Design and Business 

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




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city


Study start

August and January

About the Design and Business exchange programme

  • Language:

    The programme is taught in English 


    See the latest curriculum

    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 within either design or business. As a result, you get to study the subject area you are most interested in. You will join the first semester (Autumn) or second semester (Spring) on one of the below specialisations. Be aware that we have limited seats and a nomination is no guarantee for admission.

    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. 

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    Fashion Design 

    Get a profound knowledge of fashion design, collection building and construction/fitting, trends, sociology, idea generation and theory of science that enables you to work with the design process in an experimenting and creative manner. To become admitted into Fashion Design, it is a requisite that you have very good sewing and design skills. 

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    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Qualify 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.

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    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

  • VIA Design and Business 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 and Business, we will send you further information and a link to our online application system.

    If you are applying for Fashion Design, please be ready to send a portfolio to us showing your previous work when requested by e-mail to do so. Please be aware that seats are very limited for this specialty. The course requires that you have have a certain skillset within sewing, and your portfolio needs to show your own designs and sewn projects.

    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
    Rikke Schmidt

    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 (certificate is required), as you must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and be able to write assignments and reports in English.

    As documentation, we accept confirmation of a B2 level from your home institution or one of the following internationally recognised language tests: TOEFL, IELTS or the Cambridge ESOL test.

    For more information see English proficiency requirements

  • You must apply through our application system.

    Your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with VIA University College in order for you to be able to apply for an exchange programme at VIA.

    If an agreement exists, you will be able to fill in the application form. Please be aware that VIA must receive a nomination from your home institution as well. 

    Go to the application portal to apply now

  • Exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Per definition, exchange stays are an exchange of one or more students between partner universities and therefore, exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    If you do not know, if your institution is a partner of VIA, please contact the international office at your home institution. If your institution is not a partner of VIA and you would like us to discuss the possibility of establishing an exchange agreement with your home institution, please contact us at

  • Contact our Incoming team at if you have questions about the exchange programme or how to apply.

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    VIA University College
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