VIA University College VIA Design & Business

mission statement

VIA Design & Business' mission is to enhance the market value of our students and give fashion, furniture and other lifestyle companies a competitive advantage.

VIA Design & Business is part of VIA University College, which strives to offer high-quality and research-based course programmes and knowledge targeting public and private professions.

VIA University College, located in the Central region of Denmark, educates future engineers, designers, teachers, education specialists, nurses among others. We offer more than 40 degree programmes at eight campusses across the region. VIA's departments of further education has more than 20,000 annual participants in programmes on diploma, academy profession and master degree level. This means that we are the largest institution for further education in Northern Europe. Through research and development, we make sure that our programmes are based on the latest knowledge. In addition, we help develop the society for which we educate students. We cooperate closely with public and private companies and help develop industries and societal solutions.

UN's Sustainable Development Goals 
We educate and research in sustainable solutions that help create a better future. From the principles in our strategy to the education in each classroom. From new innovative research to more thoughtful use of plastic and paper in our canteens. We strive to give our students the best tools to help reach UN's Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. Further information: https://en.via.dk/about-via/sustainability

 

international role

Our role internationally is to educate candidates with intercultural competencies - qualifying them for the future global labor market. This we ensure by having a strong international environment at home (more than 400 international full-time students) and every year a high number of incoming ERASMUS students from international partner universities. Further on we encourage our students to study one semester abroad, either with our partners in Europe or in one of our overseas exchange programs e.g. Canada. 

On an institutional level internationally we are members of e.g. EAIE, NAFSA, Eurashe, The Danish-Chinese Business Forum and we have a strong cooperation with CDEU (the Central Denmark EU Office) in Brussels.

Our role internationally is to educate candidates with intercultural competencies - qualifying them for the future global labor market. This we ensure by having a strong international environment at home (more than 400 international full-time students) and every year a high number of incoming ERASMUS students from international partner universities. Further on we encourage our students to study one semester abroad, either with our partners in Europe or in one of our overseas partners e.g. Canada. On an institutional level internationally we are members of e.g. EAIE, NAFSA, Eurashe, The Danish-Chinese Business Forum and we have a strong cooperation with CDEU (the Central Denmark EU Office) in Brussels.

national role

VIA Design & Business' role nationally and regionally is to ensure a strong connection to the private and public sector by enhancing design and business within the creative industries. Through business-oriented partnerships and development projects VIA Design & Business aims at creating growth and innovation in the creative sector. Therefore we have strong connections to the local industries and authorities in Herning and Aarhus focusing on high quality competencies for the future labor market.

In order to secure this cooperation, VIA Design & Business conducts qualitative interviews every second year, resulting in an analysis of the requirements for the future needs of the companies.

Further on we cooperate closely with e.g. Lifestyle & Design Cluster, Danish Fashion Institute and the Danish Fashion and Textile Association.

main focus

Academic quality, creativity, innovation, methodology and research within design, business and animation at undergraduate level.

faculties and departments

VIA Design & Business is a part of VIA University College. 

VIA University College, located in the Central region of Denmark, educates future engineers, designers, teachers, education specialists, nurses, social workers among others. We offer more than 40 degree programmes to 18,500 students at eight campusses across the region. In addition VIA employs 2,100 faculty and staff and has 20,000 annual participants in further education which makes VIA the largest institution for further education in Northern Europe. Through research and development, we make sure that our programmes are based on the latest knowledge. In addition, we help develop the society for which we educate students. We cooperate closely with public and private companies and help develop industries and societal solutions.


 

 

bachelor level programs

BACHELOR LEVEL PROGRAMS 
Bachelor in Design & Business (English taught)
3½ years, 210 ECTS:
•    Fashion Design
•    Branding and Marketing Management 
•    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Bachelor in Design & Business (Danish taught)
3½ years, 210 ECTS:
•    Fashion Design
•    Furniture Design
•    Pattern Design
•    Visual Communication Design
•    Retail Design & Business 
•    Purchasing Management 
•    Entrepreneurship & Innovation
•    Branding and Marketing Management 

Bachelor in Textile Design, Handcraft and Communication (Danish taught)
3½ years, 210 ECTS

Bachelor of Engineering – Material Science and Product Design (English taught)
3½ years, 210 ECTS

research activity and main areas

The purpose of the R&D Centre for Creative Business and Professions is to acquire, develop and present new knowledge about animation and visualization, film and transmedia, product design and materials technology as well as creative business and sustainable development. Our work in all programme areas is based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on applied and development-based research that contributes to the knowledge base of our programmes and can create value for creative businesses.

VIA University College has 7 research centres. The R&D Centre for Creative Business and Professions is one of them. https://en.via.dk/research/design-film-and-animation

doctorate level programs

We have a number of Ph.D. students connected to the Research and Development Centre for Creative Industries and Professions: https://en.via.dk/research/design-film-and-animation

subject areas for exchange students


•    Fashion Design (Lifestyle & design industry)
•    Branding and Marketing Management (Lifestyle & design industry)
•    Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Lifestyle & design industry)

application deadlines

1 May for studies beginning in August (autumn semester). 1 November for beginning in January (spring semester).

teaching languages

English

semester dates

Autumn semester: end August/beginning of September. Spring semester: end of January/ beginning of February.

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Studying: No tuition fee for EU citizens. Living: approximately 600 Euro

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