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
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
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.

Read more about the workshops.

MFA in Art and Public Space

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

Read more about related projects here.

Textile

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.

Ceramics

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.

Admissions

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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

Application deadline: February 3rd, 2020 (23:59 CET).
Søknadsweb, the application portal is open from December 3rd, 2019.

Entry requirements

Admission to the degree programme Master of 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 of Art in Public Space.

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.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.

How to apply

(SøknadsWeb, the application portal is open from December 3rd, 2019)

  1. Register in SøknadsWeb, the application portal. See this guide.
  2. Upload all files and documentation in SøknadsWeb.
Admission requirements

You must upload the following documents to SøknadsWeb for your application to be assessed by the admission committee:

  1. CV containing your name, application number and previous education (upload as PDF with file name: MAPS2020-CV.pdf)
  2. Portrait image (your face must cover most of the image so that the committee can easily recognize you) (upload as JPEG with file name: MAPS2020-your application number.jpeg)
  3. Documentation of bachelor's degree or equivalent (upload as PDF with file name: MAPS2020-Diploma-bachelor.pdf)
  4. Portfolio (upload as PDF with file name: MAPS2020-Portfolio.pdf) (see guidelines below)
  5. Application letter (upload as PDF with file name: MAPS2020-Applicationletter.pdf)
  6. Proof of proficiency in English (upload as PDF with file name: MAPS2020-English.pdf)
About the portfolio

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 5 and no more than 10 different examples of your own works. Together, these works should give a good understanding of your knowledge and skills. The portfolio will be assessed on a projected screen and therefore we recommend that images in the PDF are 72 dpi.
If you want to present video(s), audio and/or web page(s) as part of your portfolio, these should be represented with text in your portfolio and a link to where this can be seen on the internet. The total length of video and audio files should not exceed 10 minutes.

Application letter

You are requested to write a letter of maximum 2 A4 pages (800 words) that reflects on the following:

  • Why are you applying to the MFA programme in Art and Public Space?
  • Give a brief description of your artistic practice and main area of focus. Include a few words about working methods, techniques, sources and references.
  • Write about one of your previous projects/artworks and what you accomplished with it.
  • What would you like to develop and achieve for your art practice during/on completion of the MFA?
Proof of proficiency in English

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 or the IELTS test (minimum score of 5.0), or with a high school transcript showing the completion of a minimum of 7 years of study of English as primary foreign language.

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

The admission process and important dates
Timeline:
3. December 2019
– 3. February 2020
Application period You may adjust your application and upload new documents up until the deadline of February 3rd, 2020 (11:59 pm). Log in to SøknadsWeb and select "My Documents" in the menu to upload new documents.
February 2020 Assessment of applications The admission committee considers the applications that have been submitted by the deadline and only those with all necessary files/documents.
March 17.-19. Interview Applicants who are invited for an interview will be invited to one of theese days, and must plan to stay the whole day as we offer guided tours and having your picture taken (for student/admission card).
April 3rd. (approx.) Final results are ready and acceptance/waiting list or rejection letters will be sent out.
July 1st Deadline for submitting Diploma If you will complete your bachelor during the year of application, you must submit, via email, a transcript showing how far you are in your programme of study. In addition, you must submit, via email, a scanned copy of your diploma once you obtain your degree, no later than July 1st, 2020. 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.

Questions regarding admissions should be sent to postmottak@khio.no.

MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Application deadline: 3 February 2020 (23:59 CET).
Søknadsweb, the application portal is open from December 3rd, 2019. 

Entry requirements

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.

How to apply

(SøknadsWeb, the application portal is open from December 3rd, 2019)

  1. Register in SøknadsWeb, the application portal. See this guide.
  2. Upload all files and documentation in SøknadsWeb.
Questions regarding admissions should be sent to postmottak@khio.no. Please write the name of the study programme you are applying to in the subjecsubject field.
Admission requirements

You must upload the following documents to SøknadsWeb for your application to be assessed by the admission committee:

  1. CV containing your name, application number and previous education (upload as PDF with file name: MAMBA2020-CV.pdf)
  2. Portrait image (your face must cover most of the image so that the committee can easily recognize you) (upload as JPEG with file name: MAMBA2020-your application number.jpeg)
  3. Documentation of bachelor's degree or equivalent (upload as PDF with file name: MAMBA2020-Diploma-bachelor.pdf)
  4. Portfolio (upload as PDF with file name: MAMBA2020-Portfolio.pdf) (see guidelines below)
  5. Application letter (upload as PDF with file name: MAMBA2020-Applicationletter.pdf)
  6. Proof of proficiency in English (upload as PDF with file name: MAMBA2020-English.pdf)
About the portfolio

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 5 and no more than 10 different examples of your own works. Together, these works should give a good understanding of your knowledge and skills. The portfolio will be assessed on a projected screen and therefore we recommend that images in the PDF are 72 dpi.
If you want to present video(s), audio and/or web page(s) as part of your portfolio, these should be represented with text in your portfolio and a link to where this can be seen on the internet. The total length of video and audio files should not exceed 10 minutes.

Application letter

You are required to upload an application letter of max 2 A4 pages (800 words) that reflects on the following:

  • Why are you applying to the MFA programme in Medium and Material-based Art?
  • Give a brief description of your artistic practice and main area of focus. Include a few words about working methods, techniques, sources and references.
  • Write about one of your previous artworks and what you accomplished with it.
  • What would you like to develop and achieve for your art practice during/on completion of the MFA?
Proof of proficiency in English

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 or the IELTS test (minimum score of 5.0), or with a high school transcript showing the completion of a minimum of 7 years of study of English as primary foreign language.

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

The admission process and important dates
Timeline:
3. December 2019
– 3. February 2020
Application period You may adjust your application and upload new documents up until the deadline of February 3rd, 2020 (11:59 pm). Log in to SøknadsWeb and select "My Documents" in the menu to upload new documents.
February 2020 Assessment of applications The admission committee considers the applications that have been submitted by the deadline and only those with all necessary files/documents.
March 23.-27. Interview Applicants who are invited for an interview will be invited to one of theese days, and must plan to stay the whole day as we offer guided tours and having your picture taken (for student/admission card).
April 3rd. (approx.) Final results are ready and acceptance/waiting list or rejection letters will be sent out.
July 1st Deadline for submitting Diploma If you will complete your bachelor during the year of application, you must submit, via email, a transcript showing how far you are in your programme of study. In addition, you must submit, via email, a scanned copy of your diploma once you obtain your degree, no later than July 1st, 2020. 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.

Questions regarding admissions should be sent 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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