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Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Department of Design

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Mission Statement

Department of Design is part of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a national centre for innovation and development within design, visual art, theatre, dance and opera. The department is dedicated to producing design solutions within Norway's public, social, commercial, artistic and cultural life, as well as educating competent and inspired designers who may bring new thoughts and visions to society.

International Role

The Department of Design has bilateral agreements with 22 universities within the Erasmus framework, and the faculty is active in the Nordic/Baltic Cirrus network. Many of our teachers participate in international conferences yearly and they also go on teacher exchange to our partner schools. The Department of Design is active in Predesign, which is a sub-network of Cumulus.

National Role

The Department of Design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts collaborates with the Norwegian School of Management with regard to business and entrepreneurial skills. Research projects are run together with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Oslo University College. The Department is active in incubators, institutes and organisations promoting and linking the education and the professional life. Each year the Department is present at Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Department collaborates with the furniture industry with regard to design and development. At the end of each study-year the students exhibit their work at the Norwegian Architecture and Design Centre (DogA).

Main Focus

1. The Department of Design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, shall be understood to be the strongest design education in Norway, and it should thoroughly equal design schools in the Nordic-Baltic countries and Europe. 2. The Department of Design shall be a creative, active and positive work place that supports cooperation and healthy competition among its students and staff. 3. The Department of Design builds upon its almost 200 year tradition of workshop and craftsmanship while strengthening the analytical and creative elements in the education. 4. The Department of Design aims to be central in the future of the organization, promoting interdisciplinary activity working with all the other specializations at the Faculties of visual arts and performing arts. 5. The Department of Design shall be attractive for other education and research institutions in the world as a partner by promoting openness towards others. 6. The Department of Design aims to be an active player in the design culture of Oslo, to be part of the society and not separated from it in an isolated position. 7. The Department of Design aims to be proactive in the international design networks by taking part in projects, exhibitions, networks and inviting outside teachers and students. 8. The Department of Design will operate closely with the professional bodies representing designers, nationally and internationally. 9. The people in the Department of Design want through their work to bring about a strategic change to elements in society, in order to deliver a sustainable quality of life and economic happiness. 10. The Department of Design aims to be punctual and clear to students about tasks and what is expected from them.

Faculties and Departments

Department of Design

Bachelor Level Programs

BA Visual Communication- 3 years BA Interior Architecture and Furniture Design- 3 years BA Fashion Design and Costume Design- 3 years

Master Level Programs

MA Design- 2 years

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

All listed subject areas

Application Deadlines

April 1st and November 1st

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Spring semester: Primo January till medio June Autumn semester: Medio August till ultimo December

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

The cost of living is quite high in Norway. The monthly expenses are approximately NOK 8000 which include materials, rent and transportation. No tuition fees are asked from any student.


Bachelor: 97
Master: 40
Doctorate: 1

Exchange Students

Incoming: 6
Outgoing: 8

Teaching Staff

Professors: 7
Lectures: 13
Other permanent teachers: 5
Part-time Teachers: 120

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