Why choose this programme?
This programme is based on experiential artistic laboratories and accomplished productions as well as theory and methods taught over 4 semesters, where the last term is dedicated to the completion of a the masters thesis, consisting of an artistic production and accompanying critical reflection.
About the programme
The language of the programme is English.
The courses are adapted to the requirements of the specific study group and will comprise reading, self-studies, study-trips, possibilities for exchanges as well as research into and the organization of self-organized seminars relevant to the master students’ topics.
Final artistic master’s productions may be realized on the basis of cooperation for individual projects with the Academy’s partners.
Graduates will have qualifications commensurate with an advanced knowledge of the extended field of scenography for the performing arts, in museum and exhibition design, design for film and video production as well as in art for urban and other public spaces.
The programme is fully accredited to Norwegian and European standards and confers 120 credits.
Internationally renowned guests as well as permanent faculty provide teaching proficient in both practice and theory. It is organized as individual and group tutoring.
The study group consists of maximum 6 students.
Students are supplied with a personal supervisor, who will accompany them from the beginning and ensure their study progress throughout the programme.
Progression in the studies is further ensured by semester evaluations and feedback at the end of each term.
The Academy inhabits a new building since 2011 and has the exclusive use of a fully equipped Black Box Theatre with 300m2, a Spacelab of 155 m2, a Drawing Room of 85 m2, a Dance Space with 170 m2.
At NTA there are several smaller rehearsal and practice rooms, a sound and media lab as well as a material library Individual work tables for the Scenography students and computers with standard software for video, sound, photography editing as well as AutoCAD are at the students’ disposal. All spaces are equipped with a sound system and projector.
Programme structure (2018–2020)
Table of contents
The structure and content of the programme
The master’s programme consists of 10 courses that are all mandatory. With the exception of the master’s thesis, which confers 30 credits, the other courses in the master’s programme are worth 10 credits each. The programme is organised within the subject areas Theory and Methods, Laboratories and Productions for the first three semesters, and the Master’s Thesis is completed in the fourth semester.
1 Theory and Methods
This subject area consists of an individual and a common theoretical component, and it is taught over three courses Theory and Methods 1-3, with one course in each of the first three semesters.
Theory and Methods is intended to give students an in-depth historical, technical and critical understanding of their discipline through the development of skills and tools for the analysis of different forms of performing arts and other spatial art forms, using text, images and film material. The students will develop methods for analysis and continuous critical reflection on their own work and shall, during the course of the programme, develop the competence required to express themselves in writing by submitting reflective papers, project descriptions, applications, critiques and essays.
Among other things, the subject area will focus on improving students’ writing skills through a writing course and through the identification and application of source material, and the correct use and citing of sources. The subject area also includes an internal student-organised and student-run seminar in the second semester at which the students present important aspects of their artist research and theoretical development work in the form of lectures, and, in the third semester, a student-organised public and international artistic-academic seminar (see the course descriptions).
The subject Theory and Methods organises teaching and supervision in three forms:
1) Lectures on theory and history (based on academic research developed for art students) will present perspectives on the history of scenography, architecture, the performing arts and art, genre history, epochs and paradigms. Students are given an introduction to theoretical topics such as conception and aesthetic positions. The course emphasises the presentation of analytical methods.
2) A course in theory-based skills, which consists of theory-based skills training that addresses the tasks students are expected to perform as practising artists or in further studies in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, such as a writing course, artistic research, the formulation of an artistic concept and position
3) The group applied project is designed so that students, under supervision, jointly carry out an extensive resource and competence-based group work or seminar, such as an internal seminar on conception, an international seminar on a relevant topic, preferably related to their master’s project
Progress in Theory and Methods (T&M) 1-3
The courses in the subject T&M and the progress schedule are shown in the table below:
|Tuition form:||T&M I: Perspectives||T&M II: Concepts||T&M III: Positions
|Lectures and tutorials in theory and history||Perspectives on the 20th century and contemporary art||About conception||About aesthetic positions|
|Course in theory-based skills||How to write as an artist||How to carry out artistic research, formulate concepts as an artist||Formulating an artistic position
|Group project||Analysis / preparation of an individual syllabus||Internal seminar||International seminar|
In cooperation with a supervisor and the student group, the student is expected to prepare an individual theory curriculum as part of T&M 1-3. The plan for the theory curriculum and the individual syllabus prepared in T&M 1 is based on the reading list on which the master’s programme is based, and they will be further developed during the programme.
This subject area is taught in three courses Laboratories 1-3; one course in each of the first three semesters.
The students shall develop their artistic and technical knowledge, competence and skills through tuition by guest artists in order to study in depth scenography-related subjects in a limited field, such as lighting, sound and multimedia, spatial analysis, construction, composition principles and spatial design. The laboratories will be experimental and transdisciplinary and will conclude with an internal presentation. The students will successively study the different elements of scenography in depth (see the course descriptions).
This subject area is taught in three courses Productions 1-3, one course in each of the first three semesters.
In Productions, the students acquire experience and develop an understanding of scenography through independent practical work. The students will develop and implement scenographic concepts in diverse production processes. The students gain experience of concept development, testing, project management and execution in collaboration with other involved parties. Through the practical implementation of projects, students will develop an understanding of the distinctive nature of scenography and of the professions of other involved parties (see the course descriptions).
4 Master’s thesis
The Master’s Thesis is completed in the fourth and final semester of the master’s programme. It consists of the components: Production and Critical Reflection
The artistic production component of the Master’s Thesis is executed and presented to the public in its final form in the fourth semester at an agreed external or internal exhibition/performance venue. The critical reflection component is submitted no later than two weeks before the final assessment. Work will be done on the Master’s Thesis in all four semesters, and all the courses in the first three semesters will require the submission of portfolio documentation containing critical reflection on the topic and progress of the Master’s Production in the form of a text and documentation consisting of collected material, sketches, models etc.
After having completed the master’s programme, the student will have acquired a repertoire of knowledge and skills, and will have developed general competence at an advanced level in the expanded field of scenography. Acquired knowledge is based on insight into, understanding of and competence in theory and practice in the field. The student will be capable of making independent use of and developing specialised artistic, methodological and technical skills that are relevant to the execution of complex projects. The student will have acquired creative and critical knowledge and thinking, as well as general competence, that can be communicated, applied and implemented in an innovative way. The student will have acquired general competence in concept development and the initiation, development and execution of artistic work as an independent activity, as well as in project management and teamwork in society at large and in the culture sector in particular, including in relation to the performing arts, museums, schools, festivals, film production and cultural institutions. After having completed the master’s programme, the student will also be capable of working on artistic research in the expanded field of scenography in the academic and institutional sector.
- has advanced theoretical and historical knowledge of the performing arts, architecture, visual art, design and theatrical techniques in the widest sense, and in scenography in particular,
- has specialised knowledge of different academic theories and practical work methods relating to the development of ideas and projects, and the performance of work processes in scenography in the widest sense,
- can make practical use of knowledge of innovative and inventive scenographic work processes and projects,
- has understanding and knowledge of and the ability to analyse relevant scenographic problems in relation to the distinctive nature, development and function of art in society and culture
- can analyse different existing sources, materials and art theories, and use them in independent argumentation about scenographic issues
- can analyse, and apply independently, methodological, practical and theoretical knowledge in order to initiate, develop, execute and realise innovative scenographic projects
- can, through precise verbal and visual communication, present and communicate complex scenographic projects to collaborating artists, curators, technicians and production units in the form of drawings and models
- can, with respect to artistic research, describe and reflect on his/her own and others’ artistic and theoretical work in an independent way
- can independently execute an artistic research project that is limited in scope, nature, time and complexity, and is in accordance with the applicable norms for research ethics.
- can analyse and identify ethical challenges relating to project development in scenography, and has acquired an awareness of the professions of other involved parties
- can collaborate and maintain a dialogue with others involved in the work process
- can apply his or her knowledge and take responsibility for the development of ideas and concepts in collective and individual art forms
- can manage projects and supervise technical and professional personnel and skilled workers and other specialists during implementation of the project
- is familiar with the critical application of relevant literature, library services, visual and film material, and web-based tools for the collection of relevant source material, and can analyse and apply these sources to develop a coherent approach to performing arts practices and formulate professional arguments and solutions to problems
- can communicate concepts, collaboration, organisation, preparations and implementation in the expanded scenographic field
- can contribute to artistic processes that are innovative and inventive in terms of thinking, action and creativity in art in general, and thereby contribute to the development and renewal of the field in Norway and internationally.
A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent education of at least 180 ECTS credits in scenography, architecture, visual art, the performing arts or other relevant artistic education at bachelor’s level.
Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree in scenography or architecture must document their skills and abilities in precise technical and artistic communication by means of drawings, models, photography or other media.
For all applicants, the application is to be delivered in English language and contain:
- A descripsion Master’s Thesis – Production containing:
- A 1-2 page outline of a spesific topic relating to scenography that you wish to investigate in and explore artistically during your MA studies. Apart from text the outline may include 2 pages of other material such as scetches, photography, literature or video, sound files of max 5 minutes length as illustration of the topic.
- A description of the Master’s Thesis – Productions objectives and issues.
- The applicant’s motivation for implementing the production/project and its social relevance.
- References to three art productions or exhibitions that reflect on Master’s Thesis – Productions context in the field of art.
- Documentation of relevant artistic practice (portfolio).
Format: Maximum 15 A4 pages, with the focus on the last five years
- Curriculum Vitae
- A descripsion Master’s Thesis – Production containing:
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