Crafts Step 2: Admission test

Information about what to expect during our admission test and what needs your attention. Please notice that the test will take place in Copenhagen during af weekend.

For dates etc. see: Important deadlines

What to expect Saturday morning

A room, tables for all participants and employees who can guide you if needed.
We close the doors at 9 AM, and then the test days commence. We end each day at 17 PM.

On your table will be written instructions about practicalities such as waste separation, bathrooms, lunch break and more. We hope that you will contribute by following our instructions.

The test days are for applicants to Crafts in Glass and Ceramics as well as applicants for School of Design. As the test for Crafts is in English we will ask you to come into a seperate room for introductions.

The assignment is set, questions and time frame

Assignment 1 is read out, and the text is distributed to all participants. Then it is time for questions. It is important that all participants understands both questions and answers. Then work begins.

If two assignments are scheduled on the same day, you might be told to leave the room while employees distribute material for the following assignment. The time frame for each assignment will always appear from the text to help you organize your time.

At the end of the day you will be asked to leave the room. We will tell you how much time you have left several times to help you organize your time.

Sometime during the Sunday we will ask you to come for a brief interview. Duration approx. 15 minutes.

What to bring to the test

Tools and instruments that you enjoy working with.

You are not allowed to work with your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Shortly before the test days we will mail you a list of tools and instruments that we find necessary for working with this year’s assignments. KADK will provide the materials.

The hall is locked up for the night, which means that you can leave your things overnight. But please bear in mind that KADK cannot accept any liability for theft. Usually our applicants only leave less valuable effects.

Remember that you must bring your own food and drinks. And knife and fork if needed.

What is the focus of the interview?

The interview has a double focus:

Your own works: we ask you to bring 1-3 examples of your own work.

Your thoughts on the Crafts programme; why have you gone for this particular programme, and what do you expect? And how do you see your professional career?

You will meet two staff members from KADK at the interview. At least one will be affiliated with the Crafts programme. Together they will assess your readiness for the programme and your talent for reasoning, conveying and communicating.

We are aware that some applicants might be nervous. We recommend that you are open about it, especially at the interview; the employees might even help you focus.

What do we want from you?

We want you to bubble with enthusiasm. And to reflect and come up with good ideas and at the same time to show us, that you are able to work on and develop your ideas. And to portray them.

Your design proposals do not have to be good-looking and impressive; and they do not have to finished to the level of “almost ready for manufacturing”.

We recommend that you study the assignment text thoroughly and listen to the questions and answers carefully and make notes. We are as interested in good ideas as in finished proposals.

Nothing is either right or wrong. By this we mean that there is no answer book for the assignments. This goes for most assignments and projects in a Fine Arts education, and it is what makes it difficult. And frustrating and nervewrecking. Most applicants are nervous, and nervousness tends to be a companion throughout  the study years.

Certain elements in your proposal will be the basis of our assessment. We call it: the assessment criterias, and they will always appear from the text.

The Admission team at KADK has asked applicants from 2016 and 2017, if they had any advice for future applicants. Most of them point in the same direction: be yourself and try to have fun.

Nervous ? Advice from former applicants

During the test days you will meet employees and maybe future fellow students. If in doubt – ask them. Of course they are not allowed to assist or help you solve the design problem, but they are allowed to help you clarify questions and doubts.

If you get so nervous that it prevents you from working, you can ask for a break outside and someone to talk to. In our experience it helps to be open and outspoken about it.

Advice from former applicants:

  • Let go of rules of right and wrong inside your head, and let yourself be inspired, and believe that what you do is good.
  • Test your design proposals fast and choose the one which feels right. Enjoy and have fun with it.
  • Practice. Maybe look up assigmnets from previous years.
  • Follow your intuition
  • Do not compare your solutions with your fellow applicants
  • Do not try to work out what they want, but focus on what you can give.
  • Relax. your projects at home and in the test itself wont change the world. Just have fun with it and try to play to your strengths
  • Read the text 2 or 3 times. Understand it. And organize your time.
  • Do not focus on performing. Sit down and deign what you love.
  • Trust in your creativity and let it guide you.
  • Do not be afraid of making mistakes; the important thing is that you do something!
  • The world does not end if you are not offered a study place.
Transportation and accomodation

The admission test will take place in Copenhagen along with applicants for Bachelor in Design.

Directions to the Copenhagen branch of the Design School you find here

if invited to admission test we will mail you specific instructions.

Do you have special needs that requires KADK to prepare?

This section is for applicants who need KADK to take special considerations or precaution during test days.

Certain types of disabilities allow KADK to comply with special needs. The most common being dyslexia, but also disability of a physical nature can occur.

If you have a handicap that makes it necessary for KADK to prepare for your participation, you have a duty to inform us. And in good time.

If invited to our test days you must apply for special considerations. You must attach proof of your disability, so we can decide what we can offer you.

Assessment - when and where

Your proposals will be assessed after – not during - the test days. This means that you can be as untidy with your table as you wish.

Late Sunday afternoon – the last test day – we will ask you to organize your table for assessment the following day. Of course you must submit what is listed in the text, but it you have done a lot of sketches that you want to show, it is allowed.
It must however be obvious and easy to distinguish what is sketches and what is the required e.g. drawing or design proposal. Ask if you are in doubt.

You also have to tidy up your desk: remove litter, objects and left-over material that is not part of your submission.

Two days are set aside for assessment. .
All test material will be destroyed after assessment.

What happens after the test?

Early June you will receive an email from the Admission team at KADK with your scores for the test.

We cannot tell you whether you will be offered a study place or not before 28 July. Your chance of a study place depends on several circumstances, among others your scores, the number of eligible applicants and applicants who at a later stage decide to change his or hers priorities.

Your score indicates where in the running you are yourself.

28 July we send the final mail with offers of study places.

What do you do if you are not offered a study place?

There is no denying that home assignment and admission test is part of an elimination process. Our aim is to identify the most qualified applicants to offer them a study place.

If you are not among the lucky ones, it does NOT mean that you are without talent – it means that some applicants have shown proposals that outmatched yours.
To us the difference is significant although we fully understand that a rejection is a bitter pill to swallow.

We cannot offer follow up guidance after the test.

On the other hand we inform you in detail about your scores in all assessment criterias. It is our hope that you can use the scores as a sort of guidance or an indicator of what to improve on if you decide to apply again.