During your stay at The Folk Art School in Holbæk, you will get insights, learning methods and ways to work with art in various media. Through professional guidance and teaching in the different subjects, the school can help you make qualified applying material for the higher art education, such as the national or international art academies, architect schools and design schools.

Combine classes to create your semester

Semester courses; Jannuary – May and August – December, at Kunsthøjskolen have a duration between 18 and 20 weeks and are traditionally divided into 3 periods or terms. At the start of each period, you choose 2 new subjects for that period, except the last period where you choose only 1 subject. You will therefore have attended 5 different types of art classes by the end of the course.

The idea being that you will get the opportunity to think across subjects, theoretical and practical and there by test your expectations, ideas and possibilities in a professional and multidisciplinary environment. The Folk Art School in Holbæk is a place, which creates and demands space for thoughts to move freely and creatively.
It is our belief, that each student in an environment such as this will be able to get better skills, together with the sense of flexibility and ambiguity. Here you get the best possibilities to enhance or create a network of committed and art-loving people, which play an active role in the Danish cultural life.

Among the permanent subjects offered in a semester (long course) are (links to pages in Danish): Analog-Photography, Animation, Architecture, Design, Digital-Photography, Painting, Literature, Sound Art, Ceramics, Installation, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Video, Comics, Sculpture, Jewellery-Design and Screen Printing.

Please note that the main language at Kunsthøjskolen is Danish. However, teaching of individual subjects and ‘family’ meetings might be in English if necessary.

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Teachers and lectures

The school has a wide network of teachers with professional backgrounds as practicing visual artists, authors, musicians, architects, designers, and in close interaction with invited guest teachers from Denmark and abroad they nourish the dynamic environment in the school by exchanging ideas, thoughts about teaching so the best possible environment for leaning about artistic work is created. The school also invites some of the important contemporary artists of today, to tell about their practice and their projects. This way you can get an insight of their work and methods in many different artistic disciplines. You can see an overview of all teachers here and you can find more information about the individual teachers from their individual profile pages, by clicking their portrait.
The profile pages are in Danish, but often holds one or more links to the artists own international sites.


Consultation / Guidance

The guidance is mainly focused on the artistic educations. On every team of students, a meeting mainly with former students from this school now studying at various academies, design-schools, architect-schools and more, is arranged. During these meetings they will answer any relevant questions you might have about studying the arts and crafts. Every week a visual artist, author, musician, or the like, is invited to give a lecture. Afterwards they will answer questions and offer some guidance if needed. Every teacher on this school is a practicing artist, and they are at your service in every waking moment. They will give you advice, have conversations with you and will be able to give you potential references to further qualified contacts to get you in the right direction artistically.


Price and Tuition fee

Prices for the long courses vary. For the 20 week course (Spring semester), the price is around DKK 38,000 and for 18 weeks courses (Fall semester) around DKK 34,200
Additional cost is payed for the excursion and for single room accommodations with bath or shared rooms with bath.

And what for?

The price of the course covers teaching (5 hours daily Monday to Friday), lectures and events, food and accommodation.

The cost of materials is individual. The materials are not included in the price and therefore each student will pay for their own use of materials.

How do you pay?

The course fee is paid in full before semester start. Alternatively and upon agreement, the fee can be divided into 3 installments.

If you decide to end your stay in the middle of the term, you have to pay 4 weeks stay from the day you leave the school. If the school already paid for your participation on the trip abroad, you have to pay for the expenses in connection to that.

Read about funding opportunities (in Danish)

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