Our academic calendar is based on a quarter system (1 quarter = 10 weeks). Because of the program's flexible structure and modular design, multiple starting dates are available at the start of every Quarter, in October, January, April, July, and exceptionally also in Term B of the Summer Quarter in August. All campuses follow the same academic calendar.
Full-time students can earn a Bachelor degree in 3 academic years of 9 months, for a total of 9 quarters of 20 credits each, or in 4 academic years for a total of 12 quarters of 15 credits each when spreading the workload.
Courses are available in various formats, including daytime courses between 8.30 and 18.30, seminar courses with visiting professors on consecutive days, and several online courses available 24/7, or any combination in a blended format. Courses are scheduled typically in sessions of 3 hours each. Connect with an admissions advisor, or refer to the course planning once enrolled to find out more about course availability in specific formats throughout the academic year.
Students are assessed on a combination of attendance, participation, individual assignments, group assignments and exams. Assignments may include reading materials, term papers, reports, presentations, and others. The combination of these assessments provides students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. The minimum passing grade is D (60%). In case of an FX grade, students have the option to request a second exam in order to obtain the minimum passing grade of 60%.
Global study trip
Each academic year, students from all campuses in Europe, as well as students from our academic partners can join our Global Study Trip to Tokyo, Japan. The weeklong trip is packed with cultural excursions, company visits, social activities and an Asian Management seminar.
Our Admissions Department applies a rolling admissions process and does not set deadlines to submit applications because of the multiple starting dates available. Applications are reviewed continuously troughout the year. Only in case a student visa is required do we recommend to apply 1-3 months prior to the intended starting date.
Students should be fluent in English, and have obtained a high school diploma (or equivalent) that allows access to higher education in the country of origin. Refer to the application process for further details on the recommended English language levels.
Students who are 17 or older who have completed less than 12 years of formal education and who do not hold a high school diploma that allows access to higher education in the country of origin should earn up to an additional 60 credits in the Pre-Bachelor program. e.g. Students who wish to earn a Bachelor degree and who are required to complete the Pre-Bachelor program will need to earn 60 + 180 credits.
Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Bachelor of Arts in Design Management degree awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned.
|12 core courses
|7 courses in Design Management
|Internship related to Design Management
|Capstone Project related to Design Management
28 courses + extra-curricular + internship + capstone
Courses in Design Management
- COM2006 - Media and Mass Communication (5)
- DES2001 - Design Marketing (5)
- DES2002 - Design Thinking (5)
- DES2003 - Design Trends (5)
- DES2004 - Graphic Design (5)
- DES2005 - Introduction to Design Management (5)
- DES2201 - Undergraduate Research Project in Design Management (5)
- OPE2005 - Introduction to Project Management (5)
- DES3101 - Contemporary Cases in Design Management (5)
- INT4705 - Undergraduate Capstone Project in Design Management (5)
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