The two-year Master's Programme in Performing Arts is the first of it's kind to be offered in Denmark. The Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA) centers around professional artistic practice and artistic research. Contrary to an academic master, the aim is to develop each student into an original and groundbreaking artist.
one master - many specialisations
The master programme offers several possibilities for artistic specialisation. The specialisations will be announced in February 2019. When applying you must choose which specialisation you want to follow.
Every student will follow an independent path through the programme according to the chosen specialisation and the qualifying bachelor programme. Whether you have a background in acting, directing, stagecraft, dance, stage management, lighting or sound design or another area within the performing arts field you can apply for any specialisation. When applying for a specialisation you must formulate an individual study plan. You will have one main study supervisor throughout the course of study as well as one or several subject-specific instructors.
All specialisations focus on the interaction between professionalism within the subject field, 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 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 create an open space for learning where all master 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.
The 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 use knowledge of recent trends in art theory and international contemporary art in your creative work. In addition to the creative work, you are trained in discussing and reflecting on the role of art in society and in navigating the field of tension between artistic development and production framework conditions. All specialisations are affiliated with artistic research laboratories offering to teach theory, method and artistic practice.
The focus at the second semester is to further strengthen 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 the second year, all students must engage in an international project aimed at building 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 master’s degree’s final project. By developing and completing a major artistic work, you demonstrate your capability to independently initiate, organise and conduct artistic projects.
To be admitted to the Master's programme you must have a relevant bachelor's degree within the artistic field. Both graduates from the Danish National School of Performing Arts’ Bachelor-level programmes and from corresponding international courses may be accepted.
In addition to the formal requirements, there will be an audition/interview. Information about the audition/interview is to be found on this website in February 2019.