Department of Art and Media Studies
The Department of Art and Media Studies was established as a discipline in 1974 under the name Drama, Film and Theatre, becoming a department in 1978. From 1989, the programme of study in Drama, Film and Theatre was replaced by independent courses in Drama/theatre and Film respectively. Film and Drama/Theatre incorporated practical-theoretical course options, with a point of departure in art pedagogy (Norwegian College of Education) as well as in developments in cultural studies during the 1970s. Since then, the department has expanded to include Visual Culture and Media Studies from the spring of 1994, and Art History, which was established in the autumn of 1997. In the spring of 1997, the department changed its name to the Department of Art and Media Studies.
The department currently employs 24 permanent staff and faculty positions. In addition there are 4 administrative positions, one departmental engineer and one producer in drama/theatre.
In addition to sharing the lecture halls with the other departments that are housed at Dragvoll, the Department has its own facilities which include, among other things: two drama/theatre studios, a theatre workshop, television and sound studios, and several video editing suites.
Today, the department is made up of the following art and cultural studies:
- Drama Studies/ Theatre Studies
- Film Studies
- Media Studies
- Art History
These disciplines are organized into three areas, encompassing several courses of study in the bachelor's, master's and PhD degree programmes. Course offerings have relevance for a wide array of careers in the field of culture. The different studies have their own disciplinary specificity, but a common competence base in modern and late modern art/ media theory and practice. The department today has about 500 students who make up approximately 1/3 of all students graduating from the Faculty of Arts. Art History, Drama/theatre, Media Studies, Film Studies and Media Production are among the most popular subjects at the Faculty of Arts.