The PhD specialisation Art in Context is thesis-oriented and amounts to 180 study points, shared between the following components:
independent work with the thesis, equivalent to 2½ years or 150 study points
training component equivalent to ½ year or 30 study points
The training component must include academic and methodological schooling at a high scientific level in order to qualify the candidate for work with the thesis and ensure that the candidate’s academic competence has sufficient breadth and depth. This will contribute to helping the candidate to further develop an independent and reflective relationship to his/her own research and that of others, as well as to the role of researcher in a wider context. It is recommended that the training component be completed early in the PhD study process. The training component is 30 study points, and is comprised of four academic courses:
Candidates can, upon application, apply to have other alternative, relevant courses approved from research schools and other doctoral education programmes. The training component for each individual candidate should normally comprise of at least 15 study points from UIA’s own doctoral programme, in order to ensure continuity and integration. Exceptions can be made in the case of extensive periods of time abroad or if other pressing reasons are apparent. For specific stipulations in this regard, see the Detailed Rules for PhD Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Work with the thesis shall provide the candidate with theoretical and methodological depth through an independent research project which can also include an artistic, creative/performance-based part. The thesis will take as its starting point the project description which the candidate has delivered in connection with his/her application for admission to take the PhD specialisation. A more comprehensive project description will be prepared after successful admission in consultation with the supervisor, and shall normally be approved by this supervisor within a year of admission.
In his/her work with the thesis, the candidate will receive support 1) through individual supervision, 2) through participation in special thesis seminars and workshops, 3) through becoming a part of the faculty’s arts and research environment, 4) through participating in other relevant national and/or international arts and research environments, as well as 5) through forms academic communication in other contexts.
The thesis can be submitted as:
For both of the thesis variants, the following applies: As regards the use of publish works, these cannot be approved as part of the thesis if they are, at the time of admission, more than five (5) years old. The faculty can offer dispensations from this requirement if extraordinary circumstances render this necessary.
If the supervisor and candidate are in agreement, there is a possibility for residency abroad, as long as this is approved by the PhD committee. The faculty will ensure that the PhD candidate can undertake such a period of foreign residency during the grant period.
A relevant master’s degree, thesis at second degree level, or equivalent higher education degree in the field of music, theatre of visual subjects or inter-aesthetic studies, or alternatively prior learning which the faculty considers to be of equal calibre. The relevance of the master’s degree (or equivalent) will be considered by the faculty in relation to the applicant’s concrete PhD project.
For other details, see the Detailed Rules for PhD Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts:
together with Part II of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor Philosophiae (PhD) at the University of Agder:
Art in Context (KIK) is an interdisciplinary and inter-aesthetic PhD specialisation. It is anchored academically in the three arts subjects: music, theatre and the visual arts. The term signalises the specialisation’s particular defining characteristic: contextual thinking. The aim is to train researchers who are able to design and implement fine arts projects in which the subjects are practiced, understood and analysed in relation to complex artistic, social and practice-related/creative contexts. The collective focus for the specialisation is on research questions directed at the contexts of which art forms a part and works in connection with. These contexts are diverse, and this specialisation therefore operates with an open and dynamic context definition. In order to outline the breadth inherent in the context approach, it is necessary to separate between different types of context which, in practice, will often overlap:
The candidate can choose between two different thesis formats: a combined artistic-academic thesis which comprises both a written part and a performance-based/creative one, or alternatively an academic thesis alone. This last variant can also be a monograph or a combination of several smaller pieces of work (an “article-based variant”).
The KIK specialisation’s aims can be summarised in this way:
The specialisation’s content will be focused upon three main components: the candidate’s independent work with his/her own PhD project, the individual supervision of candidates, and a joint thesis seminar for all KIK candidates. Hitherto, participation in the different courses has been connected to the training part, together with the development of academic networks through participation in conferences and so on, as well as potential residence at another institution in Norway or abroad.
The aim is that the candidate should work inter-aesthetically and with an awareness of context in the sense that, throughout the whole period of study, they are presented with different ways of gaining access to, and perspectives on, their projects. Furthermore, they should achieve this through cooperation with relevant research institutions and others in society more generally.
It is expected that PhD candidates will become a part of the faculty’s research and work environment, not least through active participation in established research groups. The PhD study is supervised research training. This involves the assumption that the candidate should be present at the university for a significant proportion of the actual research educational time, unless specific circumstances render this impossible. For more details, refer to the Detailed Rules for PhD Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
The teaching on the individual courses is organised in the form of two to four sessions per course, where each session will as a general rule take place on one or two days (see the course descriptions for more detailed information). The sessions will be a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, and the presentation and discussion of papers and/or artistic development work. Before each session, the participants will prepare, partly through thorough reading of the syllabus, and partly through the preparation of possible oral contributions to the sessions, displays of their own work, or similar.
The examination connected to all three courses (1. Scientific Theory and Method, 2. Art in Context: Methods, Theory, Aesthetics and 3. a specific academic course), will be assessed as a pass or fail, in which context pass means that performance is of a high standard. As is apparent from the descriptions of the individual courses, performance is assessed on the basis of a paper or oral presentation which the student has worked on following active participation on the course. Both the paper and the oral presentation may include a performance-based/creative element. The faculty will handle applications concerning the approval of forms of academic communication or external courses as part of the training component. Examinations which, at the time of admission, are more than five years old, can normally not be accepted as part of the training component. It is presupposed that courses which are part of the training part are not simultaneously part of the admissions basis or form part of previously completed education units.
If the candidate does not pass one of the tests from the training component, reasons for this must be given, together with advice as to how to improve, and a new admissions deadline set. The same applies if any previous knowledge requirements are not met, or if the expanded project description cannot be approved. For more information, see Detailed Rules for PhD Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
The training component must be completed and passed in all parts before the candidate can apply to the faculty to have the thesis assessed. The assessment will be undertaken by an expert committee.
The faculty itself will nominate an expert committee comprising at least three members who will assess the thesis, trial lecture, possible presentation and documentation of performing/creative work, as well as the concluding disputation. Further comments regarding assessment can be gleaned from Part IV of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor Philosophiae (PhD) at the University of Agder.
After the completion of this educational pathway, the candidate will have acquired the requisite competence for employment in and/or work with:
The programme leads to the award of a PhD, with Art in Context as its specialisation.