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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.

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norway

Awards

Research Policy & Strategy

UiTs research strategy is organized around five topics:

  • technology, energy, climate
  • society and environment
  • sustainable use of resources
  • community development and democratization
  • health, welfare and quality of life

Art and culture are mentioned within several of these topics. The university covers a diversity of fields from natural sciences to arts and has an established research culture in some fields. Research in the arts is underdeveloped, however, through participation in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme this university is connected to all the Norwegian institutions that work with research within the arts and also to international institutions, mainly in the European countries. Research fellows are helping to make this culture more prominent.

Awards Offered

PhD

(validated by another institution within the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme e.g. the Norwegian Academy of Music)

PhD 3 years, 6 semesters. Full-time

Assessment

Annual reports (progress reviews) from fellow (doctoral student) and supervisors are required. Annually doctoral students have a progression seminar with an external discussant.

Viva voce. There are three committee members that are used for the total assessment of the artistic presentation, the reflection and the viva voce. Two or three of them need to be external.

Forms of Output

All forms of artistic research are permissible including: concerts, individual practice-based, practice-led and collaborative exhibition/dissertation based submission.

Programme Structure

Norwegian Artistic Research Programme

6 courses (2-4 days), 6 artistic research forums (conferences, 3 where they have to present their project)

Research methodologies and ethics integrated in basic courses.

Own institution

6-8 one-day research seminars

(2 each year where students present and discuss their and other students’ projects).

Undergraduate & Masters Research

Research Methodologies are embedded at M level study.

Qualification Framework

National Framework

Quality Assurance & Enhancement

Subject to the guidelines of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

Supervision

The supervisors are given a one-day course that are organised in relationship with an annual conference organised by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

1-3 supervisors per student: Director of Studies, second supervisor (internal and/or external). Supervisors must be an Associate Professor to be engaged in research in the arts and supervising 3rd cycle awards.

There should be a minimum of two supervisors involved in supporting of any given project. The Director of Studies (main supervisor) should hold a PhD. The second supervisor should hold PhD or have equal qualifications or specific knowledge.

Each research fellow receives 300 hours in total, either for one supervisor or the hours are shared between two or three supervisors.

Staffing

Research time allocation

  • Professors receive 50%
  • Associate professors receive 20 %

The percentage of staff teaching in arts programmes

  • PhD 100%
  • BA and MA 60%

Percentage of teaching staff engaged in research

  • 60%

Research professors teaching and carrying out research

  • 60%

Student Admissions

Annual advertisement.

Application detailing proposed project.

Reviewed by an independent committee.

Interviewed internally prior to final assessment.

There are currently 6 PhD students.

There have been 2 successful completions each year over the past 5 years.

Student Funding

Students receive a monthly salary and project funding that can be used for material costs, travels, exhibitions, publications etc. In addition, they apply for funding from the state and get support from institutions they collaborate with.

Student Support

Mandatory national artistic research school with seminars and conferences, accredited at 20 ECTS.

1-3 supervisors per student, internal once and external.

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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.