Education at Bergen Academy of Art and Design
KHiB is a sustainable and experimental learning and working environment for creative activity.
- educates artists and designers who set the agenda in their fields.
- provides conditions that foster comprehensive understanding, critical reflection and conceptual thinking
- builds on the relationship between artistic research and education.
- ensures that the education it offers is relevant and promotes the importance of art and design in society.
- offers optimal opportunities for working across media and subject areas.
- emphasises communication and dialogue with relevant artistic and professional environments.
- offers a learning environment in which students are encouraged to be critical, independent and experimental.
- has a national and international profile that is reflected in the composition of its staff and students.
- offers artistically relevant, flexible and stable life long learning that is closely connected to its core activities.
Programmes of study
KHiB offers bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in design and fine art and has research fellows
at doctoral degree level in The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. KHiB also offers practical teacher training (PPU) and an experience-based master's degree in curating.
The MA programmes in design and fine art are offered in Norwegian and English, whereas proficinecy in a Scandinavian language is a reqirement for applicants to the BA programmes and the MA programme in curating.
Exchange to KHiB
Both BA and MA programmes are open to exchange students from KHiB's partner institutions abroad. Each year KHiB hosts between 30 and 40 exchange students, and send out about the same number of students.
KHiB is part of the public education system in Norway, which means that students do not pay tuition fees. Norwegian students may have financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (NSELF). International students should be prepared to provide funding to cover living expenses and material from their home countries.
Through the national Quota Scheme, KHiB is able to offer financial support to three MA students from Central and Eastern Europe or developing countries. Support is given in the form of grants and loans. When the students return to their home countries, the loan part is converted into a grant. There is no specific application procedure for support under the quota scheme. The allocation is directly linked to the MA application process, and KHiB makes a selection among the eligible applicants.