Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts
The Norwegian National Academy of Arts (Norwegian: Statens kunstakademi) is a Norwegian Academy offering studies in the area of Fine Art. The Academy currently offers 3-year bachelor and 2-year MA programmes. The "Norwegian National Academy of the Arts" is still referred to simply as Kunstakademiet or the Art Academy amongst both Staff and students.
The Art Academy was formerly National Academy of Art (Statens Kunstakademi), an autonomous art academy formed in 1909. The noted Norwegian painter Christian Krogh was one of three professors at the Academy of Art when it was established. The staff additionally included painter Halfdan Strøm and the sculptor Gunnar Utsond (1864–1950).
The Academy was initially organized along the lines of the old master studios. The Academy moved to better premises in the Merchant Building on Drammensveien in central Oslo during 1919 and special drawing office at the rear of the Kunstnernes Hus in 1930. In 1935, the Danish painter and architect Georg Jacobsen came to the Academy. From 1935 to 1940, he worked in an extraordinary professorship in art construction and composition teaching. In 1941, the collaborationist Quisling regime called for new arrangements of the academy and added painter and Nasjonal Samling party member Søren Onsager as a professor.
In the mid-1990s the academy merged with the formerly independent Design, Craft, Stage Arts, and Opera academies to form the Oslo National Academy of Art (Kunsthøgskole i Oslo), the nation's largest arts college. The former Kunstakademiet then became the Faculty of Visual Arts within the KhiO administration organisation.
In August 2010 all the schools physically merged into a new building in a former sail factory in Grünerløkka on the east side of Oslo. Forming one of the largest art academies in Europe. The Kunstakademi has its own semi-autonomous power of operations, its own quarters and studios as well as its own academic and admissions programs.
Academic Year; 2013-14
Kunstakademiet currently has students, mostly from Norway but also from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Canada, USA, UK, and Hungary. Teaching is in Norwegian and English.
All Fine Art BA and MA academy students were presented with 17 available modules in which to study during the 2013 1st semester. Each module attracts between 2-6 credit points, which together alongside Exhibition Practice (15 Credits) Tutorials (5 credits) and Writing Workshop (4 credits) are needed to attain the 30 credit points to pass the semester. Semester 1 modules include Synne Bull: Re:placing the cinematic, Will Bradley: Capitalism and power and Jeanette Christensen and Marianne Heier: Art and Finance. Each module requires a minimum of 80% attendance to attain the attached modules credits.
Current professors include Michael O'Donnell, Dag Erik Elgin, Susanne Winterling, Jeannette Christensen and Stian Grøgaard.
All Art academy students and professors hold regular Monday meetings at 10am in the Academy building’s social space throughout the year. On occasions there are not enough available seats for attendees. Monday meetings offer an opportunity to share the forthcomings weeks events and planned teaching; whilst sharing breakfast and coffee. Students and staff often attend with their dogs.
The notable attendance of students and staff with their dogs promoted an email sent on the 4th October 2013 across the Kunstakademiet faculty stating the following: "Therefore I will inform everyone that this is not allowed. Dogs should not be brought into the school premises. This applies to all staff and students!" It is not yet known if this correspondence will effect canine attendance.