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Doctoral Programme in Visual Art and Design: Research in and Through Artistic Practice

PhDArts offers an international, high-level doctoral programme in visual art and design, aiming to stimulate and facilitate artist-researchers and to provide a suitable research environment. 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 doctoral study programme consists of research and training, allowing doctoral students to develop their artistic qualities, broaden their academic knowledge, expand their methodological skills and integrate all those elements in order to be able to function as independent artist researchers. The term 'research in and through artistic practice' implies that 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 the interaction with artistic practice; and is an inseparable part of the work of the artist. The end result of the research is an artistic product, combined with a discursive product, the dissertation. Besides the joint curriculum, the doctoral programme includes individual research supervision.

Applicants should have a Master 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 Ph.D. Prospective candidates can submit an application by 1 October 2011 or 1 April 2012.

Contact: Tamara de Groot, PhDArts, Postbus 11670, 2502 AR Den Haag, The Netherlands; tel.: +31 (0)70 315 4755; e-mail: info@phdarts.eu; www.phdarts.eu