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Research groups that might be particularly interesting to artists & researchers within the ARIAS network are:

ASCA theory seminar, UvA
Artistic Research Research Group, (ARRG),UvA
DOCARTES colloquium, (partly at Conservatorium, AHK)
Re-Scape colloquium, VU
Making Things Public research seminar, Rietveld
Local School research group (DAS Graduate School, AHK)

 

In 2018, ARIAS ran a first pilot ‘advisory round’ for researchers interested in a PhD in the Arts (an info-evening, a proposals speed-date session, a pre-feedback moment, a review committee and written feedback on 10 proposals). In 2019, ARIAS will not host an ‘advisory round,’ but aims to do two things:

  1. collaboration with other Dutch WO-HBO collaborative platforms (gathered in the national platform K=O) to start a national peer-group for artists interested in pursuing a PhD in the Arts through a Dutch institution.
  2. To inform interested artists and other researchers about the possibilities in and conditions for pursuing (different kinds of) PhDs at one of the 5 ARIAS institutions.

 

What different trajectories for pre-PhD’s, PhD’s and PhD’s in the Arts exist  within the ARIAS network?

 

At this stage, ARIAS does not have its ‘own’ PhD-trajectory, but is a gateway to direct artists/researchers interested in obtaining a practice-based PhD to the right people and information about regulations for the 5 institutions in our network.

PhD in the Arts

Since 2017, it has become possible at the University of Amsterdam to obtain a ‘PhD in the arts’ degree, which asks the candidate to write a full PhD dissertation (max. 70.000 words, with exceptions) but also to produce an “artistic achievement” (see Promotiereglement UvA). In order to be accepted as a PhD in the Arts candidate at the UvA, you have to be accepted by one of the research schools or centers of the University of Amsterdam (the faculty of Humanities has 7 research schools and centers, for example). To do so, you have to hand in a PhD-proposal following the rules of the school you are applying to, and you have to find a ‘promotor’ (supervisor) willing to supervise you. A candidate for a PhD in the Arts needs to have obtained a Masters degree, but an exception to this can be made (a procedure explained in the promotiereglement).

ARIAS assists potential PhDs in contacting potential supervision for a ‘PhD in the Arts’ at the University of Amsterdam and to find additional supervision from a researcher at an art school or university of applied sciences (AHK, Rietveld, HvA). At the moment, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is in the process of examining the possibilities of a practice-based component as part of the PhD-regulations. ARIAS also gives assistance to candidates for a PhD at the VU with a practice-based component.

 

Funding

 

Funding is hard to find for artistic research. So far most artistic research PhD’s in the Netherlands have been funded by the candidates themselves (‘external PhD candidates’) or by non-Dutch funding bodies. After acceptance of your proposal by fitting supervisors and a research school at the VU or the UvA, these universities can accept you as an external candidate. Depending on the particular research school of which you are part, this usually means that you will have to pay no tuition (or are exempted from tuition) and that you get access to a workstation, the libraries, and the programs of the research schools. The central organisation for funding scientific research in the Netherlands (NWO) is setting up more funding possibilities for artistic research, but at present, this is not yet effectuated.

 

How to get accepted as a PhD in the Arts candidate, how to find supervision from an academic promotor and a supervisor at an art school?

In 2019, ARIAS will not host a ‘PhD advisory round’ but will assist potential candidates on an individual basis. Please contact Jeroen Boomgaard (jeroen.boomgaard@arias.amsterdam) if you have further questions after reading the information on the ARIAS website.

 

Information about the period 2017-2018 

In order to assist candidates to find supervision and to start a PhD-trajectory within the ARIAS network, we ask aspiring PhD-candidates to write a complete research proposal (2500 words) for a PhD in the arts and to add a portfolio. These proposals will be assessed by a review committee, consisting of senior researchers of all five ARIAS institutions, on: originality, consistency, feasibility and relation to the expertise within the ARIAS network. To receive the proposal format, please email flora.lysen@arias.amsterdam. Deadline will be in April 2019 (please check this site for the most up to date information).

After handing in your complete you will receive an answer (in about 6 weeks), which may be one of the following:

  1. The review committee thinks your proposal is good. You get advise on possible supervisors to approach, or to intensify the contact with possible supervisors you have already been talking to within the ARIAS network. Please take note: ARIAS only advises. A possible supervisor will still make her/his own decision to accept a candidate or refuse supervision. Once the candidate has been accepted she/he will start the procedure of being an official PhD-candidate through a research school at the UvA / VU. Together with the supervisor possible co-supervisors from the university and/or an art school will be selected.
  2.  Your proposal is not yet developed enough. The review committee thinks it has potential, and is willing to give advice on how to turn it into a full proposal. This process of assisting you with writing a proposal is considered a pre-program for a PhD in the Arts trajectory.
  3.  Your proposal is insufficient or does not fit with the expertise of researchers within the ARIAS network.

 

 

 

 

PhD-trajectories that are only partly within the ARIAS network

 

Some candidates already have supervision from someone from a university or art school elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad. These candidates are welcome to share their research with the ARIAS network, to partake in research seminars and debates, but their research proposal cannot be assessed by the review committee.

 

Links to affiliated PhD-trajectories or pre-PhD trajectories

 

THIRD! 3rd Cycle Research Group at the AHK
DAS Graduate School initiates a 3rd Cycle Research Group to facilitate artists interested in pursuing post graduate education. In 2016 THIRD organises a cohort of 
7 artists exploring research opportunities at the PhD or PhD equivalent level. Currently, there are very few programmes in Europe catering to performing arts research in higher education. The aim of the THIRD! is to prepare, coach and facilitate individual choreographers and theatermakers in articulating a long-term research project for enrolment in a university PhD or Research Fellowship programme. Though DAS Graduate School cannot bestow a terminal degree of PhD yet, we intend to support performing artists who wish to expand their knowledge(s) by supplementing PhD candidatures in the Netherlands and abroad.

 

docARTES
docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral programme for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers. The conservatorium of Amsterdam (part of AHK) participates in docARTES.

 

Creator Doctus (Rietveld Academie)
The title Creator Doctus (CrD) is set up by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie as a new three-year research trajectory within the so-called ‘third cycle’ of higher education. The trajectory will result in a series of artworks, rather than a written dissertation. These answer research questions formulated by the artists within the context of framework provided by a commissioning partner, in this case the Van Abbemuseum. At the end of the three years the results are presented to an evaluation committee, the involved partners and the public. If judged sufficient the artist will be awarded the title Creator Doctus (CrD). The title will serve to help promote the degree of profession and skill of the artist. To obtain European recognition the title is developed in collaboration with several European partners. (Please note there is no current call for new candidates).

 

Links to colloquiums of special interest to PhDs in the arts within the ARIAS network

 

ASCA theory seminar, UvA
Artistic Research Research Group, (ARRG),UvA
DOCARTES colloquium, (partly at Conservatorium, AHK)
Re-Scape colloquium, VU
Making Things Public research seminar, Rietveld

 

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