Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Faculty of Technology, Art and Design

mission statement

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is unique in a national context due to its wide range of professional programmes, its close ties with the respective fields of practice, and the opportunities it offers to specialise at both master’s degree and PhD levels. HiOA is well equipped to make important contributions to resolving the challenges faced by society. HiOA’s vision is “New knowledge, New Practice”. HiOA will create value for individuals and contribute to knowledge development in society as a whole. We will contribute to future welfare and value creation by educating practitioners with high levels of professional ability and high-impact skill sets, and facilitate lifelong learning by providing continuing and further education. We will develop relevant knowledge by researching problems within and between the professions and by developing new products and services. This will provide HiOA with good opportunity to influence welfare policy and to serve as an important contributor to policy making by decision-making bodies. Requirements for new knowledge and new services are at the crossroads between the established disciplines and the professions. There is a need to educate well-qualified, professional practitioners with sound professional knowledge and cooperative and change management skills. Through dialogue and cooperation between research, education, society, business and industry, results and expertise are shared and solutions are created for a continuously changing world. Close cooperation with the fields of practice will bring new knowledge and new practice into a world that is facing new challenges. Read more about HiOA's vision and values in the strategic plan for the period 2013-2020: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Om-HiOA/Strategier

international role

The Department of Art, Design and Drama and the Department of Product Design have more than 30 active agreements on the BA-level within the Erasmus programme. In addition, the departments benefit from several bilateral agreements made by HiOA with other non-EU universities and university colleges. The Department of Art, Design and Drama also participates in the Nordplus-programme, whilst the Department of Product Design is a member of Cirrus, a Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education. On the MA-level, the Department of Art, Design and Drama is currently working on internationalization options. The Master’s Degree Programme in Product Design is entirely taught in English. In addition, the department participates in an international Quota-programme with partner institutions in China and Ghana. Besides ordinary student and staff mobility, both departments have great focus on internationalization: Participation in international conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions is for instance a priority at the faculty. The Department of Product Design is a member of Nordcode, the Nordic network for research on communicative product design. The Department of Art, Design and Drama is a member of the Nordic-Baltic researchers network CAVIC (Contemporary Art and Visual Culture in Education). At the invitation of Design Research Society (DRS) and the Cumulus Association the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, organized the biennially DRS//Cumulus-conference in May 2013. It was the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers and the theme of the conference was Design Learning for Tomorrow - Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD. The conference had more than 260 participants from 43 countries and 165 papers where presented. Papers were chosen by a double blind peer review process from 225 full paper submissions. Researchers from more than 74 universities worked as reviewers. This was a truly international experience. The faculty and its departments had the full responsibility for the planning and implementation of the DRS//Cumulus-conference. You can read more about the conference here: http://www.hioa.no/eng/About-HiOA/Fakultet-for-teknologi-kunst-og-design/DRS-CUMULUS-Oslo-2013

national role

HiOA is the country's largest state university college with a student body of approximately 17 000 students and 1850 employees. Its education is based on strong traditions within professional education and applied research. The main emphasis is on programmes that qualify students for professions that will contribute to future welfare and value creation. HiOA provides education that qualifies students for employment in the health and social services, education, and public administration, media, design, arts, and for technical and business administrative positions in business and industry. The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design offers higher education and research and development activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The faculty educates product designers, teachers within design, arts and crafts, designers/product developers within fashion, mediators within arts and organisers of drama and theatre activities, engineers and computer scientists. The Faculty has approximately 2000 students and 220 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Akershus. HiOA provides one of the largest design education environments in Norway.

main focus

Department of Art, Design and Drama offers Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Art and Design, Teacher Education in Art and Design and Drama and Theatre Communication, in addition to a Master’s Degree Programme in Visual and Performing Arts and further and continuing education programmes. The Department also offers research and development activities within didactics related to art and design subjects and artistic research. Department of Product Design offers a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Product Design and a Master’s Degree Programme in Product Design (the language of instruction is English). The Department also offers research and development activities according to the department`s research programme “Product Design: Materiality, processes and the future environment”.

faculties and departments

Faculty of Technology, Art and Design • Department of Art, Design and Drama • Department of Product Design

bachelor level programs

All Bachelor’s Degree Programmes have a duration of 3 years: Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Art and Design Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Teacher Education in Art and Design Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Drama and Theatre Communication Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Product Design

master level programs

All Master’s Degree Programmes have a duration of 2 years: Master’s Degree Programme in Visual and Performing Arts Master’s Degree Programme in Product Design

research activity and main areas

Department of Art, Design and Drama: The Department of Art, Design and Drama emphasises R&D activities that are relevant to the education programmes offered by the department. Knowledge development at the department is affiliated with areas relating to subject didactics, theory and practice within art, design and drama. Educational Science and artistic research together constitute the majority of the research and development activities at the department. The department has two priority areas: • Design didactics (e.g. the research project Design Literacy) • Art and subject didactics related to art Department of Product Design: The department`s research programme for the period 2010-2015 is called Product Design: Materiality, processes and the future environment. The following topics are relevant: • Materials, concepts and environment • Methodology • User, designer and client perspectives • Aesthetic practice and cultural diversity The R&D commitment of the faculty staff focuses on process and method, artistic research and aesthetics. Specific research projects could relate to: • Systems and product development promoting sustainable products • The relation between sensory experience and concept development in the design process • Aesthetic practice as a factor in creating communication and meaning • Design as a focus area in a health professions context Details: http://www.hioa.no/Forskning/Hva-forsker-vi-paa/Forskning-og-utvikling-ved-Fakultet-for-teknologi-kunst-og-design/FoU-program-produktdesign-engelsk

subject areas for exchange students

Department of Art, Design and Drama: • Art and Design 2: In depth study Art and Dissemination or Fashion and Production (BA-level) • Teacher Training in Art and Design 3 (BA-level) Department of Product Design: Bachelor’s degree programme: The curriculum is designed to accommodate student exchange schemes in the fourth and fifth semesters: • BAPD2200 Communication and Presentation and BAPD2300 Product Aesthetics and Cultural Understanding (fourth semester) • BAPD3100 Product Design Specialization and BAPD3000 Dynamic Project Management (fifth semester) Master’s degree programme: On request

application deadlines

Application deadline for applicants from the EU/EEA-area and the Nordic countries: • Spring semester: 1 October • Autumn semester: 15 April Application deadline for applicants from outside the EU/EEA-area and the Nordic countries: • Spring semester: 1 October • Autumn semester: 1 February Details: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Programmes/Admission/Admission-requirements-for-international-students

teaching languages

Department of Art, Design and Drama: BA in Art and Design: Norwegian BA in Teacher Education in Art and Design: Norwegian Course: Art and Design 2: Partly taught in English Course: Teacher Training in Art and Design 3: Partly taught in English Department of Product Design: BA in Product Design: Norwegian, though courses in the fourth and fifth semester can be adjusted to exchange students and be partly taught in English (see above) MA in Product Design: Taught entirely in English

semester dates

Autumn Semester: Mid-August to end of December Spring Semester: Beginning of January to Mid-June

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approximately NOK 9 000,- per month (no tuition fee)

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