Experience a semester with focus on fashion and lifestyle

VIA Design & Business


Be part of an international semester focused on the fashion and lifestyle business. Choose between seven areas of specialisation including Branding, Retail Management and Fashion Design.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS) 

    Programme start: August (Autumn semester) and January (Spring semester) 

    Study location: Herning. Read more about Campus Herning

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Curriculum: See the latest curriculum (pdf)

    Fact sheet: Fact Sheet for Partner Institutions of VIA School of Business, Technology and Creative Industries (pdf)

  • Structure and content

    Every year we welcome exchange students within the ERASMUS + programme or from our partner universities overseas.

    As an exchange student, you will enrol in one of our full degree programmes taught in English. You will be joining a class consisting of both international and Danish students. 

    You choose an area of specialisation on either our design or business programmes. As a result, you get to study the subject area you are most interested in. You will join the fifth semester (Autumn) or sixth semester (Spring) on one of the following programmes: 

    Branding & Marketing Management

    You learn to develop, plan, implement and evaluate marketing initiatives in a broad sense, both nationally and internationally. In this context, you can identify, analyse and present data, trends and currents in areas related to marketing and branding. 

    Read more about the programme

    Fashion Design 

    Get a profound knowledge of trends, sociology, idea generation and theory of science that enables you to work with the design process in an experimenting and creative manner. 

    Read more about the programme

    Pattern Design 

    Learn to work out complex solutions for pattern designing and grading, and to balance the aes-thetic with the functional. Achieve skills in estimating the usability of the materials and silhouettes in relation to the sketches of the fashion designer. 

    Read more about the programme


    Qualifiy to work professionally with generating business ideas, projects, and concepts whether you want to establish your own company or work with development in an existing company.

    Read more about the programme 

    Evaluation and exams 

    There will be projects during the semester that you will have to complete, as well as continuous evaluations. 

    Read more about our programmes taught in English

  • Enrolment

    We expect you to have completed one year of study at your home university before you apply for our exchange programme.

    VIA Design expects international students who apply to take part of their degree course with us to have completed at least one year of study at their home university.

    When your home university has nominated you for exchange at VIA Design, we will send you further information and a link to our online application system.

    If you are applying for Fashion Design as well as Pattern Design, please be ready to send a portfolio to us showing your previous work when requested by e-mail to do so.

    If your university does not have a bilateral agreement with our school and you wish to become an exchange student with us, please contact the international coordinators at your home institution and ask them to contact:

    International Coordinator
    Louise Bruun Risvang
    E: lbri@via.dk

    Language requirements

    If you would like to study at one of our exchange programmes at VIA Design, you must be able to speak and write English well. You must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and be able to write assignments and reports in English.

  • How to apply

    Before you apply, you must be nominated by your home university.

    When your home university has nominated you for exchange at VIA Design, we will send you further information and a link to our online application system. 

    If you are applying for the programmes Fashion Design, Retail Design, Pattern Design and Furniture Design please be ready to send a portfolio to us showing your previous work when requested by e-mail to do so.

    Nomination deadline

    • 15 April – Autumn Semester
    • 15 October – Spring Semester

    Application deadline

    • 1 May - Autumn semester
    • 1 November – Spring semester
  • Fees and tuition

    Most exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee if they 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 from Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein 
    Read more about fees, finances and scholarships
  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    If you are not sure which study programme is right for you, it might be helpful for you to talk to our international coordinator. 

    International Coordinator
    Louise Bruun Risvang
    E: lbri@via.dk

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us.

    VIA University College
    Birk Centerpark 5
    DK-7400 Herning 

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

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Surrounding Campus Herning

Campus Herning – VIA Design

The largest design and business academy in Scandinavia within fashion and lifestyle.

Graduate Show 2016

Students from VIA Design showed off their collections at the annual Fashion Show. 
design af Agne Malisauskaite

Graduate show CPH 2015

12 upcoming designers showed their collections at the Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Pattern from VIA Design


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