Griegakademiet – Institutt for musikk


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Admission to The Grieg Academy

The Grieg Academy – Department of Music was established at the University of Bergen in 1995, and is today one of three departments at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD). Our academic profile is founded on internationally recognised performing arts environments (classical, jazz, folk music), composition, music therapy, musicology and music education.


The study programme emphasises independence and reflection. Students are able to explore a wide range of expressions and practical approaches, and develop through dialogue and critical discussion. Our aim is to create meeting points between different artistic and scientific disciplines at the department and elsewhere at the university.

Our teaching staff represents a broad range of active professionals who are recognised both nationally and abroad. Artistic research forms the basis for all teaching. Many of our orchestral instrument teachers are also prominent musicians with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and other professional ensembles.

Bergen is a cultural city with many opportunities for active participation. The Grieg Academy has close contact with the musical and cultural scene and collaborates with the Bergen International Festival, Nattjazz, the Borealis Festival, the Norwegian Armed Forces Band, 1B1, Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, the Bergen National Opera, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

Artistic research comprises both individual and joint thematic projects. Currently, we are carrying out two major projects funded by the Project Programme for Artistic Research: «Wheels within Wheels» and ”(Un-) settling Sites and Styles: Performers in Search of New Expressive Means"

The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT) is dedicated to developing knowledge about music and health. GAMUT’s work lies at the forefront in international research.The POLYFON network allows our researchers in music therapy to collaborate with health institutions in Bergen and Western Norway, representing an interaction between education and research at the highest level.

Musicology at the Grieg Academy is an interdisciplinary area of study that incorporates methods from both the humanities and the social sciences.The Grieg Academy fosters close collaborative research with the Centre for Grieg Research.

Application and Admission:

Below you will find detailed information on how to apply to The Grieg Academy.

As an international applicant to university studies in Norway, you are advised to pay specific attention to all application requirements. Both those set by the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design and the University of Bergen, as well as those set by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. Detailed information is found under each programme.