About KMD

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) offers BA, MA and PhD programmes based on an internationally recognised level of artistic research.

We educate future artists, designers, performing musicians, composers, music therapists, musicologists, curators, and music and art teachers. The faculty consists of about 600 students and 130 staff members. Academic activities are organised across three departments with a joint administration: Fine Art, Music, and Design. Each department has research fellows affiliated with both the Artistic Research Programme and other PhD programmes at the University of Bergen (UiB). UiB is also working to establish a new arts-based PhD programme to further reinforce the faculty’s breadth and scope. The academic staff at the departments of Fine Art and Design share the same facilities in a new building especially designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. Currently, the university is in the planning phase to establish a separate building for The Grieg Academy – Department of Music on a neighbouring site at Møllendal. KMD cooperates with many leading institutions on the local, national and international level.

History

The origins of the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design go back to three privately run institutions that were later taken over by the state. The faculty’s history can be summarised as follows:

  •  1905: The Bergen Music Academy (Bergens Musikkakademi) is founded and later becomes the Bergen Conservatory of Music (Bergen musikkonservatorium). State-funded since 1981.
  • 1909: The Bergen School of Arts and Crafts (Bergen Kunsthåndverkskole) is founded. From 1977, National College of Art and Design, Bergen (Statens høgskole for kunsthåndverk og design).
  • 1971: The West Norway Academy of Art (Vestlandets kunstakademi) is founded. State-funded since 1981.
  • 1995: The Bergen Conservatory of Music becomes part of the University of Bergen and changes name to The Grieg Academy – Department of Music (Griegakademiet – Institutt for musikk)
  • 1996: The West Norway Academy of Art and the National College of Art and Design, Bergen, merge to become the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen, KHiB).
  • 2017: On 1 January, the Bergen Academy of Art and Design becomes part of the University of Bergen and, together with The Grieg Academy, establishes the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, KMD)

The faculty’s alumni include notable artists, musicians and designers such as Torbjørn Anderssen, Lise Davidsen, Vibeke Tandberg, Andreas Engesvik, Matias Faldbakken and Toril Johannessen. 

Board and Administration

The head of the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design is the Dean, who is also chairman of the Faculty Board.

The Dean oversees the faculty within the framework established by the University Board, directives from the Rector and Director of the University, and resolutions passed by the Faculty Board.

The Faculty Director is in charge of the day-to-day management of the faculty’s administration.

Organization Chart

Contact and Map

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design have main visiting addresses at Møllendalsveien 61 and Lars Hillesgate 3 in Bergen, Norway.

Open hours
09:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday.

Contact
Telephone: (+47) 55 58 73 00
Email: post@kmd.uib.no
Visiting adresses:
Møllendalsveien 61  (fine art, design, administration)
Lars Hillesgate 3 (music)


For enquieries to the reception:
resepsjonen@kmd.uib.no
For all other enquieries:
post@kmd.uib.no

Postal adress:
University of Bergen (UiB)
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Postboks 7800
N-5020 Bergen

Invoices to Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design should be sent to:
University of Bergen (UiB)
Felles fakturamottak
Pb. 7800
N-5020 BERGEN

Electronic invoices in EHF-formats can be sent through the Peppol network. The E-invoice address for UiB is: 9908:874789542