Jørn Mortensen

    • Assistant Professor
    • Dean
  • School of Arts, Design and Media
  • School of Arts, Design and Media


Jørn Mortensen currently serves as dean at School of Arts, Design, and Media at Kristiania University College in Oslo. School of Arts, Design, and Media offers programs in design, music, performative arts, film and media. Responsibilities include an overall artistic and academic leadership of all programs as well as research and public outreach.

From 2015 to 2019 Mortensen served as rector at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. In the period Mortensen secured institutional accreditation as specialized university including establishing a Phd-program in artistic research. Before serving as rector, Mortensen served as dean at the Art and Craft department at the same institution. Responsibilities included: artistic and academic leadership, developing and updating curriculum for BFA and MFA programs; implementing the qualification framework, as well as developing and establishing a new MFA-programs in art and public space (2014).

Mortensen has served as expert committee member for Danish and Swedish higher education authorities. He has chaired the art selection committee responsible for establishing two memorial sites after the July 22 attacks in Oslo. The committee was responsible for choosing the much debated and celebrated design “Memory Wound” by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg. Mortensen is since 2018 vice president in ELIA where he chairs the Artistic Research Working Group. Mortensen was also involved in developing the Vienna declaration as ELIA representative, and currently the proposed changes on artistic research in the Frascati Manual.

Jørn Mortensen practice as a musician.

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