Malmö Art Academy offers a four-year doctoral program (240 credits) for professional artists and curators. The education is the first of its kind in Sweden and the country's first doctors in fine arts graduated from Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, 2006.
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).