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A fashion and costume design student at her place of work. Photo: Live Schille
A fashion and costume design student at her place of work. Photo: Live Schille


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

Se intervju med Emmanuel Prempeh som forteller hvordan det er å studere ved avdeling design.

Study programmes

Artistic research

The discipline of design

At the Design Department we recognize that the field of design is constantly developing, and the focus is currently shifting from the traditional technical, consuming concerns to social and cultural aspects. This shift has implications on the discipline of design and how it manifests itself in our contemporary society.

We therefore see a need for forms of investigation that encompass; experimental outlooks, and reflective and critical thinking, value creation and sustainability.

The Design Department values and celebrates plurality and difference in backgrounds, genders and generations and we see these differences as contributing and locating research within the spectrum of social values and their respective cultural contributions.

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