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Master of Design

About the programme

Master of Design is a two-year programme. Students who complete the programme are well equipped for a professional career in design. Some students might also choose to pursue an academic career.

Teaching language is English.

Master of Design (120 ECTS) follows the structure of the five-year master programme, and offers four different paths of study:

The first year of the degree is structured around courses and projects from the different paths of study. The first semester of the second year is dedicated to the chosen specialization, or to interdisciplinary work based on system-oriented design. Parallel to this, the students start to plan and find a theme for their diploma projects. The final semester is dedicated to the diploma project.
 

Target group

This programme is directed at students who are interested in developing products and services for tomorrow. Anything from household products to large-scale industry, from design and use of technology (such as mobile apps) to developing services that create good user experiences is possible.

The programme will teach you creative processes and methods to solve problems and develop new ideas. Emphasis is placed on insight into the user situation, empathy with the user, and an awareness of the social and cultural context. Esthetics and communication is essential throughout the studies.
 

Technical prerequisites

The programme requires that students have basic computer tool skills and access to their own laptops. Specific requirements will be given by AHO. Students will receive training in the software used during their studies. Students will also have access to licenses for most of the software, which can be installed on private clients.

 

Programme structure

The Master of Design keeps with the AHO tradition of letting students choose courses based on their own interests. Which courses are available to the student depend on course-specific prerequisites, as well as the path of study the student has been admitted to.
Students in the two-year Master of Design will follow the same courses as students in the five-year integrated Master of Design. There are no programme-specific courses for the two-year master.
 

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Industrial Design
Semester Studio course (24 ECTS) Specialization (6 ECTS)
1st semester
 
Industrial Design 1 or System Oriented Design
 
Elective specialization
2nd semester Elective studio course* or exchange semester Elective specialization or Exchange semester
3rd semester Elective studio course** Pre-Diploma (obligatory)
4th semester Diploma (30 ECTS) (obligatory)
 
 
 
Interaction Design
Semester Studio course (24 ECTS) Specialization (6 ECTS)
1st semester
 
Interaction Design 1 or System Oriented Design
 
Elective specialization
2nd semester Elective studio course* or exchange semester Elective specialization or Exchange semester
3rd semester Elective studio course** Pre-Diploma (obligatory)
4th semester Diploma (30 ECTS) (obligatory)
 
 
 
Service Design
Semester Studio course (24 ECTS) Specialization (6 ECTS)
1st semester
 
Service Design 1 or System Oriented Design
 
Elective specialization
2nd semester Elective studio course* or exchange semester Elective specialization or Exchange semester
3rd semester Elective studio course** Pre-Diploma (obligatory)
4th semester Diploma (30 ECTS) (obligatory)
 
 
 
*Elective studio course (based on prerequisites) in the 2nd semester in accordance with the current programme description approved by the Academic Committee.
  • Industrial Design 2
  • Interaction Design 2
  • Service Design 2
** Elective studio course (based on prerequisites) in the 3rd semester in accordance with the current programme description approved by the Academic Committee.
  • Industrial Design 1
  • Interaction Design 1
  • Service Design 1
  • System Oriented Design
  • Design Studio

 

Learning methods and assessment

Master of Design follows the structure of the five-year master programme, and will mainly employ the same learning methods. Teaching will mainly be carried out in the form of studio courses with process-based tutoring. The programme includes an extensive use of guest lecturers, to make sure that the students’ learning process is always closely connected with the surrounding world. Cases and excursions are used to reflect working life as well as challenges and areas of competence specific to the design industry.
 
In addition to studio courses, the students have specialization courses that can be seen as tools to support and help the student execute the process in the studio courses. The pre-diploma and diploma work should be connected, and prepare the students for a working life based on interdisciplinary work and project based commissions.
 
Assessment criteria in all courses are based on student effort, development, processes and presentations. Teaching based on tutoring requires evaluation methods that reflect the students’ academic effort and level of maturity. The assessment criteria therefore reflect these elements in most courses. The final diploma project is evaluated by external examiners, who determine whether the learning outcomes of the study programme have been achieved. 
 

Level, duration and scope

The academic year is 40 weeks, and students are expected to spend 40 hours per week on their studies. This workload includes several different activities, such as lectures, tutoring, workshops, group work, independent studies and exams.
 

Internationalization

It is possible to exchange in the 2nd semester, i.e. the spring semester in the first year. This semester is dedicated to elective studio courses and specialization courses, and students on exchange are only allowed to choose courses that are found to be equivalent to these. In some cases, other courses that are found to be highly relevant can be pre-approved.  Shortly after their studies at AHO have commenced, the master students will have to decide whether they want to do an exchange semester.
 

Qualification/diploma

A completion of the programme leads to the degree Master of Design. A certificate is issued upon completion of courses and diploma project (master’s level production). A diploma supplement is issued together with the diploma certificate. 

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Finance

There is no tuition fee at AHO.

Please note that students from non Nordic, EU, EEA and EFTA countries must document economic subsistence (NOK 103 950) in order to obtain a student residence permit in Norway. Read more here.

AHO does not offer scholarships.