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, in 2006.
The education is based on artistic theory and practice. The reflective and theoretical content of the education is not the goal but a means of artistic development and the emphasis for the studies is on independent artistic development work. The education aims to give the doctoral student the opportunity to develop knowledge of artistic research questions and the ability to communicate this to the outside world, to achieve an in-depth artistic maturity and awareness in their own artistic work and to have an in-depth ability to work within the art world in a national and international perspective.
The 240 credits are subdivided into various seminars or courses (60 credits) and a documented artistic research project (180 credits).