Now is the time to apply to the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art
Over the past three years, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art has undergone a substantial reorganisation. Today, we see ourselves as a crucial part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) engaged with key aspects in its future strategy.
We are constantly revisiting, revaluating, and reinventing the many relationships between art and technology. In this concrete process, our students and staff have initiated several long-term international partnerships while becoming deeply involved in local art scenes and the city itself.
Right now, we are seeking applications for two study programs, a Bachelor program and an international Master program in Fine Art. Later this year we will announce a new PhD program in artistic research. Positions are currently open for one doctoral and one postdoctoral fellow as well as two (Associate) Professors.
Why Trondheim is special
It is small enough to change but big enough to matter.
Situated in mid-Norway, at the south shore of a fjord, Trondheim is defined by its intimate charm and international reputation in knowledge production. It has a small but inclusive and dynamic art scene with straightforward challenges and flat hierarchies, where you don’t have to constantly jump through hoops.
NTNU offers a dazzling range of research environments where new technologies are being developed and scientific breakthroughs are happening. And — last but not least — it offers tuition-free education, even for non-EU students. This allows for an especially diverse and energetic student body.
You should apply if
You have strong ambitions, a deep well of enthusiasm, and seek a community continuously built and rebuilt with constructive attitudes, critical thinking, and creative confidence.
Complete commitment to the dynamic tensions between conflicting models of the education of young artists: on the one hand, a studio-based practice of producing aesthetic artefacts, and on the other, an approach that sees art as open, often activist field of practice and intervention.
You can expect
- An intensely collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to artistic research and production.
- A high-profile guest teacher program, dynamic staffing strategy and a working environment with a substantial degree of autonomy and mutual respect across disciplines
- Exhibition practices that, rather than merely demonstrating a learning process, create environments where innovative forms of learning can happen.
- Pilot projects that grow from collaborations between scientific and artistic research and production, engaging with the four strategic research areas of NTNU: Ocean, Health, Energy, Sustainability.
- Generous spaces and facilities that are available around the clock. Most are open to constant reinvention and redesign, based on joint interests, individual needs, and collective projects.
- NTNU’s wide array of laboratories where researchers from around the world address global challenges and create knowledge for a better world.
NTNU’s Academy of Fine Art is dedicated to investigating new roles of art and the work of artists for the 21st century. We intend to train next-generation artists, researchers and practitioners — people with the range of experience, skills, creative confidence, and theoretical sophistication to work across sectors.
Photo: Diana Lindbjerg