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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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University of Art & Design Linz (UFG), Linz, Austria

Awards

Research Policy & Strategy

The institution’s mission statement explicitly supports artistic-scientific research.  It is not currently possible to pursue doctoral studies through artistic practice alone, however it is possible to pursue doctoral studies by thesis.

Awards Offered

PhD

Degrees are validated by the institution itself.

Assessment

Fulfillment of supervision agreement

Thesis

Defence

The evaluation committee of 4 or 5 is comprised of 1 to 2 supervisors, an external examiner and 2 additional academic staff.

Forms of Output

Publications, portfolios, artworks.

Programme Structure

3 years minimum.

The mode of study (full or part-time) and the length of the PhD varies according to individual students, who may be juggling professional commitments.

At the end of the first semester, a supervision agreement is produced. Thereafter, progress reports are given every semester.

Ethics are introduced from the start of the programme according to the needs of individuals.

Undergraduate & Masters Research

Not formally.

Qualification Framework

National with reference to Florence Principles and current 3rd cycle debates

Quality Assurance & Enhancement

There are regular internal evaluation meetings.

Supervision

Students work with 1 – 2 supervisors (students are encouraged to work with 2 supervisors).

The institution is working on training for supervisors.

Staff engaged in supervision are expected to have a professorship or habilitation. There is no fixed quota of hours allocated to supervision.

The allocation of research time for staff conforms to the standard Austrian model. Sabbaticals are offered and there is access to other resources for research projects (eg personnel).

Staffing

Staff engaged in supervision are expected to hold a PhD. Training for supervisors is informal.

Student Admissions

Formal Qualifications.

Research proposal.

Consent of supervisor – the institution is moving towards a system which involves a review panel.

There are approx. 87 3rdcycle students.

There have been 22 completions in the last 5 years.

Student Funding

Self-funding.

Private scholarships.

6 months institutional support for those applying for scholarship and project funding.

Student Support

Students benefit from regular events (eg PhD conferences); some financial support to attend conferences elsewhere; advice on funding; workshops and advanced skills training.

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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.