|The Danish Design School
|Dean||Lene Dammand Lund|
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, more commonly known as the Danish Design School (Danish: Danmarks Designskole. often abbreviated as DKDS) is an institution of higher education in Copenhagen, Denmark, offering a five-year design education consisting of a three-year Bachelor programme and a two-year Master in design as well as conducting research within the fields of arts, crafts and design. Danmarks Designskole is an institution under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
The Danish Design School traces its roots back to the foundation of the Tegne- og Kunstindustriskolen (English: The School of Drawing and Art Industry) in 1875. Upon a merger in 1930, the school changed its name to Kunsthåndværkerskolen (The School of Arts and Crafts) and after several further mergers with other schools it changed its name to Danmarks Designskole (The Danish Design School) in 1991 and moved into the former main building of the Finsen Institute at Strandboulevarden. It changed from being an independent institution to functioning under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture .
In 2007 - 2009, it hosted the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, a postgraduate school and consultancy which focuses on the area of Interaction Design.
In 2011 the school was merged with the School of Architecture and the School of Conservation, both part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and officially changed its name to The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design, being recognized as an institution of higher education under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, instead of as a cultural institution filed under the Ministry of Culture. The Design School also moved to a new campus on Holmen in Copenhagen due to the merger.
In 2011 the The Danish Design School moved from its old campus at the Finsens Institute in Østerbro to Philip de Langes Allé on Holmen in central Copenhagen, where it was integrated in the creative campus there, alongside educational instituations such as the Danish Film School and the School of Architecture.
The educational programme spans 5 years, divided into a 3-year bachelor programme and a 2-year master programme. Specializations currently on offer include fashion design, digital interaction, industrial design, ceramics and glass design, furniture and spatial design, production design, textile design, and visual communication . The school carries out both basic as well as practice based and applied research, and is a member of the Danish national Center for Design Research . In 2010 the school merged with the Glass and Ceramic School on The Island of Bornholm, and is now offering a three-year programme in ceramic and glass.