Call for applications: PhD programme in visual art and design

PhDArts, the Hague, Netherlands
13 Jun 2014 - 01 Oct 2014

Call for applications: PhD programme in visual art and design

PhDArts Symposium 'Publishing as Performance,' 2014. Photo: Marcello Ghilardi. Courtesy of PhDArts.

PhDArts offers an international, high-level doctorate in art and design at Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands.

The PhDArts research trajectory consists of two elements: individual research and participation in the doctoral study programme. An appropriate team of supervisors is sought for each doctoral student. The doctoral study programme, which consists of lectures, seminars, trainings, and workshops, is an essential part of the research environment in which the student undertakes his or her research.

Research in and through art is an inseparable part of the artistic or design practice of the researcher. Consequently, research in art (as opposed to research about art, such as art history) does not have a set goal or expected result, nor are there predetermined general procedures. The outcome of the research is open. This openness is a condition for conducting research in art and design.

There is a unique relationship between the artist/designer, the research method and the outcome of the research. This research is only possible thanks to the artist’s artistry and, the other way round, the artist develops his artistry through the research. The outcome is therefore an artistic product, combined with a discursive product, the dissertation, which does justice to the artistic one.

This final result of this type of research, which is by its nature speculative, cannot be restricted to one particular form. The criteria for the form the research may take are therefore kept as open as possible. Also, there is no fixed ratio between dissertation and artistic production. The requirements that the research must satisfy and the researcher’s methodology derive in part from the assignment that the artist or designer has given himself.


Applicants must have a Master’s of Arts Degree, proof of study at a comparable level or a strong and independent artistic practice. The final decision on admission rests with Leiden University, which will also award the PhD. The application must be submitted in English.

Application deadline: October 1, 2014 

Please visit the website for more information on admission requirements, the admission procedure and application form.



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