Norwegian version

Practice Oriented Systemic Design

Continuing education

Learn how to design concepts for and in complex situations! In this course, you will be challenged to take a role as a practice oriented systemic designer. Systems and game theory provide you with methods to change and develop services, strategies, practice and thinking. The course is a collaboration between Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway and L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France.

  • Admission requirements

    Target group and admission requirements:

    We welcome candidates from a wide range of professional backgrounds. This course aims to provide greater understanding and skills in dealing with complexity in different fields of development within public and private sector, industry, and NGOs.

    To apply for this course you need:

    • A bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent degree.
    • CV
    • A letter that outlines your motivation for applying for the course, and how you think this might benefit your professional practice.
  • How to apply

    Application deadline: 1 December

    You apply via Søknadsweb (, where you fill in your details and upload all the required documents.

    Please note this course will only run subject to receiving a sufficient number of qualified applicants.

    Changes due to the pandemic situation might occur. 

  • Costs

    Tuition fee of NOK 26 000 + semester fee.

    In addition, there will be expenses for a possible stay at the partner institutions (travel and accommodation).

  • Content

    Teaching and learning methods

    The course consists of four weeks with workshops whereof two weeks with hybrid and two weeks with digital attendance. You will also be offered weekly digital tutoring sessions. 

    The participants will be encouraged to work with cases from their own professional working life in groups. 

    Learning outcomes

    After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved advanced level in the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


    The student will attain knowledge within:

    • general systems theory
    • cybernetic and communication theory
    • system dynamics and analysis
    • game dynamics in systems
    • methods for data gathering in complex settings (visual interviewing, design probes and play probes, co-design, among others)
    • experimentation in systems


    The student is capable of:

    • describing and identifying exceedingly complex contexts
    • creating systems-maps
    • performing system analyses
    • utilizing methods for data gathering, sharing, cooperation, analysis, and documentation: visual interviewing, design probing, play probing, co-design, feministic design, auto-ethnographical research, mapping workshops, and analysis of relations, patterns, causality, stakeholders, systems dynamics
    • documenting findings in co-created visualizations
    • creating strategies and interventions for change in private and public sector

    General competence

    The student attains advanced competence in systemic design by:

    • developing the ability to understand and handle complexity and systems thinking in design processes
    • holistic thinking and understanding of design projects in relation to sustainability and global megatrends
    • communication and cooperation by visualization
  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (

  • Group sessions Spring 2022

    The course consists of four weeks with workshops. You will be invited to participate in a joint workshop at OsloMet, Kjeller campus and a joint workshop at the design school in Nantes, France. Those are physical workshops that will be turned into hybrid sessions in case some students won’t be able to attend physically. The two other workshops will be on digital platforms only. You will also be offered weekly digital tutoring sessions. 

    We strongly recommend attending the joint physical workshops, respectively carried out at OsloMet and in Nantes, in person. This will provide the best learning outcome and study environment. Yet physical attendance is not mandatory, and the students can choose to participate digitally from home instead. 

    NB! OsloMet is monitoring the development of the pandemic situation closely and will make adjustments if necessary, regarding the planned physical meetings. 

    The schedule for next year (spring 2022) will most likely be similar to this year's schedule (spring 2021) as shown beneath. The final schedule for 2022 will be published this autumn.  

    Information regarding the last course running in the spring semester 2021. 

    Group sessions Spring 2021


    Information meeting for Norwegian students and staff – arranged on digital media: 10 February, 14:00-15:30

    March, Week 9

    Workshop I, Systemic Design – arranged on digital media *

    • 1 March, 09:00-17:00
    • 2 March, 14:00-17:00
    • 3 March, 09:00-17:00
    • 5 March, 09:00-17:00

    March, Week 10

    Tutoring: 10 March, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    March, Week 11

    Workshop II, From data to action – arranged on digital media

    • 16 March, 14:00-17:00
    • 17 March, 14:00-17:00
    • 18 March, 14:00-17:00
    • 19 March, 14:00-17:00

    March, Week 12

    Tutoring: 26 March, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    April, Week 14

    Tutoring: 7 April, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    April, Week 15

    Workshop III, Game Dynamics in Systems – arranged on digital media*

    • 13 April, 09:00-17:00
    • 14 April, 14:00-17:00
    • 16 April, 09:00-17:00

    April, Week 16

    Tutoring: 23 April, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    May, Week 18

    Workshop IV, Implementation – arranged on digital media

    • 3 May, 09:00-17:00
    • 4 May, 14:00-17:00
    • 5 May, 14:00-17:00
    • 6 May, 09:00-17:00
    • 7 May, 14:00-17:00

    May, Week 19

    Tutoring: 12 May, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    May, Week 21

    Tutoring: 26 May, 14:00-17:00 – arranged on digital media

    Final turn in: 10 June 2021

    Systems Maps (visual map) + additional movie or animation

    *The intention was to arrange physical joint meetings with Norwegian and French students in March in Nantes and in April at OsloMet, but due to the corona situation, the planned physical joint workshops in spring 2021 were carried out as digital workshops.

Questions about this course?

Contact the academic coordinator if you have questions about the content and teaching of this course:

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    Contact the administration if you have questions about admission requirements and how to apply.