Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB)

mission statement

Bergen Academy of Art and Design is a central arena for education and development in the fields of art and design. The institution shall cultivate new expressions in art and design, promote a high degree of competence and contribute to innovation and professional development. With a basis in a humanistic tradition, its paramount aims are academic and ethical integrity, freedom of expression and critical reflection.

international role

KHIB is one of two national colleges of art and design in Norway. The subject areas taught and researched are characterized by their international focus and orientation. As implied by these facts, international collaboration is of vital importance to the institution. Taking part in international co-operation is common throughout the institution also because a substantial number of staff and students are non-Norwegian. KHiB plays an active role in ELIA. The academy was from 2006-2010 the coordinating institution of KUNO, a Nordic-Baltic network for cooperation within Fine Art. KHiB is also active in the sister network Cirrus, which facilitates Nordic-Baltic cooperation within design and applied arts. Since 1992 KHiB has been active in the Erasmus programme.

national role

As a university college providing practice based education in art and design KHiB is dependent on collaboration with the professional world outside the institution. Solid relations with external partners, both private enterprises and public agencies, are established particularly within the design area. From 2007 a design incubator offers work places for five MA design graduates. The incubator project is financially supported by the municipality of Bergen.

main focus

Central aspects of the KHiB study programmes: • Interdisciplinary approach • Responsibility for one’s own learning • Individual development • Professional integrity • Social engagement • Practice-based education

faculties and departments

Department of DesignDepartment of Fine Art

bachelor level programs

BA programmes, all 3 years: 1. BA in Design 2. BA in Fine Art

master level programs

MA programmes, all 2 years: 1. MA in Design 2. MA in Fine Art For details, please have a look at our website

research activity and main areas

Research and development in art and design is a central, conspicuous and integrated aspect of KHiB’s efforts. The annual Sensuous Knowledge conference offers an international arena for debate on fundamental problems of artistic research and development.

doctorate level programs

Programme for Research Fellowships in the Arts (national programme parallel to academic PhD programmes, managed by KHiB).

subject areas for exchange students

Exchange applications may be submitted to most subject areas at Bergen National Academy of Art and Design (KHiB). For details, please have a look at our website.

application deadlines

1 April for the autumn semester 1 October for the spring semester

teaching languages

Norwegian and English

semester dates

Autumn semester: August – December Spring semester: January – May

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Appr. NOK 8000 (no tuition fee)
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