Display of works from the BA programme in Furniture- and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture 2015

BA studies in Furniture and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture

The BA programme provides basic training in Furniture- and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture. Please note that KHiB offers this BA programme in Norwegian only.

The subject areas are integrated and equally weighted to provide a comprehensive course.The programme trains designers to think comprehensively and with courage, empathy and insight develop functional and formal solutions for a changing world.

Comprehensive design solutions are heavily emphasised, based on thorough investigation of consumer needs. In order to design for a rapidly changing society students are encouraged to approach their professional practice with creativity, innovation and critique.

The BA programme in Furniture- and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture is the first part of an MA programme available at KHiB. The five year education is the most advanced programme available in this subject area. It corresponds with educations furniture designers and interior architects cooperate with professionally within subjects like architecture, civil engineering and industrial design.

Career opportunities
Interior architects cooperate with architects and sivil engineers in planning new structures or redeveloping existing structures. They work with area design, furnishing plans, lighting, interiors, colours and materials in addition to developing new furniture designs adapted to a particular structure/space. Essential components are functionality, ergonomics, maintenance, economy, environmental issues and aesthetics.

Furniture designers cooperate with other designers, interior architects, architects and engineers on designing furniture and other products for Norwegian and international industries. It is also common to develop integrated, special design solutions for outdoor spaces as well.

These are tasks former students work with in their careers in architectural-, interior architect- or design offices or within their own companies. The education also offers opportunities to work with exhibition design, stage design (in TV, film and theatre), education, management and public and private administration. Designers also establish careers in public office as industrial CEOs or as writers and journalists.

What we teach
The education offers courses in lighting, form and colour, construction and technique, materials, production feasibility studies, design process, prototyping, public environments, space and movement, technical drawing, living spaces, industrial furniture design etc. Software courses are available wherever relevant.

Courses are also offered in furniture and design history, text, design method, ergonomics, communication and design theory. Ethical and ecological questions are naturally integrated in the education.

Project examples in the latter years:
- Convert an existing silo to an innovative hotel.
- Make the terminal building at Bergen Airport more functional, improve visual and communication qualities.
- Design furniture and build prototypes for the international Stockholm Furniture Fair.
- Re-shape rejected objects to new products like tables, chairs or lighting.

What are students expected to learn?
The BA programme in furniture- spatial design/interior architecture offers basic as well as extensive professional expertise within a wide spectrum of skills, knowledge and attitudes. Students are expected to be brave, conceptual and unconventional in their thinking and to develop strong formal and functional design solutions.

The fundamental structure in the programme is to find suitable solutions to problems based on a thorough analysis of users or situations. Students are expected to develop their empathic skills, creative and analytical skills and to think comprehensively in order to design solutions for improved quality of life for the users.

Theory supports critical reflection on the students' design activities. In order to design for future needs it is essential to understand design's role in a changing society.

How do we teach?
The first section of the BA programme consists of courses and workshops providing a basic touch with the profession. Students need a set of different tools in order to be able to solve complex tasks during long courses.

The second half is more project based, with group work and individual projects. These may be experimental in character, or they can be realistic and down to earth. The students develop their own concepts or choose solutions base don a given set of preconditions. During the programme propjects from all walks of life will be addressed.

Small classes provide opportunities for personal tutoring. Group work and interdisciplinary work is also highly encouraged. Some projects are interdisciplinary within the Dept of Design or together with other subject areas at the Academy.

Theory and seminars are an important part of the programme, and through self-presentations students will meet recognised and well known designers.

Practise, excursions and student exchange with other institutions are important parts of the programme.

Applicants to the BA programme should master Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Information for applicants is available in Norwegian only. Information aimed at prospective exchange students is available here.


Published: 9/26/2011 by Peter Klasson Updated: 12/15/2015 by Jane Sverdrupsen