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Denmark/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

New review of artistic development in higher arts education: Following the Ministry of Culture's research strategy and multi-year agreement for higher artistic education 2006-2010 – a working group was appointed in 2010 chaired by the Ministry of Culture to prepare a statement of artistic development for educational institutions.

The Working Group, in January 2012, completed particular proposals for a definition of "artistic development", as well as charts for the activities of the institutions and proposed a number of recommendations for activities within the artistic development.

Artistic development is part of the knowledge base in higher arts education in Denmark and representations provide for an increased focus and better structuring of this area.

Cultural Minister Uffe Elbæk commented:

"This investigation may help to enhance the professional identity of artistic education by articulating and conceptualising what artistic development is and can be. This allows for professional development to become more analytical and precise and useful for students and academic environments. It is positive that the proposed framework points forward and is in line with international developments in the field"

Minister of Education Morten Østergaard stated:

"The report clarifies a key intersection for the arts education programmes under the Ministry of Culture and architecture and design schools. This training sits on three legs - the artistic, scientific and practical. I am sure that the recommendations of this report are good tools for enhancing artistic development and highlight this as an important resource. (Download the publication for higher artistic education development at

Chapter published: 16-07-2018

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