Research at KMD

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design engages in both artistic and scientific research. The majority of the research at the faculty is artistic, but KMD also conducts a considerable amount of scientific research in the fields of music therapy, musicology and music pedagogy.

The faculty promotes both specialisation and cooperation between different disciplines and research traditions, as well as different forms of publicising and documentation.

Research groups at KMD

Research Projects

The faculty systematically fosters academic discussion to challenge the limits of academic understanding within fine art, music and design. Have a look at projects that have received funding from the faculty's Research Committee.


Research Fellows at KMD

The PhD programme of artistic research was established at KMD in 2019. The PhD programme in artistic research is based on a platform similar to the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme which was established in 2003.

The fellows are employed at one of the three departments at KMD – Contemporary Art, Music or Design – and connected to a national research school of artistic research, with interartistic seminars and conferences.

PhD candidates in musicology and music therapy are affiliated with the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies, as are Research Fellows in Music Performance and Composition. 

Dissemination of Research

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design conducts extensive dissemination work locally, nationally and internationally based on the professional activities of employees and students. The Faculty itself has venues for viewings, concerts and more.


Rom61 is a tool for development, discussion and display of works of artistic research at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design. Rom61 is located on the 2nd floor of Møllendalsveien 61, in the building's public axis. The room is actively used to develop and convey processes and experiments with particular focus on dialogue and critical reflection. Rom61 is aimed at actively highlighting processes connected to communicating artistic research work giving the opportunity to share knowledge both in-house and to the public.

Gunnar Sævig's Hall

Gunnar Sævig's Hall is a combined aula and chamber music hall in the Nygård School where Griegakademiet - Department of Music is located. The hall has approximately 150 seats. Entrance is from Nina Griegsvei. The name derives from the Violinist, Conductor and Music Educator Gunnar Sævig Gunnar Sævig (1924–69).