The classes and courses of the PhD programme are held in German. Dissertation supervisors are free to allow a dissertation to be submitted in the English language. Moreover, it must be safeguarded that a sufficient number of duly authorised examiners willing to conduct examinations in the respective discipline in the English language is available at the University.
Minimum duration of programme: 6 semesters
The PhD programme at Kunstuniversität Linz widens the traditional scientific spectrum by adding themes and practices of artistic research (often also referred to as “practice-based research”). Reflective engagement in, and involvement with, specific methods and production processes in connection with students’ own artistic projects are thus integrated as key elements into the research work. In this context, research is principally defined as an open-ended process aimed at the comprehensive production of knowledge.
The programme serves to prepare students for academic work in the field covered by his or her dissertation. It offers academic education at an international level and enables graduates to engage in independent research work in compliance with the international standards in their respective disciplines. PhD projects thus must contribute to the body of knowledge within the given area of research by yielding new and independent findings and moreover have to correspond to ethical and paradigmatic framework criteria of research: the work must be original, transparent and open to analysis and must allow for communication and critique both at the moment of production and at a later stage.
By submitting an exposé of their research projects, interested students may apply to persons duly authorised by the University (venia docendi) for dissertation supervision (where applicable, an authorised second supervisor may be chosen additionally from outside Kunstuniversität Linz).
Students may enrol as soon as confirmation of supervision has been formally obtained. On the basis of the exposé submitted, each project is developed and planned in its entirety in the course of the first semester together with the main supervisor.
Instead of a curriculum to follow over the next five semesters, comprehensive, individual supervision and assistance are agreed between student and supervisor. Compliance with this catalogue of activities as well as the mode of its implementation are documented at the end of each semester by means of progress reports. PhD candidates are assigned the status of a junior researcher (“early-stage researcher”). Regular participation in scientific talks, presentations at congresses and conferences, the realisation of artistic work, but also practical teaching tasks are all elements to be complied with by the student. After the successful defence of their dissertation, graduates are awarded the academic degree “Doctor of Philosophy” (PhD).