The four-year programme offered by the Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts is for students who want to devote themselves seriously to their artistic practice. The programme is structured around a foundation course and a three-year studio-based programme where students can specialise in painting, sculpture, printmaking, or ceramics.

The Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts aims to help students develop their artistic potential into a sustained and qualified practice and a critical awareness of the various artistic media available, their possibilities, and conditions in a contemporary context.

Students will, therefore, engage in project work and tuition and guidance are based on the practice of individual students. The history and theory of art, reflection on the various forms of presentation and technological tools in art are core components.

The teaching at the Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts is delivered in Danish, but our teachers do speak English.

Graduates from the Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts typically work with art and creative projects in numerous fields both nationally and internationally. They may work on a self-employed basis selling their own art, design, or craft wares. They also use their knowledge and experience of art in their work as curators of art exhibitions, as creative consultants, etc.


The education starts with the foundation course where students get a general introduction to artistic effects and the theory of art. Students who have completed a foundation course elsewhere, may qualify for merits, but will need to apply separately for this. After completing the foundation course, students may continue on one of the studio-based programmes.

Students on both foundation and studio-based courses receive high-standard tuition delivered by competent and experienced tutors who are themselves practising artists. Classes are taught in attractive and inspiring rooms in a creative student environment in the heart of Aarhus.