The faculty offers study programmes in popular music, classical music, music education, fine arts, arts and crafts and drama education. In addition to providing education, the faculty stresses the importance of creative artistic work. Shorter programmes and courses are also offered as elective subjects in the university’s teacher education programmes. In addition to the master’s programmes in music performance, the faculty offers master’s degrees in fine arts and music management and a PhD programme in popular music performance.
Research activities at the Faculty of Fine Arts are connected to artistic performance, and the faculty’s academic staff is uniquely qualified with both artistic and academic skills. Artistic performance is the key focus area for many staff members; others have strong expertise in didactics and education. Main focus areas are popular music performance and contextual studies within the arts – Art in Context. The faculty cooperates with all the established music, theatre and visual art institutions in the Agder region. The faculty’s agreement with Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand is unique. The faculty is also involved in national institutions and in collaborative research through international networks and organisations.
Students and staff have access to a brand new concert hall, rehearsal rooms and music studios, and to modern and well-equipped workshops and production facilities for arts and crafts, and theatre production.