Art and Craft

The Art and Craft department caters to students specialising in Textile, Print and Drawing, Ceramics, Metal and Jewellery. 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

Jan-Eric Skevic, Cathrine Alice Liberg, Knut Hovig, Maritha Olsen, Phoebe-Lin Elnan. Foto Vegard Kleven

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, Ceramics, Print and Drawing, or Metal and Jewellery. 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

Hanna Roloff. Foto Vegard Kleven

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.

Read more about the workshops.

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.

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Textile art represents a way of thinking, creating, writing and expressing ourselves. In this specialisation, you will learn to dye fibres using chemical recipes and plants, spin yarn and read philosophy, art history and political theory. Weaving, prints and embroidery all serve to express our ideas in multi-layered ways.

At the Academy, textile art is taught through practical instruction in workshops and through seminars where students learn about textile practices, dying, analogue and digital weaving, silk screens, digital/analogue textile prints and digital/analogue embroidery. We are regularly visited by national and international guest artists, curators and theorists. As a student you will be supervised both individually and in groups. We also have auditorium-based teaching in theory and art history.

Metal and Jewellery

We offer Norway’s only higher education art programme that specialises in jewellery art and object design. Jewellery creates identity and is personal, but it is worn and communicated in a social setting. Objects, corpora and sculptures are also conveyors of meaning, with tradition serving as the basis for innovation and artistic processes. This specialisation also explores site-specific art and public art.

The teaching is based on artistic praxis with a focus on craft and materials, in parallel with art theory and methodology. Experimentation and exploration, both practical and conceptual, are strongly emphasised. The Academy’s workshops are unique, and as a student you will have the opportunity to learn more about techniques such as soldering, founding, forging, welding and patinating. You will primarily work on individual projects under the supervision of professional practitioners. We organise seminars, lectures and discussions. As a student you will benefit from a large professional network and a wealth of international guest teachers.


Ceramic art encompasses a broad array of artistic approaches to the use of clay and ceramics. Ceramic art is closely connected to the field of contemporary craft decorative arts as well as to design and fine art and design, and it has played an influential role throughout art history.
In this specialisation you will work develop on your own individual projects under the supervision of professional, practising artists. The wide range of skill sets to be found among the ceramics section’s staff within Ceramics allows our students to approach the field of ceramics in a variety of ways. We actively draw upon our contacts in the international ceramics art community in lectures and seminarsworkshops, as well as in the guise form of invited guest artists.

By working hands-on in the workshops, you will explore materials, techniques and conceptual strategies and methods with an eye towards becoming more aware of your own artistic idiom and style. The overall goal of the teaching is to provide broad insight into the field of ceramic art, in addition to providing you with the knowledge and skills that are needed to work as a professional ceramic artist.

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 2019 (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.

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 2019 (23:59 CET)

The application attachment will be published two months before (application) deadline.

NB. Download the attachment to your desktop and open it through the last version of Adobe Reader.

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 to the programme is based on nomination by an interdisciplinary committee that consists of teaching staff from the various areas of specialisation, one member can be external representative, and one 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 2019 (23:59 CET)

The application attachment will be published two months before (application) deadline.

NB. Download the attachment to your desktop and open it through the last version of Adobe Reader.

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.


Note that the class lists are for the 2017/2018 academic year. The overview will be updated after the semester fee deadline has passed, and new class lists for the 2018/2019 academic year will be published at the end of September.