theatre)
Application deadline: 1 April 2022 (23:59 CET)
Deadline for pre-validation of education/prior learning: 1 March 2021
NB! Søknadsweb (the application portal) and information about the admission process will be available two moths 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 and the application form.
- Kaia Brænne
- Programme Coordinator, Master's in Theatre and Bachelor's in Directing (on leave)
- +47 909 58 268
- Tormod Fuglestad
- Programme Coordinator, Master's in Theatre and Bachelor's in Directing (deputy)
- +47 913 84 969