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Academy Profession Degree Programme in Production Technology

Curriculum framework

This is a translated version of the Danish curriculum. In case of any discrepancies between this curriculum and the Danish curriculum, the text in the Danish curriculum applies.

Act no. 1343 of 10th December 2019 on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Lov om erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Technical and Mercantile Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om tekniske og merkantile erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser).

Ministerial Order on Admission to and Enrolment on Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om adgang til erhvervsakademiuddannelser og professionsbacheloruddannelser). 

Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (Bekendtgørelse om prøver og eksamen i erhvervsrettede videregående uddannelser).

Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of Study Programmes Offered under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (the Grading Scale Order) (Bekendtgørelse om karakterskala og anden bedømmelse ved uddannelser på Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriets område).

  • Effective date and transition rules

    This curriculum will be effective from August 2020 and apply to all students attending the programme.

    Transitional schemes

    There is no transitional scheme. This curriculum applies to all students attending the programme.

  • Graduate Title

    The Academy Profession Degree Programme in production gives the graduate the right to use the title AP graduate in Production Technology. The danish title is produktionsteknolog AK.

  • Programme purpose, duration and level

    The purpose of the programme is to qualify students to independently plan, organise and carry out tasks in the field of development and construction of products, machines, operational solutions, industrial production, as well as technical sales and procurement in companies primarily within the industry.

    This full-time programme is rated at 120 ECTS points. The academy profession programme is a level 5 in the qualifications framework for lifelong learning in accordance with the qualifications framework for higher education.

    The programme has a nominal length of study equivalent to 120  ECTS credits comprising:

    1) Programme elements with a total scope of 90 ECTS credits and organised within the academic areas of the programme.

    2) Internship with a total scope of 15 ECTS credits.

    3) Final exam project of 15 ECTS credit.

Subject areas

The programme elements are organised within the following subject areas, which comprise a total of 90 ECTS credits weighted in the ratio of 1,5:3,75:3,75. 

1) Product Development: The subject area involves organisation, management and implementation of development and innovation processes. Focus is on the entire value chain — from customer involvement to service design.

2) Construction: The subject area involves development, design and dimensioning of machines and production facilities. There is a further focus on the choice of materials based on relevant parameters for the use and applicability of the construction, including environmental impacts that are relevant throughout the total service life of the construction. The subject area also involves technical documentation of the construction work as a basis for production planning, calculations as well as technical sales and procurement.

3) Production Optimisation: The subject area involves production preparation as well as the construction, operation and optimisation of the production apparatus for optimal use of the company's resources. The subject area also focuses on the company's management systems, project management and leadership. The subject area also involves the logistical aspect of the value chain, including technical sales and procurement.

  • Programme Intended Learning Goals


    The graduate will have knowledge about:

    • the practice of the profession and the subject area as well as key applied theory and methods in:
    • companies’ use of technical, organisational, financial, quality and environmental theories and methods in production, product development  and  technical sales and procurement
    • technical, organisational, financial, quality and environmental concepts and methods and companies’ use of these concepts and methods in production, product development and technical sales and procurement
    • globalisation and international development trends


    The graduate will get the skills to:

    • apply the key methods and tools of the subject area
    • apply technical, innovative, creative and analytical skills associated with employment in production, product development and technical sales and procurement
    • assess practice-orientated issues and list and select appropriate solutions in the technical, organisational, financial, quality and environmental areas
    • communicate practice-orientated problems and solutions to partners and users, including the use of technical documentation and calculation to communicate technical, organisational, financial, quality and environmental issues and solutions.


    The graduate will learn to:

    • handle situations of a development-orientated nature in production, product development and technical sales and procurement
    • take part in project management of professional and interdisciplinary cooperation in production, product development, as well as purchase and sale, nationally and internationally
    • acquire skills and new knowledge in relation to production, product development and technical sales and procurement in a structured context.


Admission to the programme is in accordance with the rules of the admission order.

Programme elements

  • Learning goals for the internship and length of internship

    The internship is organised so as to contribute to the student’s developing practical competencies in combination with the programme’s other elements. The purpose of the internship is to enable the student to apply the methods, theories and tools acquired to the implementation of specific practical assignments within the key areas of the programme and the electives chosen by the student.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    • the practice of the profession and the subject area as well as key applied theory and methods in:
      • the overall financial and organisational circumstances of a specific company
      • the overall company description, including products and markets
      • the context of the internship and the company
      • the student's own role in relation to the company.


    Under supervision, the student will get the skills to:

    • plan and implement their own work assignments in the company
    • apply acquired and appropriate technical and analytical working methods associated with employment in the industry
    • assess and communicate practice-orientated issues and problems, and list possible solutions to the company.


    Under supervision, the student will learn to:

    • manage and structure practical and technical situations in relation to the company
    • participate in professional and interdisciplinary cooperation with a professional approach
    • acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies in relation to the profession.

    ECTS weight

    The internship is worth 15 ECTS credits.

    Number of exams

    The internship completes with an exam.

  • Rules on internship

    The internship is a mandatory education element and an active participation is a premise in order to pass the internship. The rules below must be followed in order for KEA to approve the internship. 

    The internship equates to 15 or 30 ECTS points, equal to 10 or 20 weeks full time internship. The working hours have to be 37 hours per week. The internship is unpaid. You must have an attendance at at least 80 % of the time in your internship.

    If you cannot work the 37 hours a week you have to in the internship period because of documented health reasons, you can apply for an exemption to work fewer hours per day for an extended period, so your internship still has a weighting of 15 or 30 ECTS points.

    Following forms of internship are possible at KEA:

    • Workplace internship in Denmark or abroad.
    • Entrepreneurial Internship in your own business.

    When doing a workplace internship, you must be physically avilable in the company. If the company has a policy for working at home, the intern can follow this policy up to a maximum of 2 days per week.

    The intern must participate in assignments relevant to the study programme and be part of a relevant professional environment.

    Before the start of the internship, you have to fill out and send in KEAs internship contract and the work content should be approved as relevant for the study programme by KEA.

    The internship is a learning process with associated guidance, reflection and evaluation.

    If the internship takes place at a workplace, there must be an employee in the company, who can provide you with relevant professional sparring.

    If you choose entrepreneurial internship in your own business, you must find a relevant and external contact who can be your mentor.

    Students who chooses entrepreneurial internship in your own business cannot have other students at KEA as interns at their business.

    As a student, you are responsible for contacting potential internship companies and concluding an internship agreement before the internship period starts. KEA will however support you in the searching process.

    • All students will be assigned an internship supervisor who is a teacher from your programme. The supervisor can help you with subject-specific questions about the internship.
    • KEA has an internship coordinator who can help you with practical questions about the internship.
    • KEA mediates internship opportunities at and at career fairs.
    • You can join KEA's mentor arrangement. KEA's mentors are working KEA alumni, and they can guide you in relation to your internship search.
    • You can find further information about the internship and the search for an internship place at

    The internship completes with an exam. The exam is assessed according to the 7-point grading scale.

    The rules in this section does not apply to the bachelor’s programme in Optometry. The rules for the bachelor’s programme in Optometry can be found in the section ‘Learning goals for the internship and length of internship’ in the programmes curriculum.

  • Teaching and learning methods

    The programme uses a broad range of teaching and learning methods, for example:

    • Classroom teaching
    • Group work
    • Case-based exercises
    • Company field trips
    • Interdisciplinary project-orientated teaching
    • Student presentations
    • Cooperative learning
    • Digital learning technologies and learning environments
    • Workshops
    • Self-study

    Teaching and learning methods are adapted to the individual programme elements in order to develop the student's knowledge, skills and competencies. Teaching and learning methods emphasise a professional presence in the programme through a mix of theory and practical exercises.

    The extent of the teaching corresponds to a full-time study.

    Learning is considered a process that involves the supply of relevant knowledge and new perspectives on existing knowledge combined with the opportunity for students to work with practice-orientated assignments, alone or together with others, under the guidance of the teachers.

    As far as possible, teaching and learning is based on problem formulation, project-organised, practice-orientated and visionary teaching. The students should be able to see the common thread, understand the connection to the outside world, and their imagination and creativity must at all times be challenged.

    The basic idea is that students will learn the most from their own experiences, i.e. by doing something rather than hearing other people talk about it. To get started, students only need the most basic knowledge, including examples of solution methods. The teacher's role is to ensure that students have the basic knowledge, and to guide them on an ongoing basis.

    One of the objectives of the programmes - an objective which is emphasised again and again by host companies and graduates - is that the graduates must be able to do application-orientated work in cooperation with others - that is, they must be socially competent and apply a cooperative approach. That is why the programme is based mainly on group work. This means that students should be present and participate in the planned group work, and students are therefore expected to inform their group of any absence, illness, etc. as soon as possible.

    Students must remember that they share the responsibility for their own learning, and experience has shown that only the students themselves are able to acquire learning through their own interest and efforts. It is the responsibility of the teachers and KEA to create such frameworks and inspire the students to be keen learners.


The electives take place in the third semester, which allows the students to take this semester abroad.

The internship and the final project in the fourth semester can also be completed abroad.

Compulsory Exam Registration

Commencement of a semester is automatic registration for its associated exams. It is not possible to unregister programme exams, cf. the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes, section 5(4).

Programme exams

1 Term

SolidWorks - Internal

2 ECTS Written exam
2 Term
3 Term

Electives exam 1


Electives exam 2

4 Term

Internship exam - Internal

15 ECTS Written exam

Final exam project - External

Final project
15 ECTS Combined written and oral exam, project exam
120 ECTS
on the exams


  • Commencement of studies exam

    A commencement of studies exam will be held before 1 October. It is an academic exam of moderate complexity based on key elements of the teaching. This written exam is assessed as pass/fail. The exam is passed if 80% of the answers are correct.

    Students who fail the exam at the first attempt must pass a re-exam. Students who pass neither the exam nor the re-exam will be disenrolled from the programme. The exam does not fall within the scope of chapter 10 of the examinations order, which means that the student cannot complain about the assessment.

  • First-year exam

    The first-year exam (part-exam A and part-exam B) is a screening exam which must be passed by the end of the first year of study to allow the student to continue.

  • Passing the first-year-exam

    The first-year-exam must be passed before the end of the first year of study in order for the student to continue with the education.

  • Final exam

    The final exam project is assessed at an individual external exam. The exam consists of a written project report, a presentation and an oral exam. The assessment is based on an overall assessment of the project and the oral performance. Students are given one aggregate grade.

    The exam must demonstrate the extent to which the student has achieved the learning objectives for the programme as set out in section 1.2.

    The final exam project must take as its starting point a practice-orientated problem, and the problem formulation is to be prepared by the student in consultation with KEA and a company. KEA approves the main subject and problem formulation.

    Formal requirements

    The report is based on an approved synopsis.

    • Max. 40 physical pages incl. graphics (with the exclusion of cover page, table of contents and sources /bibliography)
    • Use font size 12 in an easy-to-read font
    • The title page must contain the following information:
      • The report's title
      • The student’s full name
      • Name of institution and logo
      • Names of affiliated teachers/supervisors
      • Number of characters in the report including spaces.
      • Assignments given by companies or which have a clear company association require the inclusion of the name of the company, a contact and an e-mail address.

    Non-observance of the max. number of pages may have an impact on the grade. If the max. number of pages is exceeded by more than 25%, the formal requirements will not have been observed, and the project may be rejected.

    Projects are generally expected to be closely related to the business community, and it is therefore essential that it appears CLEARLY from the title page which company was involved and if the report CANNOT be made publicly available. See also the section on publication.

    The report is expected to make use of visual communication tools, including sketches, figures, diagrams, etc.
    Please note that the projects will be scanned for any plagiarism. Plagiarism also involves the reuse of more than one sentence from students’ own previous project unless this has been referenced.


    Reports and synopsis are to be saved as PDF files and uploaded under “Submission of paper” in WISEflow.

    NB: max file size is 25 MB.

    Appendices must be aggregated into a single PDF file with a table of contents.

    Excel documents and Microsoft Project files to be submitted in the original format/version. Appendices will not be assessed.

    As it should be possible to edit, scan and flag texts and tables, reports uploaded as PDF image files will not be accepted.

    For group submissions, all members of the group must hand in the material in the respective flows. The name of all group members must appear from the title page/cover page. The final report must be submitted no later than 12:00 on the dates that appear from your semester plan.

    Otherwise, students will have used one exam attempt.


    Procedure for the final exam project: 40 min. including grading.

    • The student will have 15 min. for an oral presentation.
    • The student is then examined for 15 minutes and given a grade.
  • Special exam conditions

    Students with physical or mental impairment may apply for special exam arrangements. The application must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam. Exemptions from the deadline may be granted in the case of sudden health problems. The application must be accompanied by a medical certificate, an opinion from a speech, hearing or dyslexia therapist or an institute for the blind or the like or other documentation for health issues or a specific impairment.

    Students whose native language is not Danish may bring dictionaries to exams where no materials and aids are permitted.

    Applications for permission to bring other materials and aids must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam.

  • Make up exams

    Make-up exams

    Students who have been unable to complete an exam due to documented illness will be given the opportunity to take the (make-up) exam as soon as possible. If the exam in question is scheduled for the final exam period, students will be given the opportunity to take the exam in the same exam period or immediately thereafter.

    The make-up exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam. Students are responsible for finding out when the (make-up) exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of make-up exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    Illness must be documented with a medical certificate. The institution must have received the medical certificate no later than three working days after the date of the exam. Students who become acutely ill during an exam must document with a medical certificate they were ill on the date in question.

    If illness is not documented in accordance with the above rules, the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students must pay for the required medical certificates themselves.


    Students who do not pass an exam or fail to appear at an exam will automatically be registered for the re-exam, provided that they have any exam attempts left. The re-exam may be identical to the next ordinary exam.

    Students are responsible for finding out when the re-exam is held.

    Information on the time and place of re-exams is made available on Fronter, and students are informed via KEA email.

    In special circumstances, for example in connection with documented disabilities, the institution may grant an exemption from the automatic registration for exams.


  • Exam cheating and disruptive behaviour

    Cheating at exams will be handled in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Order on Examinations on Professionally Oriented Higher Education Programmes (the Examination Order). 

    Students who cheat at an exam will be expelled from the exam.

    In case of aggravating circumstances, students may be suspended from the institution for a long or short period of time. In such event, students must be issued with a written warning stating that repeated cheating may result in permanent expulsion.

    Cheating includes:

    – Obtaining unlawful help during an exam

    – Providing unlawful help to other students during an exam

    – Presenting other people’s work as one’s own (plagiarism – see, see also section 5.15

    – Using own previously assessed work without stating the source, see also section 5.15

    – Using materials and aids not permitted for the exam in question


    Expulsion from an exam due to cheating means that the awarded grade will be withdrawn, and the student will have used one exam attempt.

    Students who exhibit disruptive behaviour during an exam may be ordered to leave the exam. In less serious cases, the institution will first warn the students.

Other rules governing the programme

  • Rules on compulsory attendance

    The student's presence and active participation are required for most parts of the programme; however, KEA does not want to make attendance compulsory for all the teaching in the programme. There are, however, activities in the individual semesters which the student must take part in. Such activities include:

    • Assessments and exams. Absence from such activities will be considered in accordance with the exam rules.
    • Status postings, written and oral status tests as well as activities described as activities with mandatory attendance in the semester descriptions, for example because of assignment introductions and company visits.
  • Credit transfer

    Successfully completed programme elements are equivalent to corresponding programme elements at other educational institutions offering the programme.

    Students are obliged to provide information on completed programme elements from other Danish or foreign higher education programmes and on any employment for which credit transfer may be granted. On a case-by-case basis, KEA approves credit transfers based on completed programme elements and job experience comparable to subjects, programme elements and internships. The decision is based on an academic evaluation.

    Credit transfer of subjects covered by the national part of the curriculum

    Students can apply for pre-approved credit transfer. In case of pre-approval of a period of study in Denmark or abroad, the student is obliged, after completing the period of study, to document the programme elements completed during the approved period of study. Upon obtaining the pre-approval, the student must consent to KEA’s requesting the necessary information after the student has completed the period of study. If a credit transfer is granted, programme elements are deemed to have been completed if they have been passed in accordance with the rules applicable to the programme.

    Credit transfer of subjects covered by the local part of the curriculum

    Based on an academic assessment, KEA may approve that programme elements completed at another Danish or foreign higher education replace programme elements covered by this curriculum.

  • Criteria for the assessment of active enrolment

    Attendance is not mandatory. However, by far the majority of the programme is about students becoming competent cooperation partners. This is one of the reasons why this programme is based on group work, and in order to get a good outcome, students must necessarily take part in this group work. Therefore, we recommend that students participate in the teaching and hand in and present the assignments and projects involved.

    Exam forms based on the assessment of written work require that the written part should be handed in on time and that it satisfies all the formal requirements for the exam.

    A student will be called in for a talk in case of decreasing or no clear signs of study activity (active enrolment).

    Disenrollment due to insufficient study activity

    Enrolment on the programme can be terminated for students who have not passed at least one exam within a consecutive period of at least one year.

  • Excemptions

    In exceptional circumstances, the institution may grant exemptions from the rules in this curriculum that are laid down exclusively by the educational institution.

  • Complaints

    The procedure for filing a complaint about the assessment, the exam process or the exam basis, such as questions, assignments or the like, is outlined below.

    The student must submit a written and reasoned complaint no later than two weeks after the exam. The complaint must be sent to

    The complaint is shown to the examiner and the co-examiner, who issue an opinion. The deadline for issuing this opinion is usually two weeks. The student (the complainant) is then invited to comment on the opinion within a deadline of one week.

    The institution will make its decision based on the complaint, the opinion and any comments. The outcome may be a new exam, a new assessment (in the case of written exams) or dismissal of the complaint. The student will then have two weeks to accept a possible new exam or assessment or to appeal the decision, if he or she has not been successful.

    What can you get out of a complaint ? If KEA rules in favour of your complaint, you will be awarded a re-exam (oral exams) or a reassessment (written exams only). KEA cannot administratively change a grade. If the re-exam or reassessment gives another grade, this grade will be your grade regardless whether it is a higher or a lower grade.

The national part of the curriculum

This curriculum is based on the national curriculum for Academy Profession Degree Programme in Production Technology.
Download the national part of the curriculum