Design

The Design department offers both Master’s and Bachelor’s programmes in graphic design, illustration, fashion design, costume design, interior design and furniture design.

The department has excellent workshop facilities, and its small classes are highly conducive to training independently-minded practitioners who do not simply regurgitate the academic discourse, but rather challenge it in ways that develop their discipline and society as a whole. This is an important role for a public institution in an educational landscape where the number of design courses is constantly growing.

The Design department started life as Statens håndverks- og industriskole (Oslo National College of Art and Design) (SHKS), founded in 1818. The department is constantly seeking to develop the legacy and craft traditions of the SHKS, and regards its various workshop facilities as central to this effort.

Bachelor’s in graphic design and illustration

The Design department offers a professionally oriented, three-year Bachelor’s programme in graphic design and illustration. The department regards graphic design and illustration as a single artistic practice. The two disciplines are united by the humanistic tradition, with both owing their origins to the invention of the printing press. As a consequence of this perspective, all aspects of the programme relate in one way or another to publishing and mass media. In association with the printed word, graphic design and illustration have played a key role in fostering society’s potential for critical thought. In contemporary society, the image is assuming ever greater importance. Graphic design and illustration are all about shaping society’s visual perceptions.

This specialisation runs a blog that presents students’ work and projects.

Bachelor’s in fashion design and costume design

The Design department offers a professionally oriented, three-year Bachelor’s programme in fashion design and costume design. During their studies, students choose one of these two fields as a specialisation.

The specialisation in fashion design provides the foundation for professional practice. The programme uses a forward-looking approach that explores both the cultural and the commercial aspects of clothing as a form of temporal and social expression. The programme has the ambition to set a benchmark in fashion education.

The specialisation in costume design provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to design costumes for theatre, dance, opera, television and film. The programme emphasises the combining of technique, form, material and concept in a single creative process. The course involves close cooperation with the departments of theatre, opera and dance.

The Bachelor’s programme in fashion and costume design builds on subject-relevant traditions, and involves the interdisciplinary integration of humanistic, aesthetic, technological, scientific and commercial subjects. Close attention is paid to society’s needs for various design services, sustainable development and commercial design.

See the curriculum here.

Bachelor’s in interior architecture and furniture design

The Department of Design offers a professionally oriented, three-year Bachelor’s programme in interior architecture and furniture design.

We apply a practical approach to teaching, emphasising experimentation in the department’s well-equipped workshops. We are proud to be part of Norway’s largest art college, where opportunities to cooperate with other disciplines encourage academic and critical debate about themes of local and global relevance.

We define an interior as a social space that reflects cultural and social circumstances, and furniture as objects and artefacts in relation to such spaces. Focusing on our common future, the programme encourages the critical study of constructed environments.

Theory and method are well integrated in the programme. There is an emphasis on entrepreneurship and cooperation with industry so as to offer the best possible preparation for activity in the professional sector. The Bachelor’s programme provides the basis for our attractive Master’s degree in design, with specialisation in interior design and furniture design.

The programme has good links to an international network, allowing opportunities for student exchanges to some of the world’s leading design schools.

The programme runs a project blog showing work by students. Please visit www.livespace.no

Master’s in design

The Master’s programme in design is a two-year professionally oriented specialisation in one of the design department’s subject areas:

  • graphic design and illustration
  • fashion design and costume design
  • interior design and furniture design

Work in the area of specialisation constitutes the main part of the course. Another integral component of the programme is the study of theory and methodology relevant to all the above specialisations.

The Master’s programme in design is experimental and research oriented. The training aims to educate independent, creative and critically-minded practitioners who are equipped to meet society’s needs for relevant and innovative design solutions, forms of expression and ways of working.

Rooted in a humanistic tradition of art education, the programme emphasises solutions that contribute to diversity and quality in society on both the local and global levels.

The Master’s programme in design is project-based and emphasises professional practice and critical reflection. It is committed to transparent and experimental design processes that integrate with the department’s design-relevant research and development work.

Graphic design and illustration

The specialisation in graphic design and illustration explores and discusses the possibilities and potential of this artistic field. The specialisation employs an experimental approach, with a focus on practical projects and subject-relevant reflection. Students are expected to show a high degree of academic independence. They are given time to do research using both their own and standard academic approaches, and receive feedback from the staff and fellow students. The specialisation encourages perspectives that challenge the discipline and have the potential to reshape the discourse around this field of specialisation.

This specialisation runs a blog that presents students’ work and projects.

Fashion design and costume design

The specialisation in fashion and costume design provides knowledge about the design of garments that meet the needs of various end users, from one-off theatre costumes to more widely used articles, considered in the social and cultural contexts. In the specialisation, students generally focus on either fashion design or costume design. Each area offers scope for specialised studies on a variety of themes that require expert supervision.

Interior design and furniture design

This specialisation uses an artistic approach to the design of interior spaces and furniture. The student’s own expertise, experience and intuition form the basis for the development of a personal, experimental and critical approach. The specialisation emphasises independent project development, critical thinking, empathy, social awareness and a conceptual mind-set that seeks to serve and challenge society in new ways. Within the framework of individual projects, the student can explore boundary-breaking and interdisciplinary approaches by cooperating with students from the Academy’s various design, art and performing arts disciplines. The Academy has a full-scale Space Lab, advanced digital facilities and material-based workshops.

For project and student works, please visit livespace.no

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s Programme in Graphic Design and Illustration

Application deadline: 1 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme is taught in Norwegian, please see the information about the application process and the entrance exams on the Norwegian website about admissions.

Admission is based on general admission eligibility and satisfactory results in an entrance exam. The requirement for general admission eligibility can be waived in the case of applicants who can demonstrate exceptional skills. In the admission process, particular emphasis is placed on the applicants’ design and illustration aptitude, sense of form, and capacity for critical reflection.

An overall assessment of each applicant is made, placing particular emphasis on development potential in the design field, ability, ambition and skills in graphic design and illustration. 

Bachelor’s Programme in Fashion Design and Costume Design

Application deadline: 1 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme is taught in Norwegian, please see the information about the application process and the entrance exams on the Norwegian website about admissions.

Admission is based on general admission eligibility and satisfactory results in an entrance exam. The requirement for general admission eligibility can be waived in the case of applicants who demonstrate exceptional skills.

An overall assessment of each applicant is made, placing particular emphasis on:

  • development potential in the design field
  • sensitivity to materials and three-dimensional forms
  • curiosity, commitment and a capacity for critical reflection
  • capacity for visual expression
  • independence and good cooperation skills
  • rich creativity

Bachelor’s Programme in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design

Application deadline: 1 April 2019 (23:59 CET)

Since this programme is taught in Norwegian, please see the information about the application process and the entrance exams on the Norwegian website about admissions.

Admission is based on general admission eligibility and satisfactory results in an entrance exam. The requirement for general admission eligibility can be waived in the case of applicants who demonstrate exceptional skills.

The admissions procedure places particular emphasis on:

  • three-dimensional imagination
  • independence and originality
  • problem-solving skills
  • ability to visualise one’s own ideas
  • thoughtful and reflected use of language
  • variation in the use of techniques and forms of expression
  • extra-curricular and interdisciplinary interests

Master’s Programme in Design

Application deadline for entry in Auugust 2019 is 1 February. 

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in performing arts, visual art, architecture or design is eligible to seek enrolment in the study programme.

The target group for the study programme consists of applicants who want to develop expertise in one of the specified areas of specialization, and who want to situate their practice in wider disciplinary and sociocultural contexts.

The master programme builds on a three-year bachelor’s degree in design (180 credits), or an equivalent education that includes design studies of at least 120 credits relevant to the area of specialization for which the applicant applies. Applicants with less than 120 credits in relevant bachelor-level subjects can also apply for admission if they document that their practical experience gives them an equivalent scope and level relative to the specialization for which they apply.

The programme is open to students who only master English at the time of application. Languages of instruction and teaching are Norwegian and English. The study programme is designed for students who only master English, such that all courses and electives can be completed without the student mastering Norwegian.

The application must include following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter explaining the applicant's motivation for applying 
  • A portfolio containing works relevant to the chosen area of specialization

Applicants will be evaluated based on their:

  • previous education and experience.
  • professional level and potential for development
  • motivation for enrolling in the study programme

Applicants may be summoned to an interview.

How to apply (Application Portal "SøknadsWeb is opened from 01 December)
  1. Read through the Application Guidelines (published by 1 December)
  2. Read through the guidelines for the Application Portal “SøknadsWeb"
  3. Register your application on the Applicant Portal “Søknadsweb”.
  4. Upload required documents.

Contact: postmottak@khio.no. Please write following in the field of subject: "Admission & study programme of your interest"

Documents you must upload (Entry requirements)

For the application to be complete, it is required that you upload a set of documents.

The total size of uploaded files may not exceed 100 MB.

Documents Comments

Documentation of bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)

Diploma-bachelor.pdf (max. 15 MB)

The master programme builds on a three-year bachelor’s degree in design (180 credits), or an equivalent education that includes design studies of at least 120 credits relevant to the area of specialization for which the applicant applies.

Applicants with less than 120 credits in relevant bachelor-level subjects can also apply for admission if they document that their practical experience gives them an equivalent scope and level relative to the specialization for which they apply.

If you complete your bachelor’s degree during the year of application, you must also upload a transcript of records showing how far you have progressed in your programme of study.

In addition, you must submit by email a scanned copy of your diploma once you obtain your degree no later than July 1st. If we do not receive such confirmation, any admission to the programme will be revoked and reassigned to a qualified applicant.

Applicants with non-Norwegian educational background have to submit certified copies of transcripts. These copies must be translated into Norwegian or English.

Proof of Proficiency in English

English.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

All applicants must be proficient in English.

Applicants with educational background from either outside of the Nordic countries or from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency by passing the TOEFL- test (minimum score of 500), http://www.ets.org/ toefl , or the IELTS, http://www.ielts.or g/ , test (minimum score of 5.0). Alternatively, with a high school transcript showing the completion of a minimum of 7 years of study of English as primary foreign language.

Applicants may demonstrate proficiency in English in other ways than mentioned above.

Curriculum Vitae

CV.pdf
(max. 15 MB)

Relevant education, practice

Motivation letter

Lastname_Firstname_Motivation_letter.pdf

Please state who you are and why you apply for the master’s programme in design.

Describe your

  • motivation.
  • aims.
  • expectations for your studies at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Max. 600 words

Portfolio

Lastname_Firstname_portfolio
(max. 15 MB)

The portfolio should consist of at least 5 and no more than 10 different examples of personal work/projects presented. It is an advantage that these works collectively represent your abilities and skills.

Your portfolio must appear as one document with multiple pages.

Your portfolio may contain works in any media you choose, i.e. video, web page or app. Should you wish to present a video, web page or app as part of your portfolio, these must be represented as screenshots in your portfolio along with text and functioning link to the specific webpages where they can be seen.

Copy of your passport

passport.pdf (max. 15 MB)

Copy of your passport including full name, date of birth, etc.
Interview

Applicants may be asked to attend an interview where they will be given the opportunity to clarify the application and their motivation for applying.

The interviews will take place at the Department of Design. We advise all applicants to the Master’s programme in Design to meet in person for the interview.

Applicants residing outside Norway may request to have the interview conducted via Skype of equivalent.

An invitation to the interview will be sent to the applicants registered e-mail address. You will be required to respond to the invitation as indicated in the e-mail.

Application Status

Your application status on Søknadsweb will be Under consideration until we have finished the processing.

Applicants completing their Bachelor's degree in Spring 2019 will, if successful, receive a conditional offer of admission.

Application procedures
01 December – 01 February Application period You can change your application and upload new documents until the deadline February 1st.
01 February –15 February Registration period
We check that the applications are complete and meet the formal requirements.
15 February –28 February Portfolio assessment Complete applications will have their portfolio assessed by the jury.
Week 9 Invitation to interview Applicants with an approved portfolio will receive an invitation to the interview as part of the admission process to the programme.
05/06/07 & 19 March Interview All interviews are conducted during the same week.
Week 13 Offer of admission Applicants who are offered admission to the Master’s programme in Design will have the result published in SøknadsWeb. You will also be notified by e-mail.
Offer of admission Applicants with an offer of admission or a place on the waiting list must accept or decline the offer in SøknadsWeb.
Rejections Applicants whose applications has been declined will only receive notification inSøknadsWeb.
Student Housing Apply for student housing (sio.no) as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.
Deposit money All non-EU/EEA/EFTA applicants must deposit the required amount toKHiO’saccount in order to obtain a residence permit for studies.
Residence permit Apply for a residence permit for studies.

Student exchange

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.

Students

Note that the class lists are for the 2017/2018 academic year. The overview will be updated after the semester fee deadline has passed, and new class lists for the 2018/2019 academic year will be published at the end of September.

Staff