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VIA Design, Technology & Business

Academy Profession Degree

Do you want to work in the fashion and lifestyle industry? At the AP in Design, Technology & Business, you can specialise in areas such as design, marketing and purchasing - all in an international and high profile industry.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Titel: Academy Professions (AP) Degree in Design, Technology & Business 

    Duration of the programme: 2 years (120 ECTS). Full time course of study 

    Programme start: Early September 

    Study location: Herning - Read more about Campus Herning 

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Curriculum: See the curriculum

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish)

    See the study activity model

    See average grades and statistics of VIAs programmes (only in Danish) 

    Please note: After the AP-degree you can continue your education at our top-up bachelor programme in Design & Business.

  • Structure and content

    Design, Technology & Business gives you an understanding of the whole fashion and lifestyle branch. 

    The programme spreads over 4 semesters which is two years. You can choose between 5 specialties:

    All are focused on the fashion and lifestyle branch. 

    The programme is organised so you get a broad understanding of the whole fashion and lifestyle branch as well as a profound knowledge of your chosen speciality. 

    Common core programme

    During the first semester, all AP undergraduates follow the same common core programme centered on design, business and knowledge of materials. You develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of the design and business branch. 

    Every semester concludes with an oral or written examination. 

    Focus on your speciality

    After the first semester, you will focus on your chosen speciality. You will also get the opportunity to improve your skills through elective subjects of your own interest. 

    Internship period

    During the third semester, all students will have a compulsory 9-week internship in a private company of your own choice. As an intern in a real company, you will get a valuable knowledge of how different professions are interrelated. Numerous students choose to do their internship outside Denmark with one of our many co-operative partners. 

    Final assignment

    You will finish your AP degree with a written assignment followed by an oral examination. The assignment will be based on a formulation of a problem made by the student in collaboration with a company. 

    After graduation, you have the skills to get a job in the fashion and lifestyle branch, or you can continue your studies with a BA top-up programme.

  • Specialities

    There are 5 specialities at the AP degree programme in Design, Technology and Business.

    You must select specialty before you begin the programme. You choose speciality when you take the entrance assignment. 

    Read more about the different specialities: 

  • Enrolment

    Be aware of the admission requirements before you apply for the international AP degree programme.

    Formal admission requirements

    To be eligible to apply for the international AP degree programme, you need to have completed one course from the list below. 

    • General upper secondary education 
    • International or European Baccalaureate 
    • High school in the USA/Canada
    • At least two years of relevant studies from universities in Africa, India, Pakistan and countries with a similar educational system 
    • Students who have completed the first year of a bachelor's degree can also apply, but will need individual assessment. 

    All students are required to have obtained mathematics or economics results corresponding to a Danish level C - and English results corresponding to a Danish level B. These levels correspond to 125 hours of mathematics or economics and 210 hours of English during the last 3 years of your qualifying education.

    Verification form

    In order to provide documentation that applicants with a non-Danish entry qualification fulfil the admission requirements, a verification form should be submitted in addition to your diploma and other documents.

    The verification form is used to verify the hours of instruction (1 hour = 60 minutes) of every needed subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels.

    Please note that the form is valid only when stamped and signed by your school. The form must be submitted with your application at www.optagelse.dk (not necessary if stated on the diploma).  

    Language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. VIA University College requires that you have an English level of B2 or higher (According to Common European Frame of Reference).

    As documentation we accept the following internationally recognized language tests and minimum test score:

    IELTS An average band score of 6.0
    TOEFL Internet-based 80
    TOEFL Paper-based 550
    Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    IB (International Baccalaureate)
    Group 1: All grades
    Group 2: English B HL, all grades
    English B SL, minimum grade 5

    Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    If you are an international student who does not meet the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e):

    Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada or New Zealand are exempt from the English language admission requirements.

    Applicants with an IB (International Baccalaureate) exam do not need to be tested in English for the English speaking study programmes.

    Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland do not need to be tested. Their high school diploma will be converted to Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants.

    Admission assignment

    When you apply, you are required to do an admission assignment for each of the specialities that you apply for. You can read more about the admission assignment under “How to Apply” 

    Skype Interview

    When you have successfully applied through www.optagelse.dk, and if you fulfil the formal entrance requirements of the program, you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview with one of our staff members.

    It will be an informal talk where the main goal is to talk about your motivation for following VIA Design’s program. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program, studying at VIA Design and other practical issues. The Skype interview is mandatory for all students who apply to get into our international programs.

    The Skype interviews will take place in April and May.

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or a non-Danish applicant.

    You apply for admission online at optagelse.dk

    Online enrolment opens 1 February every year. 

    Please find more information and admission assignments here: 

  • Fees and tuition

    Here you can get information about tuition fees and more.

    There is no tuition fees for the following students: 

    • Students from the European Union (EU) 
    • Students from EEA countries (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland) 
    • Students from Switzerland 
    • Students who are granted permanent residency or a time-limited permit with the possibility of permanent residence in Denmark. 
    • Students who exchange with Danish students as part of a bilateral agreement with an educational institution abroad. 
    • Students who are granted a residence permit under §9c, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act as the accompanying child of a non-Dane with a residency permit issued under section 9a of the Aliens Act. 

    All other students (primarily students from outside the EU) must pay tuition fees. 

    Scholarship 

    Each year the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education gives a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA. 

    Contact 

    Contact us for further information:
    E: design.int@via.dk

  • Internship

    Learning to apply theory in practice is critical for your future career in the fashion and lifestyle industry. 

    During the third semester, you will get the chance to try out your skills in an internship at a company of your own choice. 

    Your internship can take its starting point in your speciality and involve the various disciplines in the company. 

    The purpose of the internship is to give you a basic insight into the work processes of creative companies, so you can understand the importance of close co-operation between the various functions. You will also learn to work in interdisciplinary teams. 

    After the internship, you must hand in a written assignment followed by an oral examination. 

    The list below gives you examples of companies that welcome interns from Design, Technology & Business: 

    • Barbara I Gongini 
    • Bestseller A/S 
    • Baum Und Pferdgarten 
    • Designers Remix Collection A/S 
    • Lolly's Laundry 
    • Nelly.com 
    • ScanZa – Zanzibar 
    • This Way – Shanghai 
    • Toonari News & Media 
    • Won Hundred ApS
  • International opportunities

    Out of the 1,400 students enrolled at VIA Design, about 400 are foreign students – from nearly 30 countries.

    Working relationships have been established with a number of universities and educational establishments around the world, and more are being added. This enables our students to improve their skills outside Denmark during or after completion of their study programmes.

    Exchange – studying outside Denmark

    China, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland – you can study anywhere you like. The fashion and lifestyle sector is a global industry, so studying outside Denmark is a natural part of your education and will not prolong your studies. 

    During your time of study, you have the opportunity to go abroad as an exchange student. This is possible during your 3rd semester. The duration of a study period outside Denmark is normally one semester – corresponding to 4 months.
    Read more about VIAs bilateral agreements

    Internship outside Denmark

    Why not do your mandatory internship outside of Denmark? This will give you the chance to get to know a culture and way of living that is different from your own. You will gain linguistic and intercultural skills that may be useful in your future career. You will also get the chance to extend your network at an early stage of your career – and a good network will probably be very useful to you later on. 

    The duration of a internship period is 9-12 weeks

    New York City, India, China, Thailand, Canada – the world is your oyster. Please ask the student counselling service for advice. The internship can be done at companies and research centres in the private or public sector. 

    Study trips

    During your studies you will be given the opportunity to go on study trips based on specific themes. 

    Whether the trips are in Denmark or other countries, the goal is to learn about companies within the fashion or lifestyle sector. This will provide you with experience and knowledge useful in your future career.

    Vietnam and China exchange

    For students specialising in business

    If you are a 3rd semester student in one of our business specialities, you can go to Vietnam or China on an individually organised course. Here you will attend classes at the university and do a traineeship at a private-sector company. 

    Apply for the programme when you are in your 2nd semester. 

    Summer school in Florence 

    If you wish to spend your summer holiday improving your design skills, we offer the chance to attend a three-week summer school in Florence or Milan. Besides getting a cultural experience that goes beyond your daily studies, you will be given the chance to achieve new perspectives and inspiration for your future career. 

    The summer school in Florence is organised for students in our AP degree programme who are specialising in Fashion Design or Pattern Design. You get to work with drawing, developing collections and fashion marketing. You will also visit Pitti Filatti, which is one of the largest yarn fairs in the world. 

    BA top-up degrees and MA degrees abroad

    With an AP degree or a Bachelor's degree from VIA Design, you have the opportunity to continue your education abroad. We have agreements with universities in various countries. In connection with your application for a BA top-up or MA degree programme, you must observe the procedures of the university at which you wish to enrol. 

    Please feel free to contact the International department if you need any help.

    More information

  • Student counselling

    Do you need help before applying?

    If you have any questions about our study programmes or just need to confirm your choice of education, our student counsellors are always at your service. 

    The student counsellor can help you with: 

    • Questions about VIA's study programmes at VIA Design, admission requirements, selection criteria and admission procedures 
    • Guidance about how you qualify yourself for admission or perhaps suggestions for other study opportunities if you are rejected/not admitted 
    • Accommodation and living costs in Herning 

    Anne Louise Degn Hansen
    Student counsellor

    T: +45 87 55 05 48
    E: design.info@via.dk

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us.

    VIA Design, Technology & Business
    Birk Centerpark 5
    DK-7400 Herning 

    T: + 45 87 55 05 00
    E: herning@via.dk 

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