The doctoral degree programme is nominally 180 credits, which corresponds to a three-year programme of study. It comprises a training component totaling 30 credits, as well as a thesis component of 150 credits. The training component comprises one obligatory and one elective part.
The candidates can choose between two different thesis formats: a combined artistic-scholarly thesis which contains both a written and a performance-based/creative part, or a scholarly thesis. The latter can be either a monograph or a compilation of several smaller pieces (an article-based thesis).
The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of:
Under the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts, the following specialisations are offered:
Spesialisation in Popular Music Performance
The aim of the PhD specialisation in popular music performance is to further develop the candidates’ qualifications within the subject area for the purposes of research – both artistic and scientific – and for other work within a field in which strict demands are made pertaining to scholarly insight and methodology. The specialisation is oriented towards expressions of popular music performance.
the term of the same name is synonymous with the internationally established research term “popular music”, and covers musical genres and styles like jazz, folk music, world music, roots, reggae, grunge, hip-hop, electronica, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, punk, country, metal, soul, house, blues, funk, dub etc.
In this way, a broad understanding of the performative aspect of popular music is situated as the basis of relevant research themes which might form a part of such a study programme. Included in this understanding are themes which touch upon studio practice and the recording industry (for example musician role, producer role, sound engineer role, recording studio as a music-cultural arena etc), popular music and multimedia (including film music and music videos), the rock festival as a cultural phenomenon, rock concerts seen from the stage and so on. In this context, the scholarly aspect is primarily based upon popular musicology as a subsidiary discipline of musicology, but also opens for interdisciplinary input from subject disciplines such as sociology, media studies, social anthropology etc. In other words, this means that even though the specialisation is focused on popular music, the specialisation allows for a broad academic approach to this research field. Our use of the term “musicology” consequently opens up the possibility of interdisciplinary methods of approach where theoretical and methodological choices can be brought in from fields such as sociology, social anthropology, media studies and so on.
Spesialisation: Arts in Context (in Norwegian, Kunst i kontekst, KiK)
Arts in Context is an interdisciplinary and inter-aesthetic PhD specialisation. It is academically founded upon the three arts subjects, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The term indicates the particular characteristic of the specialisation: contextual thinking. The objective is to train researchers who can design and implement arts projects in which the various subjects are practiced, understood and analysed in relation to complex arts subject, societal and performing/creative contexts.
The overall focus of the specialisation is the research questions directed towards the context that art plays off and forms a part of. These contexts are numerous, and the specialisation operates with an open and dynamic context term. In order to outline the breadth in the context approach, different types of context are distinguished between which will, in practice, often overlap with one another:
The PhD specialisation KiK provides the requisite qualifications for research within music, theatre and/or visual subjects, besides within the inter-aesthetic perspectives across these subjects as with interdisciplinary perspectives where one or more arts subjects are studied in relation to other fields, for example didactics, health or cultural studies. The interdisciplinary and inter-aesthetic orientation within the KiK specialisation shall provide the candidate with the opportunity to see and develop their own project in an inter-aesthetic and interdisciplinary context. With this, it is meant that the candidate will be offered theoretical and practical insight into arts, societal and creative/performing contexts which surpass their own academic basis, whilst the individual PhD project will, as a general rule, be based on one of the arts subjects, in music, theatre, or visual arts.
The training component of the doctoral degree programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts comprises one obligatory and one elective part. The obligatory part of the specialisation in popular music performance comprises 15 credits, whilst the obligatory part of Arts in Context comprises 25 credits. In total, the training component makes up 30 credits.
The obligatory part covers the following courses:
Further to this, the following courses are obligatory for the individual specialisation in question:
It is possible to take a 5 credit-course at UiA or another national or international institution.
It is possible to choose the following courses with the specialisation in popular music performance for the elective part of the training:
PhD programme in Fine Arts
Arts in Context
Popular Music Performance
Thesis work, supervisions, thesis seminars, participation in the research environment, participation in other research environments and academic dissemination.
A subject-specific course:
Elective course (5sp)
The training component shall include specialist and methodological schooling at a high scholarly level in order to qualify the candidate for work with their thesis and to ensure depth and breadth in the candidate’s academic competence. It shall contribute to assisting the candidate in further developing an independent and reflective relationship to his/her own research, as well as that of others, in addition to the role of the research in a wider context.
Candidates can, subject to an application, have alternative, relative courses approved at research schools and on other doctoral degree education programmes. In agreement with the supervisor, the candidate can freely choose amongst possible subjects offered by the University of Agder or at other institutions in Norway or abroad. The Faculty and the university collaborate with a number of researcher schools and other national and international partners. This provides the candidate with access to a range of courses from which to choose for the training component. This component shall normally comprise at least 15 credits from the Faculty’s own doctoral degree programme for the individual candidate in order to ensure continuity and integration. This can be deviated from in the case of longer periods of study abroad or if other pressing reasons exist. For further conditions see the Supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
All candidates are encouraged to apply for guest residencies at a foreign university as part of their thesis work.
The applicant must have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field from a Norwegian or foreign university or university college. The degree shall comprise at least 90 credits in the subject area that the candidate has been admitted on the basis of. Alternatively, prior learning and work experience can be assessed as of equal import. The relevance of the master’s degree (or equivalent) will be assessed by the Faculty in relation to the concrete PhD project applied for.
Admission to the programme is either through one of the two doctoral degree specialisations which are offered at the Faculty, or directly in the programme, and must be in accordance with the Regulations concerning the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Agder and the Supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts. Admissions must either be funded through a three or four-year PhD position (with 25% required duties), or through a financial guarantee from an employer/organisation. Such a guarantee normally covers three years’ salary, operational costs and office premises. The University of Agder (UiA) does not accept private financial support (own savings, funding from a spouse/family etc) as a suitable basis for admission to the PhD programme.
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A PhD in Popular Music Performance or a PhD with Art in Context as its specialisation.
Faculty of Fine Arts
The programme leads to the degree of PhD in Fine Arts, specialisation in Arts in Context or specialisation in Popular Music Performance.
The PhD program usually takes up candidates on each of the specializations every other year.
More information about the faculty research and research groups.