Applicant without sufficient formal qualifications - Master level

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, or exemption, if you do not have the formal qualifications and grades needed for the general and/or specific entry requirements for a Master programme, or a freestanding course at second cycle level. This is based on the higher education Ordinance ch. 7 paragraph 3 of section 28, as well as on local regulations at Uniarts.

Prior Learning and Exemptions

You can apply for recognition of prior learning or exemptions from the general entry requirements if you don't have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university and/or if you do not meet the specific entry requirements of a course or a programme.

Prior Learning

An applicant may be considered to have acquired skills equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, by other studies than university studies and/or by work experience.

In order to apply for recognition of prior learning, you have to send in a letter  with your application where you explain why you think you have the skills equivalent to the general entry requirements (a Bachelor's degree) and/or the specific entry requirements. You should also upload documentation of studies and/or work experience. Uniarts will compare the stated entry requirements to the skills you've referred to and decide if your prior learning meet the general entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements for the course or programme that you are applying to.


If Uniarts can’t grant you recognition of prior learning we will assess whether or not we can grant exemption from the entry requirements. Uniarts can only grant exemptions from the entry requirements if we estimate that you will be able to cope with the studies. When you apply for recognition of prior learning/application for exemption, you should specify from which entry requirement/s you want an exemption, and explain why you consider that you will cope with the studies. When we assess whether or not you should be granted the exemption, we look at the same documents as for the decision on recognition of prior learning.

The Basis for the Assessment

In your application of recognition of prior learning/exemption, you should upload:

  • A letter in which you apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption where you justify why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you don't have the formal qualifications for the programme/course.
  • The CV that you submit with your application has to be detailed and well supported by attachments. You can support your CV with certificates from employers, or others, who you have worked with, programme sheets, reviews, or similar. The CV should contain your professional experience within the art field, but also other professional experience that can provide the skills contained in the expected learning outcomes of a Bachelor's degree. (see below). Trainings/courses are also important.

In some cases you will be invited to participate in the process before you have recieved notification about whether or not we have found that you have the necessary prior learning. Your participation can give us further information regarding your prior learning through seeing you handle the tasks given to you.

Specific process for programmes at DOCH

After the last date of application for programmes at DOCH, applicant who apply for recognition of prior knowledge will be invited to take a test at DOCH. The test is to carry out an individual assessment of whether or not you meet the entry requirements through prior learning. You will receive information on how the test will be done. DOCH will assess your prior learning or the possibility to give you an exemption from how you demonstrate that you can use your skills in comparison to the entry requirement. We will make an overall assessment of your letter, the merits you show in your CV and how you've solved the tasks given to you.