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This is an international database of 3rd cycle awards in the European Higher Arts Education Area, developed within the Creator Doctus project, to identify possible examples of practice in developing and supporting artistic research.

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Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP), Bergen, Norway

Research Policy & Strategy

The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme organises a research school for all PhD programmes in artistic research in Norway. This is a continuation of the Norwegian Research Fellowship Programme in Artistic Research.

The NARP research school offers 20 ECTS of a total of 180 ECTS for the PhD programmes. It is a compulsory element for all Artistic Research PhD programmes in Norway.

Awards Offered

PhD in Artistic Research

3 years Full Time or 4 years (75% of Full Time)

Assessment

The committee shall consist of at least three members. The assessment committee shall normally be composed in such a manner that:

  • both genders are represented
  • all members have associate professor competence in a relevant subject area or undoubtedly have equivalent competence
  • no more than one of the committee members can be affiliated to the institution at which the candidate is employed
  • if possible, one of the committee members should be from a relevant artistic institution abroad.

One committee member is appointed as chair of the committee. Appointed supervisors and others who have contributed to the project cannot be members of the assessment committee, nor administer it.

The artistic result and the material that communicates the reflection aspect shall be assessed together as a project. The committee shall evaluate whether the project meets the assessment criteria. Normally, the Viva Voce shall take place no more than five (5) months after the research fellow has submitted the material communicating the reflection.

No more than one of the committee members can be affiliated to the institution at which the candidate is employed.

Forms of Output

The artistic practice is at the core of the activities.

The project should contribute to developing new insight, knowledge and/or experience. The project should be an independent body of work of a high standard with respect to originality, expression, coherence and communication of results. The project shall be of national and international relevance to the subject area.

Material that communicates the reflection involved in the work shall be submitted as part of the artistic result.

The artistic result should be a free-standing, independent body of work, consisting of one or more parts, or a collection of pieces that together make up a whole.

Reflection is part of the artistic work. Material shall be submitted that communicates this reflection, particularly in relation to:

  • the process (artistic choices and turning points, theory applied, dialogue with various networks and professional environments etc.);
  • the research fellow’s personal artistic position/work in relation to the chosen subject area nationally and internationally;
  • how the project contributes to professional development of the subject area, including any artistic innovations.

It is up to the research fellows themselves to select the medium and form in which to submit material that communicates the reflection aspect of the work and any other documentation. The institution decides which languages can be used for the reflection and documentation.

Programme Structure

Seminar and national conferences with project presentations. Some institutions have 50% seminars.

Research methodologies and ethics seminars are provided.

Undergraduate & Masters Research

n/a

Qualification Framework

National Framework

Quality Assurance & Enhancement

Approval of the overall learning outcomes takes place through the institution’s quality assurance system. There is close collaboration between NARP and the institutions involved.

Supervision

The institutions appoint supervisors. Supervisors in the research school meet annually for a one-day seminar.

All supervisors should, as a minimum, have associate professor competence or equivalent. The main supervisor must have artistic competence within the field in question. It is desirable that one of the appointed supervisors has prior experience of supervising research fellows in art.

Supervision is a key part of the Programme. The project work shall be carried out under individual supervision. Together, the institution and the supervisors shall ensure that the research fellow participates actively in the academic environment. The institution enters into a contract with the research fellow’s supervisors.

Their role is described in the contract with the institution. The research fellow shall have one main supervisor who will have chief academic responsibility for the research fellow and a special responsibility relating to the research fellow’s implementation and completion of the Programme.

The main supervisor should be appointed at the same time as the research fellow is appointed to the position. If the institution appoints an external main supervisor, a co-supervisor must be appointed from the institution.

Staffing

n/a

Student Admissions

Applications are sent to one of the Norwegian institutions affiliated to the Programme through an institutional contract. The institution decides on the prescribed application form and stipulates requirements relating to documentation and formats.

Currently there are a total of 92 in Norway.

In the past 5 years a total of 47 have completed in Norway.

Student Funding

Salary for the duration of the project.

Support for production of the work and implementation of the project.

Support to travel to research school activities.

Salary financed by the institutions, some part of project financing from NARP.

Student Support

Determined by each individual institution. There is support through the NARP research school seminars in support of the programme of study. It is a compulsory element for all Artistic Research PhD programmes in Norway.

Additional Information

NARP provides an interdisciplinary research training.

NARP is part of Diku – the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education.

The subject area of art encompasses the whole arts field as it is manifested in Norwegian institutions of higher education.

NARP is member of ELIA, AEC and SAR.

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3rd Cycle in the Arts

This is an international database of 3rd cycle awards in the European Higher Arts Education Area, developed within the Creator Doctus project, to identify possible examples of practice in developing and supporting artistic research.