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

Top-up degree of Retail Management, 90 ECTS
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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 spreads over three semesters, which is one and a half years. On the AP degree programme you achieved basic insight and tools to navigate in the fashion industry, whereas the BA top-up gives you the chance to become deeply absorbed in the areas of retail management. At this stage we expect you to be able to work more independently.

The programme is organised so that you first do common core projects for all BA students and then put a profound focus on your chosen speciality.
Elective course subjects and a placement period in the fashion industry are compulsory parts of the programme as well, and you conclude your studies with a bachelor assignment.

This programme is also offered as an exchange programme.

Career Opportunities  

You will be able to transfer the core values and concept of the store right through to the employees so that the relation between idea and implementation is clear and distinctive. You will acquire a profound knowledge of how to supervise and motivate staff and you gain insight into developing and optimising store concepts.

About the Degree

Retail Management is an area of specialisation on the Bachelor (BA) top-up programme. You learn to develop and manage shops within the fashion and lifestyle sector.You will be able to transfer the core values and concept of the store right through to the employees in order to make the relation between idea and implementation clear and distinctive. By gaining an in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour and marketing you will be able to fine-tune the store management and you will learn to work in an independent manner with development, human resources and strategy on a skilled level.


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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