Applicants must have a Master’s of Arts degree or proof of study at a comparable level. English is the working language of PhDArts, and proficiency in both speaking and writing in English is required. The application should be written in English.
Because PhDArts is a practice-as-research doctorate, the applicant must first and foremost demonstrate that they are a highly accomplished practitioner in some aspect of the arts and/or design.
On a theoretical level, the applicant has to demonstrate that their ideas are already quite well-formed and that they have begun to place their own contribution within the context of existing research or innovative practice. The applicant will need to show a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and be able to justify what the urgency for this particular research is.
The PhDArts programme aims to encourage research that is rooted in practice – commonly referred to as artistic research or practice-based research. If the applicant is accepted to the PhDArts programme, they should be aware that there is no single, universally accepted definition of practice-based research, whether in arts or in other creative disciplines. As a doctoral student engaging in practice-based research, the researcher will be adding to the body of work that helps to define what practice-based research is. However, the PhDArts team has adopted a working definition of practice-based research, which the applicant should consider carefully when filling out section 2 of the application form.
The PhDArts working definition of practice-based research is:
‘Practice-based research, as applied to arts, is research in and through artistic practice and design (for example: fine arts, audiovisual art, design, interior architecture, hybrid forms and interdisciplinary work) where the researcher’s own practice and critical engagement are integral to the research subject, processes and outcomes. In a doctorate practice-based research, the researcher must therefore demonstrate a high level of artistic creativity, imagination and skill in order for the doctorate to make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, understanding and art practice.’
As a guide to PhDArts applicants, the original shared ‘Dublin’ Descriptors of the 3rd cycle are set out here.
Qualifications that signify completion of the 3rd cycle are awarded to students who:
Glossary (from the Original Shared ‘Dublin’ Descriptors)
Doctoral students undergo an interim evaluation at the end of the first year of the programme. The Evaluation Committee (Board of Directors of PhDArts and team of supervisors) will decide whether or not the student can continue with the programme. A positive evaluation of the Interim Evaluation will result in the definitive enrolment in the PhDArts programme.