The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design is an educational institution under The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. We educate designers and craft artists, and for more than 135 years, the school has been involved in developing Danish design and crafts with an international reach.
We combine a strong tradition for creativity, design and quality craftmanship with the postindustrial demand for flexible and research-based qualifications. In 2010 our five-year degree programme was accredited and recognized as a university-level educational institution, providing bachelor's and master's degrees.
Merger and new name
In July 2011 the school changed name from The Danish Design School to The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation have been formed on the basis of a merger between The Danish Design School, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and School of Conservation. The new institution handles education and research within the subject fields of the three schools.
135 years of tradition
For more than 135 years, The School of Design has contributed to the development of Danish design with an international reach. The school is founded on the Nordic design tradition, where functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand with business sense, and today it is a modern, business-oriented design school where groundbreaking partnerships, ambitious visions and new technologies go hand in hand with creative artistic development and professional innovation.
We offer a five-year education within design - consisting of a three-year basic programme at bachelorís level and a two-year advanced programme at masterís level. Beside this we offer a three-year craft programme at The Design School, Bornholm.
Facts and figures
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design has 650 students and a staff of 110 in Copenhagen and on Bornholm. Each year, we accept up to 115 students into the basic programme in Copenhagen and up to 27 on Bornholm, and we receive guest lecturers and exchange students from every corner of the global design map.