Art Photography 2 years

Higher vocational college diploma

This is an advanced program in photography as an art form. Learn about photographic techniques and develop the abilities you need to establish yourself as an artist.


August 2023


Full-time, 2 years

Study points


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This advanced program is designed to help you establish your own artistic abilities. It’s based on working in workshops, and developing your independence, creativity, understanding of photography as an art form, and your own artistic style. The program concentrates on idea development and processes for photo-based projects for exhibitions and books, based around your individual needs. High standards will apply for your own production and ability to develop concepts and projects. You will also be able to work with analogue and alternative photographic techniques.

The program is well suited for skills enhancement for established photographers and artists.

Program structure

1st term

Techniques and post-production 1

  • Basic techniques for photo and film
  • Post-production for photo and film

Theme-based project 1

  • Documentary
  • Composure
  • Portrait

Theory and aesthetics 1

  • History of photography
2nd term

Techniques and post-production 2

  • Photography and film techniques
  • Analogue techniques

Theme-based project 2

  • Identity
  • Art
  • Your own project
  • Exam

Theory and aesthetics 2

  • Aesthetics and art history
  • Legal components
3rd term

Techniques and post-production 3

  • Workshops
  • Analogue techniques

Theme-based project 2

  • Art
  • Public Art
  • Book binding
  • Croquis
  • Alternative techniques
  • Exhibition design
  • Autumn exhibition
  • Specialist assignment

Theory and aesthetics 3

  • Criticism and analysis
  • Project description
4th term
  • Specialist assignments
  • Exam


The best qualification you could have is a genuine interest in the profession.

You will be assessed on the following criteria
  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Alternatively, other qualifications at a corresponding level.*
  • Enrollment test in the form of a portfolio. Your portfolio must show your experience and understanding of the profession. The enrollment test will account for 50 % of your points, and grades obtained 50 %.

*Other qualifications are knowledge and skills you have gained from education, paid or unpaid work, working for organisations or hobbies. Other qualifications are assessed to determine whether you have a skills level equivalent to that from qualifications from upper secondary school. You must be 19 years of age or older during the enrollment year to be enrolled on the basis of other qualifications.

Read more on other qualifications at NUCAS.

How to apply

Feel free to contact us if you need help with the application, or are unsure if you can apply.

1. Register your application

Go to NUCAS.

The application portal opens on the 1st of February. Final date for applications is April 15th at 23.59.

    2. Enrollment test

    The enrollment test consists of submission of your portfolio. It must contain 10–20 still photos and/or videos, and showcase your interests, talents and skills within photography. Your portfolio can contain your best work, or represent one or more projects you have worked on. There are no constraints on the design of your portfolio. Upload your enrollment test along with your application to NUCAS.

    3. Interview

    If you are qualified for enrollment, you will be contacted to arrange an interview with the college. This is a good opportunity to get to know us – and for us to get to know you! Interviews can be conducted in person or digitally. An interview is a means of support for applicants, at which you can justify your choice of portfolio and provide more details. You can also ask questions concerning the program. The interview does not count towards the points awarded for your portfolio.

      Tuition and fees 

      Term fees: NOK 59,500

      Mandatory membership of SiT (Studentsamskipnaden i Trondheim (student welfare association): NOK 600 per term

      Mandatory membership of ONF (Organisasjon for Norske Fagskolestudenter (organisation for Norwegian vocational college students): NOK 85 per term

      All programs are approved by NOKUT, the national quality assurance organ, and supported by Lånekassen.


      Check out the work by some of our former students!

      Kristine Wathne

      Year of study: 2014–2016

      Gard Aukrust

      Year of study: 2011–2012

      Boe Marion

      Year of study: 2005–2007

      Lars Brønseth

      Year of study: 2008–2010

      Dev Duhnsi

      Year of study: 2016–2018

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