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.

A graphic designer works in an environment where every day is unique and each project is more colorful and exciting than the last. Even without prior knowledge, it is entirely possible to be a good graphic designer during the study. The most important is interest in the subject, a good work ethic and an ambitious nature.

Be an Independent Graphic Designer

At Noroff, you will explore graphic design through several disciplines, including visual communication, idea development, illustration, advertising, photography, web design and animation. The aim of Noroff graphic design education is that you will be a self-motivated and independent designer who can work well interdisciplinary.

I use what I have learned every day. It has truly been valuable. Malin Soløy Thoresen, student
We received great assistance from the teachers. Emilie Andreassen, student

Innovative and Promotional

During the study period, you will be challenged with real, practical and relevant tasks. These assignments will give you a good idea of what life is like out in industry, and which issues you can expect to work with as a graphic designer.

Businesses compete for consumers' attention. The program teaches you to design to promote, inform and create awareness about products and services. Through creative design and strategic messages, the student is taught how to increase competitive advantage in the market.

Graphic design is changing fast with the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Noroff aim to keep up with the ever-changing industry and encourage the use of AI. By using AI, you can automate tedious tasks, enhance images, and generate new ideas faster. This allows you to focus more on conceptual and strategic aspects of graphic design, making them better suited for the industry. AI will not replace graphic designers, but graphic designers who use AI will have an advantage over those who don’t.

Program Structure

In the first year of the 2-year graphic design program students learn a practical guide of the principals, methods and techniques of effective visual communication both on paper and screen. You as a student will receive thorough training in design software and will receive a good understanding of the rules and standards that make up the graphic design industry.

During the second year you delve deeper into the design profession. You begin to research and find out who you are as a designer. You will be able to answers the questions such as: What do I like to work with? Or What style do I like most?

Towards the end of each semester, students will take part in making and presenting their portfolios. Each semester concludes with a comprehensive study project, which is aimed at consumers/customers.

Year 1

  • Graphic Design I
  • Strategic Design I
  • Photography I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Semester Project I
  • Portfolio Evaluation I
  • Screen Based Design I
  • Photography II
  • Screen Based Design II
  • Graphic Design III
  • Portfolio Evaluation II
  • Project Exam I

Year 2

  • Screen Based Design III
  • Strategic Design II
  • Graphic Design IIII
  • Photography III
  • Semester Project II
  • Portfolio Evaluation III
  • Graphic Design IV
  • Motion Design
  • Photography IV
  • Project Exam II
  • Portfolio Evaluation IV

What do you learn during your studies?

  • key concepts in classical design theory and visual communication. You will know the basic elements of design discipline
  • knowledge of the primary analog and digital tools used in the production of printed and digital products
  • general principles in photography using both natural and studio lights and how to use a digital camera
  • the processes and methods in identity design, branding and construction of visual identity
  • the design process along with the understanding of the various activities such as planning, idea and concept development, manufacturing, commissioning and delivery of a design project according to a particular industry
  • gain insight into the basic principles of universal design and along with understanding the importance of following the right procedures for usability and user interface
  • an understanding of how the application of good design can support the creation of a company or organization
  • how to work in cooperation with a client to prepare, design and deliver a finished product
  • how to find relevant information and subject matter through local networks, design festivals, conferences, literature and online trend portals
  • how to recognize customer design requirements and identify needs for the implementation of measures through the development of new design solutions
  • ethical principals in the workplace through customer care
  • how to develop relationships with different industries along with collaborating across different neighboring professions
  • how to conduct a usability test of a new or existing website along with how to document visual and technical deficiencies
  • how to find information and technical material relevant to an issue within the field of graphic design
  • how to perform web assignments for selected target groups

We recommend the following:
500 GB Hard drive (or 250 GB + cloud storage: fx. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive (recommended)).
Core i5 or M1 processor.
Both PC and Mac are applicable.

Job Opportunities

As a graphic designer you can work in a design or advertising agency, a print shop, book industry or the film and television industry. Also, you can do design work for musicians, festivals, businesses or you can run your own business as a freelancer and be self-employed.

In larger companies, a graphic designer could work in their marketing department. You could update corporate profiles, design new marketing materials or perform maintenance on existence marketing material keeping it up-to-date.

As you gain experience you could work as an art director having the responsibility for working with major clients on more comprehensive projects. In addition, you can work as an information consultant who specializes in media and information structures.

Further Studies

After two years at Noroff it is possible to study graphic design for a third year - abroad - and receive a bachelor's degree. Our foreign partners for graphic design are: Teesside University in England and Deakin University in Australia. This option also applies to online students.

Digital Marketing, UX design and front-end development are all great options for students who wish to build on their design skills and technical expertise in web design after completing the graphic design program. 


Program information


October 17, 2023
January 9, 2024
March 12, 2024
August 13, 2024
Read more about semester start.

Application deadline: Ongoing admissions
Duration: 2 years full time
4 years part time
Programme language online: English
Tuition online:

EUR 4.200,- per semester full time
EUR 2.100,- per semester part time

Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. NOKUT accredited.
Admission requirements: Admission by formal competence or admission by prior learning. Read more.
Degree: Higher Professional Degree
Credits: 120 ECVET

*1 year also an option

Lecturing staff

Jannicke Velsvik

Jannicke Velsvik

Line Manager, campus studies
Libre Van den Bergh

Libre Van den Bergh

Line Manager, Online Studies
Henriette Mortvedt

Henriette Mortvedt

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Tine Isachsen

Tine Isachsen

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Bradford Lowry

Bradford Lowry

Vocational teacher, Stavanger
Christopher Jonassen

Christopher Jonassen

Vocational teacher, Stavanger
Roxanne Sayer

Roxanne Sayer

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Driekie van Biljon

Driekie van Biljon

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Sarien van Rooyen

Sarien van Rooyen

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Linki Brand

Linki Brand

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Bonita Marlene Diener

Bonita Marlene Diener

Tutor, Online Studies
Melanie Evert

Bonita Marlene Diener

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Dave King

Dave King

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Sam Bannister

Sam Bannister

Vocational teacher, Stavanger

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