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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


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

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

Programme start: Early September 

Study location: Herning - Read about Campus Herning (in English) 

Language: The programme is taught in English 

Curriculum: See the curriculum (in English) (pdf) 

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.

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: 

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 Baccalaureate 
  • High school in the USA/Canada + at least one year at a university/college 
  • 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/economics results corresponding to a Danish level C - and English results corresponding to a Danish level B. 

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 you apply, you are required to do an admissions 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, 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 programme. 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
The application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

Application process

Applicants from non EU/EØS countries have to fill ind this application form:

Go to and fill in the application form.

The application form together with all relevant documents needs to be sent to

Application deadline

No later than 15 March.

Admission assignment 

There are admissions assignments for all of our specialities under the AP degree in Design, Technology and Business.

The admissions assignments for international applicants can be downloaded here from 1 February. 

Deadline and further details can be found in the assignment. 

Visa application

A visa application may take up to three months to process. When you have paid the tuition fee, we will initiate the visa application process and you can continue with your visa application.

Deadline for payment of tuition fee is 15 May.

For further information about the visa application rules for non-EU citizens, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

Fees and tuition
Here you can get information about tuition fees and more.

The total for the full course is EUR 30,000.00.

There is no tuition fees for the following students: 

  • Students who exchange with Danish students as part of a bilateral agreement with an educational institution abroad. 

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

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

Find more information about fees and finances


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. 

Find further information and the application form.


Contact us for further information: 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

You are always welcome to contact us.

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

T: + 45 87 55 05 00 

Read about Campus Herning (in English).