The Norwegian Artistic Research School

Seminar 1:

Online recourse 

Online introduction seminar


Artistic Research

Readings and Resources

Welcome and introduction

Dear research fellow or supervisor - welcome to the Norwegian Artistic Research School. This digital resource is part of the introduction seminar. In the digital resource, you will find information about the research school; what activities you are expected to participate in; an introduction to artistic research; an overview of mandatory readings, and other resources.  

You will receive (or you have already received) an invitation to an online one-day seminar. The online seminar is mandatory for fellows and optional for supervisors, but we strongly recommend the supervisors to join the seminar. The online seminar is offered at least twice a year. 


Learning outcomes

After completing the research school’s program, research fellows are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes: 


Knowledge: The candidate ...  

  • masters fundamental theory relating to artistic research 
  • can describe the diversity in theories and methods in artistic research, and reflect on and argue for choices of methods and processes in own artistic research  
  • can contribute to the discourse on artistic research 


Skills: The candidate ...  

  • can formulate research questions and plan the artistic research, with the focus on artistic processes and results 
  • can work on complex questions, and challenge established discourses and practices in the field 
  • can deal with interdisciplinary questions in artistic research 


Competence: The candidate ... 

  • can discuss ethical principles and concerns in artistic research 
  • can identify ethical issues and can engage in artistic research with integrity  
  • can share artistic research in relevant national and international contexts  
  • can participate in debates in the field in international forums 

The introduction seminar will especially focus upon the first learning outcomes and give an introduction to fundamental theory relating to artistic research. The origins and historical development of artistic research will be discussed, and different national and international models for artistic research will be presented, with particular emphasis on what is distinctive about ‘The Norwegian Model’. What is the difference between research into, for, and through the arts? What is the connection between artistic research and artistic practice? Which research topics and questions are dealt with in artistic research and what characterizes knowledge production? Key concepts in artistic research – nationally and internationally – are also elaborated on. In addition, the focus will be on describing the diversity of methods in artistic research. After completing the seminar, the fellows should be in a position to reflect on and argue for choices of methods and processes in their own artistic research projects.

Working methods

Training is provided through seminars and forums and through contact with other research fellows and peers who work in the field of artistic research, nationally and internationally. Work and teaching methods include lectures, workshops, various forms of sharing artistic research, and discussions. The discussions are related to each research fellow's project and to artistic research in general, with the emphasis on the transfer value in relation to the research fellow’s own artistic research. The training can take place in both large and small groups.

The research fellows are expected to prepare and familiarise themselves with different material in advance, which is then shared and discussed at the seminars. At the forums, the research fellows meet national and international projects and professional environments in the field of artistic research. The research fellows present and discuss their own projects and take part in relevant discourses. By sharing their own artistic research project, the research fellows contribute to developing their respective artistic fields. The forums provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchanges and are an arena for a more general discourse on artistic research. 

Coursework requirement

The research school as a whole: 

Research fellows are expected to participate in five mandatory seminars offered by the research school and to attend five Artistic Research Forums. The forums are offered twice a year, and the fellows should present their projects at three of the forums. You will receive invitations to sign up for the mandatory seminars and forums. The supervisors are recommended to participate in the national supervisors´ seminars, offered twice a year by the research school. In addition, the fellows and supervisors should join mandatory seminars and events at their institution.  

The introduction seminar:

Research fellows are expected to:

  • be familiar with the learning outcomes of the seminar.
  • be familiar with your institution's regulations for the Ph.D. program and the assessments criteria.
  • read/watch/listen to all mandatory readings, and be familiar with the material presented in the online resource. 
  • submit a short biography and an abstract (an introduction to your project) in a relevant format, and an illustration of your artistic research project (image, video, or sound). This material will be made publicly available and shared with the fellows and contributors in the coming seminars. You will be offered the opportunity to update the material before each seminar and forum, and you can also update your bio and abstract in between by sending new versions to

The introduction seminar is a combination of an online webinar and self-studying. Duration: A total workload of 75–90 hours (including preparation, participating in the online webinar, and self-studies); corresponding to 3 credits. It is recommended to attend the introduction seminar in your first semester, and the seminar must be completed before you can attend seminar 2. 

Seminar 2-5

Seminar 2 (February - 1st year)

The seminar is about sharing and documentation in artistic research. Based on the research fellows’ projects, different time-limited and permanent formats for presentation and documentation are discussed, as well as how they influence work methods, artistic results, and reflections.

Seminar 3 (May - 1st year)

The seminar is about ethics in artistic research and artistic practice. It provides an introduction to basic research ethics and ethics in the arts, as well as methods for mapping ethical dimensions of artistic research. Various ethical challenges and potentials are discussed based on the research fellows’ projects. 

Seminar 4 (September - 1st year)

The seminar is about relationships in artistic research. Based on the research fellows’ research projects, endeavors are made to map relations and how they influence artistic processes and results in the different phases of projects. Experience is shared by leading and carrying out complex artistic projects.

Seminar 5 (January - 2nd year)

The seminar is about the final phase of the artistic research project and the identification and sharing of contributions to the field. Based on the research fellows’ projects, various forms of contributions are discussed, as well as different formats for final presentations, documentation, and the archiving of artistic results and reflection. 

Artistic Reseearch Forums

The Artistic Research Autumn Forum in 2019 was hosted by the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer, and the autumn forum in 2021 was hosted by NTNU in Trondheim.

The Artistic Research Forum was established by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme as a yearly conference to promote the understanding of artistic research from a national and international perspective. At the forum, there are normally parallel sessions with presentations both of projects funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and research fellows' projects. The forums bring together research fellows, supervisors, project managers, academic and administrative staff, and others concerned with artistic research. The spring forum is a digital event, while the autumn forum is a physical event, normally hosted by one of the Norwegian higher education institutions in the Arts. Participation at the forum is free of charge, but all participants must book and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

Last updated 1 November 2021

The Board of the Norwegian Artistic Research School is responsible for the content and quality of the research school´s training.

The board 2021-2022:

  • Ellen Ugelvik (chair), The Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
  • Jostein Gundersen (deputy chair), University of Bergen (UiB)
  • Camille Norment, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)
  • Tone Åse, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Geir Davidsen, the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (PKU)
  • Tijs Ham, fellow´s representative

Read more about the board and how you can influence the research school. 


The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, represented by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, has administrative responsibility for the research school.

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The Norwegian Artistic Research School was established in 2018 as a collaboration between Diku – the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (now: The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills), the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the University of Bergen and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  All accredited Norwegian educational institutions with study programs that lead to a Ph.D. degree in artistic research may accede to the cooperation agreement after approval of the contracting parties.   

The research school is aimed at research fellows in programs that lead to a PhD degree in artistic research.

By offering joint professional training, the research school will enhance the candidates’ own doctoral work, and contribute to further development of ‘the Norwegian Model’ for artistic research, which takes art and the artistic practice as its point of departure, and is characterised by reflection and cross-disciplinary communication and cooperation. 


Through the research school, the research fellows will acquire knowledge of and skills and competence in artistic research in accordance with the Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NKR).


The objective of the Norwegian Artistic Research School is to give research fellows an introduction to methods, theory and ethics as they relate to artistic research, as well as training in disseminating the results of artistic research. The joint professional training is intended to support research fellows’ artistic PhD projects and contribute to professional depth and breadth.