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Art in Context is an interdisciplinary and cross-aesthetic PhD specialisation. Its academic roots are in the three arts subjects, music, theatre, and the visual arts. The term covers the specialisation’s particular characteristic: contextual thinking. The objective is to train researchers who can design and implement artistic projects in which the subjects are practiced, understood and analysed in relation to complex arts, societal and performing/creative settings. These contexts are diverse, and the specialisation therefore operates with an open an dynamic context term.

The PhD specialisation KiK shall qualify candidates to carry out research within music, theatre, and/or visual subjects, and moreover within cross-aesthetic and interdisciplinary perspectives across these various fields. Interdisciplinary perspectives in which one or more arts subjects are studied in relation to other fields, for example didactice, health, and culture are central. The course offers theoretical and practical insight into arts subject-oriented, societal and creative/performing contexts which surpass the academic basis of the individual, even though each PhD project will, as a general rule, be rooted in one of the arts subjects.

The PhD candidates are involved in the Faculty’s research environments, and participate in one or more of the Faculty’s research groups.

Composition of the specialisation

Training component

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 specialization 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 specialization 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 specialization in popular music performance for the elective part of the training:

PhD programme in Fine Arts

(30 credits)

(150 credits)

Arts in context

Popular Music Performance

Obligatory courses

KF-616 Philosophy of science (5 credits) 

KF-602 Arts in Context: Theory, methods and aesthetics (10 credits)

KF-615 Research methods in the art (5 credits)

A subject-specific course:

KF-601 Analytical theory and method in popular music research (10 credits)

Thesis work, supervisions, thesis seminars, participation in the research environment, participation in other research environments and academic dissemination.

Elective course(s)

Elective course (5 credits)

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.