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Student Counselling

The main task of student counselling is to collect and share information about various fields that are important to life as a student at the academy – or for prospective students here

The student counselling set-up offers the students a place to share and learn from each other’s experiences.

Students and prospective students can use the student counselling service for advice and assistance on subjects such as:

  • Grants and grant applications (for work and travel)
  • Accommodation grants and artist-in-residence programmes
  • Unemployment insurance funds and labour union issues (in Denmark)
  • Exchange programmes at academies and universities abroad
  • Personal and legal issues
  • General information about the study programmes for prospective applicants

The student counselling services are adapted to suit the users’ needs. Please do not hesitate to drop by or send an email if you need information on any of the subjects listed above, if you can add to our stock of information, or if you have ideas for other areas and questions that the student counselling service might cover.

Guided tour for prospective applicants

Each year the study administration hosts a guided tour for prospective applicants. The tour usually takes place in the month of February - time and place will be announced on this page and questions regarding this topic should be directed to

Tips on grants and student exchange
The student counselling office always has the latest copy of “legathåndbogen” – a Danish inventory of grants – available for students to use.

The student counselling office also offers tips on student exchange from students who have already completed student exchange programmes at various schools across the world. Those tips can be very useful if you are thinking about becoming an exchange student yourself.

Questions about SU (the Danish Student’s Grants and Loans Scheme) should be directed at 

General information for BFA applicants

Prospective applicants often ask the same questions, so the student counselling office offers answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the annual guided tour for prospective students.

Frequently asked questions

How long do your study programmes take?
The academy offers a three-year bachelor programme and a three-year Master of Fine Arts programme. This means that the full course of study takes six years in total.

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programme comprises two years of Basic Studies and one year at one of the seven schools.
  • The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) comprises three years of study at one or more of the seven schools.

When and how do I apply?
The application process takes place in early spring.To apply, you must first register as an applicant; this is done online. You will pay an application fee. Each applicant will then submit three to five works of art that will serve as the basis for the assessment of their application. The works may be submitted physically to the academy or as digital uploads.

Can I get SU (funding from the Danish Student’s Grants and Loans Scheme)?
Yes – if you are eligible for SU / haven’t already used up your SU for other studies

Are there any age restrictions?
In keeping with Danish law the school imposes no age restrictions on students.

Are there any other admission requirements?
Applicants are not required to have any specific prior education (such as upper secondary school). Your prior education is not the important part; the main emphasis is placed on your artistic work. Note, however, that the admissions procedure are subject to change from one year to the next, which means that we cannot offer any specific advice on the admissions process. Refer to this website for the latest updates.

Are there any preparatory courses I could take?
The academy itself offers no official preparatory courses. However, it can be a good idea for students to keep an eye on current events on the contemporary art scene in Denmark and abroad. Websites such as kopenhagen.dk, kunsten.nu and kuviba.dk are useful in this regard.

Prospective students might also benefit from taking one or more advanced art classes, for instance at a folk high school (højskole / daghøjskole).

Questions about legal issues/rules
For specific questions about rules and regulations – e.g. in connection with admissions, credit transfers from other studies, SU grants etc. – please contact the Study Administration,