Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided a practice-oriented complement to the scholarly investigation of the arts carried out at Danish universities for more than 250 years, playing a crucial part in the development of the distinctive tradition of the art of Denmark.
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.
In 1814 the name was changed again, this time to 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 the oldest and most renowned place of higher learning in Denmark where art and research within the theoretical and technological areas are bound together. It is significantly larger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy, which offer similar programs.
The main objective is to teach and conduct research within the creative arts (painting, sculpting, architecture, graphics, photography, video, etc.) and in the theoretical and cultural historical disciplines.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is under the administration of the Danish Ministry of Culture,Which has the oldest independent school of architecture in the world and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) was founded over 250 years ago, in 1754 as ’The Royal Danish Painting, Sculpture and Building Academy’ in honour of the 31st birthday of the King Frederik V. 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.
- Kunstakademiets Billedkunstskoler, The School of Visual Arts
- Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, The School of Architecture
- Kunstakademiets Designskole, The School of Design
- Kunstakademiets Konservatorskole, The School of Conservation
- Det Kongelige Akademi for de Skønne Kunster
Notable alumni and faculty
The School of Visual Arts
The School of Architecture
- Jan Gehl
- Knud Holscher
- Bjarke Ingels
- Arne Jacobsen
- Finn Juhl
- Kaare Klint
- Henning Larsen
- Alex Popov
- Steen Eiler Rasmussen
- Verner Panton
- Johann Otto von Spreckelsen
- Magnus Steendorff
- Lene Tranberg
- Jørn Utzon
- Kristian von Bengtson
List of directors of the Royal Academy Schools
Thorvaldsen's studio at Charlottenborg, painted by Johan Vilhelm Gertner while he was still a student at the Academy (1836)
Notes and references
- "Højbro Plads". Golden Days. Retrieved 2010-07-21.