The Artistic Research Program in Music is a laboratory for artistic exploration and experimentation that enables the doctoral student to:
- develop methods for artistic development and renewal
- conduct research that positively impacts creative outputs
- produce creative outputs that positively impacts research
- consider research as tools for technical, aesthetic and communicative artistic expression
- develop an astute awareness of their own artistic activity
Artistic Research in Music investigates and develops the creative process and the generation of artistic knowledge in the field of music. The research field comprises various forms of artistic musical practices, including composition, interpretation, improvisation, music production and other contexts for musical creation.
We work towards the notion that artistic research impacts the doctoral student’s musical practice and professional activity. In total, this research has been carried out by performers, improvisers, composers, music producers and other professional music practitioners.
Through innovative projects, artistic research aims to deeply investigate, creatively challenge and critically illuminate diverse forms of musical practice. Importantly we aim to investigate the complexity of real-world artistic behaviors, ranging from traditional to experimental practices, that integrates the perspective of artistically active musical practitioners. This is in direct opposition to the development of understanding based solely on simplified models of reality. The trick is, of course, how to wean out those significant bits of information that carries the power of replicable confirmation in disparate contexts.
This program is based on the realistic profile of the artist as a mature practitioner; in which activities abroad, such as performances at international festivals, presentations at conferences, or research initiatives at other institutes of higher education contribute to and shape the degree trajectory as a whole.
The goals for the artistic research program in music are to:
- develop research that leads to or results from artistic practice
- to place artistic practice or production as the central object of inquiry
- contribute knowledge, gleaned from research focused on the complexities of real-world artistic production
- produce compelling art
The program for a Doctoral Degree in Music contains courses as well as individual work and is carried out during four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). This includes course work and literature studies/seminars of 60 higher education credits and a thesis/artistic project of 180 higher education credits.
The required courses for the PhD in Artistic Research are:
- Artistic Research, an introduction (2 cr)
- Methods, art production (5 cr)
- Methods, scholarship (5 cr)
- Systematic Methods & Psychoacoustics (5 cr)
- Epistemology and Artistic Research (5 cr)
- Contemporary music literature (5 cr)
- Ethics (3 cr)
For those who have to pay, which are the tuition fees?
The PhD is fully funded, there are no fees.
Which are the eligibility requirements and how does the selection process work?
The selected candidates are chosen first and foremost on their work and future plans; secondarily are that the candidate should have a Masters in Music, but there may be allowable alternatives.
How are the results presented at the end of the research process?
The results shall fit into a (mixture) dissertation.
Which are the language requirements?
All courses are taught in English.
Are there any mandatory courses for doctoral students?
Yes, there are currently 6 required courses.
Are doctoral students part of a research group or research center? And, in that case, is there financial help for participation in congresses and similar activities?
Yes, students will be part of an active research environment, involving students, faculty and external researchers. There is financial help for students to participate in conferences and other sorts of professional activities.
How many supervisors do students have? Are they all part of the institution or is it allowed to have external supervision?
Each student will have a main supervisor and a second supervisor. In selected cases, it is allowed to have external supervision as well.