Academy of Theatre

Since its founding in 1953, the Academy of Theatre has been Norway’s leading educational institution for the acting professions. The Academy offers a three-year Bachelor’s course for actors and directors and a two-year Master’s course in theatre, specialising in acting, direction, stage writing and stage design. The department also offers a practice-oriented teacher training course (PPU) for drama teachers.

The Academy embraces both traditional and experimental techniques. Our primary goal is to help our students develop all the skills they need for a career in theatre, uniting the traditional craft that has long underpinned our great theatrical institutions with the best of the more experimental and creative techniques coming from the independent field.

The Academy offers not only a valuable vocational education, but also a first-class arts education. We aim to encourage and develop our students’ artistic abilities, giving the theatrical world not only the supply of new talent it craves, but perhaps also some fresh perspectives it doesn’t yet know that it needs.

Bachelor’s in acting

Fra "Macbeth" - Jonas Strand Gravli. 2014. Foto: Stephen Hutton

Students taking a Bachelor’s degree in acting learn to be independent creative artists of a high calibre, gaining experience in a rich array of methods to develop their own expressive abilities. The programme gives the student a solid foundation in acting technique, ready for professional work in stage productions, film, TV and radio. Theatre is a collaborative medium, so students also learn to work both as part of an ensemble and in partnership with professionals from other artistic and theatrical fields.

The course is grounded in the principles established by the Russian theatre director and educator Stanislavski. The core subject is the theory of acting, beginning in the first year with an introduction to foundational acting techniques. The course progresses steadily towards professional-level presentations in the third year of study, with additional opportunities to work on and perform in independent stage projects.

Acting technique comprises roughly half the course. The other half consists of supplementary modules such as movement and improvisation, dance, elocution and vocal training, singing and music, text and poetry, in addition to art theory and methodology. There are also modules in film and radio theatre, in collaboration with NRK, Norway’s broadcasting company.

Bachelor’s in theatre directing

Fra "Faderen eller en pyrrhosseier ..." 2BAregi Angelina Stojcevska.  Hadle Reisæter og Kathrine Thorborg Johansen.2012. Foto: Stephen Hutton

Students learn to work as independent creative artists of a high calibre, gaining experience with a rich array of methods to develop their own expressive abilities. Theatre is a collaborative medium, so students also learn to work both as part of an ensemble and in partnership with professionals from other artistic and theatrical fields. The course is grounded in the principles established by the Russian theatre director and educator Stanislavski, although students are also introduced to other approaches and methods in the field of directing.

In course work, students work together as both actors and directors. They also collaborate with other students at KHiO, and with people from other academic and non-academic fields, on directorial exercises and productions of increasing scope and complexity.

In addition to the primary focus on directing, the Bachelor’s course also teaches acting techniques, theatre and art theory, dramaturgy, dramatisation, production and the technical aspects of theatre.

Master’s in theatre

Under isen av Falk Richter ble vist februar 2016, og var et samarbeid mellom registudent Eirik Fauske, skuespillstudentene Tarjei Westby, Sarah Macdonald Berge og Arturo Tovar, scenetekststudent Hanne Ramsdal, scenografistudent Signe Gerda Landfald, og masterstudent i kostymedesign Matilda Söderling. Veiledere var Carle Lange og Kathrine Tolo, og prosjektleder Petter Width Kristiansen. Foto: Sullivan Lloyd Nordrum

The Master’s in theatre programme requires specialisation in one of four fields.

Master’s in theatre, specialising in acting

A Master’s degree in theatre specialising in acting is a two-year higher-level course that builds on the foundation of a Bachelor’s in acting or equivalent. The specialisation is pursued within a broader context the also includes directing, scenography and stage writing. The programme includes both instruction devoted exclusively to acting, and interdisciplinary studies addressing all aspects of theatre.

Actors hoping to work at the highest international level within their field face ever-increasing demands. Some of the factors driving this development are the rise of new media, the blending of different art forms, technology, theory, and other forms of collaboration between people from different creative backgrounds. The Master’s course is tailored to the demand for increased skills and capabilities within the field of acting. Crucially, we address this demand by assisting our students to develop individually into creative and collaborative actors, capable of redrawing the boundaries of their art, introducing new perspectives, and pushing themselves towards more challenging modes of artistic expression.

A Master’s degree in theatre qualifies the individual to work at the highest professional level in independent theatre, established ensembles and various other social and cultural contexts. The qualification also entitles the holder to apply to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and other relevant scholarship programmes.

Master’s in theatre, specialising in directing

A Master’s degree in theatre specialising in directing is a two-year higher-level course that builds on the foundation of a Bachelor’s or equivalent. The course is designed for students who wish to work as stage directors, but includes elements that establish a broader context, such as acting, scenography and stage writing. The programme includes both instruction devoted exclusively to directing, and interdisciplinary studies addressing all aspects of theatre.

The course focuses specifically on the theatre medium. It aims to train stage directors to the highest national and international artistic standards, enabling them to work in independent theatre, established ensembles and various other social and cultural contexts. The course also entitles students to apply to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and other relevant scholarship programmes.

Hands-on experience developing productions is central to the course. During the creative process, emphasis is placed on the development of a strong collaborative ethos between all involved disciplines. Students also meet with internal and external supervisors, attend workshops and lectures with theatre artists and theorists from Norway and abroad, and participate in festivals.

Master’s in theatre, specialising in stage writing

A Master’s degree in theatre specialising in stage writing is a two-year higher-level course that builds on the foundation of a Bachelor’s or equivalent practical experience. To be admitted to this course the applicant must submit a written application together with samples of his or her creative writing, and must attend a personal interview and entrance exam.

The course is designed for students who wish to work as professional dramatists. The primary goal is to train dramatists to work to high national and international standards. The course is tailored specifically to the theatre medium.

The Master’s course in stage writing presupposes that the student already has a basic understanding of established concepts and ideas about theatre and dramaturgy, such as the distinction between epic and dramatic writing, and classic dramaturgical text theory relating to post-dramatic modes of thought and expression. The primary aim of the programme is to equip students with the skills needed to explore their own ideas about what stage writing can be.

The programme seeks to place stage writing in the context of actual theatre practices, and much of the course work involves close collaboration with students on the three other Master’s-in-theatre specialisations of acting, directing and scenography. Working as part of a team, sometimes to tight deadlines, can be seen as a creative constraint that reflects the realities of the theatre profession. Openness and the ability to collaborate and adapt to different working methods are all essential qualities.

Students also meet with internal and external supervisors, attend workshops and lectures with theatrical artists and theorists from Norway and abroad. The student’s texts are used as material for performative explorations resulting in various forms of readings and performances. In some cases students will be able to influence the staging, but not in all.

The programme aims to introduce students to different ways of creating theatre scripts. Starting points will include concepts, documentary material, topical and political themes, prose, characters and situations, theoretical models, and other text forms. Students will develop a broad understanding of what dramatic texts are, and can be. The course requires students to assume considerable responsibility for their own learning.

Master’s in theatre, specialising in scenography

A Master’s degree in theatre specialising in scenography is a two-year higher-level course that builds on the foundation of a Bachelor’s or equivalent practical experience. The specialisation is pursued within a broader context that also includes acting, directing, and stage writing. The programme includes both instruction devoted exclusively to scenography, and interdisciplinary studies addressing all aspects of theatre.

The course focuses specifically on the medium of theatre. It aims to qualify scenographers for professional employment in the field of independent theatre, established institutions and various other social and cultural contexts. The course will give students the skills to work in teams that combine a range of professions.

The Academy’s aim is to educate and produce artists who can experiment and reflect critically on their work to high international standards. The programme also entitles students to apply to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and other relevant scholarship programmes.

Hands-on experience developing productions is central to the course. During the creative process emphasis is placed on the development of a strong collaborative ethos between all involved disciplines. Students also meet with internal and external supervisors, attend workshops and lectures with theatrical artists and theorists from Norway and abroad, and participate in festivals.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Theatre)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PPU) Theatre is for actors and directors who wish to work as drama teachers.

Interview with a student on the PPU for drama teachers, Line Verndal.

The programme qualifies the student to teach in primary and secondary schools, adult education, folk high schools, cultural schools and private theatre schools.

PPU is a one-year course that earns 60 ECTS credits, covering basic and subject-related teaching theory and practice. The course includes 12-14 weeks of integrated and supervised practical training.

Education theory deals with the science of upbringing, teaching, learning and development, providing knowledge about and increased capacity for reflection on the role of the teacher in preparation for practice.

The curriculum covers:

  • Psychology: developmental psychology, relationships, communication, learning and motivation.
  • Philosophy: various justifications for and focal concerns of upbringing and education, ethics and value consciousness.
  • Sociology: society, culture, group processes and interaction.
  • Theory of education/teaching: the what, why and how of teaching – curricula and assessment work.

Subject-related teaching theory deals with different approaches to and perspectives on the teaching of various target groups in a range of learning contexts. Primary goals include gaining experience and feedback and collecting suitable material relevant to the planning, implementation and evaluation of lessons. Students work with a wide variety of teachers. The course is divided into the following areas:

  • Play, creativity and imaginative work with children.
  • Interaction, improvisation and composition.
  • Basic dramatic techniques (role and character development).
  • Drama teaching in depth: concept and directing.

In practice training students gain experience of different aspects of the teaching profession. Working together with practice supervisors, students receive instruction in how to plan, organise, implement and assess lessons in accordance with pedagogical and educational principles. The practice training is conducted with trial classes of different ages and is primarily/normally geared toward cultural schools/private theatre schools and secondary schools.

Entry requirements

Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

Bachelor’s in acting

To enter the programme the applicant must satisfy general admission requirements and pass an audition. The general admission requirements can be waived for applicants with exceptional subject-relevant qualifications.

Admission is based on jury assessment of the audition. A new admissions committee consisting of internal and external members is appointed annually. We seek candidates who can demonstrate imagination, an expressive urge, motivation and stage presence.

Candidates must be fluent in Norwegian and/or another Scandinavian language.

Application deadline: 15 December 2017 (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.

Bachelor’s in theatre directing

To be admitted the applicant must pass an audition and satisfy general admission requirements. Applicants are ranked according to their audition results. The general admission requirements can be waived for applicants who can document exceptional subject-relevant qualifications at the time of the audition.

Admission is based on jury assessment of the audition. An overall assessment is made of each applicant with particular emphasis on artistic individuality and personal suitability.

Candidates must be fluent in both Norwegian and English.

Application deadline: 1 February 2018 (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.

Master’s in theatre

Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent. The candidate must choose a specialisation when applying, and must document academic training in the chosen specialisation earning at least 80 ECTS credits, or equivalent practical experience.

  • Specialisation in acting requires a previous actor training.
  • Specialisation in theatre directing requires a previous training in directing.
  • Specialisation in scenography requires a previous scenographic training. Alternatively, eligibility may be achieved through previous academic studies in design, architecture, interior design, costume design, lighting design or fine art, where the candidate can document an academic focus on scenography that has earned at least 80 ECTS credits, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Specialisation in stage writing requires a relevant academic background in literature, language studies, philosophy, theatre science, and creative writing. Other educational backgrounds may be considered. All applicants must document a significant output of writing for the stage.

Language requirements: All applicants must be able to communicate in at least one Scandinavian language and in English. Applicants who choose a specialisation in acting or stage writing must have flawless competence in at least one Scandinavian language.

Admission is based on a written application and a personal interview and/or audition. Where application requirements are met, the ranking of applicants is based on the interviews and/or auditions.

Application deadline: Date to be announced

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Theatre)

Application deadline: 3 April 2018 (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.

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