Course Catalogue

This is a general description of the institution BAS, information about the study programme, detailed description of the different master courses we run for specific semesters, plus general information for students.

Part 1: Information on the institution 

Part 2: General description of the Master in Architecture study program 

Part 3: The fixed courses/modulse for 1.-3. year  

Part 4: Program of the individual master courses


Autumn 2020: 
1. Complex Context
2. Explorations in Ocean Space
3. Masquerade 


Spring 2020 
1. Moving Thorugh 
2. Meeting Rooms
3. Urban Orchards


Autumn 2019: 
1. Complex Context
2. Explorations in Ocean Space 
3. Open Form, New Wood 



Spring 2019: 

1. Vanishings
2. Infrastructure Space
3. Open Space - minimaster 


Autumn 2018: 

1. Complex Context 
2. Limits of Control
3. Open Form, New Wood 


Spring 2018:

1. Spaces for work 
2. Urban and Rural Houses 


Autumn 2017

1. Orchid Island 
2. Complex Context
3. (Un)productive Landscapes 


Spring 2017

1. Layered landscapes Lofoten
2. Sentralbadet- Transformation of the former indoor swimming pool into Bergen’s house for the performing arts

Autumn 2016: 

1. Complex Context, diversified solution 
2: Crossing Borders 
3. 50/50 a question of continuity 


Spring 2016: 

1. Heterotopia 
2. Dale //Noreg remote places  


Autumn 2015: 

1. Move 
2. Open Utopias 
3. Entropy and Intent 

Spring 2015: 

1. Braila Laboratory 
2. Haukås Blue/Green belt - alternate insert(s) and augmented landscape(s)
3. Hurdal minihouse 

Autumn 2014: 
1. Complex context 
2. Public Outdoor space BAS
3. Think Tank Bergen 3- density studies 

Spring 2014
1. DALE – Norwegian Art Center, Villa Dalsåsen
2. Construction and desire - design and build 

Autumn 2013 
1. Complex Context
2. City "Secure"
3. Think Tank Bergen II 

Part 5: General information for students

Other useful information:

Academic Credit system:
BAS has full implementation of the ECTS system.  A complete academic year equals 60 credits.International students will be admitted for the master level (4. and 5. Year), and they will be able to choose between 2-3 different semester courses. These can be found on the Course Catalogue above, to be updated around 1.May /1.October for the coming semester.

One semester course counts 30 ECTS, and comes as one package which includes design, art, theory, construction and other relevant content. One teacher will be in charge of the master course.  After successful completion of each semester course, you will be given a Transcript of Record for the 30 ECTS credits you have earned.

Recognition of studies abroad:
For outgoing students, they are expected to complete 30 ECTS during one semester, and this is recognized in full into their degree at BAS, provided they have passed their courses successfully. No further recognition procedure is required, except if you go as free mover, you are required to present a portfolio upon return to BAS. About regulations for outgoing exchange students, please check out (In Norwegian)

For the recognition of work placement abroad: This is not recognized with full credit load since our study program does not include work placement. However, some minor free credits can be approved, and the students will have the work placement listed in their Diploma Supplement. 

For both in-and outgoing exchange students, BAS will provide Learning agreements,
An exchange student will receive a Transcript of Record of their semester before they leave BAS, or it will be sent to them within 1 week. We automatically and free of charge issue a Diploma Supplement after the completed degree.

Grading system:
We have a PASS/FAIL grading for all courses, and for the final diploma exam we can in addition award a distinction. For incoming students, we convert the grade to their local grading scale if requested.

Language Policy:
The language of instruction for the master level is English. This means that BAS is an international school, and most of the day-to-day communication in school is in English. Therefore we do not have any requirements for knowledge of Norwegian. But we inform interested foreign students about the possibilities for learning Norwegian outside BAS. BAS does not have any formal Norwegian courses, but from time to time, there are study groups with Norwegian and foreign BAS students in school, with the aim to learn more Norwegian.
For the applicants to the regular admission from 4. Year, we have specific requirements for English skills: Applicants from outside the Nordic Countries must document satisfactory English skills through one of the following tests: • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 550 points (paper-based test), TOEFL Internet based 80 points, TOEFL Computer based test: 213 points or  IELTS – International English Language Testing Service, British Council – with a minimum score of 6.0 points.
Applicants with the following documentation are exempt from the English requirements: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. Applicants who have earned their full Bachelor`s degree in  English are also exempted (documentation required) with one year of university studies in one of the above-mentioned countries, where the language of instruction was English.

For further information, read about the International Office at BAS