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Artistic Research Center – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Call for Applications - Doctor Artium Program


mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is one of the world’s largest and most renowned universities for performing arts, music, theatre and film. The Doctor Artium Program at mdw lasts six semesters and is open to any kind of music or performing arts discipline, also connected in transdisciplinary approaches with other art forms as well as with 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 contextualized, and the resulting knowledge production is documented and communicated in a suitable way.

In the dissertation projects of mdw’s Doctor Artium program the themes and practices of artistic research are characterized by the development of critical-systematic reflection on artistic practices, transdisciplinarity, collaboration, plurimediality, the diversity of forms of knowledge, and a sensitivity for social issues. Each project is supervised by at least three experts from relevant disciplines. 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. 

The Artistic Research Center (ARC) at mdw provides courses and organization for the artistic doctorate program and collaborates with the various departments and experts of mdw and beyond, providing a rich network of disciplines, knowledge and facilities.


Applications for the next academic year are welcome. For further information please visit:

Time Line: 

  • Registration for admission exam: between February 14th and May 2nd, 2022 (via
  • Deadline for application: May 2nd, 2022
  • Admission exam (2nd part): June 10th, 2022

header image: Future Art Lab of mdw/ credits: Hertha Hurnaus




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