About the Department of Design
Our study programme offers the highest educational level in its field in Norway and qualifies to apply for admission as a research fellow at the PhD level.
As a student at the Department of Design you will learn far more than to develop well-designed and functional products. Forward-looking design is also about creating change, realising potential and making a difference. Tomorrow’s designers are as much creators of possibilities as they are designers, as much problem analysts as problem solvers. Together with our students we address both major and minor design issues and come up with good and bold suggestions for answers through research and experimentation. By alternating between creation and reflection, question and comment, students develop new insights and are encouraged to challenge established truths.
Our academic staff and students come from different international backgrounds. We cooperate with other leading design institutes and regularly attend international design conferences and exhibitions all around the world.
At the same time, the department is firmly rooted in the rugged country of Norway’s west coast and influenced by access to local natural resources.
The department fosters a culture of generosity and sharing. A living environment for design relies on everyone’s courage and willingness to experiment. Student projects are highlighted through joint exhibitions and reviews. Much of the time you will be on your way toward something, and there is plenty of room for trial and error.
We look at new students as creative human beings who come to us with their unique experiences and aspirations. Perhaps you would like to work across design disciplines or link design to other subject areas? Or would you like to specialise in a particular design area? Already during your bachelor’s studies you can work out an individual education plan. We want to send you out into the world with a well-developed ability to create, reflect and contribute to society with qualified opinions and good design solutions.