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Retail Design - Design & Business (Top-up degree)

Top-up degree of Retail Design, 90 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution VIA University College
Campus Campus Herning
Duration 1,5 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7500 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Bachelor (BA) top-up takes three semesters. Whereas the AP degree programme provides you with basic insight and tools to navigate in the fashion industry, the BA top-up gives you the chance to become deeply absorbed in retail design. At this stage of your education we expect you to be able to work in a more independent manner.

The programme is organised with joint projects for all BA students during the first semester. Afterwards we focus on your chosen speciality. Elective course subjects and an internship in the fashion industry are compulsory parts of the programme as well, and you conclude your studies with a bachelor assignment.
At the end of your BA degree you will be qualified to participate in a higher education programme or find a job in the fashion and lifestyle sector.

This programme is also offered as an exchange programme.

Career Opportunities  

The retail designer conveys the brand identity of the company so it reaches the customers. You will work with interior decoration of the store according to the set goals of the marketing strategy. The purpose of the retail design is to be eye-catching. You will work with marketing as well as decorating stores.

About the Degree

Retail Design is an area of specialisation on the Bachelor (BA) top-up programme. You work independently with fitting up stores in relation to both design and architecture, and you gain insight into working with innovation on a high level. In addition, you learn to transform sketches and drawings into actions and you will be able to keep track of an entire design process.


To be eligible to apply for the international BA top-up degree you need to have completed one of the programmes from the list below.
  • An AP Degree in Design, Technology and Business, AP Degree in Multimedia Design & Communication, AP Degree in Production Technology, AP Degree in Marketing Management or similar 

  • 6th semester from The Danish Design School or from The Kolding School of Design. 

  • 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.
To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a general upper secondary school diploma or a vocational diploma, or the international equivalent.
You are also required to have obtained mathematics/economics corresponding to a Danish level C - and English corresponding to a Danish level B. Read more about the requirements here.

In addition, documentation is required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. VIA University College accepts a range of international tests. Read about the language requirements at VIA.

Apply through the national electronic admission system, with all relevant documentation.
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact VIA University College directly. 

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education in the section

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA, Switzerland and Turkey. 

The tuition fees are:
  • 1st year (5th and 6th semester): EUR 15.000
  • 7th semester: EUR 7.500

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at   

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn 2017

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Aug 21

Campus Herning


Campus Herning accommodates the largest design and business academy in Scandinavia within the furniture, fashion and lifestyle sectors. Campus Herning offers a number of design programmes in both Danish and English and has a close cooperation with the fashion industry and the nearby.
The study environment is inspiring and decorated by known artists. The facilities are plenty, and students are encouraged to use them as much as they want.

  • Students: 1.300
  • International students: 400
  • Employees: 120
Read more about Campus Herning here.

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