From August 14th 2018 I'll be attending the VIA University College - Design and Business Bachelor top-up.
The Bachelor (BA) top-up takes three semesters and is the last 3 semesters to the Design Technologist education I graduated from in December 2017. VIA Design demands you to apply a portfolio and 2 assignments to attend the BA top-up's last 3 semesters. The "Design & Business" BA gives you the chance to immerse yourself in your chosen specialty. At this stage of your education we expect you to be able to work in a more independent manner.
The programme is organised around:
- Common core programme
- Elective subjects
- Traineeship (9-13 weeks)
- Final BA project
Common core programme
During the first semester, all BA students follow the same compulsory programme, making sure you cover a variety of disciplines within the area of design and business. All projects in this programme are worked out in partnership with the other BA top-up specialities at VIA Design. The goal is to strengthen the relationship between the creative aspects and business, as well as how to focus on results that can be achieved.
After the first semester, the focus will be on your speciality. It consists of subjects and projects centred on core areas of the chosen specialty. Read more under the individual specialties.
Electives allow you to supplement the common core programme and your specialty with subjects that you choose from your primary interest.
During the sixth semester, all BA top-up students have a mandatory internship period for at least nine weeks. The internship takes place in a private company of your own choice and involves various disciplines. As an intern, you will get valuable knowledge of how the different professions are interrelated, and get the chance to enhance your professional network. Many students choose to do their internship outside Denmark with one of our many co-operative partners.
You will finish your BA top-up with a written assignment followed by an oral examination. The assignment starts from a formulation of a problem made by you in co-operation with a company. You will spend the entire semester on this.
After graduating, you will be qualified to find a job in the fashion and lifestyle branch, or to start your own business. You will also have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree at a university outside Denmark.
All the teaching is project-oriented. You will get profound knowledge of your chosen speciality as well as the opportunity to develop your individual image.
During the fifth semester, the joint projects ensure a continuous collaboration between the areas of design and business. You’ll get insight into the work areas of your future colleagues and learn the importance of working together in order to achieve your ideas.
The programme is a combination of theory, supervision and independent studies. You must be able to work independently through projects of long duration.