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MFA Course Overview

Analytical and theoretical modules

Including: Experience-based workshops and Joint Master classes

(30 study credits)


Personal specialization projects / artistic research

MFA production – students will act in a key role according to discipline

(90 study credits)


Analytical and theoretical modules

Experience-based workshops

Joint Master classes


The modules and master classes are spread across the first and second semesters and will take up approximately 10 weeks. Participation is compulsory for all disciplines.


The modules will introduce various aspects of art philosophy, audiovisual art, aesthetics, perception and film analysis, called cinematurgy.


The purpose is to enrich students understanding for the creation of artworks and thus benefit their own artistic endeavours. The course modules will also contribute to a common language across traditional barriers between disciplines. Some modules include workshops and practical exercises.


Master classes are 1-2 days’ events where high-profile professionals will introduce aspects of their metier. Again, these Master classes will deepen the joint understanding of all the elements that merge in the creation of an artistic piece of work.



Personal specialisation projects / artistic research

The specialisation projects must aim at extending the boundaries of the students’ knowledge and experience - and at exploring new ground for artistic achievements.


The students must choose a topic related to their discipline, that they wish to master professionally.


The description must include the following: How the objectives of the chosen project will meet the needs of the applicant; the artistic and practical aspects of the project; work methodology; logistic and financial support requirements and anticipated need for expert supervision. Some specialisation projects may partly take place abroad.


The outcome of the personal specialisation projects shall be presented audio-visually, except in cases where a thesis is more appropriate.


Critical reflections on the findings and in relation to the original intentions shall be presented in writing and defended vis-à-vis the examining board.


The specialisation project may take up to a total of 13 to 15 weeks spread across the four semesters as it fits the individual students´ schedules.


Presentation and examination will take place by the end of the fourth semester.


Technical facilities and back-up will be available in Oslo and in Lillehammer, depending on individual requirements. It is anticipated that some projects will depend on collaboration with fellow students. Supervisors/mentors will be made available in consultation with the school.


NB: Applicants must describe their specialisation projects as part of their application package.


Examples of potential specialisation areas among which you may define your specific project:

  • The dramaturgy of the screenplay; Writing dialogue; Writing television drama series;
  • Working with actors; Mise-en-scène; Documentary and Current Affairs; Documentary and reality;
  • Documentary content and form; International co-production and finance; Working with constraints; 
  • Distribution and marketing; Lighting styles; 3-D Cinematography; Editing styles;
  • The dramaturgy of sound design; Music composition for film; Production design and film style;
  • Digital special effects as applied to film style.

MFA Production – students will act in a key role according to discipline

The education is organised with two subjects as a structural foundation.

The Master productions are defined as a low-budget feature film (+70 minutes) or a television drama mini-series (part 1 and 2) – or a feature length documentary. 


Each student will act in a key role according to their discipline. As a general condition, students must agree to work in assisting roles on their fellow students’ projects.


The production teams are put together by the school in consultation with the students.


Screenplays are developed in collaboration between screenwriters, directors and producers (that we call ‘the first triangle’). The work will commence from the outset of the first term. The teams will share their work regularly with the whole student group and invite their contributions, this may happen in connection with readings. 


When a step-outline or a first draft screenplay is available, the remaining key team members come into play and will start working on the audio-visual style of the film. The development process will be supervised by NFS staff and other external experts.


Production conditions and budgets are set by the school and the projects must be scaled to meet these constraints. It is anticipated that the script development will take up most of the time available in the first and second semester. Shooting may take place late first year or autumn, second year. The producers may pursue other sources of additional funding, and will, as part of their degrees, be responsible for securing distribution of the completed films.


Students will be examined individually and as a team on the basis of their contributions to the completed films.

Sist oppdatert: Tor Magne Roaldseth 31.05.2017

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