Admission to BFA

Everyone can apply for admission to the BFA study programme. However, all applicants to the BFA study programme must speak and understand Danish (or Norwegian or Swedish) well enough to take part in the teaching and other activities provided during Basic Studies, where all compulsory classes are taught in Danish.

Please note that the study administration is closed in week 7, and therefore we will not be able to answer questions about admission until after this period. We respond to inquiries again in week 8.

information about admission to the BFA study programme

The admission procedure for the academic year 2017/2018 will take place in the spring of 2017. The fee to apply for admission is 100 Euro in 2017.

You begin the application process by signing up electronically in our application system. You must do this during the period 25 January to 15 February 2017. When you sign up, you will be given an application number.

You must then pay the application fee. State your application number when you make your payment. The Schools of Visual Arts must have received your payment no later than 16 February 2017.

The actually application is carried out by submitting examples of your work for assessment. You must submit these examples electronically, i.e. as files (pictures, sound, video, etc.). As soon as The Schools of Visual Arts have received payment of your application fee, you will receive a link to the system that allows you to upload and submit your works electronically. You must submit your works no later than 24 February 2017.

This means that when the application period for the BFA programme begins, prospective applicants must:

  • Register as applicants in our admissions system and fill in an application form
  • Pay the application fee which is 100 Euro. This is done as a bank transfer (it is not possible to receive a refund of the fee)
  • Submit a number of works for assessment as digital images/files

If you find it important for your work, it may be relevant to label it as either documentation or a work.

You are welcome to upload a short description for each work at maximum 150 words (not required).

PLEASE NOTE: electronic submission is the only option for submitting artworks when applying for admission in 2017. Works cannot be submitted in physical form.

Read more about the guidelines for electronic submission of works here.

Admission requirements and assessment

No specific exams or prior education are required to apply for admission to the BFA study programme.  Note, however, that applicants must be able to read, speak and understand Danish (or other Scandinavian language) in order to take part in the BFA study programme. Applicants must also have basic English skills.

All applicants are assessed on the basis of careful evaluation of the works of art submitted. Emphasis is placed on originality and on the applicant’s potential for artistic and professional development.

The assessment is carried out by a committee that comprises the rector or the head of Institute, prorector, the head of Basic Studies, representatives of the professors, assistant professors and students of the Schools of Visual Arts, and at least one external examiner.

Based on the individual evaluations, the committee selects approximately 50 candidates who will be invited to an interview. At the interview the applicant's motivation and ability to put his or her portfolio into perspective will be considered. The interviews take place in ultimo April 2017.

The final result of the admission will be sent by email to all applicants as soon as possible after the completion of the selection process. Please note, that you will not get an explanation of the evaluation.

If you get admitted to the BFA program, you are obliged to inform about any previous education at higher educational level, which is likely to give credit.

Applicants who have completed a master's degree, can only be admitted if there are seats available. The same applies to applicants who previously have been enrolled in higher education twice without having obtained a final exam.

The Student Counselling services at the Schools of Visual Arts have prepared a list of answers to some frequently asked questions about admission to the BFA study programme. You can find those answers here.

The recently adopted law concerning limitation of double education does not apply to our education (BFA) since we are an educational institution under the Ministry of Culture. Therefore, it is still possible to be admitted to our institution even if you have bachelor’s degree / professional Bachelor’s degree. However, you will have to inform about your previous education in order to get credit transfer.   


The Schools of Visual Arts are legally obliged (by Order no. 66 of 14 January 2016) to charge tuition fees from international students who are not citizens of the EU or EEA.

The study fee is DKK 120,000 for a full year of study, corresponding to DKK 60,000 for the autumn semester (1 October to 31 January) and DKK 60,000 for the spring semester (1 February – 30 June).

Tuition fees must be paid before the semester begins. Tuition fees for a full year can be split into two payments, one for each term. Payment is done as a bank transfer to the Schools of Visual Arts’ bank account.

The Schools of Visual Arts cannot offer subsidies or grants towards covering these tuition fees.