1. Who can apply?

Application with a qualifying examination

You must have passed a qualifying examination in order to apply for admission to the design programme. The following examinations qualify you for admission:

  • General upper secondary examination (stx) 
  • General upper secondary examination (hf)
  • Commercial general upper secondary examination (hhx)
  • Technical general upper secondary examination (htx) 
  • General upper secondary examination taken as a part of a vocational education. (eux)
  • Faroese general upper secondary examination, Greenland upper secondary examination (GU-exam), Faroese general upper secondary examination (hf), commercial general upper secondary examination from Greenland, technical general upper secondary examination from the Faroe Islands, technical general upper secondary examination from Greenland and diplomas from the Duborg School and the A.P. Møller School in Schleswig, Germany. 
  • Secondary bridging courses for foreign language (GIF)
  • Danish/French Baccalaureat (DFB), European Baccalaureat (EB), International Baccalaureat (IB) or Option Interna-tionale du Baccalauréat (OIB), Danish- German Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP) 
  • International examinations etc. which can be equated with a Danish upper secondary exam, or which the Danish Agency for International Education (UI) has assessed as comparable to a Danish upper secondary exam. Read more about international examination on www.ufm.dk/ehb

We do not require a specific grade average on your qualifying examination. You just have to pass. To succeed in the programme it is an advantage to be familiar with the Adobe package.

If you have a foreign degree and you are uncertain whether it qualifies you for admission you can check the examination manual at www.ufm.dk.. Look under your country and go to the “Examinations” tab. For selected countries instructions are available in the download menu on the right-hand side.

This year’s students (class of 2020): If you complete your qualifying examination after 15 March 2020 you must enter it under point 4 on the KOT application. When you have passed the examination you must upload your diploma to your application at www.optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 2020 at 12.00.  

Exemption from a qualifying examination

If you have not passed one of the qualifying exams you can apply for exemption to take part in the admission process. A design assignment has to be submitted as part of the application (see instructions). If you are granted an exemption it means that you can take part in the admission process on an equal footing with the other applicants. If you are not granted an exemption you are ineligible for admission.

The exemption request must include:

  • Documentation for own production, not to exceed five pages. The pages must include brief, explanatory texts. 
  • An answer to the following task: “Create a reflection in words and images on one of your own design projects com-pared to a similar project you are familiar with.” The answer must not exceed three pages distributed as follows: One page with text and two pages with illustrations (photos, sketches and drawings). 
  • A CV and a motivated application. In your motivated application you must explain why you want to apply to the de-sign programme and what you have worked with previously. This motivated application and the CV must not exceed three A-4 pages.
  • Proof of completed degree(s)

You must upload your exemption request as an attachment to your KOT application. There is no other way to submit an ex-emption request.

The application deadline is 15 March 2020, at 12.00 noon. Remember to mark the field “Other admission criteria” in the KOT form.

If you were granted exemption from a qualifying examination to the design programme at Design School Kolding in 2018 or 2019, you need not submit another exemption request. You must upload a copy of the email in which you were granted exemption as an attachment to your digital KOT application. The reference number on the form is your participant number or your civil registration number.

Evaluation of your exemption request

Design School Kolding will assess your exemption request. Response to the exemption request: You will be informed no later than 23 March 2020 whether you have been granted an exemption from a qualifying examination.  

Language requirements for international applicants (BA)

Our Bachelor programme is almost entirely taught in Danish, and applicants must document Danish language proficiency comparable to the Danish “A level”. International applicants, whose qualifying examination does not have an element of Danish language, must have passed a test in Danish language proficiency. The test is called ‘Studieprøven’ (“the “Study test”) or ‘Higher Education Examination of Danish as a Second Language.’ Prior to 2004, this test was known as “Danskprøve 2”.

Danish language qualifications can be documented as follows:

  • Passed ‘Danish A’ in a Danish secondary school exam ("gymnasium") or from VUC
  • Nordic entry examination with the mother tongue at the highest possible level passed.

The requirement of ‘Danish A’ is automatically fulfilled by Norwegians, Swedes, Icelanders, Fins, Faroese, and Greenlanders by having passed Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian at the equivalent, highest level from upper secondary school. International applicants with Danish citizenship are exempt from the language requirement. Icelandic applicants can also meet the ‘Danish A’ requirement, by having passed Icelandic at an equivalent level or the Study-test of Danish as a foreign language.

The Study test in Danish must be passed with the grade 02 in each discipline.

For more information and registration for the Study test, please contact:

Sprogskolen Kolding
Ågade 27
6000 Kolding
+45 7979 8300

Double Education?

If you already have completed a minimum of one Danish higher education at bachelor’s, professional bachelor’s, or at master’s level, you cannot be admitted to a program at the same or lower level. This means that you cannot be admitted to the bachelor program at Design School Kolding, once you have completed one bachelor's program. The rule also applies if you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and are expected to graduate in the summer of 2019.


You can apply for an exemption from the double education rule if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • If for health reasons cannot use your degree on the labor market because of health issues (documentation from a doctor is required).
  • If your degree was completed at least six years before the start of studies 1 September 2019.
  • If your degree has significantly changed in content, or the study program has been closed.

You cannot be exempt from this rule, on other grounds than the above-mentioned. If you want to seek exemption for the double education rule, you will need to attach your application for exemption and adequate documentary evidence, in one PDF file as enclosure to your online application at www.optagelse.dk.

The deadline to apply for exemption is 15 March 2019, at 12:00 noon.

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