Bergen School of Architecture
Bergen, NO
Bergen School of Architecture
Sandviksboder 59-61a
NO-5035 Bergen

N 60° 24' 35.12'', E 60° 24' 35.12''
 Administration BAS  

t: +47 55363880
f: +47 55363881
Rector Cecilie Andersson 

Degree programmes
Master: Norwegian and English
Faculty profile

Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) is the only private and academically independent educational institution within Norway that offers a 5-year program of study, qualifying the candidates for Master in Architecture. The school was established in 1986 and approved by the Ministry of Education in 1990 as an educational alternative to the two public architecture schools in the country.  Emphasizing on ideas on ‘Open Form’ as grounding premise for agency and situating in space, the school continues to derive its’ approach on inquiring democratic aspects of place-making. The teaching is anchored in a Nordic west coast climate with emphasise on learning from tradition both in regard to material knowledge and contextualization in landscape and situation.

The school promotes an open, plural and diverse approach to architecture and urbanism that is strongly influenced by art, activism, social anthropology and ecology - an approach that is often applied through direct, hands-on and on-the-ground engagements within real situations. This approach is traditionally nurtured by way of collaborations with educational institutions and public/private partners at the local, national and international level. These collaborations are of particular importance to BAS which, as a small school, depends on its students and staff being exposed to situations negotiated and inquired and new ideas developed outside the confines of the institution in order to strengthen our professional, social and intercultural skills and employability. Through this type of engagement BAS contributes in creating discussion and reflection around the profession and exposes the school to new networks and approaches to the field of study capable of furthering our development. Furthermore this approach provides an immediacy and awareness of the realities in our urban and rural environments and contributes to an impactful engagement within society and public discourse.

The Bergen School of Architecture has a history of, and current interest in, being an active actor within the society. As part of this role, we have carried out multiple collaborations taking form as a series of courses consisting of on‐site research, participatory design, workshops, constructions, events, exhibitions and publications within Norway and abroad.

Among both teachers and students we recruit from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds and several different nationalities are represented in the teaching scheme. The staffs consist of approximately 45 practicing architects, artists, building engineers and instructors in different fields. Each year 30 new students are admitted to the first year, taught in Norwegian. The fourth and fifth year/ graduate level/ master are taught entirely in English. We accept exchange students for one and two semesters at this level, as well as students with an intention to complete their degree in two years. We look for motivated students with experience in practice, arts and various interests. For the time being, BAS has enrolled about 150 students from more than 20 countries.

For general info, have a look at ABOUT BAS on our webpage.

168 students (84 Bachelor, 84 Master, 0 PhD), 10% of foreign students.

45 staff members (15 full-time and approx. 30 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

SOBAS: Organizes social activities at BAS.
SIB: Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen. Organizes student accommodation, cafes, kindergardens, counseling services, sports activities, academic bookshop and career centre.


Copy machines
Laser Cutter
Model shop
Wood workshop
Metal workshop
dark room


Is not provided by BAS, but BAS can assist in applying for housing through the Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the 1st year. You are required to speak and understand Norwegian to start from the 1st year.

If you have a bachelor degree in architecture from another school, you may apply for admission to the 4th year, either as regular student to complete masters degree in 2 years, or as exchange or visiting student.

Have a look under Admission on our website

Tuition fees

NOK 25.138,- per year
This does not include expenses for materials or mandatory field trips.

Application Deadline

Regular admission 1st year: 15. April
Admission to master level 4th year (regular, exchange, visiting student) : 15. April

Master, Architecture, 5 years, Master in Architecture, Norwegian and English, 360,

A professional degree, one-tier 5 years.

The teaching of the subjects is different in the different four areas: APP (architecture) has the lead as the main subject area through all 5 years. TTA (technology) – is subordinated to the program of architecture and join in from the 2nd year. DAV (the other world) – exercises go from the first day of the study, to train and develop the individual personality, her/his personal skills and her/his sensitivity. DAV program is made in close relationship to the single courses of APP and TTA. KTF (academic subjects) – are taught parallel throughout the fi ve years, the different subjects to be chosen more individually, given as optional subjects. KTF shall give the students an academic foundation of knowledge and philosophical refl ection, which shall enable the new architect to use the scientists as consultants in planning and design, both in program discussion, site investigation( physiographic) and social and anthropological understanding.

For more information, have a look at the section Master in Architecture in our webpage.


Bachelor programme

No Bachelor degree. But 3 years of study at BAS is equivalent to a Bachelor in Architecture.

A professional degree of 5 year.
The study is divided in 1.part and 2.part.

The 1.part consists of the 3 first years. Here all courses are compulsory.  The professional development of the student has the major aims: to develop individual responsibility and reliable attitude towards the profession, both in the art of architecture and the practice. Most of the teaching is in practical artistic work and excercises – in looking and seeing, discourse and understanding. To obtain a reliable progress fo personal development, all the work is referred to the personal subject, for whom you build:

1st year: the professional subject is the student him/herself

2nd year: You, the other one

3rd year: we – all of us/a community

The 2.part /master programme: This will be term courses that are to be chosen on different design fields. For the 2.part student shall be able to see, understand and accept who is the personal subject/the client.
The optional courses are:
1. Urban restructuring. Urban planning, urban form and town-shape.

2. Rural restructuring. (building in rural or open cultural landscape)

3. Architect in foreign culture/development aid projects.

4. Complex building

5: Structural realization of architectural intentions/advanced structures.

The student has to choose and complete 3 different term courses before doing the final diploma work. (one term)


No Phd programme at this time.

The main goal is to support the alternative of BAS, that means research in the field of teaching. 1) Research on our own building, design and building, theories, tests, and conclusions presented as material for teaching and for revised practise. This research contains all the fi eld of teaching architecture, from visual structure to physical structures, analysing the impact of visual expressions, usability and indoor climate made by different materials. 2) Town and city in history, research by looking and seeing, as well as text.