Art and Craft

The Art and Craft department offers an art training in the fields of ceramics, textile, print and drawing, metal and jewellery, art and public space.

The department has an experimental approach to workshop-based art practices. We are a meeting place that invites interdisciplinary collaborations and the exchange of knowledge between material-based art and strategies for art and public space. Our study programmes emphasise the exploration of craft-based knowledge and the connections between art, society and the individual.

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts has some of the most advanced workshop facilities in Europe. At the Art and Craft department the workshop is a central arena for teaching, artistic development and research.

As a student at the department you will be part of an inspiring professional environment. Our teaching and research staff are an international group of practising artists with specialist knowledge within their respective fields. Seminars and lectures with prominent artists, curators and art critics are an important part of our study programmes. Students are expected to take an active public role by exhibiting and participating in the art scene.

BFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Jan-Eric Skevic, Cathrine Alice Liberg, Knut Hovig, Maritha Olsen, Phoebe-Lin Elnan. Foto Vegard Kleven

The Bachelor programme offers specialist art training in ceramics, textile, print and drawing, metal and jewellery.

The programme consists of a number of core subjects that are complemented by various optional courses. Craft-based investigations of materials and the development of a relevant conceptual framework are central to the programme. Writing and theoretical reflection are important aspects of the studies. Over the course of the programme, students will develop confidence in one or more fields of specialisation and establish a considered relationship to craft, art history and contemporary art. The workshops are run by highly skilled technicians, and the students have access to both traditional tools and advanced, contemporary technology. The teaching staff impart their expertise and artistic research through practical demonstrations, specialist courses and individual supervision. The BFA programme in medium and material-based art is a three-year, full-time course.

MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Fra Avgangsutstillingen 2018. Sisse Lee og Jessica Brouder. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

In the MFA programme in medium- and material-based art, students work on developing their own artistic practice. They are given the opportunity to further their research and development in the disciplines of ceramics, textile, print and drawing, metal and jewellery. The programme’s interdisciplinary structure promotes collaboration and innovation across the various areas of specialisation. The study emphasises artistic independence and encourages an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to the department’s range of specialisation areas.

Students are assigned a main tutor and allocated a workspace in one of the specialisation areas. The programme combines individual tutoring with hands-on workshops, group critiques, seminars, lectures and student-led study groups. Exhibition Practice and Writing Practice are integral components of the MFA programme. As part of the studies students gain insight into methods of artistic research and development. The international learning environment accommodates English-speaking students. The programme is a two-year, full-time course.

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MFA in Art and Public Space

Marie Skeie: «It's All for Nothing». Foto: Marie Skeie

The transdisciplinary programme Art and Public Space is situated in the intersection between art practice and art theory. It recruits students from various fields of art practice. The programme allows students to explore the role of art in the public space through their own artistic practice and in an international student environment. The core of the programme relates to the development and production of art projects in public spaces, as well as analysis and exploration of art’s encounter with various types of public spaces, reception conditions and social structures.

As a student you will develop and produce your own art projects and investigate art in various public contexts. The studies provide you with wide-ranging practical and theoretical knowledge about art, as well as insight into methods of artistic research and development. The programme combines individual supervision with seminars, lectures and student-led study groups. The studies accommodate English-speaking students. The programme is a two-year, full-time course.

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Textile art represents a way of thinking, creating, writing and expressing ourselves. In this specialisation, you will learn to dye fibres using chemical recipes and plants, spin yarn and read philosophy, art history and political theory. Weaving, prints and embroidery all serve to express our ideas in multi-layered ways.

At the Academy, textile art is taught through practical instruction in workshops and through seminars where students learn about textile practices, dying, analogue and digital weaving, silk screens, digital/analogue textile prints and digital/analogue embroidery. We are regularly visited by national and international guest artists, curators and theorists. As a student you will be supervised both individually and in groups. We also have auditorium-based teaching in theory and art history.

Metal and Jewellery

We offer Norway’s only higher education art programme that specialises in jewellery art and object design. Jewellery creates identity and is personal, but it is worn and communicated in a social setting. Objects, corpora and sculptures are also conveyors of meaning, with tradition serving as the basis for innovation and artistic processes. This specialisation also explores site-specific art and public art.

The teaching is based on artistic praxis with a focus on craft and materials, in parallel with art theory and methodology. Experimentation and exploration, both practical and conceptual, are strongly emphasised. The Academy’s workshops are unique, and as a student you will have the opportunity to learn more about techniques such as soldering, founding, forging, welding and patinating. You will primarily work on individual projects under the supervision of professional practitioners. We organise seminars, lectures and discussions. As a student you will benefit from a large professional network and a wealth of international guest teachers.


Ceramic art encompasses a broad array of artistic approaches to the use of clay and ceramics. Ceramic art is closely connected to the field of contemporary craft as well as to fine art and design, and it has played an influential role throughout art history. In this specialisation you will work on your own individual projects under the supervision of professional, practising artists. The wide range of skill sets to be found among the section’s staff within ceramics allows our students to approach the field in a variety of ways. We actively draw upon our contacts in the international ceramics art community in lectures and seminars, as well as in the guise form of invited guest artists.

By working hands-on in the workshops, you will explore materials, techniques and conceptual strategies and methods with an eye towards becoming more aware of your own artistic idiom and style. The overall goal of the teaching is to provide broad insight into the field of ceramic art, in addition to providing you with the knowledge and skills that are needed to work as a professional ceramic artist.


Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on Søknadsweb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

BFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

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

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Entry requirements

Admission is based on general admission eligibility and satisfactory results in an entrance exam. The entry procedure is in two parts and includes an interview.

Taken as a whole, the programme is aimed at students who have the ability and interest to work with medium- and material-based art within one of the department’s areas of specialisation. Applications are assessed by an interdisciplinary committee, consisting of internal members representing the various disciplines, at least one external representative, and a student observer. Applicants are ranked according to the results of their entrance exams and interviews.

Factors taken into account during the admissions procedure include artistic knowledge, motivation, artistic maturity and development potential, visual interest and comprehension, and analytic, critical and verbal abilities.

The requirement for general admission eligibility can be waived in the case of applicants who can document exceptional skills.

Language requirements

Applicants must have a good command of Norwegian or at least one other Scandinavian language, and English. Applicants with qualifications from non-Nordic countries must document either level-3 ability in Norwegian on the standard scale for foreign applicants to Norwegian universities, or a pass in the so-called Bergenstest.

MFA in Art and Public Space

Admission to this Master’s programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s in fine art, or an equivalent education, whereby at least 80 ECTS credits must have been earned in the discipline, subject or group of subjects of the intended specialisation at Master’s level.

The applicant’s qualifications, level and potential will also be assessed on the basis of the applicant’s portfolio (artistic level) and a written text stating the applicant’s objectives and motivation for the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant shows an enquiring attitude, the ability to immerse him/herself in subject-relevant problems, to take initiatives and to work hard.

All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

Applicants may be called for interviews.

Application deadline: 1 February 2020 (23:59 CET)

Information about application process will be posted here 2 months prior to the application deadline.

MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Admission to this Master’s programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s in an art subject (earning 180 ECTS credits or equivalent), or a tertiary-level education that can be considered equivalent according to §§3-4 of the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Act (2005). At least 80 ECTS credits earned from the initial training must be for the discipline, subject or group of subjects of the intended specialisation at Master’s level.

In exceptional cases, admission may be considered on the basis of other documented qualifications that are wholly or partly equivalent to the educational pathways described above.

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 education.

All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

The admissions committee may call applicants for interviews.

Application deadline: 1 February 2020 (23:59 CET)

Information about application process will be posted here 2 months prior to the application deadline.

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.


Note that the class lists are for the 2018/2019 academic year. The overview will be updated after the semester fee deadline has passed, and new class lists for the 2019/2020 academic year will be published at the end of September.