Research Policy & Strategy
Artistic research is not identified in the strategic aims of the Oslo National Academy of Arts, however 3rd cycle provision is practice-based. The institution has Research Days where a few of the staff exchange updates and engage in discussions. Research is conducted on a largely individual basis. Initiatives such as Erasmus +, ELIA, Diku (Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation & Quality Enhancement in Higher Education) support efforts to develop the institutional research culture.
PhD in artistic research
Degrees are validated by the institution itself.
Public Presentation of Work
At least two external examiners (preferably one international) are involved in an assessment committee of 3.
Forms of Output
Exhibitions; lectures; books; images; webpages; film; performances; texts; concerts; shows; presentations
Full-time 3 years
Students undertake annual reviews and make a midway seminar/presentation. Exhibitions, public presentations and peer group meetings form part of the programme. There is a national ‘Research School’ which organises 2 day seminars 2-3 times per semester. Students are required to take 30 ECTS in training components – research methodologies and ethics are introduced to students in this way. 150 ECTS relate to independent artistic research.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
Students work with 2-3 supervisors.
60 hours/year are allocated to the main supervision: this includes participation in bi-annual Artistic Research Seminars (ARS) accounting for approx. 50% (30 hours) of the annual allocation. 40 hours/year is allocated to 2 supervisors, that includes time to participate in ARS. There are currently approx. 25 3rd Cycle students. Approx. 15 3rd cycle students have graduated in the last 5 years.
Staff do not receive formal training in supervision. Annual seminars run by the National programme provide a limited forum to discuss ethics. Staff higher than 0.5FTE have 30% of their time allocated to research and staff engaged in supervision must have Professorial rank. Most staff teaching in the institution are not involved in supervision, but some of those supervising will not have allocated research time. By application, some internal funding is available to support staff research. There are no sabbaticals, and no time allocated to supervisors for meet and discuss.
Prospective students apply to the institution, discuss research potential research with staff in the departments, before an institutional committee for the whole school who then makes a final selection.
Students have access to galleries and stages, as well as technical workshops. Students can apply for project funding. Students have limited workspaces for own projects.
Research culture in the School is new and developing informally through the efforts of individual staff.