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Studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts

The Schools of Visual Arts form the setting of a vibrant study environment where your active involvement and mutual social interaction take centre stage – while working and learning, too.

You have ample opportunities to influence the development of the Schools and the programmes offered by sitting on various councils and boards together with the institution’s teaching staff and professors. The Schools of Visual Arts put emphasis on student democracy and involvement.

The Schools’ students also run the exhibition venue Q, a public exhibition venue where all students can exhibit their works, either collectively, alongside others or on their own as desired. Each semester, you will have the opportunity to attend several official openings at Q – always a nice and informal occasion.

The students also run Forum: a group for student-organised teaching at the Schools of Visual Arts. Previous initiatives by Forum have included guest teachers such as Simon Denny, Sam Smith and Augusto Corrieri.

Every three years, the Schools of Visual Arts carry out a study environment survey in order to keep an eye on the student’s general wellbeing. The survey asks questions about the students’ own experience of the study environment (academic, physical and mental) – and what they think of the study facilities in general. The results of our most recent survey (2018) is available here (in Danish).

Educational principles
The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes are based on the principles of Student-Centred Learning. Student-Centred Learning is characterised by innovative learning methods that promote learning through ongoing, mutual dialogue between teacher and student. As a student, you are an active participant and contributor to your own learning. Student-Centred Learning builds and nurtures skills pertaining to problem solving as well as critical and contemplative thinking.

Assuming an active role in your own learning process is also directly relevant to the reality you will encounter after graduation, where demands for originality and artistic independence will be of paramount significance. The teaching provided at the Schools will promote and support your ability to independently conduct your practice as a creative artist.