The two-year master's programme in Performing Arts is the first of its kind to be offered in Denmark. The Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA) centres on professional artistic practice and artistic research. Unlike an academic master’s degree, the aim is to develop each student into an original and ground-breaking artist.
The master’s programme offers two artistic specialisations. When applying, you must choose which specialisation path you wish to follow.
Each student will follow an independent path through the overall programme according to their chosen specialisation and their qualifying bachelor programme. Whether you have a background in acting, directing, stagecraft, dance, stage management, lighting, sound design, or another area within the performing arts field, you can apply for both specialisation. You will have one main study supervisor throughout the course of study. In addition, your subject-specific work will afford the chance to collaborate with one or more instructors.
The specialisations focus on the interaction between subject-specific professionalism, entrepreneurship, and artistic research. The objective is to develop your professional basis further and create an opportunity to specialise in an artistic field that you want to develop to a high professional level. You will learn to independently create and organise artistic projects nationally and internationally.
IT IS OUR AIM TO CREATE AN OPEN SPACE FOR LEARNING WHERE ALL MASTER’S STUDENTS ARE GIVEN THE POSSIBILITY TO FOLLOW AN INDIVIDUAL PATH TO THEIR GOALS.
- Mads Thygesen, rector
"The new MFA is a programme for emerging artists with a burning desire to develop a professional career within the field of performing arts. The education will build on artistic research and artistic collaboration in a community of peers, tutors, and advisors. It is our aim to create an open space for learning where all master’s students are given the possibility to follow an individual path to their goals.”
- Mads Thygesen, Rector
The Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts is a two-year full-time study programme.
First-semester teaching is based on your chosen specialisation. It is an intensive course that allows you and your fellow students to explore and develop your artistic profile within the performing arts field. Teaching and supervision will enable you to enact knowledge of recent trends in art theory and international contemporary art in your creative work. In addition to the creative work, you will be trained in discussing and reflecting on the role of art in society and in navigating the frequently divergent demands of artistic development and production framework conditions. All specialisations are affiliated with artistic research laboratories who teach theory, method, and artistic practice.
Second semester focuses on strengthening your individual artistic profile. You can choose elective subjects within all the subject areas covered by the Danish National School of Performing Arts (acting, musical theatre, performing arts production, theatre and performance making and dance and choreography).
In their second year, all students must engage in an international project which aims to build an international network. You can either become an exchange student at one of the partner institutions of The Danish National School of Performing Arts or an intern in a relevant international organisation in Denmark or abroad.
Finally, the thesis represents the final project of your master’s degree. By developing and completing a major artistic work, you demonstrate your capability to independently initiate, organise, and conduct artistic projects.
The programme’s admission requirements are that applicants pass an interview admission test and have undertaken an artistic education at a bachelor's level from the Danish National School of Performing Arts* or another relevant Danish or foreign higher education institution.
*Both the 3-year bachelor's programme and the 4-year undergraduate programme at the Danish National School of Performing Arts meet the admission requirement.
* Please note that only two specialisations will be offered in 2019. More specialisations will be added over the coming years.