How to apply to our Bachelor's degree programmes

Everything you need to know about your application for the bachelor's degrees at The Animation Workshop/VIA University College.

Step 1

Prepare your portfolio and documentation

Step 2

Apply on optagelse.dk before the 15th of March

Step 3

Admission test and interview

Step 4

Accept your study place

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The Graphic Storytelling portfolio requirements have received significant updates, so be sure to read them carefully if you are considering applying for Graphic Storytelling in 2023!

Step 1

Prepare your portfolio and documentation

Before starting your application, it is a good idea to have all relevant documentation ready, such as School Certificates, DIplomas, and more.

Read VIA University College's Step-by-Step Guide for what you need to prepare in your application: For EU citizens / for non-EU Citizens

Additionally, be sure to read through all the points below.

  • Your portfolio should be submitted in one single PDF-file (max 99,9 mb) with the application on www.optagelse.dk. It must contain:

    • a filled-out and signed cover letter;
    • a letter of intention and examples of your work fulfilling the requirements as listed below.

    Read more detailed information about the portfolio requirements for the specific bachelor's degrees here:

    Incomplete or incorrectly formatted portfolios will not be accepted. 

    Portfolio templates

    Please use the templates below to make sure your portfolio is in the right format. Each zip-file contains a template for Photoshop, InDesign, and OpenOffice as well as a how-to guide for saving your portfolio as a single PDF file.

    In the template, you will find the necessary information about the requirements for the portfolio, the cover letter form and the letter of intent.

    Further information:

  • Applicants with Danish exam certificates

    The following Danish upper secondary school certificates grant access to Bachelor in Animation (Character Animation, CG Arts) and/or Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling:

    Exams

    Animation

    Graphic Storytelling

    STX, HHX, HTX, EUX & IB/EB-Diploma

    Yes

    Yes

    HF

    Yes

    Yes

    EUD Mediegrafiker

    Yes

    Yes

    EUD in Digital Media

    Yes

    No

    EUD Grafisk tekniker

    No

    Yes

    Danish diplomas and exam results will be uploaded automatically when you submit the application through www.optagelse.dk using NemID.

    Applicants with foreign exam certificates

    You can apply based on a foreign upper secondary school certificate (high school, baccalaureate, IB or similar). You must submit a scan of both your diploma and the transcript of records. 

    Non-Danish applicants must include a copy of the original exam certificate and a transcript of records plus a state-authorised translation of their transcript of records in either Danish or English.

    Deadline for submitting diplomas

    If you have already passed your exam, the deadline is on the 15th of March at noon.

    If you graduate the same year as you are applying, you may submit the diploma later. The final deadline for submitting your diploma is then on the 5th of July, 12 noon. 

    Specific entry requirements

    For information on the assessment of individual qualifications, the Master's degree rule, credit transfer and applying for a transfer, see specific entry requirements.

  • See VIA University College's site for additional information on English proficiency requirements.

    All applicants (including native English speakers) must document English proficiency equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum weighted grade point average score of 2.0 on the Danish grading scale.

    Danish applicants

    Danish applicants must document English proficiency equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum weighted grade point average score of 2.0 on the Danish grading scale.

    International applicants

    All applicants with a foreign entry qualification will have to document English proficiency equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum weighted grade point average score of 2.0 on the Danish grading scale (min. 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes during the final three years in Upper Secondary School). You may document your proficiency through your upper secondary school certificate if it meets the required skill level.

    The grades from your upper Secondary School Certificate will be converted into Danish grades. Note that the rules for conversion differ for each country, so it is not possible to standardise the methods for this conversion.

    Please fill this Verification form (for your English lessons only) and upload it with your application if you would like us to assess your English level.

    Documentation of English proficiency level through a test

    If your upper secondary qualification does not meet the required level and scores, you must deliver an English proficiency test.

    You can find an overview over the accepted language tests and required scores here. Note that the test result must be no more than two years old at the time of possible study start.

    Deadline

    The final deadline for submitting valid proof of English proficiency through www.optagelse.dk – either as an upper secondary school certificate or as a proficiency test – is 5 July at 12 noon.

Step 2

Apply on optagelse.dk before the 15th of March at 12 noon

You apply through the website optagelse.dk. The site opens on 1 February and closes on the 15th of March at 12 noon (CET - midday). Latecomers are not accepted!

You receive a receipt for your application and are invited to log on to nemStudie, where you can keep track of your application.

If you do not pass the entrance test, you will be invited to participate in a portfolio workshop. The date will be announced together with the results of the entrance test. More information about the workshop will be provided in the invitation letter.

 

Step 3

Admission test and interview

If you pass the entrance test, you are invited to an admission test and interview in Viborg in May. (Please note that restrictions and precautions due to COVID19 may cause us to plan for long distance/online tests and interviews.)

Character Animation and CG Arts:

Dates for Admissions test (online assignment) will be updated, was previously May in 2022
Dates for Admissions Interviews (online) will be updated, was previous May in 2022

Graphic Storytelling:

We only admit students to Graphic Storytelling every other year - odd years only. This means that the next admissions round is on the 15th of March 2023. Admission test and interviews will take place in May 2023 (dates to be announced).

  • For Bachelor in Animation (Character Animation and CG Arts) the test consists of a short individual drawing test, followed by a two-hour creative group assignment focusing on collaboration and communication skills.

    For Graphic Storytelling applicants, the test consists of a three-hour individual drawing and storytelling test.

  • The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes. You can book your interview either the same day or the day after the test.

    The purpose of the interview is for the admissions panel to get to know you as an applicant - your motivations and goals, where your think your strengths lie, and what you can bring to the class.

    We are looking for diligent, curious and reflective students, who are eager to learn and open to collaborating with others while honing their craft. You must demonstrate an ability to accept feedback and try new work methods. The program is demanding, and you must be ready to be a part of an intensive learning environment.

Step 4

Accept your study place

We will inform you about the results of the admissions test in June. If you pass the test, you qualify for admissions. The official enrollment into the program is announced 28 July.

If you have been offered a study place through nemStudie.dk, it is very important that you confirm the offered study place within the stated deadline.

If you do not confirm the offered study place within the stated deadline, the study place will be forfeited.

NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.

 

Ready to apply

March 15

Apply before the deadline

Apply now on optagelse.dk

Applying for an exchange stay?

The Animation Workshop is happy to welcome exchange students to our Bachelor's degree programs. Please note, however, that due to limited capacity, we do not always have available seats, and we are only able to confirm a place after the completed application procedure.
How to apply for an exchange stay

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  • Students from a Nordic or EU/EEA country including Switzerland

    Coming to Denmark from a Nordic or EU/EEA country, including Switzerland, you are free to live, study and work in Denmark. However, you must register with the Danish Immigration Service as well as the local municipality, if you intend to stay more than 3 months.

    Students from outside the EU/EEA

    If you are coming to Denmark from outside the EU, you need a tourist Visa (valid for up to 3 months) or a residence permit (for stays exceeding 90 days). Normally, you must apply for a Visa or residence permit prior to your arrival in Denmark. Applying for a Visa is a part of the enrolment process for the bachelor's degree programmes and is initiated by the school after you have been admitted to the program.

    In order to have enough time to settle matters regarding Visa/residence permits, there is a special (early) flow for enrolment of non-EU/non-EEA citizens, who pass the admissions test and are offered a place at one of the bachelor's degree programs.

    Immediately after receiving a positive answer from the admissions committee, you will be asked to sign a contract for the education and to pay the tuition fee for the first semester.

    After signing the contract and paying the tuition fee, you receive a letter confirming your payment and your unconditional enrollment to the program. The receipt for the tuition fee and the enrolment letter are preconditions for being granted a residence permit.

    The application for a residence permit takes place online and is initiated by VIA University College, after your payment has been registered. You can find the fees and payment schedules in the Fees and finances section above. 

    For detailed information about the application process and requirements, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration service.

    Danish social security number

    You must register with the local municipality in order to receive a Danish CPR number. The number is a social identity code which is a prerequisite to all public registration and services, including tax, opening a bank account, etc. Furthermore, the CPR number will guarantee free public health insurance for the entirety of your stay (after a waiting period of 6 weeks for non-EU citizens).

  • Tuition fee

    There are no tuition fees for students coming from Denmark, the Nordic countries, EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

    Students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA must pay the tuition fee, unless they hold a permanent Danish residence permit. Paying the first year’s fee is a precondition for obtaining a student’s residence permit.

    The tuition fee is billed in Danish kroner and the fee for students matriculating is DKK 53,000 (fifty-three-thousands) for the first semester (DKK 23,000 for the internship semester). See the relevant payment schedule for more information:

    Living Costs

    You should expect average monthly living costs between DKK 5000 and 7000 (roughly 650 - 900 EUR), including accommodation.

    Financial support

    Danish students can apply for SU. The bachelor's degree programme is approved for SU for the official duration:

    • Bachelor in Animation: 3½ years or 41 months
    • Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling: 4 years or 46 months

    Foreign students are not eligible for the Danish educational support scheme (SU). Some exceptions are made for refugees and relatives of refugees and other foreign citizens. EU citizens may be eligible for SU, if they have a contract for 10-12 work hours per week. More information about SU for foreign students

    Scholarships

    Each year, VIA awards a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA. The scholarship can be applied for by all current, international, and tuition-fee-paying students who have completed the first year of studies at VIA (2 semesters). A maximum of two full semesters can be awarded during studies at VIA.

Any questions?

Live Chat Support

If you need help on the application process or formal requirements for the Bachelor's degree programmes, we offer Live Chat support on the website.

Please note that we do not offer portfolio feedback on the chat.

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