Industrial Design

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Industrial Design


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Photo: Ida Opsahl/NTNU

Welcome to study start at NTNU

Welcome to study start at NTNU

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemi, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organized digitally.   

We want everyone to get off to a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony is found here.

Our faculty welcome ceremony for new international students will be organized digitally.


Hours: 13:00-14:00 (CEST)

  • The Dean's welcome speech
  • Vice Dean for education presents our study programs
  • Presentation of the student society and the student mentors

The link for the ceremoy will be published here!


NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January. The orientation activities for international students will be online on this page.

The Office of International Relations will organise online information meetings and Q&As. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

This is an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU.  We strongly encourage all new international students to attend. 

More information will be published as soon as it is available. You will also receive further information by email closer to the date.


Time: 10:15-12:00 a.m.
Place (for students abroad): Digital via zoom 

Zoom meeting

Place (for students who can meet in person): Kolbjørn Hjes vei 2B, Room 347, Department of design, Gløshaugen campus.

  • Welcome to the Department of Design.
  • Presentation of the study program and staff.
  • Personal introduction of the students on zoom and on campus.


Checklist and manage your stay

For new international students, this is what you need to do to get started as a student:

Checklist for new international students

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.

Course timetables - If  there is no timetable, please contact the department responsible for the course.


About Industrial Design

Good industrial design is a necessity in order to create useful and ecologically justifiable products that can compete in a market flooded with goods and services. A Master's Degree in Industrial Design will enable you to develop strategically important products for the Norwegian and global industry.



Applicants for the master program must have completed a bachelor´s degree or equivalent education of a minimum of three years duration, which includes 90 credits in design subjects. Of  these 90 credits 50% should relate to either product or interaction design. Applicants who have completed other design related programmes may be evaluated on an individual basis.


Career Prospects

Work opportunities range from project work in the public sector to interaction design and usability experts.

Study environment

Study Environment

Contrary to many other programmes of study at the university, Industrial Design is a bit more like comprehensive school. You will be in a class of 22 students, you will have your own work desk and class room, and you spend most of your time in a building where much of the work is carried out.

Programme structure

Programme Components

The degree programme has a common frame of design strategy and product development methodology. On the master level, students have much freedom to specialize in areas such as human factors in design, sustainable design, applied aesthetics, healthcare and welfare design and strategic design. 

Learning outcome

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



Please do not hesitate to contact our councellors if you have any questions regarding the programme or administrative related issues.

Programme facts

Programme facts

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSDESIG
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Faculty of Architecture and Design

City: Trondheim

This information is relevant for the present academic year.

How to apply

Questions about your international master's application?

Questions about your international master's application?

Having trouble with your online application for our international Master's of Science programmes? Wondering when the deadlines are, or what kind of language requirements to be fulfilled? We have answered all these questions and more in our FAQs.

Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2020

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2021

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2021

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

 Please see our FAQ
Group for EU applicants
Group for non-EU applicants

Contact information

Contact information

Telephone: (+47) 73 59 01 41

Postal address: 
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Alfred Getz vei 3, NTNU
7491 Trondheim

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