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Product Design - Design in Complexity

Master's degree

In this master’s programme, you learn to take a range of roles as a designer. You will be the facilitator and the project leader of developing strategies, services, systems and product solutions. The skills, knowledge and general competence you develop during this study are valuable in work life, both in the private and the public sector as well as in design research and further studies at PhD level.

  • Semester start

  • Admission requirements

    To apply for this programme you need:

    • A bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent degree, including in-depth study of subjects, topics or topic groups equivalent to at least 80 ECTS 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.
    • An average grade of at least C (according to the ECTS grading scale) on your bachelor's degree.
    • A portfolio consisting of documented design works related to products, systems or services  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.
    • Proof of your English proficiency (at least a grade of 4 from Norwegian high school, or equivalent).
  • Programme cost

    The only cost of this programme is the semester fee (student.oslomet.no) of approximately 1000 NOK and a materials fees of 2200 NOK. You pay both of these fees each semester of the programme. There are no tuition fees.

  • How to apply

    You apply via Søknadsweb (fsweb.no), where you fill in your details and upload all the required documents.

    More information about admission to the international master's degree programmes.

    There are different application deadlines based on which country you apply from:

    • 15 December: for applicants from countries outside of the European Union / the European Economic Area (EEA) / Switzerland
    • 1 March: ordinary admission for applicants from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland (15 March is the deadline for submitting a portfolio and a letter of motivation )
  • Mandatory course for applicants coming from other institutions

    Please note that if you are a new OsloMet student with your background from outside of OsloMet/HiOA, you need to attend a mandatory course in Health, Security and Environment (HSE) the week before the ordinary start of the first semester. This gives you access to the workshops. 

    The course is held at the Department of Product Design at Kjeller Campus.

  • Programme content

    Design has an essential role in the shift towards sustainable societies. Design is central in user oriented methods, and when consumption behaviour is relevant products plays and important role. Challenges include increased populations, digitalisation of professional, social and private life. These societal challenges demand professional designers that can comprehend and visualise the grand picture, define scopes for work, and develop pragmatic solutions in relation to different strategic levels. You therefore will do research and develop design solutions in micro and macro perspectives.

  • How the programme is taught

    This programme is organised with learning activities in a two-year full-time study in an international environment with students from across the world.

    You will get a variation of 

    • lectures
    • project work
    • self evaluation
    • group work
    • self study
    • workshops
    • cooperation with businesses
    • ICT learning
    • guest lectures
  • Programme structure

    Optional course Spans multiple semesters

    1st year of study

    2nd semester

    2nd year of study

    3rd semester
    4th semester

    Programme description (student.oslomet.no)

  • Exchange

    During the second and third semester, you can go on an exchange to a variety of countries in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia.

    The complete list of where you can go on exchange (student.oslomet.no).

  • Career

    After completing this master's degree, you are qualified to work with design in a range of different fields.

    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.

    The courses in the programme are set to make you work with products and/or services in a user oriented, convincing and professional way.

  • Graduates catalog 2021

    This year's graduation exhibition is digital. Have a look at the BA and MA projects.

Questions about studying at OsloMet

You can contact us by e-mail with any questions about studying at OsloMet, applying and life as a student.

If you have specific questions about the degree you can contact the faculty directly.

Would you like to see what goes on at Product Design?

Follow @oslomet_productdesign (instagram.com).

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Rob Starling standing in the stairs of a tall building.
Design students aim to solve problems and improve people’s lives

Rob Starling chose OsloMet for his master’s degree in product design because he wanted to expand his digital toolkit and explore the department’s impressive workshop facilities. Now he has embarked on a whole new career within service design.

Nadiya, fellow student Elias, and Mari
Solving future challenges with design

"Product design is exciting: You don’t have to stick with one thing, you work across disciplines and I think that’s the way everyone should work", says Nadiya.