Expand your horizon with a top-up BA degree in Design and Business

VIA Design & Business  

Bachelor (top-up)

Do you want to work in the fashion and lifestyle industry within design, purchasing, marketing or concept development? You can specialise within 8 areas.

About the programme


Titel: Bachelor top-up in Design & Business 

Duration of the programme: 1 ½ years (90 ECTS). Full time course of study 

Programme start: Early August 

Study location: Herning. Read about campus Herning (in English) 

Language: The programme is taught in English 

Curriculum: See the curriculum (in English)

Please note: The BA top-up in Design & Business is a continuation of an AP degree programme. If you do not yet have further education beyond high school, please look at the AP degree in Design, Technology & Business. 

Visit the AP degree in Design, Technology & Business

Structure and content
The Bachelor (BA) top-up takes 1 1/2 years, and is a continuation of an AP degree.

The Bachelor (BA) top-up takes three semesters and gives you the chance to immerse yourself in your chosen specialty. At this stage of your education we expect you to be able to work in a more independent manner.

The programme is organised around: 

  • Common core programme 
  • Specialisation 
  • Elective subjects 
  • Traineeship (9-13 weeks) 
  • Final BA project 

You can read more about the programme in the curriculum (in English).

Common core programme 

During the first semester, all BA students follow the same compulsory programme, making sure you cover a variety of disciplines within the area of design and business. All projects in this programme are worked out in partnership with the other BA top-up specialities at VIA Design. The goal is to strengthen the relationship between the creative aspects and business, as well as how to focus on results that can be achieved. 


After the first semester, the focus will be on your speciality. It consists of subjects and projects centred on core areas of the chosen specialty. Read more under the individual specialties. 


Electives allow you to supplement the common core programme and your specialty with subjects that you choose from your primary interest. 


During the sixth semester, all BA top-up students have a mandatory internship period for at least nine weeks. The internship takes place in a private company of your own choice and involves various disciplines. As an intern, you will get valuable knowledge of how the different professions are interrelated, and get the chance to enhance your professional network. Many students choose to do their internship outside Denmark with one of our many co-operative partners. 

Bachelor assignment 

You will finish your BA top-up with a written assignment followed by an oral examination. The assignment starts from a formulation of a problem made by you in co-operation with a company. You will spend the entire semester on this. 

After graduating, you will be qualified to find a job in the fashion and lifestyle branch, or to start your own business. You will also have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree at a university outside Denmark. 

Teaching methods 

All the teaching is project-oriented. You will get profound knowledge of your chosen speciality as well as the opportunity to develop your individual image. 

During the fifth semester, the joint projects ensure a continuous collaboration between the areas of design and business. You’ll get insight into the work areas of your future colleagues and learn the importance of working together in order to achieve your ideas. 

The programme is a combination of theory, supervision and independent studies. You must be able to work independently through projects of long duration.

There are 8 specialities at the top up bachelor degree in Design & Business.

You choose speciality when you apply for the programme. 

Read more about the different specialities: 

If you have completed a relevant AP degree or corresponding degree, you can apply for the international BA top-up degree in Design & Business.

Formal admission requirements 

To be eligible to apply for the international BA top-up degree in Design & Business you need to have completed one of the programmes from the list below. 

  • A needlework teacher exam or an exam from an internationally acknowledged design school A
  • Bachelor in either Design or Business from an international university/university college. 

Language requirements 

You will need to provide documentation of your English language level. (certificate is required). 

As documentation we accept the following internationally recognised language tests:

Required test scores:

IELTS An average band score of 6.5
TOEFL Internet-based 83
TOEFL Paper-based (valid until June 2019) 585
TOEFL Paper-delivered Reading – high (22-30)
Listening – high (22-30)
Writing – Good (24-30)
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). Find further information about VIAT/e at the Campus Horsens site (in English).


Admission assignment 

When applying for the BA top-up degree in Design & Business, you are required to complete an admissions assignment for the speciality you are applying for. 

You will have 2 weeks to finish the assignment. The precise deadline and further details can be found in the assignment. 

The assignment should be send digitally to design.assignment.ba@via.dk

It is very important that you follow the guidelines explained in the assignment. If the guidelines are not followed precisely, your assignment may not be evaluated.

How to apply
You apply to the programme at design.appl.ba@via.dk.

You must complete an admissions assignment in order to be accepted into the programme. 

Step 1: application 

Please submit everything electronically and send it to design.appl.ba@via.dk no later than 15 March at 12 noon.  

NB: Diplomas/Transcript of records from summer examinations should be sent ASAP after graduation to design.appl.ba@via.dk

Step 2: admission assignment 

  • The admission assignment will be published on 16 March 
  • You will have 2 weeks to finish the assignment. The precise deadline and further details can be found in the assignment 

Link to the admission assignment 2016 (in English).

Step 3: personal interview 

Your application and admissions assignment will be assessed by the admissions office and academic staff members. 

  1. If your admission assignment qualifies you for admission, you will be admitted to the course programme without a personal interview. 
  2. If your admission assignment qualifies you for admission to the course programme, you may be invited to a personal interview either in person at the school or through Skype. 
  3. If your admission assignment does not qualify you for admission to the course programme, you will be notified that your application for admission has been rejected.
Fees and tuition
Information about tuition fees and more.

The total for the full course is EUR 21,200.00.

There is no tuition fee for the following students on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with an educational institution abroad  

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

Download the full Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (in English) (pdf).

VIA University College has partners throughout the world referring students with interest in international experiences to us. 

If tuition fee is required from an applicant, please note that invoices will always be sent 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. 


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

Find further information.


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

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

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

Your internship can take its starting point in your speciality and involves the various disciplines from the value chain of the company. The purpose is to give you thorough insight into the work processes. You learn the importance of close co-operation between different functions in a creative business and the importance of working in interdisciplinary teams. 

After the placement period, you must hand in a written assignment followed by an oral examination. The problem statement of the assignment is made in co-operation with the company. It forms the foundation of your work in the company. 

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 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 6th semester. The duration of a study period outside Denmark is normally one semester – corresponding to 4 months. 

Traineeship outside Denmark 

Why not do your mandatory internship period 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 an internship period outside Denmark 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. 

Vietnam and China exchange 

For students specialising within business.

If you are a 6th 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 traineeship at a private-sector company. 

You apply for the programme when you are at your 5th semester. 

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.

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. 

A 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 

Helle Yding Sørensen
Student counsellor
T: +45 87 55 40 42
E: heys@via.dk 

You are always welcome to contact us

VIA Design & Business 
Birk Centerpark 5
DK-7400 Herning 

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

Read about Campus Herning (in English).

VIA Design & Business 
Ceresbyen 24 
DK - 8000 Aarhus C 

T: +45 87 55 00 10 
E: herning@via.dk 

Read about Campus Aarhus C (in English).