Erasmus+ policy statement
With more than 500 students, 200 employees and 900 hourly and guest teachers the Oslo National Academy of the Arts is the largest higher art education institution in Norway, with roots back to 1818. With six departments the Academy brings together education and development work within the visual arts, the performing arts and design in a practice-based interplay with international and national professional environments.
The Academy has from early on collaborated with several foreign art education institutions and has always been eager to develop its international profile. Thus it has been and still is particularly eager to establish cooperation agreements with foreign institutions contributing to a successful exchange of staff and students.
The nature of art is that of breaking boundaries and creating new foundations for perceptions and general understanding. As a consequence the research within the arts will have to have a wide perspective, and at the same time be focused to contribute to the development of each individual art discipline. The on-going change in the understanding of art and design in a global, economic and historic perspective has inspired the Academy to take part in European cooperative activities within the arts.
The Academy offers three years study programmes leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree and programmes of two additional years leading to Master of Arts Degree. Also on offer is a handful of one year studies. On postgraduate level the Academy participates in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, comprising a Project programme and a Fellowships programme.
The educational philosophy of the Academy is to provide an in-depth knowledge and competence within the field of specialization of the individual student and in addition a broad understanding and awareness of the art in general.
When choosing partners, several criteria are taken into consideration, e.g. compatibility related to studies and artistic research/development, complementarity, mutual understanding and the partner institutions' commitment to the content of the agreement.
Geographically the Academy has chosen to maintain and strengthen international networks and international relationships existing already before the merge in 1996, such as the Nordic networks within Fine Art (KUNO), Design (Cirrus), Opera (Nordopera), and within Dance (Norteas/Nordkor), and the European network CUMULUS with art and design.
The Academy is a long time member of the European League of Institute of the Arts (ELIA), comprising all the fields of the Academy. The Academy soon had staff members chosen to the board, and p.t. the Rector of the Academy is member of one of the steering committee.
Since late 1990s the Academy works in a widened international scope. Since 2006 the Academy collaborates with three art academies in China, has been active in building up the International Academy of the Arts in Ramallah, and has supported the education of female artists at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Afghanistan (CCAA).
On the basis of this international collaboration, the Academy since the late 1990s participates in the so called Norwegian Quota Scheme set up by the Norwegian government to provide students from countries in the South with financial support to study for a degree in Norway, thus contributing to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return. The Scheme is also intended to strengthen relations between Norway and the selected countries and thus contribute to internationalization at Norwegian institutions of higher education.
In 2011/2012 the Academy had the 2nd highest percentage of international students amongst all HEI in Norway.
As for central objectives, the Academy recognizes the contemporary international aspects of arts and design production and activities. Student and staff mobility is important for the European integration and mutual understanding of society structures and cultures. Different ways of learning, different approaches toa subject may lead to creative thinking and new knowledge. Also for innovation and new practice within the field of leadership and administration, exchange and training are central objectives.
As for target groups, student exchange (BA and MA level) wlll be the focus of much of the EU- and non-EU mobility activity at the Academy. The Academy sees it as vital and fundamental that the academic staff members have the opportunity to deepened collaboration with international institutions, educational or others, with relevant organisations and enterprises.
The Academy strongly supports administrative staff members to go on staff training.
The Academy, in a phase of strengthening the artistic research, sees that long term strategic partnership projects will come to play a central role, and is one of many international art institutions behind the application for 2013-2016 by the Academic Network Lifelong Programme IMPACT, aiming at increasing the awareness of the significance of innovative partnerships and a possible impact on arts curricula, professional opportunities and stimulating multi-partnership experience.
The Academy wants to be active in a possible future substitution of the ELIA Share (innovation and creative research).
As for knowledge alliances, the Dept. of Theater will host in the spring 2013 the second Oslo International Acting Festival, aiming at fostering further projects of innovation and good practices within theatre education, where student mobility is scarce.
The same goes for the European Network for Continuing Education in Performing Arts - ENCEPA, a Leonardo da Vinci partnership for institutions and organizations offering continuing education and training for professionals in performing arts.
The Academy plans to continue the successful collaboration in 2011 with Documenta in Kassel, towards the exhibition in two years, an arena opening up for innovation and entrepreneurship and relevant learning opportunities for the Fine Art students.
The Academy also sees an opening in the project at the Dept. of Fine Art in the creation of the Central Asian Pavilion at the Venezia biennale 2013, allowing the Academy to be in the very forefront of the arts.
The long collaboration with LMIC partners (i.e. third countries) on capacity building projects will continue, e.g. in Palestine (establishment of an International Art Academy and administrative capacity building), in Africa (cooperation projects in design), and in Kabul. Preliminary contact is established with India, and the Academy is working to include performing arts in the cooperation agreements with China.
As for the first of the five main areas in the new agenda, the Academy more than fulfills the graduate numbers set by the Norwegian government. This is done by offering good quality study programmes and by a close monitoring of each student. The standards are kept by steadily keeping close contact with the professional arts societies nationally and internationally, including international sister institutions (mobility, cooperation, projects) and participation in relevant international organizations.
The Academy steadily strives to improve quality and relevance of teaching and researcher training and focuses on artistic and experience-based research to challenge established practice, produce knowledge and create innovation within art and design. Increased student participation in projects will be stimulated, and artistic development work will to a higher degree be integrated into instruction.
The Academy gives priority to international cooperation agreements, participation in networks and projects that fulfill the departments· areas of priorities and activity within art education and artistic development work.
The candidates of the Academy, the young artists and designers, from the very start of their education will be participating in an international environment and are all the way confronted with transferable competences that enable them to succeed in high skill occupations on the international arena. The widening of the participation of enterprises in the Programme will be beneficial to students and staff, since many candidates will look for and find their occupation on an international arena.
Students at the academy are from the start able to participate in an international environment and are all the way confronted with transferable competences that enable them to succeed in high skill occupations on the international arena.
Academy students are encouraged to make use of the many openings for study and training abroad, via the international partners of the Academy, be it through mobility, through workshops, or through international projects, in and outside Europe. With the participation of the Academy in the new "Erasmus for all" they will have all the possibilities of gaining additional skills by experiencing areas and cultures opening up for innovation and exploitation of new and complex structures.
The Academy will follow closely openings to support the steadily on-going work to strengthen the effective governance and to create funding mechanisms to reach the goals of the Academy.
In addition to the openings in the yearly budgets for the Academy, the Academys' Committee for Artistic Research, the Artistic Research Programme of the Ministry, and a continued funding by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will constitute imoortant resources to meet with the openings in "Erasmus for all".