Erasmus Policy Statement

The National Film School of Denmark (DDF) is governed by the Danish Ministry of Culture, and is obliged to carry out tasks within four main areas:

  • Education
  • Research and development
  • Continuous training
  • Cultural institution

It is DDF’s vision to educate the leading talents in the audiovisual industry that will be visionary leaders with a cultural and democratic outlook and an understanding of art’s potential and meaning to the broader society. Collaboration and engaging in the industry, research and society at large are inherent in the school, and we wish to broaden the perspective further in the coming years. The strategic focal points are the continued development of our programmes as well as structural openness to, and engagement with, our surroundings, and internationalisation is a cornerstone in this effort.

DDF recognizes that the Erasmus+ Programme is paramount in offering students and staff access to international colleagues, educators and creatives across the world, and DDF is committed to providing opportunities for our staff and students to achieve international experiences, as well as in being the best possible host for visitors from abroad.

The ambition of participating in the Erasmus+ Programme is for internationalisation to be an important driver for excellence in education as well as a foundation for exchanging thoughts, ideas and solutions and developing intercultural understanding through dialogue with partner institutions. We also hope to become an active member of the Erasmus community as a way to strengthen our ongoing development of art in an international perspective, our adaptation to trends and megatrends in society and as a way to reflect and react to new movements in art and society.

International mobility and collaboration contribute to graduates that have intercultural understanding, are independent, career conscious, and competitive, and acquire the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a changing global market where collaboration and cultural understanding are key. For staff the international aspect is a necessary foundation to continue to provide world class education that creates the future cultural industry. At DDF we believe that we play an important role in implementing the habits, methods and mindset for the future filmmakers, and internationalisation on the educational level can and will affect the future on screens as well.

DDF supports in full and strives to promote principles of equity, non-discrimination, transparency and inclusion in all parts of our work by having clear and communicated procedures and by offering support and applying fewer opportunities top-up grants when possible. DDF has a strong focus on quality assurance, which is applied to all international efforts with feedback from outgoing and incoming mobilities in order to continuously develop and improve the procedures.

DDF understands international diversity as a point of strength and sees a clear connection between collaboration, an international study environment, and excellence. The international dimension enhances the quality of teaching, international expertise, and heightened international competitiveness. International cooperation and partnerships inspire continued talent development and the provision of education within the audiovisual industry at the highest level.

The idea and goals of the European Education Area naturally correlate with many of DDFs strategic interests and objectives such as being able to meet and create the needs of the global labour market including fostering greater international integration at all levels in the institution through mobility and collaboration, the necessary support structures, possibilities for obtaining new skills, and recognition of qualifications.

The participation in the Erasmus+ Programme is closely connected to the institution’s overall vision, mission and strategy and contributes to a large extent to realising the goals. The Erasmus+ Programme will contribute in several ways towards fulfilling the objectives in DDFs strategy, which are (1) to offer programmes on the highest level and (2) to strengthen the international dimensions of its programmes. Specifically, Erasmus+ will support DDF’s strategic objectives in developing the new voices, strengthening our pedagogical methods, adapting to the technological changes, incorporating even more cultural entrepreneurship throughout the programme, and will, not least, expand the possibilities for learning.