January 20, 2020

Call for applications: MFA in Fine Art

Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Elise Macmillan, Clip Clop, 2018. Performance during Open Academy 2018, with works by Niels Munk Plum and Kaare Ruud. Photo: Andrea Galiazzo.

The Academy of Fine Art is currently welcoming MFA Fine Art applications for 2020 entry. We seek advanced applicants with an interest in contemporary art practices of all kinds to the two-year studio-based program. The MFA study program trains artists to be independent, active contributors to the field of contemporary art at an international level. The guiding principle of the Academy is the close and regular engagement with an internationally renowned faculty of artists, theorists and curators, and a diverse group of students. The program aims to foster a self-reflective, critical encounter with questions related to an artist’s individual practice, as well as provide contextualization, dialogue and challenge in a dynamic and inclusive environment.

The studio program is comprised of individualized tutorials, group critiques, and thematic courses addressing key practical and theoretical topics in art making. Additional courses in exhibition practice, theory and writing add rigor and depth to the practical training in the program. Our students make several exhibitions and projects both in the Academy´s multiple exhibition spaces and in other venues in Oslo. These offerings are augmented by a broad array of well-equipped technical workshops and regular guest lectures and tutorials by highly regarded international visiting artists, curators and critics. A strand through the first year is the course Scenarios, which connects the development of your work to the context of exhibiting and addresses various modes of public reception and engagement. The second year builds on and consolidates the learning and experimentation of the first year in readiness for the final degree show, and life beyond as a practicing artist.­

The Master’s program welcomes students who wish to work in an interdisciplinary, non-medium-specific context as well as those who wish to pursue a particular discipline. Areas of focus include painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, video and text. As part of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway’s largest educational institute for a broad range of art forms, the Academy of Fine Art is situated alongside other departments including Theatre, Dance, Design, Art and Craft, and Opera allowing for cross disciplinary experimentation and collaboration. The city of Oslo´s strong public commitment to the arts facilitates unrivaled opportunities for young artists to immerse themselves in the city´s burgeoning international art scene, including public institutions, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces.

Duration: two years, full time studies (120 credits) / Free tuition for international students

Current Faculty: Liv Bugge, Jeanette Christensen, Gard Olav Frigstad, Dora Garcia, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Melissa Gordon, Stian S. Grøgaard, Ane Hjort Guttu, Saskia Holmkvist, Maryam Jafri, Bouchra Khalili, Dirkjan van der Linde, Lisa Rosendahl, Mike Sperlinger, Tris Vonna-Michell, Jan Verwoert.

Dean: Marthe Ramm Fortun

Application guidelines

Postal address:
Postboks 6853
St. Olavs plass
0130 Oslo

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