Fritjof Krabbe Nørretrandes, 3. årsudstilling, 2020. Foto: Mikkel Kaldal

Fritjof Krabbe Nørretrandes, 3rd Year Exhibition, 2020. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal


The Jutland Art Academy offers a five-year programme of higher education within the field of fine art. The total programme comprises two parts: a three-year Basic Programme and a two-year Diploma Programme. Students who are admitted to the Basic Programme are guaranteed a place on the Diploma Programme as soon as they have completed the Basic Programme, taken part in the 3rd Year Exhibition and passed the 3rd year examination. Students at the Jutland Art Academy are eligible for SU (the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme), and you apply for SU (grants and loans) after the admission has been confirmed.

Every spring, the Jutland Art Academy Arts admits a number of new students to the Basic Programme and the Diploma Programme; new students always begin their studies on 1 September.

Admission to the Basic Programme

Students are admitted to the Basic Programme on the basis of a personal statement (known in Danish as a ‘motivated application’) and documentation of five works of art created by the applicant. Every year, the academy receives far more applications than we have places for, so we urge you to spend time and effort on properly preparing your application. One of the prerequisites for admission is that the applicant must already have worked with visual art before applying. For example, it will count in your favour if you have received art tuition at a preparatory art school, a folk high school or similar.

In their first semester, new students will follow a special introductory course, but will also be part of the general Basic Programme right from day one, meaning that new students will be taught together with the rest of the academy’s students.

Admission requirements

There are no formal requirements in terms of qualifying examinations or specific technical skills. The final selection is made on the basis of an assessment of the applicant’s artistic work as well as an assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete a study programme. The academic and technical aspects of the programme both require the ability to engage in a distinctly independent practice.

Language proficiency

Students on the Basic Programme are expected to have a good understanding of Danish or another Scandinavian language and a basic proficiency in English sufficient to be able to express themselves orally and read texts in English.

Submitting your application

Applications are submitted via an online portal. You must create a user profile to apply. Please note that the data provided on the profile will be included in your application, so it is important that you provide correct details. You will be asked to provide various details about your educational background. The application must include a personal statement of 1000–2200 characters in length (with spaces). In this statement, you must state your reasons for wanting to be admitted as a student at the Jutland Art Academy. We also urge you to present some thoughts on your own works and, if possible, references to sources of inspiration. For example, you might include references to artists whose work you find relevant to your own. You are also welcome to point out sources of inspiration within contemporary art, art history, literature, and other art forms and fields of knowledge.

The application must must include documentation presenting five of your own works of art. In the case of video and audio works with a duration of more than 30 minutes, three works are enough. Include information on the titles, material and dimensions (measurements, duration, etc) of your works. It is also important to make it clear whether you are submitting documentation (for example of a sculpture or performance) or the actual work itself. If a given work is intended to be displayed/presented under specific conditions, you can indicate this in the comment field for each work.

Key Dates - Admissions 2021

22 March: Info meeting

6 April: Application deadline

27 April: Reply regarding interview

4 & 5 May: Interviews

1 September: Semester start

Admission to the Diploma Programme

Admission to the Diploma Programme requires a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of fine art education. Students who, at the time of application, are on the last semester of their bachelor’s programme (or equivalent) may be admitted on the condition that they complete the programme before 1 September that same year.

Students on the Diploma Programme are expected to be proficient in written and oral English. Students who do not speak a Scandinavian language are strongly encouraged to learn Danish.

Submitting your application

Applications are submitted via an online portal. You must create a user profile to apply. Please note that the data provided on the profile will be included in your application, so it is important that you provide correct details. In addition to data about you and the study programme in which you are currently enrolled or have completed, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • A written personal statement explaining why you wish to be admitted at the Jutland Art Academy (1 page or less).
  • A portfolio showcasing your artistic work from the last three years. Your portfolio must be uploaded in a PDF format.
  • You can include external links to e.g. sound files, video files etc.
  • A CV describing your education, exhibition activity and other activities relevant to the field of fine art.
  • Documentation proving that you have completed a qualifying examination/programme (BFA or equivalent level). If you have not yet completed this examination/programme at the time of application, you can attach a confirmation of enrollment from your place of study for the current year.

For more information on how to apply, take a look at our application guide

William A. Valentin, Idling, 2021. Photo: Luna Lund Jensen

William A. Valentin, Idling, 2021. Photo: Luna Lund Jensen

The admissions process

The same two-stage admissions procedure is followed for applications at both levels. First, an admissions committee assesses all applications. Out of these, the committee selects approximately twenty candidates that are deemed most suitable for admission; these are invited for a personal interview of a duration of fifteen to twenty minutes. Depending on the composition of the committee and the applicant’s background, this interview will take place in Scandinavian or English. The academy bases its final decision on the application and interview, admitting approximately ten new students each year. If there are more suitable candidates than there are places, the academy sets up a waiting list. Candidates on the waiting list may be accepted right up until studies commence on 1 September.

The admissions committee consists of the rector, the academy’s tenured teachers of fine arts, an external artist and a student currently studying at the academy.

Credit transfer

In special cases, students are not admitted to the first year of the Basic or Diploma Programme, but a later year. This happens in cases where the admissions committee finds that credit can be granted for previously completed studies at the same level, typically programmes at another art academy. If you wish to apply for admission to a later year than the first year of your chosen programme, please state this in your application and enclose documentation for your previous studies. Based on your overall application, the admissions committee will decide which year you will be placed in.

Equal opportunities

The Jutland Art Academy welcomes all applicants equally regardless of background, gender identity, ethnicity and/or political and religious affiliations. However, please note that the academy’s current physical location does not facilitate the admission of students with severe mobility impairments. Besides the usual teaching and supervision, the academy is unable to provide extra support to students with special needs.

The Academy does not offer individual guidance or advice on the application process. You can find out more on the website. Queries of a practical nature can be directed to Study Secretary Susanne Brokmann at or by telephone at (+45) 86136919 between 9.00 and 12.00 Mondays to Thursdays.