The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK)




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Monthly studying and living cost:
750-1.000 €

Mission statement

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) has as a higher education, the task of, on an artistic and scientific basis to provide training in architecture, design, conservation and restoration to the highest level and to perform artistic development and on a scientific basis to conduct research in architecture, design, crafts, conservation and restoration.

International role

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) gives a high priority to international collaboration with foreign architecture, design and conservation schools. The school collaborates with a range of institutions in these fields. The collaborations take place within the European education programmes ERASMUS/SOCRATES and NORDPLUS. Furthermore bilateral agreements have been established with a number of non-european schools.

National role

The school is as a higher creative educational institution in Denmark, subordinated the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The school collaborates with all other schools within these fields in DK, among these are:

  • The School of Architecture in Aarhus
  • The Faculty of Bioscience, Copenhagen University
  • Kolding School of Design

Main focus

At the KADK three fields of knowledge , scientific research, artistic development and professional practice meets in different ways to discover, invent and create. The three fields are aligned within the educational structure and enables us to develop graduates and knowledge that matches both the industry and at the same time provides world-class research, cutting-edge artistic design and new experimental understanding. Our knowledge base provides KADK a unique position among educational and research institutions at home and abroad. KADK 's education is based on scientific research that delivers results that make our lives and solutions more intelligent , informed and future-proof . We work with artistic development as an integrated artistic process , thus leading to new results , reflections and specific forms , and by this provides new insights to the world around us. Throughout our programmes you meet professional practice and we strive to, among other things, to involve our surrounding society directly in the form of collaborate industrial PhDs . We support our staff to work with projects and specific proposal-making, and a lot of our students build their international skills through internships at home and abroad. On KADK we support the three approaches of a unique learning environment where projects , theory, workshops and laboratories all are essential basic elements that help to shape the future of architects, designers and curators.


  • Schools of Architecture
  • School of Design
  • School of Conversation


  • Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape
  • Architecture and Culture
  • Architecture and Technology
  • Architecture and Design
  • Visual Design
  • Product Design
  • Conversation

Bachelor programmes

  • Architecture and Design - Whole and Part
  • Architecture's Anatomy and Fabrication
  • Complexity Handling in Practice
  • Craft - Glass and Ceramics
  • Fashion Design
  • Furniture design
  • Game and Production Design
  • Graphic Art
  • Industrial Design and Ceramic Form
  • Monumental Art
  • Natural History
  • Object Conservation
  • Pictorial Art
  • Spatial Design
  • Taking Place
  • Textile Design
  • Visual Communication

Master programmes

  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Architecture, Space and Time
  • Art and Architecture
  • Ceramic Design
  • CITAstudio: Computation in Architecture
  • Codesign
  • Cross-disciplinary master programme
  • Cultural Heritage, Transformation and Restoration
  • Fashion Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Game Art, Design and Development
  • Industrial Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Political Architecture: Critical Sustainability
  • Production Design
  • Settlement, Ecology & Tectonics
  • Spatial Design, Perception and Detail
  • Textile Design
  • Type & Wayfinding
  • Urbanism and Societal Change
  • Visual Culture and Identity

Research activity and main areas

Research activities are supervised by scientific personnel and supplemented by 59 currently enrolled PhD students. Research at The School of Architecture covers a broad spectrum of areas from theory of architecture, planning, design and communication to restoration and building science. Furthermore, it embodies development work as well as architectural experimentation. Research at The School of Design covers basic research as well as strategic research and practice based research. Since The School of Design has an artistic profile there is a research equivalent for artistic development. Research at the School of Conservation is mainly undertaken by the school's permanent teaching staff, and is used in the development of the school's study programmes and in practical conservation-restoration outside the school. Moreover, some of our research results are used by other branches of science in the humanities, natural science, medicine and technology.

Doctorate level programs

The fields of study are in compliance with the main programmes that we cover within the range of Architecture, Design and Conservation The tutoring takes place within the institutes, each responsible for the education at all levels, in compliance with the overall PHD program. The title of degree is Phd.

Subject areas for exchange students

Architecture, landscape architecture, Visual Communication, Production (film and media), Game& Interaction, Fashion, Textile, Furniture, Industrial- and Productdesign, Ceramics, Glass& Ceramics crafts, Interior, Conservation of Graphic Art, Object conservation, Pictorial Art, monumental art and Natural history conservation

Teaching languages

Danish is the main language in all bachelor programmes English, some full masterprogrames are taught completely in English, some are taught on an need to basis depending on non-Danish speaking students attending.

Head of institution:
Mrs. Lene Dammand Lund

Visiting address:
Philip de Langes allé 10 DK-1435

Educational contact:
Marianne Gyldendal
+45 41701901

Semester dates:
01 Sep – 31 Jan
(autumn semester)
01 Feb – 30 Jun
(spring semester)

Application deadlines:
01 Apr for autumn semester and 15 Oct for spring semester