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 2017: UCN offers 31 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.)

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. 

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

  • Anyone who meets one of the above-mentioned requirements will automatically be registered for the entrance examination 4 April 2017 - 12:00 o'clock.
  • 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.

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.

Selection criteria

Criteria in the entrance exam:

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

The entrance exam will define the criteria.

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 satisfy 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)

English language entry requirements

Which English tests does UCN accept?

We accept the following English tests:

IELTS (preferred)

Overall grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests


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: We only accept IELTS or TOEFL English tests from citizens outside the EU/EEA.
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 one of the Nordic countries, 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 the Nordic countries, 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. 1212 of 17 December 2012 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)


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

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