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Admission to Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Our usual Open House will be digital for the admission of 2021.
You can join by sending an e-mail to  
The event will take place Thursday 14 January 2021 
The event lasts from 10 AM to 12 (noon).

10.00 – 10.25 Welcome speach and introduction in the Academy's banquet hall (Festsalen)
10.30 – 11.30 GUIDED TOUR in smaller groups by the Academy's students
11.30 – 12.00 Q&A about the Academy and admission in the banquet hall (Festsalen)

Application deadline for admission in 2021 (study start in September 2021) is 25 February 2021, 12:00 (noon) 
We open for applications 2 February 2021.
The deadline for applying for exemption is 11 February 2021 (Processing time is about 7 days).

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.

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 an online application portal.

When you wish to apply for admission to one of these education programmes for the first time, the portal will ask you to set up a user profile that includes your name and e-mail adress. 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 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 a CV, motivation letter and documentation of your works.

You will find instructions for creating your user profile and application via this link:

Please note, it may take a while to upload files for your application. Therefore, please remember to begin the application in due time. This is especially important, if you know you have a slow or unstable connection to the internet.

It is a good idea to start some time before the day of the deadline.

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 on 25 February (12:00 noon sharp) – even if you are still working on your application.

Before you submit your application, you will be redirected to a new screen in order to pay the application fee. Please note that it is not possible to submit your application, before you have paid the fee.
Your application will only be processed if we have received payment before the application deadline expires.

You access the application portal here, when we open for applications:

Browser: We are aware that there may be problems completing and submitting the application in Internet Explorer. Therefore, we encourage you to use another browser.

Please note that you MUST comply with the guidelines. Otherwise, we will reject your application.

You find the guidelines via this link:

You must pay an application fee of DKK 750. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the result of your application. The fees are used to cover expenses related to the admission. 

The Schools of Visual Arts comprise four MFA schools. If you are admitted, you shall select the schools you want to be enrolled at in order of priority. Your placement in one of the four schools depends on the number of seats available in the schools. You may therefore risk being placed in a school that you do not have as the first priority.
The four MFA schools are:

All applicants are assessed on the basis of an artistic evaluation of their 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 at the Schools of Visual Arts, a student representative from the MFA programme and minimum one external examiner. 

The assessment process spans over three rounds: an initial sorting, one 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 May. 

Each applicant will be notified of the result of their assessment 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 Study Administration 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. 364 of 1 April 2019 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.

Please find more informaiton on Brexit via this link.

We have gathered figures from recent years' adsmission to the Master's programme:

Year                   Applicants         Admitted           Admitted %
2020                   115                   5                         4,3%
2019                  135                    6                         4,4%
2018                  147                    5                         3,4%
2017                  113                    8                         7,1%
2016                  107                   10                        9,3%
2015                  98                      7                         7,1%
2014                  100                    8                         8%

For questions about admission, please take contact to the Study Administration: