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 ( and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin - University of Applied Sciences, Germany (

  • Admission requirements

    To apply for this course you need:

    • A bachelor’s degree, an equivalent degree or equivalent work experience. Work experience can be covered by: 3 years of work experience with an interest or experience in change on a systemic level, services, products, organizational development or sustainable processes. 
    • 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

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

    More information about admission (in Norwegian)

    Application deadline: 15 October 

    You will receive the admission result 1 November.

  • Costs

    Tuition fee of NOK 34 400 + 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 three weeks with workshops whereof two weeks with physical/hybrid and one week with digital attendance. You will also be offered weekly digital tutoring sessions. 

    You will be studying together with other professionals from HTW Berlin and Master’s students from the design school in Nantes.

    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 2023

    The course consists of three joint workshops.

    The first workshop will take place at OsloMet, Kjeller campus.

    The second workshop will be conducted on a digital platform only, and the third workshop will take place at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, in Nantes, France.

    The physical workshops will be turned into hybrid sessions in case some students will not be able to attend physically. In addition, you will also be offered weekly digital tutoring sessions on Wednesdays (more specific schedule to be determined).

    We strongly recommend attending the joint physical workshops, respectively carried out at OsloMet and at one of its partner institutions, 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.

    February, week 6

    Digital information meeting for students enrolled in the course via the Department of Product Design at OsloMet (not applicable for students from Nantes or Berlin): February 9, 12:00 – 13:30.

    Suggested reading: Meadows DH. Thinking in systems: A primer. Wright D, editor. London: Earthscan; 2009. XIII, 218 s. p.

    March, week 9

    Workshop I – conducted at OsloMet, Kjeller campus, Norway (can be turned into a hybrid session if some students should not be able to attend in person).

    February 27 to March 3 (more specific schedule to be determined).

    March, week 13

    Workshop II – conducted on a digital platform 

    March 27 to March 31 (more specific schedule to be determined)

    May/June, week 22

    Workshop III – conducted at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France (can be turned into a hybrid session if some students should not be able to attend in person).

    May 29 to June 2 (more specific schedule to be determined) – including Final turn in.

    The complete schedule for the course in 2023 will be published this autumn.

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.