ph.d / Fellowship program for artistic research

On February 10th 2022, the board of NOKUT decided to approve the new ph.d program "Ph.d in Artistic Research in Film and related audiovisual art forms" at the Norwegian Film School at Innlandet University College.

The ph.d. program

The new PhD program at the Norwegian Film School is grounded in artistic practice and builds on the model from the school's Bachelor and Master programs. When the Ministry of Education and Research established the brand new ph.d. degree in artistic research in 2018, they described the focus on artistic practice as follows: "Art practice must be at the center of the ph.d. work. At the same time, art practice must be followed by explicit reflection which, when the project is presented, enable others to take part in the methods and the insight that the artistic research generates ".

The PhD programed was first approved by NOKUT on February 10th 2022, after an extensive application process that ended with a two-day visit on campus in Lillehammer and Oslo. On June 15th 2022, the board of HINN formally decided to establish the ph.d. program at the Norwegian Film School and on June 30th, the Ministry of Education and Research formally decided to establish the program. New ph.d. positions will be announced in Fall 2022.

The field of study for the program is "film and related audiovisual art forms" and it is open to both those who work in more traditional film disciplines and practitioners who explore new technologies and formats. The program will provide space for work in the film field’s specialized disciplines, such as directing and documentary directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing, sound, production design and VFX. In the near future, these subject areas will be prioritized, in order to balance several years of ph.d. announcements within VR and interactivity. The Film School wants continuity and exchange between traditional and new media, in order to further develop the possibilities for cinematic artistic expression.

The new ph.d. positions and the start of the program will be announced on our website, in our social media and in the Film School's newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

The Fellowship program (to be phased out)

The Research Fellow program for artistic research was established in 2003 and funded by the Ministry of Education and Research to develop an artistic alternative in line with the scientific doctoral programs. The film school has been part of the program from the beginning. After the Ministry of Education and Research established ph.d. in artistic research in 2018, all the major art education institutions have established their own ph.d. programs and with the approval of the Norwegian Film School's ph.d. program in film, the ph.d. programs cover all art fields, including film. The Fellowship program is now being phased out and current Research Fellows at the Film School will be offered a transfer to ph.d. program so they can get a formal ph.d. degree.

Research Fellows at The Norwegian Film School (DNF)

Currently we have nine candidates in different stages of the programme. They will be transferred to the PhD programme:

Four candidates have so far completed their projects through the Fellowship programme for artistic research:

  • Screenwriter Ståle Stein Berg, former student at DNF, with the project "Skildring og forteljing. Ein grenseoppgang mellom filmens antipoder" ("Description and Story. Tracing the limits between the antipodes of cinema") (completed 2009)
  • Film and television director Trygve Allister Diesen with the project "Being the Director - Maintaining your Artistic Vision while Swimming with Sharks" (completed 2011)
  • Writer and theater director Siri Senje with the project "Å dikte for film - originalmanuskriptet som diktverk" ("Imagining For The Screen - The original screenplay as creative practice") (completed 2013)
  • Animator and artist Rafal Hanzl with the project "Ways of expression: the impact of VFX technology on modern storytelling in film and interactive media production" (completed 2019)