Art and Craft

The Art and Craft department caters to students specialising in textile art, printmaking and drawing, ceramic art, metal and jewellery art. Students choose to specialise in one of these fields, but also have opportunities to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to medium- and material-based art.

The department seeks to explore and increase knowledge about the relationship between art and life, issues relating to art materials, the relationship between design and architecture, and artistic practice in a social and political context. The department emphasises creative research in crafts in the broadest sense and in an expanded field, the use and integration of art in public spaces, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary artistic practices, and the workshop as venue for artistic activity and research. The department has access to advanced and well-equipped workshops.

Both academically and historically, the department was established in response to the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century and the German Bauhaus tradition, and their ambition to integrate art with the social, public and private spheres.

The Art and Craft department offers medium- and material-based art education programmes in which the social, cultural, global and political significance of materials are considered just as important as their essential or intrinsic properties.

BFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Jonas Olsson. Foto: Stephen Hutton

The Bachelor’s in medium- and material-based art is a three-year programme with a specific focus on artistic practice in the workshop. Students choose to specialise in either textile art, ceramics, printmaking and drawing, or metal and jewellery art. The programme includes workshop-based teaching, individual supervision, courses in the chosen specialisation, vocational preparation, art history and theory, text comprehension and production, group critiques, and reflective text work (contextualisation). It encompasses both optional and compulsory modules, and involves a high degree of independent work.

MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Julie Ebbing. Foto Niklas Lello

MFA in Medium and Material-based Art is a multi-disciplinary, two-year full time Master of Fine Arts Programme.

The focus is on the development of each student’s individual art practice. The study emphasises art making and an innovative, critical attitude to medium and material-based art. It is an intensive and demanding programme that stimulates and supports experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to the department’s unique combination of art and craft areas.

Each student is assigned a main tutor and a workspace at one of the four areas of specialisation. The teaching and learning methods include individual tutorials, group critiques, lectures, practical and theoretical workshops and seminars. Exhibition practice and writing practice are integrated components of the MFA programme.

The Master students have access to all of the professional workshop facilities, including the Publishing studio, dForm - Digital 3d, Media laboratory, Spatial laboratory etc.

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MFA in Art and Public Space

Marie Skeie: «It's All for Nothing». Foto: Marie Skeie

The Master’s programme in art and public space is a two-year artistic specialisation course. It focuses on how art and artistic practice manifest themselves and function in various public contexts outside the art institution’s traditional exhibition space.

The programme’s core concern is to develop art for public spaces, and to analyse and explore how art interacts with various types of public space and social circumstances, and what influences its reception. The programme provides practical and theoretical knowledge of the public as a complex and diverse factor, and aims to stimulate innovative thinking and development work in art and public space.

Read more about related projects here.


Textile art

This programme focuses on traditional and digital techniques relating to weaving, printing and the dyeing of textiles. The knowledge acquired forms the basis for textile-based art, and conceptual approaches articulated through the media of, for example, drawings on paper, video works, spatial installations, or socially oriented artistic processes and their results.

Practical experience and theoretical knowledge are equally essential to achieving an independent artistic idiom, and consequently teaching focuses on both.

Textile art derives from a conceptual tradition. In other words, the principles and techniques of textiles involve a conceptual mind-set that is different from the approaches that characterise other forms of expression.

Printmaking and drawing

This subject area focuses on techniques such as intaglio printing, lithography, serigraphy and relief printing, as well as relevant photo-based processes. In addition, the programme covers drawing and book art.

Radical changes in the field of printmaking in recent years have influenced how the medium is perceived. Printmaking is a demotic medium that encompasses the design of everything from posters to badges with inscriptions, clothes to cakes and graffiti. It is used in printed MDF panels and digitally manipulated silk-screen prints, wall papers for installations, or woodcuts in which the main feature of the work is the matrix itself. Accordingly, printmaking assumes a variety of forms within an expanded field.

Drawing stands in close relation to graphic techniques and covers everything from sketching as a developmental and conceptual tool through to drawing as an artistic medium for autonomous works, or drawing combined with other materials and techniques. Drawing has now become an important language in contemporary art on a range of platforms, including paper, walls, tablet computers and artist books, and is disseminated via other mass-production techniques.

Ceramic art

This programme seeks to impart the theory and methods of ceramic art, knowledge of clay as a material, and relevant techniques. The main areas of focus include objects, sculpture and architecture-related projects. Digital technology is used in conjunction with art projects relating to architecture and public space, and in processing materials for ceramic-based silkscreen printing.

Teaching for this specialisation consists of courses and workshops on basic topics such as the surface treatment of clay, the modelling of objects for casting, and casting in plaster. The student chooses his or her own supervisor for the final Bachelor’s or Master’s project, which forms the basis for further artistic practice.

The programme develops the critical awareness required to select the ceramic techniques best suited to the individual’s expressive needs. The relationship between concept and material is of key importance.

Metal and jewellery art

This programme is Norway’s only tertiary-level training that specialises in jewellery art and object-making based on hollow-ware silversmithing methods. Course work includes art theory and the in-depth study of materials and techniques.

The programme offers basic training and opportunities to specialise in, for example, goldsmithing techniques, casting, forging, welding and patination. This is supplemented by the thematic study of relevant concepts in workshops and seminars, and in individual student projects. Particular emphasis is placed on experimental and explorative approaches. Course work also includes the study of art in public space.

The programme also emphasises discussion – of ideas, aims and opinions, aesthetic effects, symbols and signifiers – both from a personal perspective, and from the perspective of contemporary society and international trends.

Interdisciplinary opportunities

In the school’s dForm workshop, students can gain practical experience in and attend courses and lectures on digital design and manufacturing technology, including training in digital 3D modelling, the use of laser and water cutters, CNC milling, 3D scanning and printing.

There are also classes in classical modelling, experimental design, drawing as a tool, and textual and writing skills. Finally, there is contextualisation, which covers the theory, methodology and history of arts and crafts, and issues concerning documentation and dissemination.

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 Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

BFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Admission is based on general admission eligibility and satisfactory results in an entrance exam. The entry procedure is in two parts and includes an interview.

Taken as a whole, the programme is aimed at students who have the ability and interest to work with medium- and material-based art within one of the department’s areas of specialisation. Applications are assessed by an interdisciplinary committee, consisting of internal members representing the various disciplines, at least one external representative, and a student observer. Applicants are ranked according to the results of their entrance exams and interviews.

Factors taken into account during the admissions procedure include artistic knowledge, motivation, artistic maturity and development potential, visual interest and comprehension, and analytic, critical and verbal abilities.

The requirement for general admission eligibility can be waived in the case of applicants who can document exceptional skills.

Applicants must have a good command of Norwegian or at least one other Scandinavian language, and English. Applicants with qualifications from non-Nordic countries must document either level-3 ability in Norwegian on the standard scale for foreign applicants to Norwegian universities, or a pass in the so-called Bergenstest.

Application deadline: 1 April

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

MFA in Art and Public Space

Admission to this Master’s programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s in fine art, or an equivalent education, whereby at least 80 ECTS credits must have been earned in the discipline, subject or group of subjects of the intended specialisation at Master’s level.

The applicant’s qualifications, level and potential will also be assessed on the basis of the applicant’s portfolio (artistic level) and a written text stating the applicant’s objectives and motivation for the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant shows an enquiring attitude, the ability to immerse him/herself in subject-relevant problems, to take initiatives and to work hard.

All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

Applicants may be called for interviews.

Application deadline: 1 February

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MFA in Medium- and Material Based Art

Admission to this Master’s programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s in an art subject (earning 180 ECTS credits or equivalent), or a tertiary-level education that can be considered equivalent according to §§3-4 of the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Act (2005). At least 80 ECTS credits earned from the initial training must be for the discipline, subject or group of subjects of the intended specialisation at Master’s level.

In exceptional cases, admission may be considered on the basis of other documented qualifications that are wholly or partly equivalent to the educational pathways described above.

Admission is based on an overall assessment. Applications are assessed by an interdisciplinary committee, consisting of internal members representing the various disciplines, at least one external representative, and a student observer.

The application must include documentation of education.

All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

The admissions committee may call applicants for interviews.

Application deadline: 1 February

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Student exchange

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.