Associate Professor qualification at The Royal Danish Academy, Design & Architecture.


MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Rotterdam, Holland. In: Installation Art and Design in Spatial Context


Diploma in Electronics Technical School in The Hague, The Netherlands.

1997- present Teacher, Supervisor and later Associate Professor (see appendix) part-time at The Royal Danish Academy, Design & Architecture. Since 2006 a 50% permanent job.

Independent designer specialised in digital design in spatial contexts.

I have developed, planned and carried out projects in collaboration with, amongst others, the following collaborators & institutions:

Copenhagen Light Festival, The Cultural Heritage (Helsingør), Kronborg Castle (Helsingør), City Library (Malmo), DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), The Danish Film Institute, Event People, NDS (CISCO), Deadline Games, Hyper Island (Sweden), Performing Arts School HigherEducation, The Opera – The Royal Danish Theatre (Copenhagen), Tivoli – Concert Hall (Copenhagen), Odeon Theatre (Odense), Gasværket (Copenhagen), The Playhouse – The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Danish Dance Theatre (Copenhagen), Betty Nansen Theatre (Copenhagen), Fredericia Theatre, Theatre Vestvolden (Hvidovre), Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen), Aalborg Theatre, Esbjerg Theatre, The New Opera (Esbjerg), Nørrebro Theatre, Folke-theatre (Copenhagen), Open Dans (Roskilde), Holland House (Copenhagen)


Guest teacher at The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Odsherred


Guest teacher at Aalborg University, Esbjerg


Guest teacher på highschool Nøddeknækkeren


Project employee as education planner at Media Coordinator Education at Copenhagen Technical School


Project employed at Global Gallery / multimedia production & animation under Copenhagen Cultural City 1996

FREELANCE PROJECTS – a small selection


Solur (Sundail)

In between sunlight and time

A unique sundial designed for just your place. Created for a geographical position, with exact longitude and latitude. These handmade and customized sundials are soon available for online sale at 


The Trick of the Tail

Copenhagen Light Festival 2021

An underwater light work that visualises the animated movement of a mermaid like tail, swimming away from the earthly life, back to the natural underwater habitat where the other mermaids reside.


Midt om Natten 2020/2021

Video design and animation for the musical based on the music and homonymous movie by Kim Larsen, performed at the Tivoli Concert hal in Copenhagen.

Director: Heinrich Christensen. Scenography: Marie i­ Dali.


Windows of Light

Copenhagen Light Festival 2019

Video design and projection mapping for an installation that balances on the border between lighting and video, visible from the outside of the Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen after darkness.

Idea and lighting design: Arthur van der Zaag


Der Ring des Nibelungen

Video design and animation for the Opera on the cycle of four epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner – performed by the Odense Symphony Orchestra.

Director: Jasmin Solfaghari, after a concept by: Annechien Koerselman. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov. Scenography: Elisabeth Holager Lund & Michala Clemmensen


Midt om Natten

Video design and animation for the musical based on the music and homonymous movie by Kim Larsen, performed at the Tivoli Concert hal in Copenhagen.

Director: Heinrich Christensen. Scenography: Marie i­ Dali.



Concept development for new experimental musical work & workshop for the Between Music Ensemble, known form their “Aquasonic” underwater music performance.

Artistic Director: Laila Skovmand.Innovative Director: Robert Karlsson.


La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

Artistic concept for planned exhibition of cinematographer Hermann Warm’s scale models of the castle in Rouen for Carl Th. Dreyer’s “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc” from 1928. The exhibition will be at the DFI, The Danish Film Institute.

Concept development in collaboration with dramaturge: Jakob Ion Wille.



Video design and animation for the opening sequence of the family theatre play, performed at the Folketeatret in Copenhagen.

Director: Kasper Wilton. Scenography: Chr. Tom-Petersen



Video design, animation & special effects for the by Tjechovs inspired, comedy show, written and performed  by Ditte Hansen & Louise Mieritz. Staged at the Nørrebro Theatre, Copenhagen.

Director: Heinrich Christensen. Scenography: Maja Ravn



FLASH-FORWARD: Storyworld, Interaction and Speculative Design

Artistic research project at the Royal Danish Academy

A 3-week workshop in storyword building, interaction and speculative design that resulted in interactive prototypes at an exhibition in November 2020. For the project FLASH-FORWARD Graphical Communication Design (MA) students created spatial images of possible future worlds. What will the future look like in the light of present problems such as climate change, democratic crisis, sustainability, data control etc?

Idea and execution: Arthur Maria Steijn & Jakob Ion Wille

Guest teachers: Kirsten Astrup, Michael Valeur, Jakob Thorbek, Natalie Koerner, Martin Sønderlev Christensen, Mikael Fock, Oscar Stockholm


CATCH: Project coordinator, associate professor and teacher

Collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy and CATCH (Center for Art + Tech Copenhagen Hub), Elsinore Municipality

The project, among other things, focused on letting students work on the UN’s global goals and developing new and innovative design solutions.

In collaboration between CATCH, ITU and the Royal Danish Academy, I and colleague Jacob Ion Wille developed and implemented workshops for students, resulting in 3 courses and three exhibitions at the Culture Yard, Elsinore. Two exhibitions were conducted in connection with the CLICK festival 2017 and 2018.



Musical Experience Design

A 3-year Artistic Developmental/Research project funded by EU / Interreg

Developing concepts and strategies for experience design with particular attention to audience development at The Royal Danish Theatre, The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Other project participants from KADK: Jakob Ion Wille & Troels Degn Johansson.

Keywords: experience design, classical music, audience development


RESEARCH – with reference to Pure Researchbase
See link:  Elsevier Pure / Arthur Steijn
Specified below
Lecture on Title Sequence Design for Kubrick’s films at Museum Gammel Strand, Copenhagen in collaboration with the London University of Arts.
Surrounded by Projected Motion Graphics – Art-Tech in Multiple Dimensions. / Steijn, Arthur.
Impact by Designing. Ghent : LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture Ghent/Brussels, 2017.
Research article in proceedings › Research
Imagined Spaces: Motion Graphics in Performance Spaces. / Steijn, Arthur.
Embodied Performance: Design, Process and Narrative: Embodied Performance: Design, Process and Narrative. red. / Sadia Zoubir-Shaw. Oxford : Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2016. p. 101-122.
Book chapter> Research> peer review
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Method through motion : structuring theory and practice for motion graphics in spatial contexts. / Steijn, Arthur.
In: MeSSCA-Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association, Bind Vol 9, Nr. No 3 (2016), 2016, p. 1-12.
Journal article> Research> peer review
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Classical Music, liveness and digital technologies. / Steijn, Arthur.
Event Design: Social Pespectives and Practices. red. / Greg Richards; Lénia Marques; Karen Mein. 1 edition. udg. London and New York : Routledge Falmer, 2014. p. 137-160 11.
Book chapter> Research> peer review
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A Concert with Striking Force : Leave Your Mark on the Music. / Steijn, Arthur.
How the Lion Learned to Moonwalk: And Other Stories on How to Design for Classical Music Experiences. red. / Richard Topgaard. Malmö : Malmö University, 2014. p. 72-77.
Book chapter> Research
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Creating Visual Design and Meaningful Audience Experiences : Ideas, Concepts, Methods, Prototypes and Productions Developed at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. / Steijn, Arthur; Ion Wille, Jakob.
How the Lion Learned to Moonwalk: And Other Stories on How to Design for Classical Music Experiences. red. / Richard Topgaard. Malmö : Malmö University, 2014. p. 28-39.
Book chapter> Research
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Lots of Brass, Lots of Colors. / Steijn, Arthur.
How the Lion Learned to Moonwalk: And Other Stories on How to Design for Classical Music Experiences. red. / Richard Topgaard. Mamö : Malmö University, 2014. p. 78-83.
Book chapter> Research
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Atmospheres – Through Projections on a Living Surface. / Steijn, Arthur.
Paper> Research> peer review
Introduction. / Steijn, Arthur; Ion Wille, Jakob.
Classical Music & Experience Design: Interreg proposals, projects and research – 2013. Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering. Kunstakademiets Designskole, 2013. p. 6-7.
Book chapter> Research
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Involving Motion Graphics in Spatial Experience Design : Towards a Design Model. / Steijn, Arthur.
Knowing (by) Designing. Ghent : LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture Ghent/Brussels, 2013. p. 742-751.
Book Chapter> Research> peer review
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EDUCATIONAL SKILLS  – courses and teaching experience
I have been employed since 1997, in a 50-75% job at KADK. In this connection, I have been part of the permanent education staff, including participation in the development and planning of study programs and studies.
I have mainly been involved in the Department of Visual Design.
I have planned and executed courses, supervision and examinations at Bachelor and Candidate level within the following fields:
• Motion graphics
• Moving Images
• Animated Illustrations
• Game design
• Visual narratives, including Production Design
• Physical Installations
• Interaction Design
• Use of new technologies, for example within interaction and projection technologies
• Artistic use of motion graphics in spatial contexts
I have continuously developed and implemented courses with internal and external collaborators, including the Danish Film School, Malmö University, and the IT University
See below for some elaborate examples of courses.
Design Methods and Cooperation (Joint Subject)
Course with overall theme “How to increase biodiversity in Denmark?”
The course bases specifically on the UN Goal No. 15 “Conservation of Earth’s Biological Diversity.”
Teaching in “Film making in practice” & “Film Supervision”.
Module responsibility: Silje Alberte Chamomile Friis
Idea Development & Scriptwriting
A course combining theory and practice with ongoing assignments with are integrated in the teaching. The course results in a visual manuscript and a pitch document. The course is conducted in collaboration with the animation department at the Danish Film School.
Art Direction for DADIU (The National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment)
A course in the development of moodboards, color theory and narrative structures. The teaching was attended by the Danish Film School.
2016 – 2018
Motion Graphics for Screen and Physical Space
A research-based course including workshops for the development of title sequences or other forms of motion graphics sequences for screen or Physical Space. During the course, the students develop animated graphics and / or other visual content for title sequences in different image genres such as movies, television series or magazines. Worked with video for spatial installations and performance is encouraged. The content can be thematically linked to consumer and identity issues. The course is conducted in cooperation with external institutions, including The Culture Yard in Elsinore.
The Animated Diagram
At KADK-School of Architecture with Jesper Bonde
A workshop in animated title sequences and charts. The workshop is based on qualitative interviews and research, which in condensed form provides an insight and an introduction to the visualisation of the architect’s practice. The result is presented in the form of an approx. 30s movie sequence.
Musical Experience Design (see also under Artistic Developmental/Research Work)
In cooperation with The Royal Danish Theatre, The Copenhagen Phil, TheMalmö Symphony Orchestra and Malmö University (20 weeks in 2013 & 2014). A research-based course that included workshops questioning: How can people create new and meaningful experiences for the audience in the meeting between classical music and new digital technologies – while strengthening the knowledge level and creative industries in Øresund?
Based on the concert’s live format, the course was constructed in three stages. 1. Theory & Concept Development, 2. Technology & Hands-on, 3. Project development focusing on the expansion of the concert’s physical space, including the foyer and the building, including the involvement of video projected motion graphics & other digital technologies.
Epistemology & Experiment
KADK, Copenhagen. 2 ECTS
What Images Do, Conference & Study Circle
KADK & Art History Auditorium, Copenhagen. 3.6 ECTS
Evaluation in Research through Design
Aarhus School of Architecture. 5 ECTS
Experiment and Reflection – research models between art and science
KADK, Copenhagen. 3 ECTS
The Role of the Experiment in Constructive Design Research
Aarhus School of Architecture. 5 ECTS
Practice-based knowledge
KADK, Copenhagen. 3 ECTS
The Role of Hypotheses in Experimental Design Research
Designschool, Kolding. 5 ECTS