Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design

Master's Programme in Design

Application deadline is 1 February. You can register your application starting 1 December.

The Master’s Programme in Design is an interdisciplinary study programme that allows design students to immerse themselves more deeply in a self-chosen topic.

Your application to the programme consists of a description of your future master’s project at the department. This consists of a more extensive, independent and experimental design project you will work with throughout the two years until your final exam.

An essential part of the MA curriculum is based on professional dialogue and discussions with other design students and tutors. You will also be introduced to new and stimulating professional meeting places, and you will often work across established professional boundaries.

Your daily life as an MA student consists of independent work and work in smaller groups, lectures, courses and workshops. The Department of Design admits a small group of master’s students every year, allowing for close contact between academic staff and students.

Periodically, you will present your project orally and in writing, and learn how to convincingly talk and write about your work. Exhibitions will be held in connection with semester assessments. Here you will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in visual and oral communication.

Your studies will allow you to explore the role of designer. You will also gain important experience in what creates momentum and brings creativity to project collaborations with other designers and design users. This helps you lay the foundation for managing larger design projects.

Our Master’s Programme in Design has an international profile. The language of instruction is English and the student body is composed of different nationalities. As a master’s student you have a good chance of entering an exchange student programme, also to institutions abroad. Since the exchange programme is an integrated part of your studies, you will not be delayed in your study progress.

The study programme concludes with a larger public exhibition.


Admission process

  1. Application deadline:
  2. Application and portfolio assessment:
  3. Invitation to interview:
  4. Interview:
  5. Offer of admission published in Søknadsweb:

See bottom of page under "Application status" for more details about the admission process.


Admission requirements

Before you start your application for admission, please check that you have the required academic background. Only applicants who meet the admission requirements can be qualified. If you are not qualified your application will be rejected. 

Admission to The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design and the University of Bergen is highly competitive.


  1. You must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Design or equivalent. Find specific requirements for your home country in our country list.
  2. You must document your English language proficiency, see below for details.

Language requirement

Applicants who are not native English speakers must document their proficiency in English by taking an internationally recognised English test.

Schedule your test early enough for the results to reach us within the application deadline 1 February.

See how to document your proficiency in English

Applicants from some English-speaking African countries, and applicants with a degree taught in English from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East are not exempt from submitting an English language test.

Information about exemptions.


Application requirements

Deadline for registering your application for entry to the programme in August 2020 is 1 February 2020. The application form will be open from 1 December.

The Master's Programme in Design requires a Bachelor Degree in Design or equivalent education corresponding to 180 ECTS credits. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of submitted documentation of relevant artistic production (portfolio), written Letter of Motivation, and an interview.

Application form

In the application form you fill in all the necessary information, as well as upload all the required documentation, your portfolio and letter of motivation.

Portfolio and Project Description

Portfolio and Project Description requirements are outlined below.


  1. Portfolio 
  2. Project Description.
  3. CV showing your educational background.
  4. Secondary School certificate.
  5. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale documenting your Bachelor's Degree in Design.
  6. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
  7. Documentation of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers).
  8. Copy of your passport or picture ID including full name, date of birth and gender.

    Additional requirement for applicants from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA:
  9. Documentation of sufficient funding to obtain a residence permit for studies. Required amount for 2019/2020 was NOK 121.220. How to document funds:
    • You will need a confirmation receipt from UiB as documentation.
      • Transfer the required amount to Sammen's deposit account
      • UiB will send you a confirmation receipt by email as soon as possible after your transfer
      • Submit the receipt with your application for a study permit.
    • Only transfer money after you have received your Letter of Acceptance.

If you complete your bachelor's degree in the spring 2020 you must also upload

  • Your higher education completed to date.
  • A list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion.

Document requirements

  • We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
  • If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of a translation to one of these languages must accompany certified copies of your documents in the original language.
  • The documents must be uploaded as PDF's of good quality.



You upload your portfolio in your application on Søknadsweb. Your portfolio must include documentation of relevant design production that demonstrates your academic qualifications for carrying out an independent MA project.

Your portfolio must consist of 6-10 works you find to be relevant for you application to the programme. It must show a variation between sketches and completed works as we will want to see your work processes.

Your portfolio may contain works in any media you choose, i.e. video, web page or app. Should you wish to present a video, web page or app as part of your portfolio, these must be represented as screenshots in your portfolio along with text and functioning link to the specific webpages where they can be seen. Your portfolio must appear as one document with multiple pages.

Technical specifications for your portfolio:

  • File format: PDF
  • Physical format PDF: Landscape orientation A3 (420 x 297mm)
  • Maximum size: 250 MB
  • Name your file as follows: last name_first name_portfolio.pdf

If you encounter problems uploading to Søknadsweb, you may also send us your portfolio via WeTransfer or similar service.
Links for file sharing are sent to admission@kmd.uib.no.


Project Description

Your Project Description should not exceed 2 pages. The description must show:

  • Which subject area you are applying for admission to: Visual Communications or Furniture and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture.
  • The aim and problems to be discussed in the project.
  • The theme and area of artistic/design investigation proposed for the MA project.
  • Your motivation to fulfill the project and the relevance for the society.
  • How you are going to perform and present the project.



The interviews will take place at the Department of Design. We advise all applicants to the Master’s programme in Design to meet in person for the interview.

  • Applicants residing in Europe will be expected to meet in person for the interview.
  • Applicants residing outside Europe may request to have the interview conducted via Skype or equivalent.

An invitation to the interview will be sent to the applicants registered e-mail address. You will be required to respond to the invitation as indicated in the letter.


Application status

Your application status on Søknadsweb will be Under consideration until we have finished the processing.

Applicants completing their Bachelor's degree in Spring 2020 will, if successful, receive a conditional offer of admission.

Applicants whose applications are rejected during the assessment will only be notified through Søknadsweb.


Application procedures


Application period: You can change your application and upload new documents until the deadline 1 February.


Registration period: We check that the applications are complete and meet the formal requirements.


Portfolio assessment: Complete applications will have their portfolio assessed by the relevant jury.


Invitation to interview: All applicants with an approved portfolio will receive an invitation to the interview as part of the admission process to the programme.


Interview: All interviews are conducted during the same week. All approved applications including the jury’s recommendations will be presented to the Department Head.


Offer of admission: Applicants who are offered admission to the Master’s Programme in Fine Art will have the result published in Søknadsweb. You will also be notified by e-mail.


Offer of admission: Applicants with an offer of admission or a place on the waiting list must accept the offer in Søknadsweb.


Rejections: Applicants whose application has been declined will only receive notification in Søknadsweb.


Student housing: Apply for student housing as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.


Deposit money: All non-EU/EEA/EFTA applicants must deposit the required amount to SiB’s Deposit Account for International Students in order to obtain a residence permit for studies.


Residence permit: Apply for a residence permit for studies.