Minor Programme

Music and Dance

In order to become an exchange student at our department, you need to be a registered student of performing arts at one of our partner institutions. For music performance, European institutions, as a rule, are members of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). For dance performance, we have partner institutions in Portugal, the Netherlands and Nordic countries among others. Contact your local exchange coordinator for more information on how to apply. We do offer a few theoretical courses in music and dance subjects, but in general exchange students are required to undergo an audition or send in a CD/DVD for documentation of skills. For more information on exchange possibilities in performing arts in Stavanger:


Faculty of Arts and Education

Social Sciences



Please contact the local exchange coordinator for more information.


English, B1

The Courses

Risk and Crisis Communication (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: Student understands the significance of risk and crisis communication process in modern society, is able to identify its determinants; Knows the fundamental theoretical approaches and models explaining risk and crisis communication; Is aware of the situational diversity of risk communications and is able to develop communication strategies oriented to specific risk and/or crisis situations; Knows the main directions of risk perception and communication research, understands the principles of applying different research methods to the research of risk communication related situations; is especially aware of environmental and technological types of risks and crises.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

Public Relations Management and Compulsive Technologies (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: Students master knowledge and skills that allow to foresee and describe possibilities and outcomes of public relations in different situations. Based on the nature of a problem or situation, students gain skills to develop a PR program and assess its efficiency. Students also learn about the principles of working with the mass media in case of downturn.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

Political communication in the media (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: The evolution of political communication has moved hand in hand with technological advances in mass communication. As media channels multiply and diversify, their varied effects on the public, political practices and political systems present fundamental conceptual and practical puzzles, which are explored during the course. Students gain valuable tools not only to deconstruct various forms of political communication, but also to construct and evaluate political campaign agenda.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

Media philosophy (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: The aim of the course is to study the basics of media philosophy and the principles of operation and effects of different media. With reference to traditional division of media to comunicational, entelechian and instrumental media essential questions of contemporary culture is analysed.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Independent learning.

Information Systems Graphical User Interface (6 ECTS)

 Description of the course: Students get familiar with the concept of information systems usability, evolution of user interface as well as future trends. Methods of graphical user interface requirements specification and design are presented. Physiological and psychological human features that are responsible for the graphical user interface design guidelines are explained. Various interface implementation aspects are overviewed. The effects the parameters of (graphical) user interface have on the usability of the system are explained, ways how to optimize this effect are presented. Interface testing and evaluation methods are introduced. Examples of real-life systems are used throughout.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

Media Ethics (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: Students acquire the knowledge about the basic ethical theories and their features, the most important philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, B. Spinoza, Th. Hobbes, D. Hume, I. Kant; are able to understand the transition from morality to ethics and the relationship of this transition to the media (alphabet); get acquaintance to a broad theoretic-empirical context of media ethics; become able to analyze the sources, to operate the terms and to apply the various theoretical models; to understand the problem of ethics challenged by visual technologies, to know information ethics; to deal with issues emerging from human’s and media encounter.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

Multimedia Elements (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: The aim is to develop an understanding of basic design principles, audio and visualisation techniques. To use the elements of design: line, shape, form, colour, tone, and texture, as well as primary extensions into pattern, repetition and combination in an electronic environment. Layout and visual hierarchy for electronic media. Use of appropriate design software, i.e. GIMP, Inkscape, Audacity, Wax, VirtualDub, MuseScore, Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Premiere), etc.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Laboratory (supervised).

Audiovisual Laboratory and Communication Design (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: The course teaches students to design using image and sound. Students will be learning concept development, visual expression, audiovisual theory and techniques. Through lectures, linked to introductory exercises and design project work, students will gain an overview of the conventions used in the effective communication of ideas and information. Students will gain the ability to generate and develop ideas through design and audiovisual exploration at the same time developing their skills on aesthetics, critical and civic position in the era of "Information wars".

Mode of studies: Lectures, Laboratory (supervised).

Graphic design (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: The course presents the theory about color, typography and visual composition that form basic fundamentals of graphic design discipline. The course provides the theoretical knowledge, which is applied to the practical exercises aimed to (i) master the theoretical knowledge on color, shape & light , (ii) typography, distinguishing letter-forms and style peculiarities and (iii) develop the skills on the composition means.The final project is performed in order to develop students ability to use the obtained skills while developing a brand design on graphic design software applications.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Laboratory (supervised).

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Social Research (6 ECTS)

Description of the course: Students understand the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, are able to design social research using different methods (like survey, interview, content analysis, focus group discussion, observation, sociometry, social experiment), have basics in independently conducting researching and analysing data, know and apply the principles of social research data reporting.

Mode of studies: Lectures, Practical (supervised).

How to apply


  1. Nomination Letter sent by email from your home institution to
  2. Online Registration Form
    You will receive the link to the online form by email after we have received your nomination. For students applying for the spring semester only, you will receive this link in September/October.
  3. Transcript of Records/Diploma from all university education (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. We can only accept official copies.
  4. Copy of your passport or ID card
    The required documentation must be sent in PDF or Word format to in PDF format. Write EXCHANGE followed by your name in the subject field. Example: EXCHANGE John Smith.'
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The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

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