Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

GAS, MFA graduation show (2018) Installation picture. More images from GAS at
photo credit: Nanna Klith Haugaard

This is a collection of frequently asked questions about the international Masters program at KIT.


Why should I pursue a MFA program?
The MFA degree will offer you the qualifications for a wide range of higher-level positions within institutions of the art world. It is essential for pursuing a career in academia or teaching at the university level. A MFA degree makes its recipient eligible for post-graduate or PHD programs, and it is certainly helpful when applying to residency programs for artists or for internships at art institutions.


Do I need to fill in an application form at the NTNU website?
When applying for the international Master Program in Fine Art you do also have to register as an international master students at NTNU. Since 2014 is obligatory to follow both, the art academy's application procedure outlined at: as well as the ones outlined in Søknadsweb: . Once you have registered at the KIT website we will provide you with all necessary information and will guide you through the process.

What is the first step when I am planning to apply for the MFA program?
Please fill in the online registration form at:

I have not received a message or email invitation to create an account -- as it was promised on the website. What should I do?
Please check the inbox of your email account including your junk or spam folder and make sure the message has not been filtered out. If you do not find the invite code, please contact: Please note: The invitations are not sent out automatically, but manually and only after we have checked the online registration form you submitted. The invitations to create an account are usually sent out four weeks prior to the deadline. Please give us up to one working day before we activate your account.

I do not have a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, but from another field. Am I eligible for the Master of Fine Arts program?
If you don't have a bachelors degree in Fine Art your qualifications will be evaluated by the committee. The basis of this evaluation is your artistic portfolio and your CV. We expect you to present relevant experiences in the field of fine arts that qualify you to pursue an individual, self-initiated project in Fine Art on a masters level.

In the application components you ask for a project outline. What does that mean?
In the application procedure we ask you to sketch out a project that you would like to carry out as your master project. This project should be an individual, self-initiated artistic project which should turn out as your MFA thesis project. Please outline the scope of the project, a research question, the different stages of its possible realization, and the foreseeable outcome.

I am wondering whether I should send my application via e-mail, or by regular mail?
You can either upload your application via the Internet or send it by regular mail. Please follow the instructions outlined in this document:


Do I have to travel to Norway for the interview?
it would be very good, if you could be present for the interview in person. If that is not possible due to huge distances, we will conduct the interview via video telephone over the internet (such as Skype). Please make sure that you can be reached during the days of the interviews (usually week 10).

When will I be informed whether I am invited to an interview or not?
We will send out invitations to the interviews in February. Please check your email and wait for an appointment. If we cannot reach you by email, we will contact you via phone or mobile phone. Please note: We will only contact the applicants who are invited for an interview. You will not receive a message that you are not invited.

When will I hear about the schedule for the interviews?
As soon as we got a response to our invitation for an interview, we will suggest a date and hour for the conversation. Please respond to this proposal as soon as possible and suggest an alternative time frame if you cannot make it at the proposed hour.

Who is going to take part in the interview?
The interview will be conducted by the committee, which will select the applicants who are invited to join the MFA program in the coming fall. It is composed of professors of the art academy who are responsible for the courses and the development of the master program. There is also a students representative joining the committee.


Will I get my own studio?
MFA students at KIT enjoy generous individual studio spaces that may be used to develop their work and store materials. Most of the studios at KIT feature panoramic view of the port area of Trondheim. All students have access to a wide range of professionally equipped workshops and facilities at the art academy.

Is the program taught entirely in English?
Yes. All the teaching and writing is in English.


I am a resident outside of the EU. Do I need a visa to enter Norway?
In order to start your studies at KIT/NTNU, students from non-EU countries need to apply for a student visa at their local Norwegian embassy or consulate. Please keep in mind that this process might take some time. We recommend you to start the visa application process as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance.

What are the requirements for a student visa to Norway?
In order to get an international student visa, the Norwegian government will require you to have NOK 111 657 (for 2017) in a Norwegian bank account in your name to cover a school year. You can read more about this requirement on the government's "Study in Norway" webpage:

Students in the "individual funding category" who are admitted to an international master's program will be requested to transfer the required amount of money to NTNU's deposit account before their arrival in Norway. This money in the deposit account is strictly for the student, and is for covering life expenses. The money will be transferred to the student's Norwegian bank account once the student has opened one. Information about the practical arrangements for transferring the money to the Norwegian bank account will be provided along with the admissions letter.


Does NTNU charge tuition fees?
NTNU does not charge tuition fees, even for international students. This is true of all public (state) Norwegian universities. Students may be required to pay a semester fee, but this typically amounts to around 500 NOK per semester.

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

Contact form
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Tel. +47 73 59 79 00
Fax. +47 73 59 79 20