University description (as per official university website)
The Royal Danish Academy of Music is the oldest music academy in Denmark. It is a dynamic and vibrant artistic educational institution, centred on teaching, which counts among its principal tasks the aim of continuing to develop classical music and enhance its relevance on an ongoing basis, as a central part of contemporary musical and cultural life.
The Academy has a broad musical and stylistic span, ranging from period music to classical-romantic, as well as more recent and new contemporary music, including the compositional music of tomorrow. The majority of the Academy's courses are aimed at performance at the highest level, and many also include pedagogical training with a view to professional music teaching. Besides the purely instrumentalist and vocalist programmes, specialised courses are also available within the fields of music teaching, composition, conducting and church music, as well as recording direction. In recent years, a broad range of co-operation and practical training agreements have intensified links with the labour market and have contributed to good employment statistics for our graduates.
The Academy's fundamental artistic activities find expression in a comprehensive and richly varied range of concerts, as well as high-profile projects within educational and artistic developmental work and research. A wide network of international contacts and partners rounds off the picture created by the Academy's many committed teachers and other staff – and above all, by the large body of talented students who form the heart of it all.
Since the summer of 2008, the Royal Danish Academy of Music has been housed in outstanding architectural surroundings at Rosenørns Allé 22. During the previous year, the beautiful and atmospheric buildings designed by the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen underwent a thoroughgoing renovation and conversion which transformed them from a radio centre into a modern academy of music. The result is a complex of top international quality, with plenty of room for teaching and rehearsal, as well as offering unique concert and production possibilities.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE STUDY PROGRAMMES
THE ACADEMY OFFERS COURSES OF MUSICAL STUDIES AT THE HIGHEST ARTISTIC LEVEL
Structure of the study programmes
The Academy offers a three-year Bachelor study programme and a two-year Master's programme in which you can specialise and focus on a particular area. Several optional modules are integrated into the programmes, giving students the opportunity to organise their studies in an individual and flexible manner.
After concluding a Master's programme, students may seek admission to the advanced postgraduate diploma programmes, which normally take two years and conclude with a public debut concert. You can also pursue studies at the Opera Academy.
The Academy also offers a number of continuing education.
Organisation of the tuition
The tuition is organised as a combination of timetabled weeks and non-timetabled weeks, the latter typically utilised for special orchestral projects or interdisciplinary projects and courses. Teaching is provided both individually, in classes, and in the form of projects.
The academic year at the Academy
The academic year starts in late August and lasts until late May when the summer examinations begin. Summer examinations lasts until late June. The academic year is divided up into 2 semesters: the first from August to December and the other from January to June.
Programmes approved for state education grants
All of the full-time study programmes at the Academy are approved for state education grants. You can apply for a grant, and read about the conditions for receiving grants and loans, at the website of the Danish Education Support Agency: www.su.dk.