About Vea

Vea is a tertiary vocational college for landscaper technicians, gardeners, horticulturists, florists and other professionals in the green sector. Vea also provides education for artists, artisans and designers who wants to postgraduate.

Vea is a tertiary vocational college in Norway, recognized by NOKUT, which is the controlling authority for quality in education. Veas discipline area is green design and environmental subjects, all oriented towards a specific vocation providing a competence that is directly transferable in occupational life.

Vea offers education on two levels

Secondary (level 4) and tertiary level (level 5).…

Students exchange with Erasmus+ from the Netherlands to Norway

Mendy Kerkdijk and Ylva Vetker are both pupils in a floristry class at Groene Welle in Zwolle. With support from the Erasmus+ they have stayed in Norway for four weeks. They have followed lessons at „Norges grønne fagskole – Vea“ and been practising floristry in a flower shop in Moelv. I wanted to know more about their stay in Norway, and met them for a talk one of the last days at Vea.

What are your impressions? What did you like here?

Students mobility from Slovakia

They are 16 years old and study the same field – floristry and horticulture. They answered a few questions about their stay in Norway.

Dominika, Stefan and Erika, what are your impressions? What did you like here?

We enjoyed Floristry lessons very much. We liked a big school area. The accomodation was very good, too. We did not wait such a good equipped house. The food was also good and healthy – mainly salads and cheese were delicious. We liked work in the greenhouse and library, too.…

Board and lodging

When you become a student, you can ask for board and lodging at Vea. Then you will have a room for the gatherings you are going to stay at Vea.

Rates for rental of lodgings at Vea

These costs apply for 2020/2021

Rent on daily basis:

  • Room for students NOK 300,- (Room with duvet, pillow, bedlinen and towel )
  • Room for students NOK 350,- (Room with duvet, pillow, bedlinen and towel, includes lunch and dinner )

When you stay at Vea, you get access to washing machines in the buildings.

My year at Vea

The ice that laid at Mjøsa has melted. The snow that laid like a blanket over Moelv is gone. The bees have come back. Mjøsa is warm enough to bathe in for hours. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming like crazy, both wild and in care by Vea and the temperature is rising with the winds drifting from Africa. The year at Vea is soon over, a beautiful adventure.

The day I arrived at Vea with my parents at the move in day we met an ocean of flowers.…

My shop, my school and me as an artist. It gives me power!

Monika from Poland studied “Experimental expressions with plant materials” at Vea in 2014/2015. We asked her about what this education has meant for her.

What lead you to choose the education «Experimental expressions with plant materials (EX)» at Vea in Norway?

I heard about it from my friend. Once I conducted Landart, and there I met some people who knew Runi (teacher at EX). I thought Vea was the right school and EX the right study! And I was right!!

How was the study organized?

It has been very useful years!

Elin Susann Havreberg has studied «Experimental expressions with plant materials» at Norges grønne fagskole – Vea. In March 2019 she will take part in the World championship in floristry.

What led you to choose the education «Experimental expressions with plant materials»(EX) at Vea in Norway?

It was an «accident» because I had applied for the study “Botanical design” at Vea, but there were too few persons who had applied, so the class couldn’t start that year. Hildegunn at Vea recommended to combine the studies «Experimental expressions with plant materials» and «Master Craftsman’s Certificate” (marketing, economics and leadership).

Apply and join the EX. Go to Vea and be open minded!!

Says Minna, who is a teacher in floristry in Finland. Minna had both a professional and personal development through the vocational education program at Norges grønne fagskole – Vea in Norway.

  • Name: Minna Uusi-Simola
  • Study program:  Experimental expressions with plant materials
  • Age: 44
  • From: Finland
  • Background:Teacher in Floristry, having her daily work in Rajamäki, 50 km from Helsinki to Tampere direction.

What led you to choose the education «Experimental expressions with plant materials» at Vea in Norway?

I was interested in getting new views about how to work with alternative botanical materials, and for my own professional development.…

Experimental expressions with plant materials

The contents of the program give competence of using botanical materials in the three following directions: Free artistic work, Design or Craft, where the students may choose direction/-s through the course of the program.
Contents of the program: 
  • Craft experimentation and use of plant material in combination with other handicrafts
  • Idea- and concept development that includes project management in creative works, exhibition techniques, communication and dissemination

For more information about the studyprogram, see the studyplan for Experimental expressions with plant materials

Organization and work methods: The education is offered as a session-based study with 7 sessions with the duration of 5-6 days.

International collaboration

Vea is engaged in an exciting European network, FLORNET, www.flornet.eu. Through this network, we cooperate on internships for both students and teachers/staff, in addition to seminars, workshop and lots more.

As a student at Vea, you may get the opportunity to benefit from this network. Through our participation in international activities, Vea has received financial support from Erasmus+. This subsidizes travelling expenses and accommodation related to the deployment period.

Likewise, Vea vocational school facilitates internship for foreign students visiting Vea. They participate in classes with relevant tuition or practice.…