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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Length: Summer
Program Description:

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Location: Telemark, Norway


Most programmes are taught in Norwegian. However, several modules are taught in English. Modules taught in English can be found:


 How to apply
  • Apply through their home university. Please contact your international office/mobility office.
  • Your institution will then contact the relevant departmental coordinator to receive an application form and more information about the application process.
  • The programmes will accept students who meet the requirements for exchange students. Students are selected on the basis of grades and language skills.
  • Please send your supporting documents by post within 1-2 weeks after sumbitting your electronic application.
  • Explanation of the different documents you need to send:
  • Learning agreement is a list of the courses you wish to take in Telemark University College. The learning agreement must be accepted by both the home and host institutions.
  • Transcript of records is a list of subjects you have taken in your previous education, the number of credits and the grade. The transcript of records should be in English and should be signed, stamped and dated.
  • A copy of the photo page in your passport. This is the page where your name and nationality is listed. We will use this to make sure that your name will be spelled correctly.
  • Address to send the documents to:
    • Telemark University College International office             P.O.Box 203       3901 PORSGRUNN NORWAY
Immigration and Visa
  • In order to study in Norway, students must be granted a resident permit by the immigration authorities.
  • Applicants should only apply for a resident permit if they receive an offer of admission from TUC.
  • If you are offered a place in one of our programmes, you will receive further instructions on how to proceed with the application for a student resident permit.
  • Please note that there are different procedures for EU/EEA citizens than for citizens of all other countries.
  • Students from the EU/EEA do not need to apply for a residence permit, but they have to register in the Registration scheme for EEA nationals.
  • Information from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI): This will also be found in your acceptance letter.
  • Residence permits are a matter between the students and UDI. TUC does not have any influence on the decision of the immigration authorities.
  • Questions about residence permits and applications should be directed to UDI ( The information needed to apply should be in your letter of acceptance and documents from the Student Welfare Organisation.
  • If you need additional documents for the application process, not contained in the acceptance letter, please contact .
Cost of Living
Most foreign students find Norway to be quite expensive. Eating out at restaurants is costly. Items like alcohol and tobacco are highly taxed.

There is no tuition fee for ERASMUS students. Other estimated expenses

Semester registration fee: 800 NOK (approx.)

Estimated living costs for Norwegian students are NOK 94,400 per year.

For students outside the EU/EEA-area this is also the sum (NOK 94,400 for one academic year). that they will have to deposit in a Norwegian account before the immigration authorities issue a student residence permit.

Please expect to pay for the following:
  • Travel to and from the host institution
  • Books, stationery, etc
  • Travel documentation, visas, etc
  • Extra fee for The Individual, Environs and Society (Friluftsliv)
  • Personal travel and personal expenses (including travel insurance)
  • Food
  • Personal copying fees
  • Membership in campus organizations
  • Membership at local gyms or health studios
  • Participation in community activities, classes or clubs
  • Some mandatory day trips
  • Optional trips
Student Halls of Residence Telemark University College will provide students with housing in single rooms at one of the several mixed halls of residence. Students share facilities with other Norwegian students and international students near campus. Students cook their own food. The same regulations will pertain to international students as to Norwegian students. All rooms have internet connections. Please note that there is limited telephone access from the halls of residence. Most students bring along their own mobile phones. The Students Association (SiTel) operates the accommodation service, and further information on accommodation available on each campus can be found here.
All students halls of residence are self catering. Each campus also has a cantine which sells reasonable priced hot and cold food to both students and staff.
Students staying for one full year or more in Norway are covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme. Students who stay for less than one year will have to bring insurance from their home country, or apply for a voluntary membership in the National Health Insurance Scheme. European students will be covered under the European Health Insurance Card.

The student is responsible for travel insurance coverage for travel to and from Norway and for optional trips within Norway or Europe.

For practical placements, other insurances may or may not be mandatory, for instance accident insurance for workplaces and liability insurance or other work-specific insurances.

The International contact persons can help with questions related to insurance.

Financial Support for Students
Financial support from Lånekassen, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (NSELF) , is primarily directed to Norwegian citizens, however, some foreign citizens may be eligible for support if students have stayed and worked in Norway for a number of years or have family ties to Norway for example.
Environmental Art - Art in Nature


This program is equivalent to 7.5 MSU, Mankato credits.

You must get the credit pre-approved by the appropriate department as part of your program application.  

Language: Norwegian / English


• Develop a knowledge and understanding of various movements within contemporary art.

 • Develop an understanding of site-specific art from the 60's to the present today.

• To be knowledgeable of digital technology in relationship to the documentation of art.

• Have basic knowledge of photography, video and audio as individual artistic expressions.

• Be aware of the laws in relationship to copy right.  


• Be able to create an art project from idea stage to completion, including documentation.

Create sculpture and installations in natural environments (work site specifically).

 • Be able to work with natural materials directly in nature.

• Develop ideas based on current environmental issues.

Develop a formal aesthetic understanding of form in relationship to three-dimensional art.

 • Create art from recycled materials with regard to environmental issues.

• Be able to select appropriate tools and technology for a particular project.

Develop an understanding and reasoning behind the choice of materials and technique's employed.

General Skills

• Develop the ability to critically evaluate one's own artistic projects in connection to traditional references and creative thought.

• Build up knowledge of materials (inherent) properties and limitations in relationship to use and develop an awareness of scale when working outdoors.

Be able to work independently and gather relevant information / theory connected to the project. 

Be capable of explaining both verbally and in written form your own artistic practice.


A subject such as Environmental Art, Art in Nature or Land Art in some ways confirms the thought that nature is the source of all life and therefore also art.

We are all part of nature and we belong to nature, irrespective of how fragmented and detached we have become today, living our lives mostly in urban residential complexes. We therefore have a need for art that can again put us in touch with what we really are.
Environmental art / site-specific art, is an art-oriented course of study in which participants will work directly in the landscape / nature, investigating specific self-selected issues. Hidden variables such as, weather, climate, vegetation, other living species, qualities of light and the varying seasons can all have a role to play in the creation of outdoor nature-based art work. Art in Nature will therefore be related to location, season and material. The course is experimental in nature and focuses on the development of ideas in relationship to forms of expression and subject matter.

The course unit will include discussions, the developing of ideas and practical creative work.

Theoretical issues will be connected to the selected areas and students will be expected in visual and written form to show their level of reflection and theory connected to their own production. The curriculum will include the development of three-dimensional forms, sculpture, installation, Land Art, site- specific art and digital documentation.


Instruction will primarily be given outdoors but workshop and lecture hall facilities will also be used. Tuition will be given both in groups and on an individual basis.

Teaching will run parallel with problem solving / researching and include introductions to practical approaches / work methods and lectures related to the field of study.

The interaction between the creative activity, theory and thought are an important part of the subject's character. The aim of including a variety of issues is to equip the student with a broad knowledge and greater understanding, enabling them to better understand their own creative process / work. Students during their stay will be expected to work for periods independently.
Finally, all students will be expected to provide digital portfolios at agreed times. These folders should contain the results of exploration, image documentation, sketches, process descriptions, material samples and a report.

Environment Art Program Brochure.pdf


Head of Department, Art and Design Education Jostein Sandven:


Course leader, Stuart Ian Frost Professor for Arts and Crafts – Fine Art


International coordinator Dag Aasland:


Updated by: Kiersten L.
Date Updated: August 2015