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

Bachelor’s in fine art (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) is a three-year degree program (180 ECTS) aiming to offer students the knowledge required to become an independent artist.

Study programme title
Bachelor’s in fine art (BFA)
Study programme code
Nominal length of study
3 years full-time
Language of instruction
Application deadline
02 April 2024

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) training is a three-year programme leading to a concluding, single-subject degree, which aims to provide the student with sufficient knowledge to get established as an independent artist.

The BA starts with an intensive workshop aimed at developing creative and collaborative skills. For the rest of the first two years of the programme, the emphasis is on exploring and experimenting with processes, ideas, collaborations and various materials. In the third year the focus is primarily on developing and producing a graduation project. During the final year, the student compiles a portfolio of work that investigates the questions, ideas or topics of their choice, or the media and techniques they find most appropriate to their practice.

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

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


Curriculum not available in English. Language of instruction is Norwegian.

Course Structure

Course code Course name ECTS Credits
BK106 Artistic Practice 1 20
BK103 Thematic Focus 1 6
BK104 Theory for Practice 1 4
BK116 Artistic Practice 2 20
BK113 Thematic Focus 2 6
BK113 Thematic Focus 2 6
BK115 Exhibition Practices 1 4
Course code Course name ECTS Credits
BK206 Artistic Practice 3 20
BK203 Thematic Focus 3 6
BK205 Exhibition Practices 2 4
BK216 Artistic Practice 4 20
BK213 Thematic Focus 4 6
BK204 Teori for praksis 2 4
Course code Course name ECTS Credits
BK306 Artistic Practice 5 20
BK303 Thematic Focus 5 2
BK304 Teori for praksis 3 4
BK305 Exhibition Practices 3 4
BK316 Artistic Practice 6 20
BK315 Exhibition Practices 4 6
BK314 Teori for praksis 4 4


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor’s in fine art (bfa):


The application deadline was 02 April 2024. New application deadlines are announced early in the Autumn Semester.

About the Academy of Fine Art

Artistic practice – in the broadest sense – is at the heart of studies at the Academy of Fine Art. The academy’s roots are in a studio-based tradition of art making, as the basis for experimenting with new ways of making, discussing and exhibiting art. Working across a variety of media, materials and approaches, our students explore what it means to be an artist in the twenty-first century.

Read more about the department's staff and research focus