VIA Byggetekniker

Learn how to draw and plan construction work

VIA Construction Technology

Academy Profession Degree

Do you want to learn how to plan building projects? And would you like to have a broad understanding of the various building stages? Then be a building technician!

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Academy Profession (AP) Degree in Construction Technology

    Duration of the programme: 2 years (140 ECTS). Full Time course of study

    Programme start: February and September

    Location of study: Horsens or Aarhus. Read more about Campus Horsens and Campus Aarhus

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Curriculum: See the current and former curricula

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

    See the study activity model

    See average grade and statistics of VIA's programmes (only in Danish)

  • Structure and content

    You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments

    The teaching philosophy at VIA Construction Technology consists of a combination of theory lessons, assignments and project work. You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments and case studies.

    Your choice of projects will increasingly be influenced by your own interest and abilities.

    1st semester: Building plot and 1-2 storey dwellings

    Your first semester project will be a "single-family house," covering all aspects relating to situating the house on a plot, specifying and arranging rooms, selecting materials, selecting building services, costing, time management, etc.

    2nd semester: Land plot and single family house

    The project methodology in the second semester will be applied to the following themes: Industry and Technology, International Project Week and Designing a two-storey single-family house with a basement.

    3rd semester: Industrialised building design

    The overall theme in the 3rd semester is "Industrialised building design". As with the previous two semesters, the dominant work method will be project work – carried out as group work whenever possible.

    4th semester – internship and final project

    In the 4th semester of the VIA Construction Technology programme, students go on internship and prepare a final project, which is also their examination.

    You can choose between two career pathways: production or construction project management.

    Production focuses on employment with manufacturers or suppliers of building products and construction products.

    Construction project management focuses on employment with architects or tradesmen and construction companies.

    More information

  • Enrolment

    Get information about the requirements for Danish and International students

    Admission requirements 

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates

    The above certificates must provide evidence of:

    • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 125 hours*)

    *1 hour = 60 minutes. Study hours during the final three years in upper secondary school.

    Non-Danish applicants must include a copy of the original exam certificate and a transcript of records plus a state-authorised translation of their transcript of records in either Danish or English.

    Applicants with a Danish high school exam must have passed the above-mentioned subject as well as English C-level with a minimum grade of 02.

    Danish applicants can apply in Quota 2 (deadline 15 March) with a vocational education such as those listed below:

    • Mason (Level 2)
    • Concrete-layer
    • Paving-stone layer
    • Builder
    • Electrician (building automatic)
    • Machinist (Level 2)
    • Woodworker
    • Joiner
    • Technical designer

    Danish applicants can also apply with a three year vocational education and passed C-level English and C level Mathematics.

    Verification form

    If study hours are not included in the transcript of records, we will require a verification form. The form is used to verify the hours of instruction of each criterion subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels. The verification form must be stamped and signed by your previous school in order to be accepted.
    Download Verification form (pdf)

    You can visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to find help or to have your qualification evaluated by the Ministry before applying. 

    All applicants will be evaluated individually using the following criteria:

    • Exam results from previous studies 
    • Work experience (a minimum of 30 hours work per week for at least 3 months)
      Please upload Employers Declaration (pdf) at optagelse.dk 
    • Stays abroad (for a consecutive period of minimum 3 months)
    • Relevant courses of at least 6 months’ duration, e.g. preparation courses for refugees and immigrants
    • General motivation

    Qualified applicants may be called for a personal interview, if possible.  

    English proficiency certificates 

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. Please find an overview of accepted language tests and test scores on the page VIA Language Assessment Centre.

    Those exempt from tests are: 

    • Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand 
    • Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland (their high school diploma will be converted into Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants)

    You may also choose to sit VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e), but you need to be present on Campus. Read more about the VIALAC test.

    Credit transfer 

    Students who have completed relevant study activities at an institution of higher education may be allowed to transfer their credits to VIA, which may exempt the student from exams/courses of a study programme. 

    Read more about credit transfer at VIA University College

    NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.

     

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or an international student.

    The programme begins twice a year, in August and February.

    August 

    Apply online through optagelse.dk. The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

    Fill in the application form and upload any relevant documentation to optagelse.dk. 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from optagelse.dk by email to studieplads@via.dk before 15 March at 12:00 noon.

    The area code for the programme is:

    • Horsens 41165
    • Aarhus 41175

    February

    The application process for the programme starting in February will be handled manually. Find the application form on the webpage 'Places available' (published in July).

    Application deadlines

    15 March, 12:00 noon

    • All international applicants
    • International and Danish applicants applying on the basis of a vocational education
    • Danish applicants applying on the basis of an international or foreign entry qualification
    • Danish quota 2 applicants and applicants applying for any kind of exemption

    5 July, 12:00 noon

    • Only Danish quota 1 applicants

    Fee for Non-EU applicants

    Applicants from outside of the EU/EAA who do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before their applications can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.

    Please visit the Admission site for further information about how to apply, the application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application. 

  • Fees and tuition

    Here you can get information about tuition fees and more.

    You do not have to pay tuition fees if you come from:

    • Institutions which have signed a Bilateral Agreement on the exchange of students with VIA University College
    • Countries which are full members of the EU, or Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein

    Overview of fees and terms of payment

    If you do have to pay a tuition fee, the total for the full course is EUR 30,200.00 This breaks down to EUR 7,550.00 for each of the four semesters.

    You must be current with payments in order to get access to the first semester of the programme. To see the payment deadlines please open the Payment schedule:

    The prices are fixed within the official duration of your study programme. Any following semester payments, if you exceed the official duration of the study programme, will correspond to the tuition fee at that time.

    VIA University College reserves the right to change tuition fees every year in October or whenever conditions necessitate such changes.

    If a tuition fee is required you will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution. If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA UC partner, please let us know.

    Application fee

    Application is free if you are from a country that is member of the EU. Applicants from all other countries are required to pay an application fee of 100 euro. The application fee must be paid in full when applying for the programme.

    Learn more about the application fee and how to pay 

    Terms and agreements

    Terms and agreements between partners and VIA University College can be seen in the different contracts under Code of Conduct (pdf).

    Read more about accommodation, living expenses, etc.:

    When applying for a visa, remember to include a copy of your admission letter.

  • Internship

    Your internship teaches you things that you can’t learn in a classroom.

    Your internship teaches you things that you can't learn in a classroom.

    An important part of the VIA University College programme is the opportunity to put theory-based results into use in the 'real world' by having one or more periods of internship.

    Whatever the direction of your studies, you will enjoy the experience of practical training in a company or public administration and learn things that cannot be taught in a classroom.

    We have excellent cooperation partners for internship: local businesses in both Horsens and Aarhus, who enjoy working with the trainees we send them.

    We are also beginning to receive the same kind of positive feedback from both foreign-based companies and Danish companies operating abroad.

    This is important, as it means you can stay in Denmark or go abroad for your internship period.

    For further information: Students on work placement (pdf)

  • Career guidance

    With an AP Degree in Construction Technology you will find exciting jobs

    As a building technician you are the site’s unifying leader. You will have the skills to discuss the general principles of construction with architects and builders. At the same time you will be the trademen’s sparring partner when solving technical challenges or choosing materials.

    With a degree in construction technology, you can find work in many types of companies related to the construction industry – typically among architects, contractors, builders and manufacturers of building elements.

    Do you want to be self-employed?

    You will not be limited to existing companies when it is times to finding a job. Several construction technicians have chosen to start their own companies. With your own firm, you can choose to work in precisely those areas you think are most exciting.

    Help for your future career

    VIA Campus Horsens’ Career Service Centre helps you transition from being a student to being a part of the working world. The centre offers advice about your options. It can give you some good guidelines about salary and organises “Company Dating”, where students and companies meet each other in an informal way.

    Further education

    After successfully completing the Construction Technology programme, you can continue your education by becoming a Bachelor in Architectural Technology & Construction Management

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective

    To enrich the study experience and nurture cultural diversity on campus, we encourage our students to study abroad and welcome foreign students from partner institutions.

    VIA University College has cooperation agreements with approximately 200 institutions in 33 countries in Europe as well as overseas.

    This means that you have the opportunity to choose to study for one semester at one of our partner institutions in another country.

    You may also choose to do your work placement in an international company in another part of the world. Both these possibilities give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture.

    A study abroad experience also provides global insight and perspective. Today's business world is a global marketplace, so having a study abroad experience can be a positive for your CV.

    Contact our international office

  • Student counselling

    Get answers to your questions about VIA and the VIA Construction Technology

    The student counsellor can help you with:

    • Questions about various VIA study programmes within technology and business
    • Admission requirements, selection criteria and admission procedures.

    Horsens

    Contact a student counsellor i Horsens:

    Lene Raaholdt
    T: (+45) 87 55 41 46
    E: lrc@via.dk

    Aarhus

    Contact a student counsellor in Aarhus:
    Goar Pallesen
    T: + 45 61 98 74 20
    E: gopa@via.dk

  • Contact

    You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    Horsens

     VIA Architectural Technology and Construction Management
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens
    T: +45 87 55 40 00
    E: horsens@via.dk

    Opening hours:
    Lines are open: Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30

    Aarhus

    VIA Architectural Technology and Construction Management
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK - 8000 Aarhus C 
    T: +45 89 37 35 33
    E: erhverv.info@via.dk

    Opening hours:
    Lines are open: Monday - Thursday at 08:00 – 15:00
    Friday at 08:00 – 14:00