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

The department has its roots in the Norwegian College of Dance, the acting education at NISS/Westerdals and the Norwegian College of Musical Theatre. Our professional staff has a large proportion of performing and creative artists who are and have been active in the field of performing arts, and who are professionally up-to-date and are drivers of knowledge development in the field of the performing arts. In academic research, we place the performing arts in a larger context with issues close to the field of practice. Through artistic development work, both in collaboration with theatres and companies nationally and with international institutions, artistic research is conducted at a high level. Extensive and active pedagogical development work drives ground-breaking and new pedagogical ideas for how to teach effectively in the field of the performing arts.

With a strong focus on an education programme that is relevant to working life and close to the field of practice, the Department of Performing Arts offers three bachelor's studies; Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting.

The Acting education programme specialises in film acting and contemporary theatre, Dance specialises in contemporary dance and jazz dance, and Musical Theatre consists of the combination of song, dance and acting.  

The core of all three study programmes is to inspire our students to adopt an independent and curious attitude to their own artistic development, and at the same time see themselves in a larger societal context.  We therefore challenge our students to work systematically, methodically, critically and independently with their subject, e.g. through being included in the department's research and artistic development work, but also through interdisciplinary projects with students from other art study programmes, such as music subjects, film and TV, script and sound.  

The students work through the programme together with the best national and international guest educators. With prestigious international partner schools, we ensure that our students find attractive opportunities for exchange, and that we receive visits from their students and educators.