Jørn Mortensen is dean of the School of Arts, Design and Media
Jørn Mortensen is dean of the School of Arts, Design and MediaFoto: Jonatan Quintero

The subject portfolio includes both creative and performing arts within writing and performing arts, music and music production, film and TV production, communication and various design subjects.

The education programmes are characterised by a close relationship with the field of practice (professional and working life), and the knowledge and knowledge production of the subjects is closely related to both research and practice.

From the start of the semester in autumn 2021, the department and the entire student and academic community will be gathered around the lower part of Akerselva between Chr. Kroghs gate and Urtegata.

As part of the concentration of the student and academic environment, the School of Arts, Design and Media programme will be characterised by real choices for students, across the department's various disciplines. The School of Arts, Design and Media will offer programmes at bachelor, master and PhD level by 2025.

Westerdals Department of Film and Media

The department is based on audiovisual story-telling, with a wide range of genres and forms of story-telling, as well as most of the features of the creative value chain for production.

The core of Westerdals Department of Film and Media is audiovisual communication and story-telling, with a focus on production, content and experience. The students work artistically and conceptually with ideas together with the audience and users as the target group.

The department has a close cooperation with Westerdals Department of Communication and Design and the Department of Performing Arts, Music and Studio. Collectively, these departments form the basis for a unique and robust faculty in the future, with a focus on updated, relevant and practical professional education.

Westerdals Department of Creativity, Storytelling and Design

The core of Westerdal's Department of Creativity, Storytelling and Design lies in developing and conveying a message, whether through words, text, image, design or in the three-dimensional space.

The disciplines of creativity, storytelling and design include common denominators such as creativity, strategy, problem-solving, idea development, dissemination, concept development and visualisation.

This is something that is rooted in all the education programmes and forms the academic basis. All the programmes are practically oriented with the theoretical, methodological and scientific aspects as the foundation stones. The focus of the department is on communicating on different platforms or arenas in order to create change through a good solution and experiences.

Department of Music

The Department of Music is academically anchored in the practical, creative and performing arts and covers the full breadth of the art and culture field.

The department offers seven different bachelor degree programmes that educate performing and creative artists in popular music and performing arts, songwriters, music producers, designers and project managers with a practical-theoretical approach. The students benefit in particular from the interdisciplinary expertise at the department through a number of collaborative projects.

The academic staff is composed broadly and has a large proportion of performing and creative artists who are active nationally and internationally. The teachers possess a high level of academic expertise and they contribute through individual guidance to the students' development through exploration, critical thinking, reflection and method.

The department aims to participate in the artistic discourse and be a visible premise provider in our disciplines. In a research context, the Department of Music has special responsibility for the work with and dissemination of artistic development work. The department also conducts research activities in music production and in the field of project management for the arts and creative industries.

Department of Performing Arts