Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided education in the arts for more than 250 years, playing its part in the development of the art of Denmark.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering - Arkitektskolen
TypePublic university
RectorSanne Kofod Olsen
Students2000 (2015)
WebsiteSchools of Visual Arts of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts


The Royal Danish Academy of Portraiture, Sculpture, and Architecture in Copenhagen was inaugurated on 31 March 1754, and given as a gift to the King Frederik V on his 31st birthday.

Its name was changed to the Royal Danish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1771. At the same event, Johann Friedrich Struensee introduced a new scheme in the academy to encourage artisan apprentices to take supplementary classes in drawing so as to develop the notion of "good taste". The building boom resulting from the Great Fire of 1795 greatly profited from this initiative.[1]

In 1814 the name was changed again, this time to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. It is still situated in its original building, the Charlottenborg Palace, located on the Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. The School of Architecture has been situated in former naval buildings on Holmen since 1996.

The academy is larger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy, which offer similar programs.

It teaches and conducts research on the subjects of painting, sculpting, architecture, graphics, photography, and video and in the history of those subjects.

The academy is under the administration of the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The Academy’s School of Architecture offers education in the fields of architectural design and restoration, urban and landscape planning and industrial, graphic and furniture design. The school has nine study departments, four research institutes and six affiliated research centres. The undergraduate course, leading to the Bachelor of Architecture diploma, lasts three years while the Master of Arts in Architecture is a two-year graduate course. Notable Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, a major influence behind the Architectural Functionalism, studied at the Academy, as did Bjarke Ingels, the rising star in the world of architecture and design. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named Ingels the Innovator of the Year for architecture.



Notable alumni and faculty

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Architecture

Directors of the Royal Academy schools

17541754Nicolai Eigtved
17541771Jacques-François-Joseph Saly
17711772Carl Gustaf Pilo
17721777Johannes Wiedewelt
17771779Caspar Frederik Harsdorff
17801789Johannes Wiedewelt
17891791Nicolai Abildgaard
17911792Andreas Weidenhaupt
17931795Johannes Wiedewelt
17961797Jens Juel
17971799Peter Meyn
17991801Jens Juel
18011809Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard
18091810Christian August Lorentzen
18111818Christian Frederik Hansen
18181821Nicolai Dajon
18211827Christian Frederik Hansen
18271829Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
18301833Christian Frederik Hansen
18331844Bertel Thorvaldsen
18441849Jørgen Hansen Koch
18501853Herman Wilhelm Bissen
18541857Wilhelm Marstrand
18571863Jens Adolf Jerichau
18631873Wilhelm Marstrand
18731890Ferdinand Meldahl
18901892Otto Bache
18931896Theobald Stein
18961899Otto Bache
18991902Ferdinand Meldahl
19021905Vilhelm Bissen
19051906Otto Bache
19061908Vilhelm Bissen
19081911Martin Nyrop
19111914Viggo Johansen
19141917Carl Aarsleff
19171920Hermann Baagøe Storck
19201825Joakim Skovgaard
19251925Anton Rosen
19251928Einar Utzon-Frank
19281931Poul Holsøe
19311934Aksel Jørgensen
19341937Einar Utzon-Frank
19371940Poul Holsøe
19401943Sigurd Wandel
19431946Johannes Bjerg
19461949Edvard Thomsen
19491952Kræsten Iversen
19521955Johannes Bjerg
19551956Svend Møller
19561965Palle Suenson
19651974Tobias Faber
1974Individual directors for the schools

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Højbro Plads". Golden Days. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  2. "Denmark". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
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