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Product Design

The knowledge, skills and general competence that you develop through this study programme prepare you for working life as a design professional in a wide variety of positions. Many graduates establish their own business, and the study programme also acts as a stepping stone to further studies at PhD level.

Aims and contents

The programme focuses on empowering students by combining theoretical and practical knowledge. Through learning activities, students acquire skills to make the choices necessary for the creation of high-quality products.

More about aims and contents.

An essential component of the programme is sustainable development, and the subject areas covered include design methodology, strategic design, product and material communication, market analysis and innovation. Practical training is an important part of the study programme. Course overview Programme plan Brochure about master's degree programmes taught in English



Application deadline

1 March for applicants from the European Union / European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and Switzerland. Applications accepted from 1 January. The deadline for uploading portfolio and letter of motivation is 15 March.

15 December for applicants from the rest of the world. Applications accepted from 15 October. This deadline also applies to non-EU/EEA citizens residing in Norway.

Admission requirements

  • A portfolio consisting of products / documentation and a letter of motivation. The portfolio must demonstrate skills of visualisation and form development in a creative design process, the ability to define and analyse a design problem, general competence in using design methodology and design thinking, and the ability to demonstrate different holistic design solutions to a problem.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent including in-depth study of subjects, topics or topic groups equivalent to at least 80 ECTS credits within the field of design. This may include product design, industrial design, service design, interaction design, furniture and interior design, design-oriented anthropology, universal design / inclusive design, medical / health design, game design, material culture and experimentation, or consumption and consumer behaviour.
  • Average grade no lower than C according to the ECTS grading scale.
  • Proof of English proficiency, at least a grade of 4 from Norwegian High School, or similar

All requirements must be fulfilled in order for the applicant to be considered for admission. 

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Programme structure and course descriptions

The first and second semester consist of compulsory courses. The third semester consists of two compulsory courses and one elective course. During the fourth semester the student will work on his/her Master’s Project.

2. year

3. semester
Strategies in Product Communication
Technology, Innovation and Product Development

Programme information


Master's programme in Product Design August 120 2 years, full time Kjeller, Skedsmo English 28 Semester fee: NOK 860
Materials fees: NOK 2 000
Both fees are to be paid each semester.

More about the programme

You can get more information about being a HiOA student at  student.hioa.no

Contact us

Academic coordinator: Torgrim Eggen Administrative coordinator: Magne Askerøi Moe

Bilde av en lampe som er designet av en produktdesignstudent.

Career opportunities

After completing this Master's Degree, students are qualified to work with design in a range of different fields.

More about career opportunities

Product designers are sought after for a wide range of positions both in the public and private sector nationally and internationally. Establishing a business, or progressing to PhD studies are also alternatives after graduation.

Bilde av en sløydsal - eller arbeidsplass - hvor produktdesignstudenter arbeider.
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