The object of Danmarks Designskole is to provide education within arts and crafts, design, and related fields and to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge about methods and results within the professional field. The purpose of the design programme is to give the student technical knowledge, methodical ability, and professional competency in the design profession's disciplines in preparation for occupation as a designer, including as a craftsman and as a creative leader.
On an artistic basis, the programme is to develop the student's aptitude for aesthetics, innovative shaping, and problem-solving in an alternation between various concrete approaches focusing on the materials, so that the graduate will be qualified to solve concrete, theoretical, and abstract design assignments alike. The programme spans 5 years, divided into a 3-year basic programme and a 2-year advanced programme.
It is the object of DKDS to strengthen both general and specialist design research in Denmark, in compliance with the multiannual agreement with the Ministry of Culture concerning improved educational programmes, and the performance contract's requirement that the design programme be raised towards university level in accordance with the Bologna Declaration's 3+2 educational structure.
Pursuant to the legislation concerning artistic higher education institutions under the Ministry of Culture, cf. Consolidated Act no. 889 of 21 September 2000, the object of Danmarks Designskole (DKDS) is to provide education within arts and crafts, design, and related fields, and to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge about methods and results within the profession.
The purpose of the programme is to give the student technical knowledge, methodical ability, and professional competency in the design profession's disciplines in preparation for occupation as a designer, including as a craftsman.
On an artistic basis, the programme is to develop the student's aptitude for aesthetics, innovative shaping, and problem-solving in an alternation between concrete approaches focusing on the materials and theoretical approaches, so that the student is qualified to solve concrete, theoretical and abstract design assignments alike.
DKDS´ mission is to promote professional competencies and new knowledge in the fields of design and arts and crafts in interaction with educational institutions, the business sector, and other players in the field of design. This means that DKDS must contribute to ensuring and furthering the profession, the international position of Danish design, and the competitive power of Danish industry. As of the beginning of the school year 2003, the design programme at DKDS is organised into the Institute of Communication Design and the Institute of Product Design.
On the basis of a desire for renewal and the multiannual agreement's objectives for the artistic educational programmes, it is DKDS' vision to develop the School into a design university which by means of a new design programme, research, and artistic work will become a recognised player, both in Denmark and internationally, in the education of designers and the development and utilisation of new knowledge for the design profession.
In order to ensure a top-level design education and a competitive profile that will meet the needs of the students and the industry, DKDS must be developed into a design university with research and an educational structure that follows the principles of the Bologna Declaration. This must be effected in the course of the next 8-10 years by uniting the School's artistic/craftsman traditions with the academic tradition. The craftsman element must retain and refine the ability to provide shape and the experimenting command of the materials, whilst the academic element must turn the design programme into a methodology programme on a par with the programmes provided by academies and universities.