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

Top-up degree of Pattern Design, 90 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts 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


Pattern Design is an area of specialisation on the Bachelor (BA) top-up programme. Being a skilled pattern designer is a matter of practical experience. So the main focus of this programme is to do projects where you get to develop your sense of form, work independently on designing patterns and estimate the proportions of the clothing. You become skilled in decoding the fashion designer’s sketches and determining the optimum manufacturing methods.

This programme is also offered as an exchange programme.

Career Opportunities  

With a BA degree specialising in Pattern Design, you have the chance to work as a pattern designer in the fashion industry. You will often have the responsibility for the fitting of the product and for the communication of this to Danish as well as international business partners.

About the Degree

The top-up degree extends an already acquired Academy Profession programme to a related or prespecified bachelor level. The top-up option is only available to a subset of AP degrees and offered as a 90 ECTS supplement with a resulting degree of Professional Bachelor.


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a relevant Academy Profession degree, Bachelor degree or teachers exam. It is also possible for to apply if you completed the 6th semester at The Danish Design School or from The Kolding School of Design. 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.
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 2019

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Aug 12

Campus Herning


Campus Herning accommodates one of the largest design and business academies in Scandinavia within the furniture, fashion and lifestyle sectors and students come from all over the world.
Campus Herning offers a number of design programmes in both Danish and English and works closely together with the fashion industry as a whole as well as the many fashion businesses located in the area around Herning.
The study environment is inspiring and decorated by well-known artists. The facilities include an award-winning canteen, The Boutique offering everything a design student needs of special materials and a trend studio.

  • Students: 1.300
  • International students: 300
  • Employees: 120
Read more about Campus Herning here.

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