PhD in Arts

ARIA organises and supervises research and PhDs in, with and for the arts. The institute safeguards the special character of research in the arts and fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange with other artistic and scientific disciplines. It achieves this through unique partnerships among the Antwerp Schools of Arts and the University of Antwerp, in which the partners’ autonomy and integrity come first.

Artistic Research

Artistic Research (research in the arts) differs substantially from research on the arts (such as art history, musicology, performance studies etc). The results of an artistic PhD-project are in the first place artistic and are recognized as such by peers. The doctor in arts is however also willing to dialogue with his peers and to communicate about her/his research trajectory. 

Practical Aspects

A PhD trajectory in the arts generally takes four years and is guided by two supervisors: one coming from the School of Arts and one coming from the University of Antwerp. An individual PhD commission follows the process. Members of this commission are the two supervisors, a chair coming from UAntwerp and an external member.

Download the full roadmap explaining all the procedures and regulations here. New version March 2019.

The general doctoral regulations and the additional faculty regulations for Arts can be found on the Antwerp Doctoral School subsite.

The diagram 'Individual PhD commission, PhD jury and defence' shows a visual representation of the rules regarding the composition of the individual PhD commission, the PhD jury and the path towards the defence as described in the regulations. 

The ‘Practical guide for international PhD students’ provides an overview of all practicalities of living in Belgium and at the University of Antwerp.



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