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Basic Studies

The Basic Studies cover the three-year BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) study programme.
Students who have completed their BFA can continue their studies to earn an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree.

The Basic Studies programme covers many disciplines. The primary function is to enable and support students as they establish their own art practice. This will involve producing works of art in an ongoing process that encompasses individual exploration and experimentation, studies of art history and culture, and studies of various materials and media.
 
The Basic Studies emphasize experimentation, study skills and research – while also challenging and expanding the students’ views of processes, working methods and use of materials. Students are introduced to a wide range of practices, media and views of art.

The teaching principles

The teaching focuses on building a vocabulary and conceptual framework that helps students navigate art theory, art history, culture, society and their own art practice. Reflecting on one’s own work – and the work done by others – is a crucial aspect of Basic Studies.
 
The Basic Studies department caters to a total between 80 and 90 students at a time. The four regular teachers are all practising artists. The teaching methods include practice based groups as well as one-to-one sessions at the workshops; these take the form of conversations based on each student’s own production.

Basic Studies also offers a range of different courses on practical craftsmanship and theoretical aspects of art. They include a compulsory course on art theory and art history.

Additional courses are arranged in co-operation with the Schools of Visual Art’s laboratories; here students will be introduced to specific disciplines and media such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, video, media art, sound art and photography.

Henriette Heise

Professor and Head of Basic Studies

Henriette Heise (b. 1965) is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and the Slade School of Fine Art London.
Heise’s practice as an artist encompasses a wide range of media, formats and materials. She employs techniques and media such as drawing, linocuts, photocopying, textile art, painting, posters, photography, installation art, sculpture, film/video, books, Internet art and performance art.

Heises practice combines explorations of different media and forms with a keen desire to challenge aesthetic vocabularies. Heise’s works often revolve about simple actions and everyday objects. At a more abstract level she is interested in how perfectly ordinary routines, technology and objects can shape particular patterns of behaviour, experience and emotions.
Heise works individually and collectively; she is a co-founder of the project space Info Centre in London, Det Fri Universitet in Copenhagen and the artist-run TV station tv-tv.

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Phone

+45 3374 4623

Link

henrietteheise.net

Hannah Heilmann

Associate Professor

Hannah Heilmann, b. 1978, works in a field where classic and performance-based disciplines intersect, and where the concept of art and the artist’s role are constantly renegotiated. The works often take the form of mise-en-scènes where the usual hierarchy of props, costumes, social interaction and finished work is destabilized and disappears. Heilmann’s practice seeks to discuss Subjectivity, and this discussion serves a dual purpose: as method and as content.

Heilmann is part of the Copenhagen-based production unit TOVES, runs the radio work General Booty of Work, and was part of the group Ingen Frygt (No Fear) (2001–10), which channelled themes such as Western subconscious yearnings, death and capitalism into installation pieces, self-portraits, parties and music videos.

Heilmann’s previous teaching credits include the Basic Studies, The Funen Art Academy and Ærø Kunsthøjskole.
Heilmann has presented a wide range of performances, solo and group shows at international museums and exhibition venues. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Copenhagen.

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+45 3374 4625

Link

HannahHeilmann.dk

Luca Frei

Associate Professor

Luca Frei, b. 1976, is a graduate from numerous schools: The School of Industrial Art, Lugano, which is based on the principles of the Bauhaus School; the Drawing & Painting School and Proto-Academy at the Edinburgh College of Art; and Fri Konst at Malmö Art Academy.

Frei works with a wide range of media: from drawing, collage art and painting to installation art, performance art, video art and photography. He often creates his art for specific contexts. Recurring themes include time, the relationship between body and architecture, and the relationship between private and public spaces. Frei’s exhibition designs are often based on audience participation and dialogue, and they frequently explore the boundaries between art as an autonomous aesthetic practice and as a collective, open-ended process.

Frei has previously worked for the Schools of Visual Arts as a guest lecturer, external examiner and workshop facilitator. His teaching principles are based on balancing individual and collective growth and mutual dialogue.
Frei has presented his work at numerous solo and group shows at international museums and exhibition venues in Europe, the USA and South America.

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Phone

+45 3374 4626

Link

lucafrei.info

Rolf Nowotny

Associate Professor

Lector Rolf Nowotny, b. 1978, earned his MFA at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art’s Schools Of Visual Arts. Nowotny’s practice unfolds around sculpture and installation with a great interest in exploring media and materials including painting and drawing, which are central to his work.

Nowotny runs, together with Olga Nowotny, the exhibition platform Fauna. He has exhibited domestically and abroad – most recently at Christian Andersen (who represents Nowotny), Tranen in Gentofte and Overgaden. Additionally, Nowotny is an experienced educator with previous teaching posts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Funen Art Academy and several artistic folk high schools.

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www.rolfnowotny.com