You need to have Danish on an A-level.
When you apply, you must consider whether your bachelor programme covers the following admission requirements:
- 7.5 ECTS course or project work within programming or databases.
- 7.5 ECTS course or project work within design research methods, including qualitative or quantitative approaches as used in design or social research.
If your bachelor programme is not on the list of Danish bachelor programmes that meet the admission requirements, you need to include additional information in your application. You can find more information about the application procedure under ‘Application procedure for Digital Design and Interactive Technologies‘.
Please note that the list can be changed after the admission in 2018. If you want to apply in 2019 or later, we advise you to check it continuously. The IT University takes in students with many different educational backgrounds, including students with a non-Danish bachelor’s degree.
How to enhance your qualifications
If you currently are enrolled in a bachelor programme where you do not have courses or project work within databases or programming, you can enhance your qualifications to apply for the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies by applying as guest student and take one of the following courses (offered by the IT University from autumn 2017):
- IT Foundations (autumn semester at BSc in Global Business Informatics)
- Database Use & Design (spring semester at BSc in Global Business Informatics)
If you currently are enrolled in a bachelor programme where you do not have courses or project work within design research methods, you can enhance your qualifications to apply for the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies by applying as guest student and take one of the following courses (offered by the IT University from autumn 2017):
- User Studies and Quantitative Methods (spring semester at BSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies)
- Philosophy of Science (spring semester at BSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies)
Please note: The courses might change after the admission in 2018, so we advise you to check them continuously. Furthermore, taking courses as guest student is no guarantee for admission.
Applying without meeting the admission requirements
If you do not have 7.5 ECTS course or project work within programming or databases and/or 7.5 ECTS course or project work within design research methods, and you do not have the opportunity to take courses within these topics before applying, you can still apply to the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies. However, as mentioned above you need to include additional information in your application (see ‘Application procedure for Digital Design and Interactive Technologies‘).
Furthermore, if you get admitted to the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies without meeting the admission requirements, it is a prerequisite that you pass a course within the field of programming or databases and/or design research methods (read more under ‘Information about admission’).
Application procedure for Digital Design & Interactive Technologies
When you apply, you must upload the following documentation. If you have the legal right to be admitted and you apply right after completing your bachelor's degree, you do not have to document the following:
- A copy of your bachelor diploma (in English or one of the Nordic languages), including transcript of courses and grades, or a temporary transcript of courses and grades if you complete your qualifying education from a Danish institution. If your qualifying exams are from an international institution, you must also enclose documentation for your expected date of completion.
- An essay within the area of digital design and interactive technologies. The essay must be written in Danish and must not exceed one page (corresponding to 2400 characters, including spaces). The essay must be based on an article, which presents a problem. In the essay, you must explain and discuss the problem. You must choose between one of the following articles: Why Human-Centered Design Matters
Beyond The Cult Of Human-Centered Design
When Websites Design Themselves
If you have a legal right to be admitted to the program, you do not have to write an essay.
- Documentation for English B level in the Danish secondary educational system or a language test. The documentation must be in English or one of the Nordic languages.
- CV written in Danish, including a short description of yourself, description of relevant experience such as work and teaching experience. If you apply to the programme and you have the legal right to be admitted, you do not need to write a CV.
- If you have been enrolled in a higher education programme without finishing it (in Denmark or elsewhere), you must also upload documentation of passed exams from that programme. The documentation must be in English or one of the Nordic languages.
- Any other documentation for qualifications on which the application is relying.
If your bachelor programme is not on the list of Danish bachelor programmes that meet the admission requirements, you need to fill out this template. Here you must state how you meet the requirements of 7.5 ECTS within programming and databases and/or 7.5 ECTS within design research methods by pointing to specific courses or project activities that you have completed or will complete before semester start. Examples could be if you have worked with different kinds of programming languages, creative processes, quantitative studies of market research or qualitative approaches to studying people in context in some of your projects or courses. You must only write activities in which you have gained ECTS points. You must also upload the template if you do not meet the admission requirements.
Information about admission
If you are admitted to the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies and your bachelor programme does not cover at least 7.5 ECTS within programming or databases and/or 7.5 ECTS within design research methods, it is a prerequisite that you pass a course within the field of programming and/or design research methods. The course will be offered by the IT University.
Qualification course for students who are admitted without programming competences
In July and August 2018, you can attend a qualification course if you are admitted to MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies without meeting the admission requirement concerning programming or databases. The purpose of the course is to prepare you for a test in programming, which serves as proof that you meet the admission requirements for the study programme. Following the course is optional, but you must pass the test in order to be admitted to attend the MSc programme.
The classes are conducted in English and will take place at the IT University of Copenhagen on 10 weekdays in July and August. Attendance is free and prior knowledge about or experience with programming is not required. In addition to participation in class, you should expect to work on exercises, independent study and preparation for the test. You can expect to spend 37 hours a week on the course from July 9th to August 10th.
The qualification course gives you the programming skills necessary to pass the test and the skills required for admission to the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies. At the same time, you will gain skills which are attractive on the job market and necessary in order to understand the opportunities and risks of digital technology in business and society.
You will learn to program in Python and, among other things, will be introduced to imperative programming, object-oriented programming and handling of text data. If these concepts are new to you, keep in mind that the purpose of the course is to help you learn this. We do not expect you to have any previous experience with programming.
At the end of the qualification course, a test will be held at the IT University of Copenhagen. A passed test is your proof that you meet the admission requirements. Therefore, passing the test is a requirement for admittance to the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies.
If you do not pass the test in August (or are unable to participate), a compensatory course will be held in September-October with a new test in the beginning of November. You must pass the test by November in order to stay enrolled in the MSc programme. If you do not already have programming skills, we strongly recommend that you follow the course in July and August and take the test in August. Learning programming while following the mandatory courses of the first semester of the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies will be very work intensive.
If you already know programming, but you do not have any certificate of your skills, you can take the test in August without following the course. Further information about the content of the test as well as a trial test will be available in spring 2018.
Qualification course for students who are admitted without 7.5 ECTS in qualitative methods
In July and August 2018, the IT University offers an qualifying workshop to students admitted to MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies who do not meet the admission requirements regarding qualitative methods. It is optional whether you want to attend the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to allow you to pass an admission test in qualitative methods, which will serve as a proof that you comply with the admission requirements on the study.
The teaching will take place at the IT University of Copenhagen during the daytime on five full weekdays with the production of five assignments. You have to anticipate a workload of approximately five full working weeks. It is free of charge to attend and no previous knowledge in qualitative methods is required.
The workshop - which will be taught in English - will cover basic qualitative methods such as interviews, participant observation, analysis of documents and web content, simple surveys, analysis and reporting of data. If the qualitative methods sound unfamiliar and difficult then please remember that the aim of the workshop is to assist you in learning these methods. We do not expect that you know of qualitative methods already.
To complete the workshop, you are required to pass a final oral test covering the five assignments prepared during the workshop. The passed test is your proof that you comply with the admission requirements.
It will also be possible to attend the test even if you have not been able to participate in the workshops. However, you will have to hand in the five assignments before you attend the test.
If you do not pass the test in August or if you are prevented from participating in the workshop, a second workshop will be held in September and October with an oral test scheduled in November. If you do not have any experience with qualitative methods, we strongly recommend that you participate in the summer workshop and take the test in August. It will require a considerable amount of work to learn the qualitative methods in parallel with the mandatory MSc courses in the autumn semester.
Please be aware that you cannot replace a course during the semester by attending this workshop.
You will get more information about the workshop and how to sign up in your letter of admission.
Dates for handing in the assignments and the actual test will be announced later.
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