An online application and all required documents must be submitted using HiØ’s application portal.
Admission is based on formal education and entrance test.

When to apply

1st of November - 1st of December

  • Applicants residing outside the EU/EEA
  • Applicants residing in the EU/EEA
  • Applicants residing in Norway/the Nordic region

Requirements for admission

Academic requirement:

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent education of at least 180 ECTS credits.

Due to the curiosity and interest in the expanded field of arts on which the MA Performance is established, we are interested in applicants coming from a wide range of practices including, but not limited to, the fields of visual art, choreography, music, composition, directing, acting, performance art, street performance and dance.

The application is to be delivered in English language and must contain:

  • Written reflection on your current artistic practice, its current context and relation to audiences (1-2 pg A4).
  • A motivation letter describing why you wish to develop your skills within Performance, and what this programme would mean for your artistic development. Outline an area of artistic investigation departing from, but rooted in, your current practice (both theoretical and practical), including questions you would like to explore during your studies and its relevance for the field (1-2 pg A4).
  • Documentation of artistic work (portfolio) focusing on the last 5 years (Max 15 pg A4).
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Please note that all applicants who meets the formal requirements listed above must also pass a entrance test.

Admission process

Admission is based on entrance test consisting of 3 phases that is assessed by a jury.
The local admissions committee is responsible for the final approval of  the jury’s recommendation.

  • Phase 1, Assessment of your application and formal competence.
    • All applicants who meet the formal competence requirements and have submitted a complete application will proceed to phase 2.

  • Phase 2, Artistic assessment of submitted material
    • Criteria:

    • Demonstrates commitment to a/practice(s), with depth in reflection on the work in context, including relevant documentation


    • Proposal of how you might potentially expand and unfold your practice into master research in the MA Performance. The questions and concerns you are interested in exploring should be specific, even if they are open speculations.


    • Applicants who best satisfy these criteria will proceed to the interviews.

  • Phase 3, Interview
    • The final stage of review concludes with the interviews, where you have the opportunity to describe your artistic inquiries, research objectives and interest in pursuing your practice in this study program to the admissions jury.


    • In the interview, you will have the opportunity to first present your reflections on the artistic practice and your motivation for the main research questions and investigations in the master program, as well as answer follow up questions related to the above.


    • Applicants who exhibit a strong potential for deep artistic investigation, ability to expand their own practice in performance, and work in complex collaboration with colleagues from a variety of disciplines are selected. In addition, applicants are also expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently, learning advanced project management through ongoing research.

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How do you apply

  • Getting started
    • All applicants must register their application in SøknadsWeb.

      The first step in applying to Østfold University College is logging into SøknadsWeb. When you come to the login page, choose your preferred login method.

  • My Profile
    • Applicants must fill out all of the requested information. It is important that you make sure all provided information regarding your personal information is correct.

      When you are satisfied that the information is correctly entered, click on ‘Next’.

  • Choose Admission
    • Select the desired category from the list and read carefully the information provided. Choose the study you wish to apply for from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.

      Click on ‘Next’ when you are finished.

  • Documentation
    • In order for the Admissions Office to process your application, applicants must upload all required documents in SøknadsWeb. You can upload your documents by clicking on ‘My Documents’ in the menu at the top of the page. This is where you can see what you have uploaded as well as upload new documents. Documents should be uploaded as soon as possible and no later than the documentation submission deadline. Documents sent in the mail or by e-mail will not be considered or returned.

      You will find information online about Østfold University College’s documentation requirements.

  • Receipt
    • All applicants are sent a receipt via e-mail confirming that the application was received. A receipt can also be viewed in SøknadsWeb under ‘My applications’ in the menu at the top of the page.
  • Communication
    • All correspondence from the Admissions Office regarding applications will be done via e-mail. It is important that you register your correct e-mail address in your application and that you check your spam folder if you have, for example, not received the receipt from your application submission.

      Remember to check your email frequently throughout the application period.

  • Admission Decision
    • Admission decisions are sent out via e-mail and published in SøknadsWeb. If you receive an offer of admission, you must respond in SøknadsWeb to the offer within the deadline noted in your admission offer. Should you not respond within the deadline, the offer will then be given to another applicant.