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About the school

Copenhagen International Art School is a foundation school for Art and Writing.

Our aim is to provide an outstanding education in Contemporary Art and Writing that can serve as a foundation for further studies, or for an individual practice.

We have a long-standing tradition for encouraging diversity, individual expression, and independent thinking. Our students are people who wish to work seriously with their art or writing practice. Many of our alumni have been accepted to renowned programs, art schools or academies in Denmark and around the world.

We offer a strong social context where the school’s facilities, whether it’s your studio-space or a classroom, become the central spot for dialogue and exchange between students and tutors, and between national and international students.

Our program offers both long and short-term courses: 1-2 year Foundation Courses in Art and Writing or shorter courses and workshops that are 4-12 weeks long. Occasionally, we design courses or events for private businesses. The structure of our longer courses is flexible and can be structured on an individual basis.

Our tutors are all experienced, professional artists, writers, or art-theoreticians with acclaimed professional and academic backgrounds. The school normally has about 60 students between the Art and Writing courses. We have 6 permanent tutors and several visiting tutors, from both Denmark and abroad.

Our school was established in 1971. We adopted the name Copenhagen Art School in 2011, and became the school that we are today. Our current location by the lakes of central Copenhagen places us in close proximity to the city’s museums, galleries and other cultural spaces.

Our values

CPHAS (Copenhagen Art School) acknowledges the importance of culture, education, public debate and communication around art as an integral component to all societies. It is our aim to contribute directly to a creation of these values in our students, and to emphasize the importance of an international perspective on art’s role in the world.

Our teaching philosophy reflects this aim: we encourage diversity and seek to stimulate each student’s individual expression, artistic independence and reflective thinking. It is important that our students develop a language around art, and an understanding of how their own practice will be inscribed in an international context of contemporary Art or Writing


CPHAS aims to become an international centre for professional art training. Our goal is to offer rigorous introductory and preparative courses for contemporary Art and Writing. We want to give our students and future artists a multifaceted and reflective understanding of art and society, and to enable them to see the international art scene as a space of difference and diversity across various histories and cultures.

We hope to contribute in raising the quality and diversity of annual applications to the Art Academies and other creative educations. By attracting foreign students to Copenhagen, CPHAS aims to contribute directly to the internationalisation of the Copenhagen art scene and the exchange between art scenes and cultures.


Copenhagen International Art School was founded in 1971 under the name ‘Billedskolen’, making us the oldest preparatory art school in Copenhagen. Through the years, we have re-located and expanded our courses to include a writing program, which has since become well-known and respected. In 2011 we changed our name to Copenhagen Art School.

CPHAS is an institution approved by the Culture and Leisure Council of the City of Copenhagen, and acts in accordance with the law of Dansk Oplysning Forbund (DOF). Many of our activities, events, and outings, are supported by the Danish Arts Council. The school is formally administered by a board of six members, and run on a daily basis by the school’s Director, Camilla Strandskov, who is also the Program Coordinator.


Copenhagen Art School

Nørre Søgade 43

DK-1370 København K

+45 35 83 60 82


CVR: 16121347

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