University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is the coordinator of the TUNE project. USN is Norway’s fourth largest university and has 19,000 students and 1,600 staff spread over eight campuses in Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland.

Campus Rauland is the smallest of USN’s eight campuses, and is located in Vinje municipality in the mountainous West Telemark region. The campus is home to the Department of Traditional Arts and Traditional Music (Institutt for tradisjonskunst og folkemusikk, or ITF), which is nationally recognized as Norway’s leading academic milieu in the fields of traditional music and traditional arts. The department currently has 25 staff and approximately 125 students.

ITF currently offers two three-year bachelor programs (Traditional Music; Traditional Arts), as well as a two-year master’s program (Traditional Arts; a cross-disciplinary program for both traditional arts and music). ITF is also associated with the interdisciplinary PhD program in Cultural Studies. In addition to these degree programs, the department offers a one-year English-language exchange program (Norwegian Folk Music / Folk Art for International Students) as well as a number of part-time courses (Design, Redesign and Sewing; Creative Machine Knitting; Instrument Building; and more).

ITF’s study programs build on theory and methodology from various academic disciplines, including cultural history, art history, musicology, music history, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. Keywords for the department’s academic profile include tradition, handcraft, culture, and identity. All of ITF’s programs emphasize the creation of strong links between theory and practice.