Research Policy & Strategy
The University is determined to improve the ways of acquisition, distribution, and accounting of research funds. Part of the strategy is the systematic expansion of the library’s collections to include Polish and foreign language professional titles, as well as the development of publishing activities. We plan to continue the publication of a series of monographs of eminent artists, the scientific-artistic magazine “Dyskurs”, and the artistic magazine “Format”.
The Research Strategy is planned to be implemented in the international dimension by continuation and expansion of current agreements within Erasmus + programme, bilateral contracts and by building international, interdisciplinary research teams.
The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław considers the following as the general objectives of its mission:
1) ensuring the public presence of visual arts in the sphere of culture and aestheticizing public space;
2) adopting the role of a regional and supra-regional center of research, artistic and educational activity in of art and design;
3) integrating creative and studio attitudes, providing the artistic and scientific environment with access to a professional workshop of modern and classic research and implementation techniques;
4) conducting activities open to the realization of creative and research aspirations of students, artists and scientists;
5) adopting the role of a center of artistic activity of the academic community and graduates;
6) accepting the responsibilities of a curator of the historical tradition of academic art and the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław in its current international dimension.
Key research themes
Dissertation and practice
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The examination panel comprises 3 external examiners and 4 internal examiners. The process for the public defence consists of:
- The chairperson of the Artistic Discipline Council announces the date / place of the public defence of the doctoral dissertation through an announcement on the website of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław.
- The public defence takes place during an open session of the doctoral committee, which is conducted by the chairperson of the committee or – in the absence of the chairperson – the oldest member of the committee present at this meeting.
- The doctoral committee can conduct the public defence in the presence of at least 5 of its members, including the chairperson of the doctoral committee, two reviewers, the supervisor and the secretary.
- After the candidate’s presentation of the artistic achievement and main thesis of the doctoral dissertation, the chairperson of the doctoral committee orders the presentation of the review and then opens the discussion. Everyone present may participate in the discussion. The chairperson decides whom to give the floor.
- After the end of the public defence, the committee, in closed session, adopts a resolution containing a proposal regarding the public defence of the doctoral dissertation and the preparation of a draft resolution for the Artistic Discipline Council on conferring or refusing to confer a doctoral degree. The resolution of the committee is taken by an absolute majority of votes in the presence of at least half of those entitled to vote, by secret ballot.
- The resolution of the Artistic Discipline Council on the refusal to accept a doctoral dissertation includes a justification with an indication of the factual and legal grounds on the basis of which the decision was issued.
- The Artistic Discipline Council, after receiving the draft resolution on conferring or refusing to confer a doctoral degree, from the chairperson of the doctoral commission, at the next meeting, convened no later than within 2 months, adopts a resolution on conferring or refusing to confer a doctoral degree.
- The resolution on conferring or refusing to confer a doctoral degree should meet the requirements of an administrative decision.
Full time: 3 years (6 semesters).
Progress review is carried out each semester.
Training on research methods and ethics training is provided on the 1st year.
Students interact with their peers through group seminars, symposia, research and ethics training. At institutional level, students are involved in research seminars, and symposia, and teaching. Students engage with the professional world through collaborative and live projects, and public engagement activities.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
- Research training is not embedded at BA and Masters level study.
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
QAE policy is executed on an internal level by annual satisfaction surveys and mid-term evaluation of Ph.D. candidates (which includes external evaluators).
Every 6 years the Doctoral School undergoes the evaluation on the basis of the Act on Higher Education and Science by the Science Evaluation Committee- appointed by the Minister of Education and Science. On the same basis, every 4 years the university undergoes an evaluation of the quality of education, conducted by the Polish Accreditation Committee as well as the evaluation of the quality of scientific activity performed by the Science Evaluation Committee.
The qualitative and quantitative metrics used to evaluate the success of the doctoral degrees are statistics on number of candidates and graduates; anonymous surveys; evaluations conducted by external specialists; reports on interest from recruitment platforms.
PhD students are under the supervision of a supervisor, or supervisors, or supervisor and auxiliary supervisor, supported by the Council of the Doctoral School. A supervisory committee often consists of 2-3 supervisors, but the 2 seems to be the optimum number. The main supervisor is allocated 30 hours per semester. The second/supplementary supervisor can be chosen from the second semester onwards and they are allocated 15 hours per semester, which adequately gives 60 and 30 hours per year.
A supervisor may be an employee of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław that demonstrates a particular artistic, design, or research activity, with significant artistic and/or research achievements from the last five years, holding the title of professor, habilitated doctor or habilitated doctor of art. Supervisor(s) are approved by the Artistic Discipline Council at the request of the dean of the Doctoral School during the three months from the date of the start of the degree. A supervisor cannot be a person who during the last five years: a) was a supervisor of four students who were removed from the list of members of the Doctoral School due to negative result of the midterm evaluation, b) took care of the preparation of doctoral dissertation by at least two students applying for the degree of doctor who did not receive positive reviews from at least two reviewers.
An auxiliary supervisor may be a person with a doctor’s degree. An auxiliary supervisor shall be appointed by the Artistic Discipline Council at the request of the dean of the Doctoral School, after obtaining the supervisor’s opinion, no later than the beginning of the fifth semester of education at the Doctoral School.
In terms of supervisory training, the institution provides language courses, workshops in cultural differences as well as options for didactics’ training within the Erasmus + Programme, and one-month artistic residencies/ courses.
84 academic staff members hold an PhD in arts, which is 31% of the total staff.
6 academic staff are currently pursuing a PhD, which is 0,02% of the total staff.
Depending on the position and contract, the institution recognises up to 40% of contracted time for research time.
89% of the staff is research active (251 researchers).
The Dean of the Doctoral School and the Doctoral School Council (appointed for a 4-years term by the Rector) have responsibility for managing the 3rd cycle programme. The council consists of a) the dean of the Doctoral School as the chairperson, b) competent vice-rector or proxy of the Rector, c) one academic teacher from each faculty; d) one representative of the doctoral students appointed by the resolution body of the doctoral students’ self-government.
The doctoral programme is advertised nationally and internationally.
The application consists of:
- Research proposal
- Institutional Application form
7 students join the programme annually.
Currently there are 45 registered students in the PhD programme.
54 students have graduated to date.
Students receive a stipend or grant. Until the mid-term evaluation, the monthly doctoral scholarship is 37% of the professor’s salary (currently around PLN 2370), and after the mid-term evaluation, 57% of the professor’s salary (currently around PLN 3650). Student fees are funded through state-funding.
Doctoral students have access too:
- Specialist technical facilities
- Specialist archive / library facilities
- Technical / practical skills development
- Professional development (ex, grant writing)
- Studio space
- Gallery / Exhibition space
- Digital resources
Additional financial support for research is provided for conference attendance and presentations, travel in support of the research, support for realisation of projects / artworks / publications.
The Artistic Discipline Council of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław awards the PhD degrees.