Supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts
The numbering refers to the corresponding sections in the University of Agder PhD regulations.
To section 5, Admission
In order to be admitted to the PhD – specialization in Popular Music Performance the applicant must meet one of the following requirements:
Master’s degree, subject at second degree level or similar in Music Performance (postgraduate degree)
Master’s degree, subject at second degree level or similar in Musicology (post-graduate degree)
Other professional music educations at master’s level
Other education or competence that the faculty consider as equal with regard to scope, level and contents
Regardless of educational background, it is required that basic components within popular music are included in the master’s degree, the subject at secondary level or similar educations. These may be components/modules within music technology, studio work, improvisation, ensemble playing and leadership within popular music etc. In addition, it is a requirement that modules in musicological theory and method are included in the applicant’s master’s programme, subject at second degree level or similar. The content and scope of such prerequisites will be stipulated on the basis of the theme and scholarly profile of the thesis.
Applicants who are assessed as having insufficient theoretical and/or practical knowledge within popular music may be required to take additional examinations at a lower level. Alternatively, applicants may be given a syllabus which subsequently will be tested through a paper that must be passed or by an oral, possibly practical, examination. When the applicant’s prerequisites are considered to be insufficient at the time admission, these must be tested and approved within a period of 6 months.
The following applies to the specialization Art in Context:
In order to be admitted to the PhD specialization Art in Context, the applicant must hold a master’s degree, a subject at secondary level or similar within the fields of music, theatre or visual arts, or from inter-aesthetical studies. Alternatively, the applicant must have prior learning and work experience that the faculty assesses as equal to the formal requirements.
The faculty will consider the relevance of the applicant’s master’s degree (or similar) in relation to the project applied for. This applies both to the professional base of the project and to the choice of thesis format, i.e. artistic/scientific or scientific. The project description must clarify the choice of thesis format.
Applicable to both specializations:
The Faculty Board discusses and decides the application based on a proposal from the faculty’s PhD committee in accordance with current regulations concerning the applications scholarly level, scope and progression, and the resources required for supervision and completion of the project.
To section 6, the PhD agreement
The agreement is to be signed by the candidate, the supervisor(s), the chair of the PhD committee and the Dean.
Significant changes regarding matters dealt with in the agreement must be approved by the faculty upon proposal from the PhD committee at the current specialization.
To section 7, Supervision
The faculty appoints supervisor(s) upon a proposal from the PhD committee at the current specialization. The PhD committee is responsible for follow-up in relation to the candidate. The candidate and the supervisor annually submit a report which accounts for study progression in the period.
The PhD programme is a supervised research education and the consequence is that the candidate should stay at the university for a significant part of the programme period unless special circumstances call for other arrangements.
For employees in PhD Fellowship positions at the Faculty of Fine Arts, there is a duty of residence during the period of employment in accordance with regulations concerning academic positions in the state sector.
Thesis supervision will take place individually, but also in regular thesis seminars. More information about thesis seminars – including the 90% seminar – can be found in the programme descriptions.
To section 8, the course – and training component
Overall responsibility for teaching activities lies with the Faculty of Fine Arts.
National and international research courses, provided by recognized academic environments and at PhD – level, may be included in the course – and training component. A PhD candidate who has been abroad for a major part of the PhD education must account for courses etc. attended abroad and may apply to the Faculty of Fine Arts for having such activities approved as parts of the course – and training component at UiA. All courses and teaching activities which are to be included in the course – and training component must have a final assessment or examination.
It is assumed that courses etc. that are included in course – and training component are not at the same time part of the basis for admission or are included in previously completed units of education. The faculty considers applications for approval of dissemination activities or external courses as part of the course – and training component and gives final approval of each candidate’s individual course – and training component.
In addition, the following applies to the specialization in Popular Music Performance:
The general aim of the programme is to further develop the candidate’s qualifications for research and artistic activities and other work where a high level of scientific insight and method are required. The course – and training component is to provide insight into central themes in research ethics, research method and theory of science in connection with the practices of popular music performance, and also insight into a selection of themes and theories which are relevant to the candidate’s area of specialization.
The aim of the training is on the one hand to function as a support for the work with the thesis, especially regarding insight into foundational problems and issues of theory and method, and on the other hand to give the candidate a broader professional insight as preparation for continued academic work. The need for broad professional insight is achieved primarily through training in the theory of science and method as well as through analytical theory and method within popular music research.
Special syllabi may be included as studies of literature or methods relevant to the thesis. Descriptions of subjects taken as special syllabi must be supplied on a separate form which clarifies the content, level, scope and assessment method of each special syllabus.
Examinations in theory subjects will be assessed as passed or not passed, a ‘pass’ signifying that the result is at a high level. More information about the course – and training component can be found in the programme description.
In addition, the following applies to the specialization Art in Context:
Information about the course- and training component can be found in the programme description.
To section 10, the thesis
The thesis provides specialization in theory and method through independent research which may also include elements in artistic performance. In order to ensure that the thesis project is wellplanned, a comprehensive project description must be developed in cooperation with the supervisor(s). The project description must be approved by the supervisors no later than six months after admission. Thesis supervision normally takes place individually, but also in regular thesis seminars.
The following applies to the specialization Art in Context:
Information about the thesis can be found in the programme description.
To section 13, submission
An application for assessment of the thesis should be sent to the Faculty of Fine Arts accompanied by five copies of the thesis (in cases of combined artistic-scientific theses required documentation must also be included). If the thesis is found worthy of a public defence, 50 additional copies must be submitted.