Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA)

Master (2 years) of Performing Arts, 120 ECTS
Music and performing arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
The MFA in Performing Arts provides the framework for you - as an emerging artist - to pursue your personal, artistic trajectory, and deepen and develop your professional competencies while working cross-disciplinary with your fellow students on projects, festivals and the overarching research project “Imagining the future”.
The programme offers
  • a creative space to tomorrow’s artists
  • seven specialisations where you get to deepen and develop your practice, through inspirational learning and co-creation
  • cross-disciplinary work with fellow students and faculty members, including the creation and curation of a festival
  • room to pursue your own artistic vision – inspired by the rest of the programme, mentored by a member of the Master's team
  • international learning environment and network.
The two-year master’s programme is made up of three interacting main tracks: specialisation, programme and individual module.

As a student, you and your artistic work will be part of the overarching artistic research project “Imagining the future”. The programme will actively contribute to the creation of stories that catalyse society to engage with and participate in a new adventure, and in co-creating the future. 

Internships/practice and Final Project will partly be developed together with different institutions in Denmark and abroad according to the individual student's artistic project.
Every student will follow an independent path through the programme, according to his or her specialisation and the programme as a whole.

Throughout the programme, students can participate in a range of subjects that align with the areas of knowledge and forms of practice that the student wishes to develop and qualify for at the highest professional level. 

Career opportunities

With a Master's degree in Performing Arts you will be equipped to independently initiate, organise, and complete artistic works, projects, and productions.
You will be an agent of change introducing new paradigms and forms of expression, as well as new collaborative ways of working in terms of co-creating to the field of performing arts.


To be admitted to this programme, you must have undertaken an artistic education at bachelor's level from the Danish National School of Performing Arts or another relevant higher education institution.

Furthermore, applicants must pass an entrance exam to get into the programme. Based on the application material an admission committee invites a limited number of applicants to an audition/interview. 

Applying for the programme includes applying for a specific subject-related artistic specialisation based on one of the school's campuses:
  • Acting (Odense)
  • Directing (Copenhagen)
  • Lighting (Copenhagen)
  • Producing (Copenhagen)
  • Scenography (Copenhagen)
  • Sound (Copenhagen)
  • Writing (Aarhus)
The programme welcomes both newly graduated performing artist and professionals with substantial experience from the industry. 12-18 students will be admitted every second year.

If the admission committee is not convinced that an applicant has a sufficient level of English to complete the programme, they might ask for detailed documentation of the applicant’s proficiencies in English.

Learn more in the application guide


There is a tuition fee for all fulltime degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher education system

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Aug 14