PhD in Artistic Practice

PhD in Artistic Practice

HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design at University of Gothenburg

Emelie Röndahl, Maxim 2011-2019, 2022. Hand woven rya (wool and linen), 350 cm x 450 cm. Photo: Sebastian Waldenby.

March 22, 2023
PhD in Artistic Practice
Online info session: March 28
Application deadline: May 2
Start date: January 1
HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design at University of Gothenburg
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
SE-SE-405 30 Gothenburg
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HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg, invites applications to conduct artistic research at doctoral level. We welcome applications across the wide spectrum of creative practices in Photography, Literary Composition, Film, Design, Craft and Fine Art. We have an expansive understanding of the practices which are represented within the spectrum of our subject areas. We welcome multi-disciplinary projects that may draw upon more than one genre of creative practice. We also welcome proposals which seek to define or identify new forms of practice within these disciplines. (Please note that doctoral research across music and theatre practices is provided by another institution at the University of Gothenburg, namely the Academy of Music and Drama.)

Our acclaimed academic staff have both breadth and depth in supervisory expertise across a wide range of themes and research areas. Information on (i) current and completed doctoral research projects in the Academy; (ii) supervisory staff and their research areas; (iii) research theme groupings within the Academy; and (iv) cotutelle (joint doctorate) opportunities are available here.

Research proposals, submitted as part of the application to do a PhD, should demonstrate a good fit with the expertise and existing research thematics of the academy.

Duties & employment
In applying to do a PhD, one is applying for a job and not just a studentship, this means that one is joining an academic institution and community and entering into an employment contract that commences January 1, 2024. The programme of study is for four years of full-time with the possibility to extend the period of study to five years by taking on departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 percent of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration. Starting salary level for doctoral students is currently SEK 28,675 per month.

Assessment criteria
In addition to the basic eligibility described in the announcement successful applicants must:
–Demonstrate a track record of accomplishment and artistic innovation within their specific field(s) of creative practice through their documented practice.
–Provide a clear research project proposal that: identifies and contextualises a clear research task that the proposed project addresses, includes relevant practical and theoretical research methods proposed for the project, include a timetable of planned actions and milestones, shows the potential of the project to contribute to the relevant subject, and indicates how the project relates to the existing research expertise and research thematics of the academy.
–Demonstrate ability to think critically and to explain the importance of the proposed research project.
–Demonstrate an understanding of the role of doctoral researcher and of the nature of a PhD employment position.
–Show the potential to contribute to the wider research environment and the educational mission of the academy in the future.

Online information session
There will be an online information session on how to prepare an application for a PhD position Tuesday March 28 at 6–7:30pm, Swedish time. Zoom link here. The session outlines:
–The nature and structure of PhD studies at HDK-Valand
–Formatting a research proposal
–Documentation of practice
–How to show you meet the basic eligibility criteria and how to claim equivalence for the basic eligibility criteria
–The selection process stages and how the panel work with the criteria
–Cotutelle possibilities of taking a joint PhD with HDK-Valand and one of our partner institutions

Selection process
Interviews of shortlisted candidates are planned for the week commencing August 14, 2023. The selected candidates start their studies January 1, 2024.

Contact information
Doctoral Education Officer Anna Frisk, HDK-Valand, Email: anna.frisk [​at​]

Application deadline: Tuesday May 2, 2023 at midnight Swedish time. Apply via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal.

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