Bergen National Academy of the Arts (short in Norwegian: KHiB) offers a three year BA and two year MA study programme in the Subject Areas Visual Communication, Furniture- and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture, Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles and Visual Arts. KHiB also participates in the national Research Fellowship Programme in the Arts (PhD-level). KHiB has 300 students and around 100 staff members. KHiB is divided into three departments: Dept of Design, Dept of Fine Art, Dept of Specialised Art. KHiB cooperates with the other institutions of higher education in Bergen: UiB, HiB and NHH through the joint project Utdanning i Bergen. Our startegy plan defines importance of our Community Mandate such: "Bergen National Academy of the Arts is a central arena for education and development in the fields of art and desi gn. The institution shall cultivate new expressions in art and design, promote a high degree of competence in selected fi elds and contribute to innovation and pro fessional development. Art and des ign are essential for the formation of tomorrow's society. KHiB shall be active in formulating premises for community development. KHiB shall encourage exchanges with other actors and develop an extensive network of cooperation with relevant partners, both regionally and internationally. KHiB shall contribute to the fostering of a critical perspect i ve in the ge n e ral public on art, des ign and aestheticvalues. With a basis in a humanistic tradition, its paramount aims are academic and ethical integrity, freedom of expression and critical reflection."
There are two libraries on the KHiB campus. Both are highly specialized, offering a wide range of books and periodicals within art and design. Although primarily for students and staff, the libraries also welcome the general public. Books from the library are listed in the BIBSYS search system used by higher education institutions in Norway. One of the libraries is located in Marken 34, next to the main building. The other library is in C. Sundtssgate 53 with the Dept of Fine Arts.
Bergen National Academy of the Arts is currently located in five different buildings in the center of Bergen. The main building and reception area is in Strømgaten 1, just across from the Bergen Railway Station. In the vicinity of the main building (around the pedestrian street Marken) are two buildings shared by the Department of Design and the Department of Specialised Art; Marken 37 and Marken 34. There are also workshops and classrooms in Kong Oscarsgate 62. The Department of Fine Art is located in C. Sundtsgate 53 at Nordnes.