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Bachelorstudent Kaja Josefine Larsens avgangsprosjekt 2019. I prosjektet utforsket hun hvordan visualisere virkelighetsflukt gjennom realistisk 3D-design. Foto: Hanna Jordan
Bachelorstudent Kaja Josefine Larsens avgangsprosjekt 2019. I prosjektet utforsket hun hvordan visualisere virkelighetsflukt gjennom realistisk 3D-design. Foto: Hanna Jordan

Bachelor’s in graphic design and illustration

The Design department offers a professionally oriented, three-year Bachelor’s programme in graphic design and illustration. 

Study programme title
Bachelor’s in graphic design and illustration
Study programme code
Nominal length of study
3 years full-time
Language of instruction
Application deadline
02 April 2024

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 project sites that presents students’ work and projects.


Curriculum not available in English. Language of instruction is Norwegian.

Course Structure

Course code Course name ECTS Credits
DE302 Art and Design Theory 2 5
DE303 Art and Design Theory 3 5
GI301 Graphic design 5: Book 10
GI302 Illustration 5: Picture Book 10
GI308 Type Project 5
GI309 Portfolio 5
GI350 Bachelor project 20


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor’s in graphic design and illustration:


The application deadline was 02 April 2024. New application deadlines are announced early in the Autumn Semester.

About the Design department

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.

Read more about the department's staff and research focus