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PhD Programmes in Visual Art and Design (PhDArts)

PhDArts is a collaboration between the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. The programme offers an international, high-level doctorate in visual arts and design. Each doctoral course of study comprises individual research as well as a doctoral study programme. An appropriate team of supervisors and a suitable research environment is sought for each doctoral candidate.

In research in and through artistic practice, the concepts of knowledge, meaning and sense are closely interwoven. The discursive, verbal component of research is important in gaining insight into and examining this knowledge. Research in art is characterized by interaction with artistic practice: it is an inseparable part of the work of the artist. With research in art (as opposed to research about art, such as art history, for instance) there is no set goal or expected result, any more than there are predetermined general procedures. The outcome of the research is completely open. This openness is a condition for conducting research in art and design.

The PhD student's research is the direct extension of his or her art practice. The outcome is therefore an artistic product, combined with a discursive product, the dissertation, which does justice to the artistic one.

Applicants must have a Master's of Arts Degree or proof of study at a comparable level. The final decision on admission rests with the Leiden University, which will also award the PhD. Applicants must put together a research dossier for their entrance exam at http://www.phdarts.eu, to be submitted before 30 April or 30 October.