Orchestra Conducting

As an orchestral conductor, your principal study will be in conducting. As a student in the three or four-year orchestral conductor programme, you will specialise in the many possibilities of the symphony orchestra. To support your conducting, you will receive tuition in the analysis of form and structure, instrumentation, aural studies and coaching with répétiteur.

Name: Orchestra Conducting
Type: Advanced Postgraduate Diploma
Length: 3-4 years
European transfer credits: 180-240 ECTS
Language: English

Practical ensemble experience will form an important part of your education. Here you will be able to work intensively to perfect your conducting technique, and you will be coached in artistic interpretation and implementation. Students of orchestral conducting will make the acquaintance of professionally-relevant ensembles. The Academy has good co-operation agreements with Copenhagen ensembles and the Danish regional orchestras.

The orchestral conductor programme is one of the most resource-intensive programmes at the Academy, providing practical training with both the Academy's orchestra and the Danish regional orchestras. Accordingly, great demands are placed on your initial qualifications and your commitment to the programme, the tuition of which is very flexibly organised

Entry Requirements
To be admitted you have to pass an entry examination.

For detailed information visit the pages of the Royal Danish Academy of Music for detailed information on entry requirements and required English proficiency levels. To find out how you can get your foreign certificate assessed for recognition here in Denmark, see the Danish Agency for International Education.


The application deadline is 1 of December. (1 of april for non-EU applicants). Contact the Royal Danish Academy of Music for further information regarding its application deadline and forms. Apply directly at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students, unless you are a student from a Nordic or EU country, or from Liechtenstein. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.
Contact the Royal Danish Academy of Music for more specific information.

Semester Start

An academic year is made up of two semesters, which begin around late august.

Educational Institutions

You can study Orchestra Conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music

For Further Information

You may find a list of courses taught in English at the Danish Ministry of Education website


You can find information on practical issues related to your study visit in Denmark with Danish Agency for International Education: