The Artistic Doctoral School
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

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The Doctor Artium Programme

Innovation and Personal Development

We wish for the personal and professional development of the next generation of artistic researchers and want our doctoral candidates to engage with innovative ideas in order to push the boundaries of their discipline. Accordingly, we have developed an interdisciplinary training programme that offers individual guidance and supplies our students with the skill set for the special demands of artistic research.


The Doctor of Arts programme is carried out as a three-year doctoral study programme. The artistic doctoral school provides personal supervision by two internal and two external supervisors who are specialists in the candidate's artistic field and advise on academic questions. Additionally we offer mentoring by one of our senior scientists.

The doctoral work consists of two equal parts: a substantial and original artistic body of works which has to be presented in the form of concerts or installations over the course of the programme. Additionally each candidate needs to write a thesis of approximately 100 pages that relates closely to and permeates the artistic practice. Both the artistic and theoretic work has to be defended in a viva voce ("Rigorosum").


While the focus is on each student's individual research project, the training also includes (blocked) lectures and seminars, workshops in research skills and advanced methods courses in (artistic) research. The programme encompasses subjects such as the philosophy of artistic research, methodology, presentation skills including the development of the format "lecture-recital" and project tailored method development.

Anyway, a doctoral candidate can pursue his or her studies as a non-resident of Graz and we appreciate an individual approach to your doctoral research with a maximum amount of freedom.

Doctoral candidate Terry Wey sings 'Pianta bella' from Albinoni's 'Il Nascimento dell'Aurora'. (Source: YouTube).


The annual festival ARTikulationen–with guest talks, concerts and meetings for networking–serves as a platform for our doctoral candidates to present their artistic and written work to an audience of international experts as well as the university and local community. Read more about it on the page ARTikulationen

Scholarships and Internationality

Exceptional candidates can be assisted financially by means of the KUG scholarship system or by external funding. International mobility can be supported by travel grants.

The artistic doctoral school cooperates with international partners such as the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK). It is part of a European network on artistic research that offers access to the international discourse.