Art and Development

RDAM’s knowledge base consists of artistic practice, development activities, and research, normally abbreviated FOKU from the Danish terms

RDAM’s knowledge base consists of artistic practice (in terms of composition and musical performance), development activities (artistic research as well as pedagogical development), and research, normally abbreviated FOKU from the Danish terms. The Executive Order on the study programmes states that “the study programmes are based on artistic practice, and in certain areas also on research”. The artistic dimension of the knowledge base is thus of vital importance.

At RDAM, FOKU activities are divided into three main categories: 

1. Artistic Practice
2. Development Activities: Artistic Research (KUV) and Pedagogical Development (PUV)
3. Scientific Sesearch 

Read the RDAM Strategy for Artistic Practice, Development Activities and Research


RDAM’s teachers are predominantly employed on the basis of their merits as artists and their teaching experience at academy level. In general, considerable emphasis is also placed on teachers having an artistic career alongside their employment at the Academy. This contributes to a direct contact with the employment market, and creates visibility that helps to attract applicants. A strong artistic practice is also an important prerequisite for projects in the field of artistic research. Artistic practice is divided into creative and performing practice, and includes, for example, composition, concert activities under the auspices of RDAM, external concert activity at the highest level, CD releases and other audio documentation.


Development activity may be divided into two sub-categories: artistic research (KUV) and pedagogical development (PUV). The boundary between the two categories is flexible, and development activities usually contain elements of both KUV and PUV. Pedagogical development thus often raises artistic issues, while artistic research often encompasses or stimulates pedagogical considerations.

Artistic research (KUV)
In 2012, the Ministry of Culture published a report on KUV to which the artistic educational institutions, including RDAM, have subsequently referred in their artistic research. The report defines artistic research as follows: 

“Artistic research is an integral part of an artistic process which leads to a publicly-accessible result, and which is accompanied by a reflection on both the process and the presentation of results.”

Artistic research at RDAM consists of large and small projects within the framework of the individual teacher’s appointment. KUV activities are not only important for the professional development of the individual teacher – the knowledge that the projects generate is fed back into the teaching at RDAM, just as the KUV activities generally contribute to consolidating and developing RDAM as a educational and cultural institution.

Pedagogical development (PUV)
Pedagogical development encompasses such activities as the development of new methods of learning and communication, the introduction of new technologies in teaching, the development of new methods in the description of educational content, etc. In special cases, participation in competition juries, the holding of special master classes or other more specialised project teaching can be classified as PUV.


Some of RDAM’s teachers also carry out activities that meet traditional scientific research requirements. These may for example be research projects in collaboration with researchers from Denmark and abroad, or publications in the form of articles, books, manuscripts, etc. These often interdisciplinary and inter-institutional activities bring new knowledge to RDAM, and help to disseminate to other disciplines and institutions the knowledge that RDAM is continually developing. Scientific research can take place within all departments at RDAM, ranging from research into historical instruments in the instrumental departments to collaboration in the development of new technology in the tonmeister department.


• Artistic activities

• CD releases

• Books and articles

• Artistic research (KUV) projects

• Pedagogical development (PUV) projects

• Learning Art

• Research projects - archive