Notodden is one of 8 campuses of USN, situated in a small town, among beautiful nature and historical grounds. USN is Norway’s fourth largest university. It employs 1,700 people and offers an education to about 18,000 students, and offers profession- and business-focused educational programmes, research and knowledge dissemination to high international standards. There are more than 300 bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, including ‘business bachelor’ and ‘industry master’ degrees, which combine studies with salaried work. USN offers doctoral (PhD) study programmes in 8 subject fields and also a number of supplementary and further education programmes for those who may be looking for re-training opportunities or who want to build on their existing qualifications. USN aims to have a regional foundation and has a strong presence in Telemark region, cooperates with local business community and develop study programmes in line with the needs of society. At The Department of Visual and Performing Arts Education in Campus Notodden there works ForEst - the aesthetic learning processes research group, which looks for new approaches to aesthetics, towards learning processes and art education.