The Education

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts fall under the auspices of the Danish Ministry for Culture and offer two degree programmes: a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme

Students must be prepared to undertake full-time studies and to actively take part in the various practical and theoretical parts of the studies – often in close co-operation with fellow students. 

The objective of the two study programmes is to develop the students’ artistic practice and prepare them for a subsequent career as professional artists.

This is done through one-on-one tutorials, extensive instruction in technical, practical and theoretical aspects of art, and through collective discussions and critical analysis of the work done by students and by other artists. 
The official academic regulations and ministerial orders are available here: 

The three-year BFA study programme comprises two years of Basic Studies and a final year at one of the four Schools of Visual Arts: The School of Sculpture Charlottenborg; The School of Painting; The School of Conceptual and Contextual Practises and The School of Media Arts.

Having completed their second year of Basic Studies, students will enrol at one of the seven schools and conclude the final year of their BFA study programme here.

Upon graduation, BFA graduates can continue their studies at the MFA study programme; all BFA graduates are guaranteed admission to the MFA programme for two years after completing their BFA.

The MFA study programme takes place at one of the four Schools of Visual Arts; students can switch from one school to another during their studies. The MFA study programme is concluded by a final assessment of each student’s contribution to that year’s AFGANG (MFA Degree Show).
The BFA and MFA study programmes are both supported by the Institute for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, which offers teaching on art theory and art history. The Institute is also responsible for the overall artistic and academic research done at the Schools of Visual Arts.
While working on their Basic Studies and at their chosen schools, students can draw on a range of different laboratories: workshops that make facilities and materials available to students.
Here, you can study and engage in actual artistic practices. Part of the teaching will take place at these laboratories.


The academy aims to give students the knowledge and qualifications required for them to work professionally as visual artists upon graduation.

In addition to a career as a practicing artist, this includes other professions such as teaching, organisational work, consultancy work, design etc.


The academy embraces diversity. Persons with functional impairments and mental disabilities are very welcome to apply. 

Most of the teaching at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts takes place in old and listed buildings that do not always offer ideal opportunities for unassisted access, e.g. for wheelchair users.

For this reason we ask applicants with impairments to notify us of their particular requirements so that we can make the necessary arrangements and plan teaching activities accordingly.