Winter School in Fashion Design

Submerge yourself in Nordic Fashion Design, its history and values

Fashion Design  

(Winter School)

VIA Design, the largest design and business academy in Scandinavia within furniture, fashion and lifestyle invites you to discover the fascinating world of Nordic Fashion Design.

About the programme


Subject: Winter School in Fashion Design

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: 28 January to 8 February 2019

Language: English B2 level

Credits: Equivalent to 5 ECTS. Upon completion, you will receive a course certificate documenting your acquired skills.

Academic level: Bachelor level

Prerequisites: Competencies in film, fashion, art, architecture or communication at a BA level. Only international students are eligible for application. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply

Course fee: €1000. The fee includes tuition, field trips, all materials used and admission fees for day or study trips that may be part of the programme. Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the above fee.

Application deadline: 1 December 2018 (later admission is subject to availability). This course is dependent upon a minimum number of participants. Otherwise VIA University College reserves the right to cancel the course.

Location: VIA Design, Birk Centerpark, 7400 Herning, Central Region of Denmark. Please notice you will start the course in Copenhagen and from there travel to Herning.

About the course
Learn about Nordic Fashion Design and develop your design skills through excursions, studies, lectures and hands-on projects

Through inspiration and excursions, VIA Design will introduce you to the main aspects of Scandinavian Fashion Design. Case studies, lectures and hands-on projects will guide you through the process and help you understand how Danish fashion design has developed over the years, honouring the traditions of minimalism and craftsmanship. It will inspire you to develop your own design skills in another context and introduce you to a new network.

We will of course take part in Copenhagen Fashion Week and you will visit major fashion brands in Denmark. You will also visit the Design Museum Denmark in Copenhagen, The Danish Textile Museum and HEART Museum in Herning. Their exhibitions, archives, libraries and collections are an essential part of Denmark’s design and art heritage and an important source of inspiration for future designers.

Teaching style

The programme will be a combination of group work, individual exercises, lectures and workshops where you will learn how to develop a fashion concept and how to sketch. You will also acquire knowledge of idea generation methods, develop a line-up and prepare a final presentation in the form of a portfolio

Student participation:

The winter school has a high level of student involvement and includes group work, individual exercises, lectures and workshops.


Professionals from the fashion industry will be part of the team of lecturers teaching the course.

Practical information
This winter school takes place in our innovative Design Campus in Herning


We recommend the Hotel DGI Huset. It is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Herning and the largest in the region. It is known for its unique decor and abundance of in- and outdoor facilities, including fitness centre, spa and a spectacular swim centre.

Campus Herning

Campus Herning is located in the city of Herning and from here you can easily travel to Denmark’s major cities within a few hours. You can take a 45-minute shuttle bus to the nearby Billund Airport, and from there you can travel to all of Europe.

Living in Herning

Denmark is one of the world’s safest countries, and our crime rates are low. However, you should still take the same precautions as you would in any larger European city.

Exploring Europe

It only takes a few hours to fly to all the major cities in Europe from Billund Airport, making Denmark a European gateway. For example, you can drive to Hamburg and take in the modern metropolis, or fly to Paris to eat croissants and visit the Eiffel Tower, ticking off the list of European destinations on your bucket list.

More information and application can be found on our English website

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

VIA University College

Anna Kronborg Bell

Summer School Coordinator



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