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Previously, our doctoral studies were organised under media specific and genre headings. However, since 2015 we have adopted an overarching doctoral studies framework of "artistic practice". This includes the previous media specific and genre sub headings within a broad domain of artistic work.

Artistic Practice

The doctoral programme in artistic practice is a principal category established in the fields of film, photography, fine art and literature. Research topics and methods are connected to the specific fields’ contemporary and historical applications, as formulated in the respective subject description at the Valand Academy, and within the framework of the field of artistic practice, encouraging a more in-depth approach within the respective field and cross-fertilisations between fields, something the research environment actively promotes and enables. Development and renewal are essential and cover both practice and critical reflection, which are considered as two interacting components. Of central importance is the doctoral candidate’s own artistic work.

The aim of the third-cycle programme in artistic practice is for the practitioner to become proficiently educated, in both practice and theory, with a focus on the independent and critical creation of a knowledge base in the field covering both breadth and depth, practice and theory. The aim is also to expand the field’s dialogue with the outside society.

General syllabi:
Artistic Practice Leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (pdf)
Artistic Practice Leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts (pdf)


Previous subjects (where in some cases doctoral students still are active)
Digital Representation
Fine Art
Independent Filmmaking
Literary Composition, Poetry and Prose

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