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En kles- og kostymedesignstudent i arbeid på verkstedet. Foto: Live Schille.
En kles- og kostymedesignstudent i arbeid på verkstedet. Foto: Live Schille.

Bachelor’s in clothing design and costume design

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

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

The specialisation in clothing 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 clothing 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 Designavgang: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011


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

Course Structure

Course code Course name Optional? ECTS Credits
KK202 Costume- and Concept Development Yes 10
KK203 Knitwear and Collection Development Yes 10
KK201 Materials and transformation No 15
DE204 Art and Design History 2 No 5
KK204 Placement/professional practice No 10
KK205 Perspective and Identity No 15
DE201 Art and Design Theory 1 No 5
Course code Course name Optional? ECTS Credits
KK301 Klær i kontekst Yes 15
KK302 Costume design project Yes 15
KK303 Individual project No 10
DE302 Art and Design Theory 2 No 5
KK304 Professional practice and communication No 5
DE303 Art and Design Theory 3 No 5
KK350 Bachelor project No 20


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor’s in clothing design and costume design:


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