Professorship at the School of Sculpture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts are looking for a committed, experienced and highly acclaimed artist to take over the professorship at our School of Sculpture. The successful applicant will begin 1 September 2019.
The School of Sculpture constitutes one of the Schools’ four international MFA programmes, specialising in sculpture.
The School of Sculpture focuses on artistic practices that unfold in three dimensions. The core field of study is sculpture, objects, installations and art in public spaces.
The instruction provided at the School of Sculpture focuses on nurturing the individual student’s artistic practice through so-called ‘studiesamtaler’ (tutorials, literally ‘study conversations’), group critique and technical instruction and guidance. The School looks towards the preconditions of contemporary art. Supporting this, its activities include visits to exhibitions, meeting artists, curators and critics, going on excursions and study trips and reflecting on theory. The School also invites guests to visit the school, arranging lectures and engaging the students in an ongoing dialogue.
The School of Sculpture works closely with the Laboratory for Sculpture, which comprises the laboratories for plaster, wood, plastic, ceramics, construction and 3D. It also offers courses on stonemasonry, bronze casting and other classic techniques. In addition to this this, students are encouraged to work with artistic research and text/writing as part of their MFA programme.
Approximately 20 to 30 students attend the School of Sculpture’s three-year MFA programme. The School of Sculpture is domiciled at Charlottenborg Palace, where the students have their studios and where part of School’s instruction is carried out.
About the position
As professor of the School of Sculpture you will be Head of Study, meaning that you hold the overall responsibility for directing the study programme, ensuring the quality of the teaching/instruction provided, and for assisting the students’ artistic development through supervision, guidance and teaching. The professor is in charge of the School’s academic management and holds the responsibility for outlining the academic profile of the School of Sculpture. The professor is very welcome to collaborate with students on this.
Working in collaboration with Rector and the other Heads of Study, the professor will contribute to the strategic development of the Schools of Visual Arts’ profile, forms of teaching/instruction and overall objectives. The professor may be appointed Prorector.
The position will involve artistic research.
Duties and responsibilities
The professor’s tasks at the School of Sculpture consist primarily in teaching, tutorials/supervision, development work and internal co-ordination. The professor is in charge of the overall planning of the School of Sculpture’s programme. While planning this programme, the professor is expected to liaise with the three other MFA Schools, the laboratories and the Institute for Art, Writing and Research. The professor will be supported by the Study Administration during the planning process.
While planning the programme, the professor is expected to take into account the students’ various practices. The professor should also be able to offer up different perspectives (artistic and thematic) on the art of sculpture and related practices. The Academy also expects the instruction/teaching to be based on general insight into contemporary sculpture, contemporary art in general, the history of sculpture, artistic research, art theory, and the techniques of sculpture.
The successful applicant must:
- Have established a comprehensive artistic practice and a professional career of international scope. The successful candidate must be an acclaimed artist operating at the highest level within the field of contemporary art, having exhibited their work at established art institutions, galleries and similar.
- Have in-depth knowledge of contemporary art, including sculpture.
- Have graduated from a Fine Arts programme at the highest level.
- Have firm experience teaching at corresponding institutions and be able to supervise and tutor students individually.
- Be able to teach on the basis of a contemporary view of sculpture and on well-founded theoretical, historical and technical insight into the field.
- Work with artistic research.
Applicants are also required to:
- Show understanding and empathy with individuals in teaching situations
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to co-operate well with in-house and external stakeholders.
- Be proficient in English
About the Schools of Visual Arts
The Schools of Visual Arts is an umbrella term that encompasses the six-year Fine Art programme at the Academy. This comprises a three-year BFA programme and a three-year MFA programme.
The BFA School handles the full BFA programme, while the four MFA Schools are in charge of the MFA programme. The Schools teach fine art through personal supervision and group-oriented instruction that involves dialogue, workshops, presentations and critique.
The teaching provided at the Schools is supplemented and supported by the instruction offered at the Schools of Visual Arts’ laboratories – artist-run technical laboratories that provide technical and artistic instruction. The instruction given at the laboratories (collective and individual) is part of the MFA programmes.
The instruction is also supplemented by a separate programme offered by the Institute for Art, Writing and Research. The institute presents courses, workshops, reading groups and similar activities focusing on subjects within the realms of theory, history and art. All activities are relevant to the overall artistic training and may be planned in collaboration with the schools.
The programmes provided at the Schools of Visual Arts are based on the principle of Student Centred Learning, meaning that students are involved in planning the instruction offered. The principle applies to each student’s individual practice, which is supported by personal supervision, and to collective instruction where students are involved in planning the programme contents. This is done at monthly departmental assemblies and at meetings held prior to the beginning of a new semester. The professor may elect to partially delegate the planning to students (Student Led Learning); if so, the professor must supervise the academic level of the programme and ensure that it remains of sufficiently high quality.
With the support of the Study Administration, the professor will sum up the programme in a semester plan published prior to the start of each semester.
The Schools of Visual Arts are an institution of higher education whose knowledge base encompasses artistic research (‘kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed’) and academic research. This knowledge rests partly on practice-based research, partly on theory.
Terms of appointment
The professorship is a fixed-term position, set at six years. It is a part-time position set at 80% of a full-time position, equalling 30 hours a week.
Holidays are held in July, between Christmas and New Year, and at Easter. August and parts of September are specifically allocated for artistic research. The professor should set aside time for planning the academic year ahead in September.
The academic year begins 1 October and ends 30 June.
The successful applicant will receive remuneration in accordance with the applicable Danish collective agreement. The position falls within the Danish salary grade 37.
It will be an advantage to take up residence in the region.
The teaching languages are Danish and English. The administrative language is Danish. It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to work within this structure.
All applications will be processed in accordance with the relevant Statutory Order laid down by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
The Academy will set up an assessment committee consisting of two professors from the Schools of Visual Arts and an external member competent within the purview of the position. The committee will assess whether each applicant meets the requirements regarding the artistic/research-related/teaching/professional qualifications stated in this job description. The committee will then prepare a written assessment and send it to each applicant for consultation. Upon reaching the consultation deadline, these assessments will be forwarded to Rector.
Rector will set up an appointment committee consisting of Rector, a professor, an associate professor and a student representative. Having done this, a round of interviews will be held.
The process schedule is estimated at four to six months.
How to apply:
Please submit your written application to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts no later than 14 January 2019. Please direct your application to Rector and submit it via this link.
Your application must include:
- Documentation showcasing your artistic practice (portfolio and CV).
- Exam documents
- Documentation demonstrating your teaching experience
- Details regarding your experience within the field of artistic research
- Details regarding your visions for the School of Sculpture
- Details documenting your qualifications as a teacher
Please direct any questions to acting Rector Henriette Heise at
For more about the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts here