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PhD Programme in Fine Arts


The four-year doctoral (PhD) programme in Fine Arts for practising artists and curators is the first of it´s kind. Sweden’s first doctors in fine art graduated from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, in 2006. Professor Gertrud Sandqvist is responsible for the programme and Professor Sarat Maharaj, is head supervisor of the doctoral candidates, who gather for seminars in Malmö at least twice every semester.

The study programme is experimental and highly individualised, focusing on identifying, understanding and developing artistic thinking as a specialised field of knowledge production. The studies are based on the artistic knowledge and the artistic work and the focus is on the individual artistic work and research.

The artistic work is both object and method. The studies of reflecting or theoretical contents are not a self-fulfilling goal but serve the purpose of being a means for developing artistic competence. The studies are totally 240 credits subdivided into various seminars or courses (60 credits) and a documented artistic research project (180 credits).

PDF icon General Syllabus for Third Cycle Studies in Visual Arts leading to a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts.

There are no tuition fees for PhD studies at Lund University.

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All vacant positions are posted at Lund University web site, here.
We also publish our calls for application in Art & Education, so please check it regularly.

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In addition, LUCRIS will contain other research information, such as information on researchers, research groups, projects or research-related activities within, for example, external engagement.

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Libguide especially designed for the PhD students at Malmo Art Academy.