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Semesterstart 2022. Foto: Tilde Wahl Hansen og Håvard Andreas Krogstad Johansen.
Semesterstart 2022. Foto: Tilde Wahl Hansen og Håvard Andreas Krogstad Johansen.

Bachelor's programmes

All our Bachelor's programmes are taught in Norwegian, except for Bachelor's programme in Classical Ballet. For more information about our Norwegian taught Bachelor's programmes, please see the information on our websites in Norwegian. 


Higher Education Entrance Qualification

The general basis for admission to the Bachelor's programmes are Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Norwegian: generell studiekompetanse/GSK) and entrance exams. The academic qualifications are specified in the study plan for the individual programme.

You have to meet the general admission requirements and document proficiency in the Norwegian language in order to be eligible for admission. You can find information on the general requirements on the GSU-list.


Admission information per study program

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

Bachelor’s programme in Classical Ballet

Application deadline

20 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Admission is given on the basis of audition results, and applicants who qualify via participation in the final at the international ballet competitions Prix de Lausanne and Youth America Grand Prix.
Applicants are ranked on the basis of the results of the entrance examinations and competitions, and are assessed by the same admission committee.

Applicants are ranked according to their audition results. The admission criteria are completed secondary education and proficiency in classical ballet. In the admission process the emphasis will be primarily on dance skills, ability to communicate, potential for development, personal qualities and physical condition in relation to the high demands required of today’s ballet dancers.

The language of instruction is Norwegian, but special teaching arrangements are provided for English speaking students. All applicants must be proficient in English.


Master's programmes

All our Master's programmes are taught in English, except for the Master's programme in Theatre.

General admission requirements

For admission to a Master's programme, you need to have:

  • obtained Bachelor's degree or equivalent education
  • specialization of a minimum of 80 credits within the subject area of ​​the Master's programme 

The general basis for admission to the Master's programmes are general admission requirements and entrance exams. The academic qualifications are specified in the study plan for the individual study programme. 

You will find more specific information about the admission requirements for each Master's programme in the list below.

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 studies.

You do not need to upload documentation of education completed at KHiO.


Admission information per study programme

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

Master’s programme in Choreography

Application deadline

1 December 2022 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

The Master’s programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree in Choreography or Dance (180 ECTS credits) or other relevant education. Applicants must document a minimum of 80 ECTS credits from disciplines that are relevant to the Master’s degree.
Applicants must also document their choreographic practice. Applicants with a lower content of dance-related or choreographic subjects in their degree may also apply for admission if they can document other relevant education and/or practice/work competence of a scope and level that may also qualify them to admission to the programme.

The admission to the Master's programme takes place in three phases:

  1. A formal assessment of the application and the applicant’s competence
  2. Artistic assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, based on the artistic works cited in the application as well as a written reflection on the applicant’s motivation
  3. An audition consisting of a mix of choreographic and written assignments, including an interview

Only applicants who are deemed to be qualified in both phases 1 and 2 of the admission process will be invited to phase 3, the audition.

The admission process will be concluded through an overall assessment of the applicant with regards to the aboce-mentioned tasks, and on the following criteria:

  • Choreographic expression, individuality and creativity
  • The ability to reflect on choreographic work
  • Composition and improvisation skills
  • Motivation
  • Collaborative skills and personal suitability

5 students will be admitted for the study period 2023-2025.

Required documents

You must upload all documents from the list below within the application deadline on Søknadsweb.

Documents Comments
Documentation of education
File name:
MAKO2023-transcript.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Diploma of your bachelor's degree/transcript of ongoing education
Proof of English proficiency
File name:
MAKO2023-English-proficiency.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
CV
File name:
MAKO2023-CV-references.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Previous choreographic or relevant artistic practice should be documented or supported by certificate/reference letters in a Scandinavian language or in English.
Portrait
File name:
MAKO2023-portrait.jpg
(max. 15 MB)
A portrait of yourself. Your face must appear in most of the picture so that the committee can easily recognize you.
Reflection text
File name:
MAKO2023-reflection
(max. 15 MB)
A written reflection in which you describe:
1. your background and current artistic practice and choreographic field of interest
2. your motivation for wanting to explore this field.
Video links of choreographic works
File name:
MAKO2023-video.pdf
(max. 15 min)
A document with video links and passwords uploaded on Vimeo (or similar online provider) featuring your choreographic works. Max 15 minutes.

About the audition programme

All applicants found eligible after assessment of submitted documents will be invited to online audition in week 6 and 7 (8 - 14 February 2023), including the weekend. After day 3 in the admission period, approved candidates will go further to round 2. Detailed information about the audition programme will be sent by email to qualified candidates.

Date Activity Comments
1 December Deadline for registering your application and uploading all required documents in Søknadsweb before the deadline expires. The submission closes at 23:59 (UTC+1).
See the list above for information about required documents.
From mid-December Audition preparation Applicants found eligible after assessment of submitted documents will be invited to audition.
Applicants will be asked to prepare a performative work and to write a text in English.
8 - 14 February 2023 Round 1 - Self-presentation (max 15 minutes long, more information will follow in the invitation letter to the audition week)
- A written assignment
- Some creative assignments.
After day 3 in the audition period Round 2 Choreographic assignments and interview

Master’s programme in Dance

Application deadline

1 December 2022 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

The Master’s degree programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) in Dance or other relevant education. Applicants must document a minimum of 80 ECTS credits within dance and the performing arts. Applicants with a lower content of dance-related or performative subjects in their degree may also apply for admission if they can document through practice/work experience that they have attained a corresponding scope and level in regard to the programme.

In exceptional cases, other documented qualifications may be approved as wholly or partially equivalent to the educational requirements specified above.

Applicants must submit 1) a letter of motivation and 2) Vimeo uploads (or equivalent documentation) where they act as a performer. On the basis of their application, applicants will be informed whether they will be called in for an admission test and interview.

The admission process will be based on an overall assessment of the applicant in regard to:

  • their description of and reflection on practising as an independent dance artist
  • expressiveness, individuality and creativity within dance
  • technical skills within dance
  • motivation
  • personal suitability

5 students will be admitted for the study period 2023-2025.

Required documents

You must upload all documents from the list below within the deadline.

Documents Comments
Documentation of education
File name:
MADA2023-transcript.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Diploma of your bachelor's degree/transcript of ongoing education
Proof of English proficiency
File name:
English-proficiency.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
CV
File name:
MADA2023-CV-references.pdf
(max. 15 MB)
Relevant artistic experience should be documented or supported by certificate/reference letters in a Scandinavian language or in English.
Portrait
File name:
MADA2023-portrait.jpg
(max. 15 MB)
A portrait of yourself. Your face must appear in most of the picture so that the committee can easily recognize you.
Motivation letter
File name:
MADA2023-motivation
(max. 15 MB)
A written reflection in which you describe (maximum 2. pages):
1.Your movement practice and your current agency as a dancer maker and performer.
2.Your motivation for wanting to explore this field.
Video links of performance
File name:
MADA2023-video.pdf
(max. 15 min)
A document with video links and passwords uploaded on Vimeo (or similar online provider) featuring you as a performer. Max 15 minutes.

About the audition programme

All applicants found eligible after assessment of submitted documents will be invited to an online audition in week 8 (20 - 24 February 2023).

After day 2 in the audition period, approved candidates will go further to round 2. Detailed information about the audition programme will be sent by email to qualified candidates. All the tests are remote and the committee will take in consideration the different rooms/spaces you have available.

Date Activity Comments
1 December 2022 Deadline for registering your application and uploading all required documents in Søknadsweb before the deadline expires. The submission closes at 23:59 (UTC+1).
See the list above for information about required documents.
From mid-December Audition preparation All applicants found eligible after assessment of submitted documents will be invited to audition.
Applicants will be asked to prepare a performative work and to write a text in English.
More information will be sent by email.
20 - 24 February 2023 Audition (Online) Round 1:
- movement assignments
- writing task,
- creative assignments,
Round 2:
- Creative assignments
- -Interview


Master’s programme in Opera

Application deadline

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Admission takes place on the basis of formal education and admission tests. The programme requires the completion of a Bachelor-level education (180 ECTS credits). Such an education must include specialisation of at least 80 ECTS credits in music or other courses of relevance to the discipline of opera. Applicants must have at least 20 ECTS credits in stage-related or performative courses. A basic knowledge of Italian is required.

In exceptional cases, we may approve other documented qualifications that are either completely or partially equivalent to the educations mentioned above.

Applicants are ranked according to the results of the admission tests. Students who are admitted to the programme must demonstrate an outstanding talent for the art of musical drama.

Required documents

You must upload the following documents in Søknadsweb:
Max 15MB for each document. 

Documents Comments
Portrait image
File name:
portrait.pdf

  
The photo must have been taken recently. Your face should cover most of the image. 
Documentation of Bachelor's degree/
Transcript of records


File name:
diploma.pdf or transcript.pdf
Proof of Proficiency in English

File name:
english.pdf
Repertoire and application form

File name:
application.pdf
Fill in required information in the application form
CV

File name:
CV.pdf
A complete overview with education, courses, relevant experience. 
Content (repertoire/roles), time/duration and scope must be clearly stated. 
Are you unsure whether you meet the requirement for 25 credits in scenic subjects?

Then you must upload documentation of all the relevant scenic experience you have listed in your CV. This documentation can be certificates from your employer or media reviews. Course certificates can also be relevant. 

Requirements for repertoire

Repertoire

Your repertoire for the entrance examinations shall consist of four arias/scenes of different character. The repertorie must cover at least two different eras and two different languages. One of the arias shall be performed witg recitative. At least one of the arias must be in Italian.

You must submit a video recording of two of the arias before the application deadline February 1st at 23.59. Applications submittet incompletely will not be assessed. 

Pianist
Candidates for the second round of admission will be awarded to one of the Academy of Opera's pianist. Own pianist can be used. This must be specified in the application form. 
Recorded video requirements
  • You must send in one video per aria (a total of two). The videos should be uploaded in Vimeo, You Tube etc. and can not be password protected. You will fill in admission repertoire and links to the arias in the application form, and then upload the form in Søkndaweb.
  • Each aria should be recorded in one take, unedited and without cutting.
  • You can use any camera when reording, including mobile phone. There are no specific requirements for sound or video quality.
  • The video must be dated. It can not be older than 12 months. 
  • Your voice must appear clearly in the viode. Avoid recording in venue with a large acoustics (e.g. a church with a lot of reverberations) or in a performance/concert where you are far from the microphone.
  • We recommend that you perform the repertoire together with a pianist.

About the audition process

Schedule for the entrance examinations:
1st round  The admission committee will assess your uploaded material. 
You will be notified by e-mail by February 15th whether you are qualified for 2nd round of admission.
2nd round  The second round of admission will take place at KHiO in Oslo March 6th and 7th. 
In special cases you can have the 2nd round digital. 


If you applies for both the one-year study and the Master's programme, you will be assessed for both programmes, and you do not need to submit two sets of application forms or any other documents. If you are not qualified for your first priority, we will assess you for your second priority.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no.

Master’s programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Application deadline

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

The Master’s programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent education. Applicants must document specialisation of at least 80 ECTS credits in disciplines or courses within the theatre, theatrical art or equivalent. 

Admission takes place on the basis of a written application and admission tests. 

The admission process will emphasise the applicants’ theatrical practice, in particular their dramaturgical practice, artistic potential and level of reflection. 

All applicants must master and be able to document proficiency in English. 

Required documents

You must upload the following documents in the application portal Søknadsweb. Max. file size: 15 MB.

Documents Comments
Documentation of Bachelor's degree

File name:
Diploma.pdf
Proof of English proficiency

File name:
English.pdf 
ALL applicants must document English proficiency, this also includes applicants with education from Norway.
Portfolio

Filnavn:
MACDPR2023-portfolio.pdf
Portfolio with documentation of artistic and/or theoretical work (max. 5 pages). 

These works should show your dramaturgical experiences, competences and specialization. 

Upload the portfolio as one file. If you have media files, include them as links in the portfolio.
Motivation

Filnavn:
MACDPR2023-motivation.pdf
Upload a video of your motivation (2 minutes) and a motivation letter (3 pages).

The motivation letter must include thoughts about which other of the partner institutions in the CDPR network you wish to exchange with.
 
Two independent essays, articles or critics

Filnavn:
MACDPR2023-essay.pdf
Between 3-7 pages each.
Font size 12 / 1.5 line spacing.
The texts should be written in English.

The texts must be related to performing arts, either as analyzes of specific dramatic texts and performances, or as discussions of dramaturgical theory and method.

About entrance examinations and dates

The entrance examinations takes place in two rounds. Uploaded documentation is the basis for assessment in the first round.

Just a few candidates will be invited to the second round of entrance examinations.

Dates Comments
1 February Application deadline
Søknadsweb closes for registering and uploading of documentation. 
More information to come 2. round - entrance examinations
Those candidates who go further to the 2nd round will be asked to submit a task. Deadline for submitting: two weeks prior to the 2nd of entrance examinations. 

Part 1: 
You must give an artistic presentation to the admissions committee, followed by a conversation. 

Part 2: 2-3 days for individual and collective taks. 
More information to come Admission results
You will be informed of the admission results by e-mail and information in Søknadsweb. 
 

Master’s programme in Design

Application deadline

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in performing arts, visual art, architecture or design is eligible to seek enrolment in the study programme.

The target group for the study programme consists of applicants who want to develop expertise in one of the specified areas of specialization, and who want to situate their practice in wider disciplinary and sociocultural contexts.

The master programme builds on a three-year bachelor’s degree in design (180 credits), or an equivalent education that includes design studies of at least 120 credits relevant to the area of specialization for which the applicant applies. Applicants with less than 120 credits in relevant bachelor-level subjects can also apply for admission if they document that their practical experience gives them an equivalent scope and level relative to the specialization for which they apply.

The programme is open to students who only master English at the time of application. Languages of instruction and teaching are Norwegian and English. The study programme is designed for students who only master English, such that all courses and electives can be completed without the student mastering Norwegian.

The application must include following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter explaining the applicant's motivation for applying 
  • A portfolio containing works relevant to the chosen area of specialization

Applicants will be evaluated based on their:

  • previous education and experience
  • professional level and potential for development
  • motivation for enrolling in the study programme

Applicants may be summoned to an interview.

Required documents

For the application to be complete, it is required that you upload a set of documents. All the uploaded files should be compressed to screen viewing, and the total size of uploaded files may not exceed 100 MB .

Documents Comments

Documentation of bachelor’s degree 

File name:
Diploma.pdf
or Transcript.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

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 f records showing how far you have progressed in your programme of study.

Proof of Proficiency in English

File name:
English.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

All applicants must be proficient in English

Curriculum Vitae

File name:
CV_MADE-2023.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

Relevant education, experience and practice

We do not ask for recommendation letters in the application.

Motivation letter

File name:
Lastname_Firstname_MADE-Motivation-2023.pdf 

(max. 15 MB)

We are curious about who you are, your goals and why you are applying to the Master’s programme in design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. You will find information about the study programme here.

Max. 250 words. 

The motivation letter should address the following: 

  • What are you interested in and what do you want to develop further in your practice?
  • What are your expectations for the master's programme in design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts?

Portfolio

File name:
Lastname_Firstname_MADE-portfolio-2023.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

Your portfolio must appear as one document with multiple pages. Max. 20 pages.
Compressed to screen viewing.
 Your portfolio will be assessed on screen by the admission committee, therefor it must be suitably navigable with considered use of text.

The portfolio should consist of at least 5 and no more than 7 different visual examples of personal work/projects presented. It is an advantage that these works collectively represent your abilities and skills.

Your portfolio may contain works in any media you choose, i.e. video, web page or app. Should you wish to present a video, web page or app as part of your portfolio, these must be represented as screenshots in your portfolio along with text and functioning link to the specific webpages where they can be seen.

Admission process and important dates

1 December – 1 February Application period
You may adjust your application and upload new documents until the application deadline Feb 1st (23:59 CET).
February Application and portfolio assessment
All complete applications will be assessed by the appointed admission committee.
Early March Invitation to interview
Applicants that are assessed to be qualified for the second admission round will receive an invitation to an interview as part of the admission process to the programme.
March Interview
The interviews are conducted digitally in March, and the invited applicants will receive information about time/date and digital platform. In the interview the applicants will be given the opportunity to clarify their application and motivation for applying.
April Final results
Offers of admission, offers of a spot on the waiting list and rejection are sent out. The applicant can also view the result of the admission process in Søknadsweb. Applicants who are offered admission or a spot on the waiting list must accept or decline the offer in Søknadsweb.
1 July Deadline for submitting
Diploma achieved in the year of applying.
Applies to applicants who are offered a study place or waiting list space after the interview.

MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Application deadline 

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Admission to the master programme requires a three-year Bachelor’s degree in visual arts or a relevant undergraduate degree composed of subjects or courses of which at least 80 study credits are relevant to the study programme. [180 ECTS credits or equivalent according to §§3-4 of the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Act.]

In certain cases admission may be considered on the basis of other documented qualifications that are fully or partially equivalent to the above-mentioned academic requirement.

An applicant’s qualifications, skills and aptitude for the master programme are considered in relation to an overall assessment of their portfolio, letter of motivation, documented artistic involvement and other relevant qualifications. Admission to the programme is based on nomination by an interdisciplinary committee that consists of teaching staff from the various areas of specialisation, one member can be external representative, and one student observer.

The application must include documentation of completed studies, a digital portfolio containing visual documentation of the applicant’s own artworks, and a letter of motivation.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must be proficient in English.

Required documents

You must upload all documents from the list below on the application portal Søknadsweb within the deadline.

Documents Comments

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

File name:
Diploma.pdf or Transcript.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 f records showing how far you have progressed in your programme of study.
Proof of English proficiency

File name:
English.pdf
All applicants must be proficient in English. 

CV

File name:
MAMBA2023-CV.pdf

Containing your full name, application number, relevant education and practice. 

Portfolio

File name:
MAMBA2023-portfolio.pdf
The portfolio must be uploaded as one multi-page PDF document (max. 10 pages and max. 15 MB).

The portfolio should consist of a minimum of 8 and no more than 10 different examples of your own works.
Together, these works should give a good understanding of your knowledge and skills.

Each work must be dated and described with a title, dimensions, what media has been used and a link to a website in case of audio or video files.

The total length of video and audio files should not exceed 10 minutes.
Application letter

File name:
MAMBA2023-application-letter.pdf
You are required to upload an application letter of max. 1 page (400 words) that reflects on the following:

1) Why are you applying to the MFA program in Medium- and Material Based Art?

2) Give a short description of your artistic practice and main focus.

Admission process and important dates

1 December – 1 February Application period
You may adjust your application and upload new documents up until the deadline of 1 February (11:59 pm).
Week 12 Interview
Applicants invited to an interview receive information on time and place for their interview.
April Final results
Information of acceptance/waiting list or rejection letters will be published on Søknadsweb.
1 July Deadline for submitting
Diploma achieved in the year of applying.

Applies to applicants who are offered a study place or waiting list space after the interview.

MFA in Art and Public Space

Application deadline

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Admission to the degree programme Master in Art and Public Space requires that the applicant has successfully completed a three-year bachelor’s degree in visual art or in a comparable educational programme that includes subjects, courses or groups of courses whereof at least 80 credits are related to and relevant for the programme Master in Art in Public Space.

The applicant’s qualifications, level and potential in relation to the master’s programme will also be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s portfolio (artistic level) and a text which accounts for the applicant’s goals and motivation for applying to enrol in the study programme. Special emphasis is on the applicant’s demonstration of exploratory attitudes and an ability to delve into problematic areas, also to take initiative and have a large capacity for work.

All applicants must document good English skills.

Required documents

You must upload the following documents to Søknadsweb for your application to be assessed by the admission committee. 

Documents Comments

Documentation of completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent education

File name:
diploma.pdf

All  pages of the diploma must be included.

All documents must be translated to Norwegian or English by an official translator if they are not in English or any Nordic language. 

Your original education documents must always be enclosed. 

Proof of English proficiency

File name:
English.pdf
All applicants must be proficient in English.

The master programme relies on a high level of spoken English.

Curriculum Vitae

File name:
MAPS2023-CV.pdf

Containing your full name, application number and relevant education and practice. 

Portfolio

File name:
MAPS2023-portfolio.pdf
The portfolio must be uploaded as one multi-page PDF document (max. 10 pages and max. 15 MB).

The portfolio should consist of a minimum of 8 and no more than 10 different examples of your own works.
Together, these works should give a good understanding of your knowledge and skills.

Each work must be dated and described with a title, dimensions, what media has been used and a link to a website in case of audio or video files.

The total length of video and audio files should not exceed 10 minutes.
Application letter

File name:
MAPS2023-application-letter.pdf
You are required to upload an application letter of max. 1 page (400 words) that reflects on the following:

1) Why are you applying to the MFA program in Art and Public Space?

2) Give a short description of your artistic practice and main focus.

Admission process and important dates

Timeline:
1 December – 1 February Application period
You may adjust your application and upload new documents up until the deadline of 1 February (11:59 pm).
March (week 11) Interview
Applicants invited to an interview receive information on time and place for their interview. 
April Final results
Acceptance/waiting list or rejection will be published on the application portal Søknadsweb.
1 July Deadline for submitting Diploma
You must submit a scanned copy of your diploma once you obtain your degree, no later than 1 July.

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

Applies to applicants who are offered a study place or waiting list space after the interview.

Master’s programme in Fine Art (MFA)

Application deadline 

1 February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master’s programme requires a three-year degree in fine art (Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent). The first degree must include specialisation in a subject, course or course group of at least 80 ECTS credits within the discipline of the Master’s programme.

Admission to the programme is based on nomination by a committee that consists of teaching staff, one external representative from the contemporary art field, and a student observer. The following criteria will be considered:

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

All applicants must document proficiency in English

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.pdf
or
Transcript.pdf

All pages of the Diploma must be uploaded.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

File name: 
BMA2023-CV.pdf
Your age, gender, relevant education and practice.
Portfolio

File name:
BMA2023-portfolio.pdf
Maximum 10 artworks/projects, one per page. Ten pages total as one PDF-document.

Each page of the portfolio can have one main photography of the artwork/project, and two smaller photographs to give context.

Include the following information for each artwork:
  • Date
  • Title
  • Dimensions
  • 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 link to a longer version, but there is no guarantee the committee will assess it.)

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

File name: 
BMA2023-motivation.pdf
You have to answer the following questions (maximum 400 words):
  • 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

December 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023 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 All applicants will be contacted. If you are invited to an interview, the interview will be held digital. 
April/May 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, 2023.

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

One-year programmes

KHiO does not offer any one-year programmes taught in English. 

For more information about the One-year programme in Opera and the One-year programmes in Educational Theory and Practice (PPU), please see the websites in Norwegian. 

Language requirements

KHiO offers one English taught bachelor: Bachelor's programme in Classical Ballett.

All our Master's programmes are taught in English, except Master's programme in Theatre.

Norwegian taught Bachelor's and Master's programmes

All our other Bachelor's programmes are taught in Norwegian and require Norwegian proficiency. For more information about the admission requirements, please see the Norwegian websites.

You must prove Norwegian language proficiency by passing one of the following examinations:

  • Passed exam in Norwegian (oral and written) at “Vg3-level” (393 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school
  • Passed Level 3 examination in Norwegian for foreign students at Norwegian universities
  • Passed exam from the 1-year course in Norwegian language and culture for foreignstudents, taken at a university or a university college
  • Norwegian test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge (earlier Vox) with minimumresult B2 or C1 in all four parts

Are you from another Nordic country with qualifications granting general admission to higher education in your home country, and have studied your native language at the most advanced level at upper secondary school you are not required to take a Norwegian language proficiency test.

English taught Bachelor's and Master's programmes

All our Master's programmes are taught in English and require English proficiency. 

All international students and students who have completed upper secondary school outside of the Nordic countries must meet the English language requirements that apply to their country.

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) provides a list of requirements for all countries, the GSU list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Persons with Foreign Education).

Tests

You can meet the English language requirements by completing one of the following tests:

  • English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school: written and oral exam.
  • TOEFL with a minimum of 500 points from TOEFL PBT (paper based test) or 60 points from TOEFL IBT (Internet based test).
  • IELTS, academic test with a minimum score of 5.0.
  • PTE Academic, academic test with a minimum score of 51.
  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations: First Certificate in English, Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English.

You can also meet the English requirements if you have completed one of the following:

  • A university degree in English language and literature.
  • A minimum of one year of university studies taught in English in one of these countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or USA.
  • Completed a master's degree where the language of instruction was English

How to apply

Register application

Register your application in the application portal Søknadsweb, and upload required documents listed on the webpage about Admission information per study program.

In case of questions regarding use of the application portal Søknadsweb, please read the detailed guidelines.

Log into Søknadsweb

Submit documentation

You will find detailed information about required documentation requirements on the website "Admission information per study programme". 

General criterias for uploading documents in Søknadsweb:

You must upload all required documents within in the application deadline. You are responsible to check if you have uploaded all necessary documents. We will not answer requests by e-mail or elsewhere for individual confirmation of whether we could check if you have uploaded all documents. 

Please make sure to name your documents according to the list under "Admission information per study programme". Do not upload additional documents that are not listed. Unnamed documents or excessive amounts of documents may delay or invalidate your application.

Please note that there is no "Submit"-button. Your application is saved automatically after each alteration. You can change your application as many times as you like up until the deadline. 

All documents must be uploaded as PDFs (.pdf), max. 15 MB per file. 

Documentation of education

  • You must upload Diploma and Transcript of records from Upper Secondary School or higher education (Bachelor's degree).
  • All pages of the Diploma must be submitted (Diploma, Transcript of Records and Diploma Supplement). 
  • If you obtain your Bachelor's degree during the admission period, you must upload a Transcript of records showing how far you have progressed in your study programme. Please leave a comment in Søknadsweb as well. 
  • If you are given a conditional admissions offer, you must upload your Diploma as soon as you complete your degree, and no later than July 1st. 
  • Documents that are not originally in English or a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish or Swedish), must be accompanied by an authorized translation of the original document into Norwegian or English. 

Application response

If you have qualified for the next admissions round, we will contact you by e-mail and inform you about the further process.

If you are not qualified to proceed to the next round of admission, we will send out information about this by e-mail. In Søknadweb, it will say "Under processing" until the admission process is finished.

If you participated in the last admission round, you will receive your admission results via Søknadsweb and e-mail.

Normally, the admission results to master's studies starting in the autumn semester will be available in the beginning of April.

Normally, admission results to bachelor's programmes/one-year programmes starting in the autumn semester will be sent at the end of June.

FAQs about admission

For international degree-seeking students. ​This page provides important supplementary information about what you need to do after receiving an Offer of Admission from Oslo National Academy of the Arts.


What is the Oslo National Academy of the Arts?

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norwegian: Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, KHiO) is a public university college with about 500 students and 180 employees. Oslo National Academy of the Arts was established on the 1st of August 1996 through the merger of six formerly independent colleges.

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts consists of the following departments: Dance , Academy of Opera, Academy of Theater, Design, Art and Craft, and Academy of Fine Art.

The Academy offers three-year bachelor's programmes (180 cedits), two-year master's programmes (120 credits), and one-year programmes (60 credits) in Opera and in PPU (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). The Oslo National Academy of the Arts also offers PhD programmes.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts is accredited as a specialised university college by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education), an independent expert body under the Ministry of Education and Research.

Fees and financing

How much does your study programmes cost?

As of today, studying at KHiO is free, but a possible introduction of tuition fees for students from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland is proposed from autumn 2023. This does not apply to exchange students from partner universities, or to students from the EU/EEA/EFTA.

However, all students must pay a semester fee og NOK 640,- to The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO) per semester. Expenses for any materials that you use in your works you must cover yourself.

Norway is an expensive country to live in, so students from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA have to pay a deposit showing that they have enough financial support to cover their living expenses. For more information about this and how to apply for a study permit, please see The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Please take a look at our International Student Handbook for more information about this as well as other topics relevant to international students.

Do you offer scholarships or other financing?

No, we do not offer scholarships or other forms of financing. We advise you to research what opportunities for financial support there might be in your own country. There are some limited opportunities from The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund («Lånekassen») for foreign students.

Housing

Do you offer any student housing?

Students at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts can apply for student accommodation through the Student Welfare Association – SiO. Make sure to apply early.

All questions regarding the application form and housing in general must be directed to SiO Housing.

If you prefer, there is of course also the option of private accommodation.

Submitting an application

Can you check if I am qualified before I submit my application?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have the capacity to assess if you fulfil our entrance requirements beforehand. Please submit your application.

How and when can I submit my application?

We only accept applications registered and uploaded to our application portal “Søknadsweb”.

"Søknadsweb" and information about the admission process will be available on our webpage two months before the application deadline.

All study programmes have specific deadlines and each applicant is responsible to apply within the deadline. You find the application deadlines in the admission information of each study programme.

When must I submit my documents?

The deadline for upload all your docuemtns is the same as the application deadline.

E.g. for studies with the application deadline 1 February, you must upload your documents within 1 February. 

Can I deliver documents after the deadline?

Generally, you must upload all documents within the application deadline. Only few documents which are not available within this deadlin can be delivered after that.

This applies for applicants who complete their higher education entrance qualification/bachelor's degree in the spring semester they are applying for studies. 

Applicants who must complete a language test in the period of application must upload the official results within 1 July. 

I haven't taken all my exams yet, but I will recieve my diploma this summer. Can I apply?

You can apply on the condition that you will send us your diploma by 1st July.

When you apply, use the comment field in “Søknadsweb” and kindly let us know that you are in the process of finishing your exams and that you will send us the Diploma as soon as possible, and no later than 1st July.
For now, please upload a transcript of records.

I am in the process of taking a language test, but will not get the result by the application deadline. Can I apply?

When you apply, use the comment field in “Søknadsweb” and kindly let us know that you are in the process of taking a language test and that you will send us the certificate as soon as possible, and no later than 1st July.
Please inform us of when your test is to take place.

After admission

When does the studies start?

We have admission once a year, and all our studies start in August.

How is the study programme structured, where can I find detailed information about the study programme?

You will find information about the study programmes and admission under each department:

Academy of Dance
Academy of Opera
Academy of Theater
Design
Art and Craft
Academy of Fine Art

Please see the programmes curriculum for detailed information. This is linked to at the bottom of the page describing the program.

I’ve already done a similar study programme at another academy. May I transfer to the Oslo National Acadamy of the Arts?

No, we do not consider this during the application process. You need to apply to our programme. If granted admission and you accept the offer, you can apply to have your previous studies recognized and included in your degree here.

I’m on the waiting list, what happens now?

You must first accept to be on the waiting list on our application portal “Søknadsweb”. We will contact you if a place becomes available. This can happen up until a couple of weeks after the programme have started. We are not able to say how likely it is that you will be offered a place.

Can I come visit the school and get a guided tour?

Normally the school is open to visitors, but due to the Corona-situation we are in and for reasons of infection control, it will not be possible to come and look around right now.

KHiO usually arranges an Open Day every academic year in November (cancelled in 2020 due to restrictions). We do not offer guided tours except from this day.

Feel free to sign up for our newsletter (in Norwegian) for information about events happening on campus you might want to attend if you are visiting Oslo, including Open Day.

You could also check out KHiOs Instagram account in order to get an impression of the school.

Is there a lower or upper age limit for applicants?

No, anyone that fulfils the entrance requirements can apply.

I have other questions that are not answered here.

Have you read the information on our webpage about the program and admission?

The programmes’ curriculum might also answer many of your questions, you'll find it linked to at the bottom of the programme's page. You should also check our International Student Handbook.

If you still have questions, you can send us an e-mail to postmottak@khio.no, please write the name of the study program in the subject field.

Contact

Questions regarding admissions can be sent to postmottak@khio.no. Please read the information about admission requirements thoroughly before e-mailing.