Performative and Media-Based Practices

Description of subject area

The third cycle subject area Performative and Media Based Practices is an artistic doctoral education in the research domain artistic practices. It is a PhD programme that offers possibilities for artists to reflect in, on and through artistic practice.

The doctoral education is based on artistic work within practices that include bodily and vocal practices (for example: circus, dance, opera singing, acting), media based, visual, acoustic, spatial practices (for example: cinematography, sound design, production design, scenography), practices where dramaturgy, composition or curation are in focus (for example: choreography, cinema, stage direction).

The artistic research contributes to the development of performative and media-based practices as they manifest in the art field and strengthens their position as a critical voice in the public debate.

Purpose and goal

The doctoral education aims to develop the lines of enquiry, the methods and the forms of presentation and documentation that are particular to each doctoral student’s specific artistic practice or artistic field through an original and concrete artistic research project. The education develops the students’ practices via interaction and dialogue with other fields and research areas.

The aim of the programme is to enable doctoral students to independently and effectively plan, execute and document an artistic enquiry which creates insights and methodologies through - and in relation to - artistic practice, and which are articulated and disseminated in ways that are publicly accessible. The education emphasizes the vital role transdisciplinary discourse plays in the development and articulation of new knowledge in contemporary art practices and processes.  

The education qualifies for artistic practice and artistic research in artistic and/or academic contexts nationally as well as internationally.

The third-cycle studies lead to a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts in Performative and Media Based Practices (240 credits) or, as an intermediate exit point, a Degree of Licentiate in Fine Arts in Performative and Media Based Practices (120 credits).

Programme structure and content

Employment as a doctoral student pertains to four years of full-time work. The study programme is comprised of an artistic research project comprising of 180 credits as well as a course component comprising of 60 credits

In parallel with the development of the artistic research project, the doctoral students take compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory part includes courses on knowledge development, methodology, documentation, and exposition in artistic research, as well as ethics. It is designed to support the development of the artistic research project in a cross-disciplinary collegial study environment. The elective courses aim to support the doctoral student's broadening of knowledge or specialization in relation to the research project. Through the courses, the doctoral student acquires both a broad knowledge in the art field and deep and current specialist knowledge in the areas that are most relevant to the doctoral student's research projects.

The doctoral student is expected to actively participate in research seminars, as well as attend and present at national and international conferences. The programme also includes active participation in the research environment. Among other things, this means that the doctoral student shall be involved in his or her colleagues’ on-going research projects.

The documented artistic research project

The result of the third-cycle studies in fine, applied and performing arts is a documented artistic research project (doctoral thesis) comprising 180 credits. The documented artistic research project must constitute a specific enquiry conducted through artistic practice. The project is expected to contribute to artistic knowledge in relation to the relevant research area and the field of art.

The documented artistic research project includes artistic processes that lead to one or more publicly available artistic results. In addition, documentation of the artistic research project must be included. This documentation can contain different approaches, materials, expressions and configurations. The documented artistic research project must be made publicly available, both via artistic formats and as archived documentation.

The activities are to be conducted in forms that enable all doctoral students to develop in accordance with their personal circumstances, unaffected by irrelevant considerations of gender, ethnic or social background, religion or other belief, sexual orientation or disability. Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) has a zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of discrimination. 

For further information, see third-cycle-studies

General syllabus for third cycle studies: General syllabus 2020