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. One of these is Socially Responsive Design.

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 Master’s programme in graphic design and illustration explores and discusses the possibilities and potential of this artistic field. The programme 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 programme encourages perspectives that challenge the discipline and have the potential to reshape the discourse around this field of specialisation.

Fashion design and costume design

The Master’s programme 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 Master’s programme, 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 Master’s programme 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 programme 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

Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

Bachelor’s in graphic design and illustration

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. The entrance exam is in two parts and may include an interview.

Application deadline: 1 April

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Bachelor’s in fashion design and costume design

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

The entrance exam is in two parts and may include an interview.

Application deadline: 1 April

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Bachelor’s in interior design and furniture design

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

The entrance exam is in two parts and may include an interview.

Application deadline: 1 April

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Master’s in design

This programme caters to students who wish to further develop their subject-specific skills through a period of professionally oriented and specialised study or a course that prepares them for research work in the respective field of design specialisation.

Admission to the Master’s programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) in design or an equivalent education where at least 120 ECTS were earned for design subjects of relevance to the intended specialisation at Master’s level. Applicants with lower design/design-related qualifications may also apply, provided they can document practical experience of equivalent scope and quality in the field of the intended specialisation.

All applicants must demonstrate a good knowledge of English.

The application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A written justification for the choice of specialisation: interior design, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, fashion design or costume design.
  • A written description of and justification for the independent Master’s project the applicant intends to work on during the study period.
  • A portfolio containing visual and written documentation of previous work within the intended specialisation and which documents basic abilities and interests of relevance to the theme of the proposed Master’s project.

An overall assessment of each applicant is made, placing particular emphasis on development potential in the design field.

The admissions procedure places particular emphasis on:

  • previous education and experience.
  • background within the intended specialisation as a basis for development of the proposed Master’s project.
  • ability to identify, formulate and define a project topic and to justify its relevance within the field.

The applicant may be called for an interview.

Application deadline: 1 February: Download application attachment

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.

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