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Performance practices

Doctoral education in Performance Practices addresses experienced performing artists at advanced (second cycle) level who wish to carry out an independent artistic research project on the basis of their own practice, and develop their reflection skills and critical ability.

The doctoral subject Performance Practices examines and develops forms and conditions for dramatic creation, from an artistic perspective with reference to critical and theoretical perspectives of knowledge. The subject comprises dramatic performance practices within a variety of disciplines and genres. Our aim is to educate artistic researchers to have the ability to examine issues that are significant to this art form, to contribute to the base of knowledge and method development in this field and in the field of artistic research, to contribute to the development of the dramatic arts and to promote the development of teaching in the different forms of the dramatic arts.

Applicants should be able to show evidence of solid experience and artistic excellence in the dramatic arts, as well as a documented interest in the issues, critical discussion and development processes surrounding the dramatic arts. We will primarily give priority to performing artists i.e. actors, performers, singers etc.

Since 2010, there are two different research profiles, i.e. one that leads to a doctoral degree in the arts, i.e. a Doctor of the Arts. The main focus of the doctoral degree in the arts is an artistic production/manifestation that is documented and reflected upon.

The doctoral programme is located at the Academy of Music and Drama, in close connection with the undergraduate (first cycle) and master's (second cycle) programmes in theatre, opera, musical theatre and music – and several doctoral subjects.