– Graphic Design has always fascinated me but I haven’t had the opportunity previously to learn more or to do it myself.

Pauliina Viinikanoja is an online student at the two year online education programme Graphic Design at Noroff – School of Technology and Digital Media. Originally from Finland, Pauliina has lived and worked in China and California. She has been an online student while living in both China and California.

– I think without the online tutors this course wouldn’t work. I appreciate a lot their effort to answer all the questions – even the silliest ones or hurriedly written ones, she says.

– I found Noroff through a Norwegian friend who was also living in China at the time and did the Graphic Design online course. I needed something interesting to do that would benefit my career in the future as well.

I needed something interesting to do that would benefit my career.Pauliina Viinikanoja

– I’m a mother of three children and have a travelling husband, so I’m very much needed at home, but I love my projects and study-time whenever I’m able to squeeze in an hour or two.

– What was it about graphic design that triggered you?

– I have always been interested of semiotics and brands. I took a few courses in Graphic Design while I was studying at The University of Helsinki. I found it interesting, but in a couple of courses you don’t learn much. However, later I worked as a partner at a company that used graphic designers to create visual storyboards. I always admired their work and still do. They are so talented and everyone had their own style. I think it was just right time and place to be able to deepen the interest I have had for awhile already.

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Online Studies

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Around the world

Pauliina and her family moved to China in 2014 and lived there for three years until they moved back to California in 2017. She started studying the part-time online course in Graphic Design while still in China.

– China was definitely an interesting time. It has a vivid culture and it gave us a unique opportunity to meet the people, learn aspects of their culture, learn the language and explore the beautiful country.

– However, it was a bit difficult to study there at first because most western webpages are restricted. It took forever to download the Lynda lessons and then try to look for necessary information without Google!

I would say go for it.Pauliina Viinikanoja

– What is it like studying on an online creative program?

– To be creative with three kids running around you can sometimes be overwhelming, but you learn to appreciate your time and to use it wisely and usually more effectively. I like that I can still be involved in things like my son’s hockey practice or my daughter's gymnastic lessons. You never know where you get inspiration if you just keep your eyes open.

– I usually do my assignments and activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when I have the two older kids at school and preschool. Luckily the youngest takes long naps still and I have the mornings to myself.

– While in China we were ahead of time so I had plenty of time for assignments, but in California we are behind Norwegian-time and I have to remember to deliver the assignments a day earlier!

– What advice can you give to new online students?

– I would say go for it. It takes effort and you have to be committed to it to make it work, but you gain a lot from it as well. For me it has not only been a way to learn more, but also the ability to be part of a group while moving all around the world.

– Would you recommend online studies to others?

– It’s definitely a good choice if you need a flexible schedule and study options, Pauliina says.


Online study programs

All listed online programs are taught in English.

Bachelor in Cyber Security - study online

Bachelor in Cyber Security

This IT bachelor program teaches you to secure digital systems from cyber attacks, cyber crime and digital warfare. The program enables you to reduce digital vulnerability and work practically with IT security.

  3 years
  Oslo, Kristiansand
  Available online
  Bachelor's Degree upon completion
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Bachelor in applied data science - study online

Bachelor in Applied Data Science

IT education focusing on the growing global need for big data analytics. Applied Data Science teaches you scientific methods for working with data in a practical and relevant way.

  3 years
  Kristiansand
  Available online
  Bachelor's Degree upon completion
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Front-end-development study program in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Kristiansand and online
 

Front-end Development

Front-end Development is the technology education where visual design meets coding, web design and UX design. Front-end developers are in great demand, giving the students great career opportunities after graduation.

  2 years
  Oslo, Bergen
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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Bachelor of Digital Forensics - study program

Bachelor in Digital Forensics

IT education focusing on computer security and investigation of digital crime. The program prepares you for a career within digital security and forensics for law enforcement and other organizations in need of digital security.

  3 years
  Kristiansand
  Available online
  Bachelor's Degree upon completion
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Digital Prototyping

Digital Prototyping

The products of tomorrow are manufactured and tested digitally. Get ready for a career in the process and manufacturing industry with a leading-edge education that teaches you to design physical products using 3D printing.

  2 years
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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Bachelor of Interactive Media - animation

Bachelor in Interactive Media - Animation

Work creatively with technology. This education teaches you to design and animate digital models and characters for movies, games and virtual reality across industries.

  3 years
  Kristiansand
  Available online
  Bachelor's Degree upon completion
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Bachelor interactive media, games, university college

Bachelor in Interactive Media - Games

Work creatively with technology. The education teaches you to design and develop interactive content for games and virtual reality across industries.

  3 years
  Kristiansand
  Available online
  Bachelor's Degree upon completion
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Network and IT Security, vocational study

Network and IT Security

Practical IT education that teaches you to prevent hacking and computer crime. The growing need for IT security competence provides great job opportunities after graduation.

  2 years
  Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansand, Stavanger
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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Digital Marketing study program in English

Digital Marketing

Build a career as a digital marketer and create results with digital advertising, search engine optimization, privacy and analytics. This education focuses on strategic and targeted online marketing and social media.

  1 year
  Oslo
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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VFX - visuelle effekter, utdanning

VFX - Visual Effects

Work with spectacular visual effects in movies, games and virtual reality. This education prepares you for a career in digital media across industries.

  2 years
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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Graphic Design study programs in Norway
 

Graphic Design

Practical design education where students learn to work creatively with visual communication. Become a graphic designer and work with strategic design, illustration, photography, web design and animation.

  2 years (or 1 year)
  Oslo, Stavanger
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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Network and System Administration

Network and System Administration

Practical IT education that teaches you network and system management. The program is centered around Microsoft and Unix-based technologies, and infrastructure for network and server management focusing on IT security.

  1 year
  Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansand, Stavanger
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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3D design and animation study progam

3D Design and Animation

Become a 3D designer and create photo-realistic visualizations, environments and animations. Learn to give life to games and movies, and create 3D images of products and constructions for multiple industries.

  1 year
  Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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3D game design study program

3D Game Design

Become a 3D game designer and learn to develop creative and interactive game content and gamification for multiple industries. The study program provides unique insight into development processes, from idea to launch-ready products.

  2 years
  Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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3D film production, vocational school

3D Film Production

Learn to produce animated 3D films, environments and characters from idea to finished movie. This education prepares you to work with 3D content for movies, web, advertising, marketing and virtual reality.

  2 years
  Available online
  Vocaitional School Diploma upon completion
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