ISSHF1143 – Art in Norway

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Course content

The course provides a survey of Norwegian visual art from the early medieval period to contemporary art. Primary focus is on painting, but developments in sculpture, architecture, folk arts, design, installations, conceptual and performative art are also covered. Beginning with archeological findings from the Viking Age and the arts of the stave churches, the course runs more or less chronologically through the arts with regular interventions from the present. Important here, is the idea of on-site learning. Imagine museums, galleries and monumental sites and buildings being your new classroom.

Learning outcome

Students taking this course will develop skills in describing, interpreting and critically reflect upon visual art and its discourse. They will learn to analyze Norwegian art as a key to understanding Norwegian culture, and to develop an understanding of the vital role that Norwegian artists have and have not played in shaping national identity.


If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway. Minimum academic requirements.


The course consists of 26 lectures, 3 hours daily (10:15-13:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures and discussions, supplemented by field trips to numerous sites in Oslo. The trip to Bergen is strongly recommended.

Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.


The course includes both a mid-term and a final exam.

The final written exam will contain slide identifications, definitions of key concepts and terms, and essay questions and lasts for 3 hours.

You can check your results and order transcripts in StudentWeb three weeks after the exam.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam. If you have successfully passed obligatory assignments, or other compulsory activities required before you are qualified to attend the exam, you need not re-sit these.

Only students with either valid absence (doctors note) or students who failed the exam can re-sit an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This course can be combined with other courses, see this schedule to find out which ones.

Facts about this course






Every other summer starting 2014

This course will not be offered summer 2020, next time offered summer 2022.

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