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mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

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Doctor Artium Program

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is worldwide one of the largest and most renowned universities for performing arts, music, theatre and film. mdw’s Doctor Artium Program is going over six semesters, being open to any kind of music or performing arts discipline, also connected in transdisciplinary approaches with – on the one hand – other art forms and – on the other hand – scholarly research and science available at mdw.

Innovative artistic work is at the heart of this program. It leads to the production of new knowledge and serves as an independent contribution towards the development and opening up of the arts. It assumes a diversity of forms of knowledge and understanding. The program enables its graduates to generate independent artistic research work, which corresponds to international standards.

It is expected that within the program, new knowledge about specific issues in the arts is generated, the relevant artistic research is contextualised, and the resulting knowledge production is documented and communicated in a suitable way. The following play an essential role here (with differing project-specific weightings): the development of critical-systematic reflection on artistic practices, transdisciplinarity, collaboration, plurimediality, the diversity of forms of knowledge, and an awareness for issues of social relevance. Graduates are familiar with the discourses on gender, diversity and intersectionality which are relevant to artistic research, and can apply them in their practice.

All of this puts graduates in a position where they can take on coordinating, executive and teaching functions, and can successfully assert themselves in national and international artistic environments. photo (c) Hertha Hurnaus


For further information about admission, organisation and details please visit:

Artistic research center – Doctor artium program


Time Line: 

  • Registration for admission exam: February 15th, 2021 to May 5th, 2021 
  • Deadline for application: May 5th, 2021
  • Entry exam: June 23rd, 2021




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