Royal Danish Academy
Architecture, Design, Conservation
Copenhagen, DK
Royal Danish Academy
Architecture, Design, Conservation
Royal Danish Academy
1435 Copenhagen K

N 55° 40' 53.02'', E 55° 40' 53.02''
 Study Administration  

t: +45 41701678
Prof. Jakob  Brandtberg Knudsen 
Dean of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor: Danish
Master: English/Danish
Faculty profile

Profile of the Faculty

Founded in 1754 as part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Architecture is one of the world’s oldest schools of architecture. It represents 250 years of unbroken Danish tradition in the education of architects.

The School of Architecture’s position is best characterised by a broad architectural curriculum that covers the profession’s three main areas: Urban Planning, Architecture and Design.

The School is still part of the now Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation, thus both its educational programme and its research are marked by an artistic and aesthetic dimension.  This applies to both the individual student’s projects and to the researcher’s work.

Moreover, the architectural programme also encompasses social, humanistic, technical, financial and functional dimen-sions, which are emphasised in both study courses and research.

Since 1996, the School has been based on the island of Holmen, the Danish Navy’s former harbour area, located in the old city centre of Copenhagen.

1044 students (574 Bachelor, 421 Master, 49 PhD), 36% of foreign students.

116 staff members (116 full-time and approx. 0 visiting lecturers and critics).


CAD - Lab
Extensivemodelling workshop
Furniture Shop
Laser Cutter
Light - Lab
Printing facilities


The Academy assists international students in their search for accommodation.

Admission Requirements

For Bachelor degree’s: diploma of higher secondary education.
For Master degree’s: Bachelor's in Architecture.
For PhD course: Master's in Architecture or equivalent

Tuition fees

EU/EEA nationals: no fee
Non-EU/EEA nationals: 7,000 Euro per semester

Application Deadline

Master’s degree students: 1 March
Exchange students: 15 September / 15 March
Visiting students: 1 October / 1 April


Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Architecture, 3-year programme, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Architecture, Danish, 180,

Enrolment: 574 students

Master, Master of Arts (MA) in Architecture, 2-year programme, Master of Arts (MA) in Architecture, English/Danish, 120,

Enrolment: 421 students

The three-year BA programme and two-year MA programme consist of both independent design studio projects and formal coursework. The study programme’s main areas of focus are Urban Planning, Architecture and Design.

The school also offers a three-year Ph.D. degree course.

The Bachelor programme constitutes a complete educational course, structured around the artistic and scientific theories, methods and practice forms of the field of architecture. The programme is laid out so that it alternates between project work and base disciplines.  The Bachelor programme is a 3-year, full-time study programme corresponding to a total of 180 ECTS.

Each year, the Royal Danish Academy draws up a revised syllabus. Within the framework of the curriculum, the syllabus describes project work and base disciplines for the programme’s three main areas of focus: Planning, Architecture and Design, including the following specialties: Urban Planning and Landscape, Building Culture and Restoration, as well as Furniture, Graphic and Industrial Design.

Project work and base disciplines jointly constitute a didactic whole.  As the starting point, the architectonic object is used based on the following three themes: space, form and scale. The conclusive phase lies within the main areas of focus’ and specialties’ complex understanding of the architectonic practice based on the following three themes: concept, programme and project.

This whole is based on the school’s qualifications framework levels for learning outcomes, spanning from the first year of the Bachelor programme to the Master’s programme.

The two-year Master’s programme is a full-time study programme corresponding to the total of 120 ECTS, which includes a final semester for thesis work. In the Master of Architecture programme, the focus is on specialisation and achievement of theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as personal development.

The course is centred on project exercises carried out in the design studios. The complexity and requirement of artistic and technical skills of the students’ projects increases throughout the studies. The basic teaching principle is the dialogue between the student and the tutor, and between the students themselves. The design studio is supported by courses, lectures, seminars and study trips. Courses and consultative services are arranged for each department according to the level of study. The Master’s programme includes the possibility of a study abroad.

In order to further internationalisation, the Academy offers different Master’s programmes taught in English. Furthermore, the Academy has bilateral agreements and connections with a wide range of schools of architecture and design across the globe.  Students are encouraged to apply for a place abroad through exchange programmes as part of their degree studies.

The master’s degree provides an immediate opportunity to work as an architect and admittance into the Architects’ Association of Denmark.  In addition, graduates of the Master’s programme can go on to complete a PhD programme geared towards an academic career.

The Royal Danish Academy awards the PhD degree to graduates who have successfully completed a doctoral programme, and whose dissertation demonstrates a capacity to carry out a project involving independent use of scientific methodologies.  Research is furthered at a level equivalent to the international standard of a PhD degree within the field of architecture. The three-year programme is aimed at meeting present and future needs for researchers, enabling them to teach and conduct scientific work at universities and private and public institutions.

A PhD project at the School must be related to the field of architectural research, and the PhD dissertation must meet international standards for results carried out as an academic discipline within the framework of doctoral education.  Doctoral studies are aimed towards preparing the student to carry out research in the field of architecture in the established framework of scientific academic research and development.

The researchers carry out scientific research and artistic developmental works in the field of architecture.

It is an important strategic goal to disseminate results from research and development in the undergraduate education programme to ensure the quality of the architectural education.