What should I know about artistic research?
- What is / or could be artistic research?
- What is / was / could be artistic research at mdw?
- How would I position my dissertation project in this context?
This should help you to develop a good application for your dissertation.
Guidance regarding dissertation projects and possible supervisors
In general, the artistic doctorate program of mdw is open to any kind of music or performing arts discipline represented at mdw (composition, instrumental music, music pedagogy, theater, film, …). Disciplines can also be connected in transdisciplinary approaches with, on one hand, other art forms, and, on the other hand, scholarly research and science at mdw (like musicology, ethnomusicology, music therapy, music sociology, cultural studies, gender studies, acoustics).
A dissertation project is supervised by a team of at least three professionally qualified persons who cover the range of content of the project. Experts outside the mdw can also be part of the team, yet, at least one person must hold a venia docendi (professorship, habilitation) at the mdw. Applicants have the right to express wishes regarding possible supervisors. Nevertheless the definition of a supervising team does not necessarily have to happen before the admission exam.
For application please turn to http://online.mdw.ac.at
Unless you are already a student of mdw, you need to create an Applicant-Account (Bewerber/innen-Account), before you can register your application. The artistic doctorate (in German „künstlerisches Doktorat“) can be found in the category „Doctoral Programme“, in German: “Doktoratsstudium“.
Applications are handled only though the mdw Study Center (StudienCenter).
Registration for admission exam for the pedagogical year 2022/23
Type of studies: "Doctoral Programme"
Degree program: "Doctor Artium Programme"
Sending in the documents for the first part of the admission exam
Deadline registration for the admission exam
Hearings at mdw
Documents for the first part of the admission examination:
All documents have to be submitted in English in electronic form.
a) Evidence of a recognised artistic career:
- Curriculum vitae
- Documentation of previous artistic accomplishments
b) The presentation of samples of artistic work and, if necessary, additional material from which an ability in analytical and independent thinking and reflection are recognisable:
- audio/video material in the form of online links
- links to websites, online documentation
c) A written description of the dissertation project:
- general description of the dissertation project / overview
- project goal(s), artistic research issues, their context and (international) relevance
- intended methods
- the weighting in percentages of the artistic and/or academic sub-disciplines which are relevant for the project
- forms of documentation and dissemination which might be suitable
- the position of your own project
- in relation to society and social relevance
- the potential effect of the project
- possibly: national and international networking
- other content-related aspects, ethical questions, added value (optional)
Information about language requirements
Knowledge of the English language is required at level C1. Evidence can be determined on the basis of existing publications and correspondence or in the course of the admission examination. In case of doubt, a language certificate must be provided for admission to study.
Information about tuition fees
Please visit the website of StudyCenter
Please note that ARC is not responsible for any scholarships or financial support of students of the Dr. Artium Program. Here are some useful links regarding scholarships: