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University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG)

Doctor Artium Programme: Call for Applications (until 28 Feb 2021)

The Dr.artium Programme at the Doctoral School for Artistic Research (KWDS) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) offers highly individualised doctoral studies on freely chosen topics in music and theatre. Centering on epistemically oriented artistic practice in the fields of music and performing arts and related interdisciplinary practices, doctoral research at KWDS systematically integrates reflection through artistic experimentation with scholarly/scientific reflection. 


Individualised Doctoral Committees of 4 Professors per Project

2 Internal supervisors (artistic and scholarly/scientific) from KUG or ZHdK; 2 external advisors (artistic and scholarly/scientific) from the international community; additional mentoring on methodological balance and on project management challenges 

Dedicated Subjects in Artistic Research

2-day block seminars on concepts, methodology, case studies, experimentation, documentation, publication, and funding acquisition, given by Professor of Artistic Research Dr. Deniz Peters (Head of KWDS and SAR President) on location in Graz and hybrid/online in English and German; the Department of Music and the Department of Performing Arts and Film at ZHdK offer further subjects and events 

Research Environment and Financial Support

Lab space for artistic experiments, professional audio-recording and filming equipment, specialised library; Travel support for artistic research presentations at international conferences, May Residency Stipends, and currently 7 competitively awarded scholarships (up to €8.000) towards research and maintenance; Dr.artium students in theatre can access facilities of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF) at ZHdK 

Regular Events and Research Discussion Formats 

(1) ARTikulationen, a yearly 3-day Symposium-Festival of Artistic Research;
(2) Salon 12B series of dialogues on practical and theoretical issues of artistic research with distinguished guests;
(3) SONify! – yearly festival of artistic research organised by doctoral students 

Lively Research Community 

Diverse community of currently 25 international doctoral students in artistic research, many of them residents in Graz; contact to senior researchers and to international research activities and clusters; alumni with successful careers as artists, gaining professorships, and doing postdoctoral research. 

Activities at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

KWDS has a long-standing collaboration with ZHdK. Dr.artium students can take part in the Junior Research Group (JRG) and attend special-themed 1-day colloquia with a focus on theatre/performing arts and an annual one-week-class on «research strategies in the performing arts» at Zurich campus. For more information on the Dr.artium in theatre see: or contact

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Photos of impressions of ARTikulationen 2019 (c) Stefanie Poglitsch 2019




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