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Pattern Design - Design, Technology & Business (AP degree)

Academy Profession Degree of Pattern Design, 120 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 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7500 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The programme in Pattern Design provides you with a basic understanding of pattern design and the applied theories and methods within the fashion industry. Pattern Design is a hands-on programme, which means that you will be acquainted with tools and methods that are essential for your future career or if you choose to continue your studies on our BA top-up programme.
You achieve basic knowledge of materials and how to design patterns for clothing of all sizes. You learn about women’s wear and are trained to use CAD software, which is an important tool for the pattern designer.

Career Opportunities  

With an AP degree specialising in Pattern Design you have the chance to work as an assistant within the fashion sector. Your job is to assist the pattern designer in developing measurement charts and workshop drawings. This is an important part of the preliminary work, when the collection is put into production. Likewise, the assistant has to check the quality of the samples.

Several AP degree graduates choose to follow a BA top-up programme, which gives you access to a wider range of career prospects. 

About the Degree

The Academy Profession programmes combine theory with practice and are suited for employment in business and industry. In some programmes students have the possibility of a top-up degree in which they continue at a bachelor level within a prespecified or related field. The top-up degree is a 90 ECTS supplement programme resulting in a Professional Bachelor Degree.  


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a general upper secondary school diploma, 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


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 (1st and 2nd semester): EUR 15.000
  • 3rd semester: EUR 7.500
  • 4th semester: EUR 7.500

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
Sep 02

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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