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Designing an Artistic Research Project

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
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Full education cost: 36 125 SEK
First payment: 36 125 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course addresses students who want to create or continue an artistic research project in performance practices or musical performance. It is also aimed at those who want to deepen and develop their knowledge of artistic research, regardless of whether they primarily want to use this knowledge in their artistic activities, or want to continue with studies at postgraduate level.


In the course you work continuously on articulating your own research ideas and creating a description of your project. You also discuss other course participants' ideas and proposals for research projects, as well as other artistic research projects in the field of music and performing arts. The course covers methods and methodology used in the field. It also provides examples of, and discusses different forms of documentation and publication. You will have time to seek answers to your questions about artistic research in performance practices and musical performance as well as time to explore the potential of artistic research. The course teaches you to identify what characterizes an artistic research project in relation to artistic practice, respectively a scientific research project.

The course also gives you the opportunity to improve your ability to design a project description for an application for research funding or doctoral education.

The course includes lectures and seminars by different artistic researchers and presentations of research projects. A central part is workshops and discussions based on research publications and literature on artistic research.

The course is aimed at persons who

  • want to apply for postgraduate education in performance practice or musical performance and want to work further on how to articulate your project description.
  • are interested in how artistic research and research ideas can be used in artistic practice
  • want to know more about artistic research in performing arts and music, its relevance and possibilities.
  • want to start or continue their own artistic research project in performance practice or musical performance.

The course is given as an internet-based distance course. To follow the course you need access to a computer with an internet connection.

Language of instruction: English.

Prerequisites and selection


An artistic Master´s Degree (MA/MFA) in performing arts or a Teacher?s Diploma in music, dance or theatre. Recognition of equivalent qualifications is based on documented merits that should be attached to the application. Applicants proficiency in English must correspond to English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School.


Selection is based on documented artistic skills (CV) and ;a personal letter motivating why you want to take the course, which should be enclosed to the application. The applicants will be ranked by the teacher’s overall assessment of the applicants competence. The application is not complete without the above stated documentation


The Academy of Music and Drama operates from four locations in Gothenburg: Eklandagatan 86, Åvägen 24 (Brewhouse), Vasagatan 50 (HDK-Valand) and Triörgatan 1 (Andra stället).

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