Admission to MFA

The information provided on this page applies to admission in 2018.

The next window of application is: 1 January 2018 – 15 February 2018 (for admission on 1 October 2018). Deadline for applying for exemption: 31 January 2018 (Processing time is about 14 days).
Open house: February 2. 2018. More information here.

Qualifying examinations: Applicants for the MFA programme must have a BFA degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts or an equivalent degree from another artistic place of education.

You cannot transfer to the Schools of Visual Arts from other institutions. You must go through the regular application process in order to be admitted to the MFA programme.
Language proficiency: You must be able to speak and understand English well enough to follow teaching and other activities conducted in English. The MFA admission process is conducted in English.
Previous master’s degree: If you have already completed another master’s degree or equivalent education, or if you have twice enrolled at higher education degree programmes without graduating, we can only admit you if there are vacant places available. Read more here. Please note that this concerns master’s degrees only; you can still be admitted even if you hold a bachelor’s degree.

You must pay an application fee of DKK 750. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the result of your application.

The Schools of Visual Arts only receive applications digitally. Like all the other art education programmes under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Schools of Visual Arts use the recruitment system Varbi as its online application portal.

When you want to apply for admission to one of these education programmes for the first time, Varbi will ask you to set up a user profile that includes your name and email address. Having set up this user profile you will be able to see and edit your applications, and the portal includes an inbox where you will find our messages to you. You can use your user profile again for subsequent applications, and you can use it to apply to several different Danish art education programmes simultaneously.

The application process involves a range of questions that you must answer. You will be asked to upload various documentation and images/video files of your works. Read more about the guidelines for electronic submission of works here. If you need a break while working on your application, you can pause your application and continue later. It is very important that you complete your application well in advance of the deadline: the system shuts down at midnight between 15 February and 16 February (00:00 sharp) – even if you are still working on your application.

As soon as you have submitted your application you will be redirected to a new screen in order to pay the application fee. If you do not wish to pay the application fee at that particular time, simply close the screen. Your Varbi application overview will then inform you that you still need to pay the fee. Please note that your application will only be processed if we have received payment before the application deadline expires.

Link to the application portal:

The Schools of Visual Arts comprise four MFA schools. When applying you must state which school(s) you would prefer to attend, ranking them in order of preference. You can include all four if you wish. If you list fewer than four and the committee is unable to admit you to any of your preferred schools, your application will be denied even if you could have been admitted to a school not included in your list of preferences.
The four MFA schools are:

All applicants are assessed on the basis of a specific artistic evaluation of their own artistic work. The committee’s assessment places emphasis on aspects such as the originality of the works submitted for consideration and the applicant’s potential for artistic and professional development.

The assessment is carried out by a committee that comprises the rector or head of institute, all professors as the Schools of Visual Arts, a student representative from the MFA programme and one external examiner. 

The assessment process spans four rounds: an initial sorting, two so-called plenary rounds where committee members assess and discuss the applicants, and a final round of interviews.

The committee assesses the individual applications and will select twelve to fifteen applicants who will be invited to attend an interview. Among other things, these interviews will be used to help the committee assess the applicants’ motivation and their ability to place their own works within a wider perspective. The interviews take place in late April.

Each applicant will be notified of the result of their assessment via Varbi as soon as the entire assessment process is completed. Applicants who are not admitted will be given an indication of how far into the process they progressed. No additional comments on the results of your assessment will be offered.

If you are admitted to the MFA programme, you must inform us about any previously completed courses/programme modules from other higher education degree programmes for which it must be assumed that credit transfers will be granted.

The student counselling service at the Schools of Visual Arts provides answers to a range of general frequently asked questions about the MFA admission process here

Pursuant to Executive Order no. 66 of 14 January 2016 on tuition fees for foreign students at higher education programmes in art under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Schools of Visual Arts must charge a tuition fee from international students who are not citizens of the EU or EEA.

The tuition fee comes to DKK 120,000 per academic year, corresponding to DKK 60,000 for the autumn semester (15 September to 31 January) and DKK 60,000 for the spring semester (1 February to 30 June).
The tuition fee must be paid before the semester begins. Students paying for a full academic year can divide their payment into two rates corresponding to the two semesters. Payment is made as a bank transfer to the Schools of Visual Arts’ bank account.

The Schools of Visual Arts cannot subsidise or otherwise help to cover the cost of these tuition fees.
We cannot answer any specific questions about the status of British students post-Brexit, but we can say that as long as the UK is a member of the EU, British students do not need to pay tuition fees.

Year                   applicants         Admitted           admitted pct
2017                  113                     8                         7,1%
2016                  107                     10                       9,3%
2015                  98                       7                         7,1%
2014                  100                     8                         8%