January 14, 2012

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

This course leads to the title of Master of Fine Arts. The Master’s study programme in Fine Arts trains artists to be independent, active contributors to contemporary art and related areas of society. The course equips students to work as creative artists at an international level and for other work requiring aesthetic skills. 


The programme aims to extend the student’s field of practical and artistic experience and provide a deeper understanding and study of theoretical issues.


The student’s own artistic work and a theoretical project linked to this work, form the core of the course. In addition, students may specialise in art theory, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance or digital art, focusing on one or a combination of these areas. Emphasis is placed on each student’s individual approach besides an active collaboration with both national and international institutions. The course comprises a combination of self-study, theoretical classes, individual tutorials, group critiques and practical work. The programme is in English and Norwegian language and is currently composed of 40 students from Scandinavia, Lebanon, Palestine, United States, France, India, Portugal and Columbia.


The Master Degree in Fine Arts consists of three main parts:


1. Theoretical subjects and seminars: the student is actively involved in shaping this part of the course since the theoretical subjects are developed to underpin his/her practical work and chosen area of study for the master thesis.


2. Practical artistic/creative work: the student develops a coherent body of work, which demonstrates independent thinking and conceptual and aesthetic creativity. This part of the course includes studio work, supervision, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and presentations. Students are expected to place their work in an international context by actively seeking out related international artistic milieus and by working to develop their contact network.


3. A master thesis based on the student’s artistic project. The subject chosen for the thesis may be linked to the student’s own practical, artistic work or may be a theoretical project of the student’s own choice. An outline of the content of the proposed thesis must be attached to the application. The thesis must demonstrate the ability to apply theory and method to the project under research. Current guests and upcoming include Cia Rinne, Jason Dodge, Jens Haaning, Jalal Toufic, Stephen Wright, Arne Skaug Olsen, Vanessa Joan Müller, Jan Verwoert, Mats Stjernstedt, Klaus Schuwerk, Robert Pfaller, Lee Montgomery, Chus Martinez, Gaby Hartell, Tone Hansen, Kirsty Bell, Aleksandra Domanovic among others in addition to faculty members. Henrik Plenge Jakobsen and Jesper Alvaer was responsible for the MFA programme in 2011.


Applicants are required to hold a bachelor degree in fine arts or an equivalent qualification corresponding to 180 credits.


Applicants are assessed on the basis of the outline of their proposed thesis, a portfolio of their work, educational qualifications and an interview.


Applicants are appraised by a jury whose members come from both inside and outside The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, including student representatives.


Closing date for MFA admissions is February 1st. 2012


Tuition fee: none. Higher education is a top priority in Norway and therefore its educational institutions do not charge tuition,  not even for international students.


Application form:
Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)


If you have questions regarding the study programme, please contact the department of academic affairs at:
[email protected]
Phone: +47 22 99 55 00
Kunstakademiet, Fossveien 24 0551 Oslo, Norway


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