Grafisk design på Noroff

Higher Professional Degree

Graphic Design

Study Online or On Campus in Norway

The programme offers hands-on training that develops both creative and strategic visual communication skills. Through real-world projects, you'll gain practical experience that equips you for immediate entry into the workplace.

Online Studies

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11 March 2025

2 year full time | 4 years part time

Full time: NOK 44.000,- per semester
Part time: NOK 22.000,- per semester

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand

12 August 2024

2 years full time

NOK 62.000,- per semester
NOK 1.900,- registration fee

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Why study Graphic Design?

As a graphic designer, every day brings new, unique challenges and every project is an opportunity for vibrant, exciting creativity. This field allows you to engage in forward-thinking work that includes strategic design, illustration, photography, web design and animation. The diverse career paths include opportunities in design agencies, print companies, film production or as a freelance professional.

Throughout your studies, you'll engage with authentic, relevant work. Past students have worked with prestigious brands such as Palmesus and Hennig Olsen. These projects offer valuable insights into the dynamics of the industry and provide a preview of the challenges you'll face as a graphic designer.

The aim of our programme is to develop independent designers capable of working seamlessly across disciplines. Key elements for success include a genuine passion for the field, a strong work ethic and an ambitious outlook.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Graphic Design programme, graduates can explore roles such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Web Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Book Designer
  • Entrepreneur

Ulrik studies graphic design while running his own business

Programme information

During your first year, you'll gain a practical insight into the principles, methods and techniques of effective visual communication across a range of media. This includes extensive training in design software and a solid understanding of industry standards. You'll unleash your creative potential through engaging visual projects.

The second year delves deeper into the discipline of design, focusing on identifying your unique design identity. This includes discovering your preferences, hidden talents and refining a personal style. The curriculum continues to integrate art, design and technology to encourage innovative expression.

Throughout the programme, you'll be encouraged to use AI tools to automate tasks, enhance images and generate ideas faster. This emphasis on the conceptual and strategic aspects of graphic design will better prepare you for industry.

Each semester concludes with an extensive study project, often for real clients, culminating in a portfolio presentation.

First-year subjects include:

  • Graphic Design 1
  • Strategic Design 1
  • Photography 1
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Semester Assignment 1
  • Portfolio Assessment 1
  • Screen-based Design 1
  • Photography 2
  • Screen-based Design 2
  • Graphic Design 3
  • Project Exam 1
  • Portfolio Assessment 2

Second-year subjects include:

  • Screen-based Design 3
  • Strategic Design 2
  • Graphic Design 4
  • Photography 3
  • Semester Assignment 2
  • Portfolio Assessment 3
  • Graphic Design 5
  • Motion Design
  • Photography 4
  • Project Exam 2
  • Portfolio Assessment 4
School: Noroff Higher Vocational College (Noroff Fagskole)
Application deadline: Continuous admission. Applications are processed in the order they are submitted.
Language of instruction: English online. Norwegian/English on campus
Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). Accredited by NOKUT.
Degree: Higher Professional Degree
Credits: 120 ECVET

Hardware and software

We recommend:


  • Mac (recommended) or PC
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Intel or AMD Quad-Core Processor


  • Entry Level DSLR or Mirrorless Camera (must have Manual settings)


  • Adobe Creative Cloud

Noroff has ongoing admissions, and applications are processed in the order they are received. The earlier you apply, the earlier you can secure a study place.

To qualify for the program, you must have general study competence or vocational education with a professional certificate. It is also possible to apply based on recognized prior learning.

For international students, depending upon which country you have received your education from, the requirements will differ. Please use this website where you can find the specific requirements for your country at the bottom of the page.

You can read more about admission requirements here.

All our study programs are approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). You can apply to the Loan Fund for basic support (loan and grant; NOK 137,907) and tuition fees (NOK 74,366).

As an adult student, you can receive loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. This also applies if you work while studying.

As a main rule, you must be a Norwegian citizen to receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Fund. However, foreign citizens may also be entitled to financial support. Check here to see if you are eligible.

You can read more about payment, loans, and grants here. 

Bachelor's Degree Abroad

After two years at Noroff, it is possible to study graphic design for a third year - abroad - and obtain a Bachelor's degree. Our international graphic design partners are Teesside University and Solent University in England and Deakin University in Australia. This option is also available to online students.

Bachelor abroad through Noroff

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