Design, Technology and Business (Graphics)

Design, Technology and Business (Graphics)

UCN University College of Northern Denmark | Campus Sofiendalsvej | Aalborg, Denmark

Design, Technology and Business (Graphics)

University:UCN University College of Northern Denmark - Campus Sofiendalsvej
Location Aalborg, Denmark
Sofiendalsvej 60, 9200 Aalborg
Duration: years ( semesters)
Study start (Application deadline)
Tuition fee (EU/EEA/CH):apx. 0 EUR (per semester)
Tuition fee (Non-EU):apx. 5 224 EUR (per semester)

The Academy Profession Degree Programme in Design, Technology and Business is your chance to build on your creative talents and develop your graphic expertise while gaining an insight into the entire process from idea to finished product.

The programme gives insight into all the necessary steps – from early ideas to final production.

The programme combines practical work using graphic design software and aesthetic understanding of design processes and gives insight into all the necessary steps – from early ideas to final production. You will gain knowledge and skills in strategic thinking and production processes for print and digital media.

The first six months of the programme cover design, technology and business.  After this you will continue on the graphic specialisation.

As an AP Graduate in Design, Technology and Business, you can find employment in e.g. graphic design businesses, advertising agencies and marketing departments.


The Academy Profession Degree in Design, Technology and Business is a 2-year, full-time study programme

It combines practical work in graphic design programs such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop with a creative and aesthetical understanding of design processes from ideas to finished products.

Students on the Design, Technology and Business programme will also gain useful relevant knowledge about businesses, commerce and communication. 

Main elements

The three main elements of the programmes can be illustrated as follows: Main elements

On the Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) programme you will follow 5 modules concerning graphic design, technology, marketing and graphic production.

The programme covers one fixed discipline and two electives.

As a student, you will go on an three month internship where you will be able to turn your knowledge into experience in a company or business.

The programme concludes with a final examination project.

Module 1

Compulsory module

The compulsory module is a joint module for all students and is of 6 months’ duration.

It covers the following subject areas:

  • Design: The design process, philosophy of values and aesthetics. 
  • Business: The company, trade and communication. 
  • Technology: Technology, man and the environment.

Module 2

One fixed discipline:

  • Design 

The discipline is of ¾ year’s duration.

Module 3

The students will choose one elective e.g.:

  • Editorial Design 
  • Digital Publishing 

Each elective is of ¼ year’s duration.

Module 4

Work placement

Students will go on an internship and try their strengths on the real world. The internship is of 3 months’ duration.

Module 5

Final examination project

The final examination project is of 1/4 year’s duration.


International opportunities on Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) – shape your future with an internship

You will be able to perform part of your education abroad. The 3 month internship and/or the final exam project in the 4th semester (which is also the last semester) are suitable for going abroad. 

Reflective Practice-Based Learning

Read about our learning approach at UCN

Common to all our programmes is the focus on educating you for the real world. Our slogan is “Real Life Education”, and we mean this very literally. You will at least be spending a term at a work placement, and we strive to continuously develop our curriculum in collaboration with the professions, we train for.

Another common feature is our great learning environment, in which classroom teaching is key. We combine the academic and social aspects of studying, hereby easing the transition to becoming an independent student. The interaction between theory and practice combined with personal reflection remains the absolute core of all our study programmes – and the basis of our learning approach Reflective Practice-Based Learning.

Getting ready for the future

In the course of your studies you will be inspired to be creative, to explore and to be innovative; and you will learn to look critically at your own learning, your experience, your knowledge and practice. You bring your own values and personality into play, and through reflecting on your own practice you develop your personal judgement and ability to act professionally.

In the study programme you will also be working closely together with your fellow students. You learn to share knowledge and to work towards a common goal together with others. In that way you build up an important reflective competence which is decisive for being innovative, independent and productive in the labour market of the future.


Your day to day life will be inspired by our teaching approach

A joint location

The Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) programme shares the location of Sofiendalsvej 60 with other AP Degree and Professional Bachelor programmes, all belonging to UCN.

This means that we have many young students and a pulse that creates a good atmosphere and energy.

Your day to day life

As a student on Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) your day to day life will be inspired by our teaching approach which means that sometimes the rooms and hallways will be peaceful and quiet and at other times e.g. before exams there will be a hectic and busy atmosphere.

This all ads to a vibrant atmosphere that in some ways resembles the pulsating life in the graphic industry.

We have a Friday Bar that opens on Fridays after 12 o’clock The otherwise pulsating beat turns into Friday afternoon to a relaxed atmosphere and often marks the beginning of an enjoyable weekend.

Social life

The social life is strengthened through various activities such as UCN Cups, parties, Christmas and graduation parties and lectures.

We also frequently arrange disciplinary events where students can meet representatives of the business community of Northern Jutland. 


There are several possibilities for giving your education an international twist

During the course of your education at UCN you can go abroad for a certain period of time. You can go on an internship abroad in one or more companies or you can take your studies abroad.

The two kinds of placements can even be combined so you can do both. Be aware that the time spent abroad may not prolong the total duration of your studies in Denmark, however.

Why go abroad?

Whether you choose to do an internship or to study abroad, you will no doubt develop — personally as well as professionally. You will broaden your horizons and develop your language and professional skills.

This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself, to increase and develop your intercultural competencies — and an opportunity to return enlightened and enriched.

You will also add an international dimension to your CV.

Most contemporary businesses need employees possessing intercultural competencies gained in today’s multi-cultural world.

An internship abroad will improve your ability to consider matters from an innovative and different perspective.

Internship abroad – a golden opportunity!

If you do your internship abroad you will get an insight into how a foreign business organisation operates and become part of another country’s culture. You will achieve language and intercultural competencies that you will never forget.

At the same time, you will also get a unique chance to create networks – very early on in your career – that are likely to come in handy in the future while expanding your knowledge of different businesses. An internship abroad will no doubt improve your career opportunities in Denmark and internationally.

You should know that it is your responsibility to find an internship host company. However, the International Coordinator at the International Office at your address is ready to offer advice and guidance on visa rules, grants applications, deadlines and much more.

Study abroad – expand your horizons

If you chose to go abroad you are seizing an opportunity to live and study with students from all over the world allowing you to expand your horizons and form international networks.  At the same time you can live in and explore a foreign culture.


The programme equips you to independently plan and carry out processes and tasks in business areas concerning graphic design and communication

For this reason, your job opportunities with an AP degree in Design, Technology and Business (Graphics) will include a profession within:

  • Editorial and advertising
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Marketing departments
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Print houses
  • Web-companies

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