History & objective

Den Danske Scenekunstskole - The Danish National School of Performing Arts (DASPA) was established January 1st 2015 when all the Danish state and state funded higher performing arts institutions were unified.

The following institutions merged into Den Danske Scenekunstskole - The Danish National School of Performing Arts: The Acting School at Aarhus Theatre, The Acting School in Odense, School of Playwriting at Aarhus Theatre, The Danish Musical Academy in Fredericia, Odsherred Theatre School and the State Performing Arts School.

The establishment of DASPA gives the opportunity to create modern performing arts programmes in a cooperating national and international environment with flexible and varying study options. DASPA has a task, which is to offer artistic education on the highest level in all parts of the performing arts field.

General objective of the programmes at DASPA

DASPA holds several types of study programmes within the field of performing arts. DASPA offers five three-year study programmes at bachelor level and a two-year programme at master level with related specializations and/or on different departments and locations. Students with commencement of study since 2016 will get a degree as Bachelor of Fine Arts when they graduate from the school. In addition to these programmes, DASPA offers a two-year graduate programme in Dance partnership.

The programmes at DASPA educate graduates who will have a thorough knowledge about their own subject field and who simultaneously will master a cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial mindset. The programmes are directed toward an expanded field of employment - for performing and creating artists - and will embrace knowledge, skills and competencies within the entire performing arts field. The programmes are characterised by close interaction between practice, theory and reflection, and the subject-related substance is based upon an artistic knowledge. The programmes provide the students with tools that enable them to create a sustainable artistic work life within a performing arts field, at the same time opening up work opportunities which go beyond performing arts.