Admission requirements and procedure for the Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) programme at UCN

Start of term

The programme starts once a year in September.


Please note that all applicants for the Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) programme have to apply and upload their documents on 15 March at 12 noon at the latest. This is due to the entrance exam.

Study places

Start of term September 2018: UCN offers 27 study places on the programme.

Admission requirements

You must meet one of the following admission requirements:

General upper secondary education

General upper secondary education with specific requirements:

  • English corresponding to Danish B-level and
  • Math corresponding to Danish C-level.
A vocational education similar to one of these Danish vocational educations

Dressmaker (knowledge of taking measurements, creating or changing patterns, sewing and making clothing from designs and sketches, sewing by hand and using a sewing machine, fitting finished garments, customer contact etc.).

Vehicle upholsterer (knowledge of making, fitting and repairing upholstery and interiors for cars, buses and trains, knowledge of various materials and their properties, tools and machinery etc.)

Furniture upholsterer (knowledge about upholstery and refurbishment of furniture, fabric types, colour, design and patterns, appropriate tools and machinery etc.)

Retail sales assistant (knowledge of selling, customer service, ordering products, shop economics, presentation of products and the shop in general etc.)

Event coordinator (knowledge of planning and arrangement of concerts, parties, events, weddings, generating ideas and concepts, matching events with client expectations, booking, contracts, economics, hosting skills, client contract, drawing up a budget etc.)

Graphics technician (knowledge of planning and preparing graphic print jobs and printing materials, checking finished prints etc.).

Goldsmith/silversmith (knowledge of working with precious metals, the properties of precious metals, shaping, designing, polishing, filing, advising customers, designing and repairing jewellery, knowledge of precious gemstones, designing and manufacturing silver cutlery by hand, engraving metals etc.).

Commerce and trade (knowledge of B2B trading, purchases, logistics, getting quotations, comparison of price and quality, sales, customer behaviour, negotiation techniques, sales planning, marketing analyses, importing of goods, exporting of goods, international trade markets etc.)

Wood machinist (knowledge of making wooden furniture, doors and floors using machines; CNC programming; milling; sanding and planing).

Media graphics technician (knowledge of graphics and designing on the computer, planning, executing and quality assessment of graphics tasks, digital image processing, customer contact etc.)

Signmaker (knowledge of designing signs using computer software and by hand; colours, shapes and designs; typographies; restoration of old signs, etc.)

Joiner (knowledge of wooden materials, making of doors and window frames, furniture etc., operation of machinery, talking to clients, developing design sketches etc.)

Theatre, exposition and event technician (knowledge and experience in setting lights and creating props for theatre plays and exhibitions, stage technology, transporting and using equipment for recording and editing of AV productions, audio technology etc.)

Technical designer (knowledge of computer aided drawing of buildings and industrial plants, materials properties, price calculation, drawing up technical documentation, sales presentation material, making blueprints etc.)

Admission requirements for applicants who hold an IB Diploma

To meet the entry requirements for UCN’s study programmes, you must hold a Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (i.e. you must have passed all your IB courses), and you must meet the specific entry requirements indicated below.

You must have minimum a total score of 24 IB points in order to apply for one of our English-taught programmes.


  • English, B level, standard level (SL)
  • Mathematical studies, standard level (SL)
Other vocational education corresponding to a Danish 3-year vocational education

Other vocational education corresponding to a Danish 3-year vocational education with specific requirement: Mathematics skills corresponding to Danish C-level. 

Passed qualifying course for application to Danish engineering programmes or similar

Passed qualifying course for application to Danish engineering programmes or similar from your home country. 

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

An individual assessment of your competences.

PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. Perhaps you never completed your upper secondary education? Perhaps you have gained knowledge, skills and competences by working as an unskilled worker/independently, through periods abroad, by taking classes or summer courses etc., being in positions of trust, doing volunteer work, or perhaps you have gained experience in an entirely different way.

An assessment of your competences could result in entirely new career opportunities. We would like to look at everything you have learned and achieved and determine whether it could be equated with the formal admission requirements for the study programme you wish to start on. Read more about PLAR and please notice the deadline.

English language entry requirements

As part of the admission requirements applicants must speak English at a level that is equivalent to the Danish B-level.

Which English tests does UCN accept?

We accept the following English tests:

IELTS (preferred)

Overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.


Internet-based test: minimum score of 85.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Pass at Grade C.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Pass at Grade C.

If you would like to enquire about the equivalence of other English language qualifications not listed above, please contact the International Office.

Please note: If you are a non-EU citizen, you can only apply with either an IELTS or a TOEFL English test.
How can I compare the different English tests?

UCN has tried to compare the official sites of the well-known and appreciated Cambridge test, TOEFL and IELTS towards the European CEFR.

Learn more about how to compare English tests right here (PDF).

Is it required to provide documentary evidence of my English proficiency?

Applicants who have a degree from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands or Germany, or is a native speaker in English, will only have to provide documentary evidence of their English proficiency through their school level, and we will occasionally conduct Skype interviews with the applicants.

As a minimum, all applicants must speak English at a level that is equivalent to the Danish B-level.

In relation to applicants who have a degree from other countries than Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands or Germany, UCN reserves the right to demand further documentary evidence of the applicant's English proficiency according to section 9 of the Danish Ministerial Order no. 107 of 27 January 2017 on access, enrolment and leave etc.

This documentation must be made up of one of the English tests that we recognise and may also be supplemented by a video interview conducted via Skype for example.

Which English level corresponds to a Danish B-level?

As a minimum, all applicants must speak and write English at a level that is equivalent to the Danish B-level.

  • Subject: English
  • Level: B
  • Hours of instruction: 210 (1 hour = 60 minutes)

Find your specific general admission requirements in list of foreign qualifications for entry to higher education in Denmark listed by country of graduation.

Entrance examination

Any applicant who meets one of the above-mentioned requirements will automatically be registered for the entrance examination 10 April 2018 at 12.00 PM (noon).
  • The entrance exam is normally a written assignment within graphic design that is sent via UCN’s Admission portal
  • The applicants have 24 hours to complete the assignment and will have to return it to the given email address
  • The week before the entrance examination we will send out more information about the entrance examination via UCN’s Admission portal

Keep updated at UCN’s Admission portal.

Criteria in the entrance exam

  • Graphic design
  • Your sense of shape
  • Lines
  • Colour
  • Your ability to communicate

The entrance exam will define the criteria.

Experience highly valued

Please note that for this programme, we take your experience into consideration and good school results alone will not necessarily guarantee you a place on the programme.


Carina Mortensen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 51

EU / EEA citizens

Magdalena Atanasova Mincheva
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 52

Non-EU / non-EEA citizens

Entry Requirements - Danish B and C Level

Specific requirements and selection criteria

International office

- How to apply