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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 artistic doctoral program (Dr. Artium Program) at mdw promotes research relating to artistic practice which develops plural methods and forms of new knowledge. Dissertation projects are often characterized by interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, process orientation, and contextualization in cultural and socio-political realities. The doctoral program is open to all art disciplines represented at mdw (music, theater, film) – it also welcomes transdisciplinary artistic research approaches that extend beyond them. The program encourages connections to scholarship and research at the mdw including musicology, ethnomusicology, film studies, theater/performance studies/dramaturgy, dance studies, music therapy, sociology of music, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies, acoustics.

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 expansion of the arts. The program enables its graduates to carry out independent artistic research work that meets international standards. It is expected that participants will generate new knowledge about specific issues in the arts, contextualize relevant artistic research, and will document and communicate the resulting knowledge production in a suitable manner.

Each project is supervised by at least three experts from relevant disciplines. Graduates are familiar with the discourses on gender, diversity and intersectionality and can apply them in their practice. This prepares graduates to take on coordinating, executive and teaching roles, and to 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.

The mdw is committed to gender equity, equal opportunities, critical diversity and internationalization. We especially welcome applications from highly qualified artists from groups that have been underrepresented to date. If you are interested and for the appointment of counseling sessions, please contact us by email:

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



  • Registration for admission exam: between February 14th and April 29th, 2024 (via
  • Deadline for application: April 29th, 2024
  • Hearings at mdw: June 12th, 2024

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