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The Nation­al Research School for Artist­ic Research

  • Course type: Part of the research training component.
  • Course level: PhD.
  • Year of study: Years 1, 2 and 3.
  • Final assessment: Assessment by the course coordinator.
  • Prerequisites: Qualified for admission to the PhD programme in Artistic Research.
  • Language of instruction: English.

Course description

Course co-ordinator: Programme committee for the PhD in Artistic Research

The course is designed to train the candidate in documenting reflection and results in artistic research, methodology, project development and ethics in and as an artistic practice. The course aims to give the candidate training in disseminating knowledge and insights obtained through their artistic practice to colleagues, students and the general public. The course is interdisciplinary.

Learning objectives

Upon completing the course, the candidate is expected to

  • have an understanding of the correlation between artistic research and artistic practice, be familiar with artistic research as a discourse and context, and be familiar with artistic research in different subject areas
  • be familiar with and able to evaluate the efficacy of various tools and methods to document reflection on their project
  • be able to identify complex problems in artistic research
  • be able to discuss their own project from different perspectives, articulate challenges and qualities in their own project, and make enquiries to help develop projects and the discourse associated with them
  • be familiar with key issues surrounding research ethics, ethics and the arts, and copyright and be able to identify potential for ethical significance and copyright issues in their own project and those of others
  • be able to help develop new knowledge, new theories, methodologies, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field and to deal with complex professional issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field
  • be able to manage complex artistic projects and be familiar with project work as a working method in artistic research
  • be able to articulate challenges and qualities in their own project
  • be able to deal with complex professional issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

Overview

The course comprises

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • workshops
  • group work
  • project presentations

Structure

The course comprises five seminars, three fellowship symposiums and two conferences organised by the Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. The seminars are held for each cohort and cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to artistic research at PhD level.
  2. Articulating and documenting reflections.
  3. Ethics, copyright and artistic practice.
  4. Exchanges and project development.
  5. Finalising and disseminating results.

The fellowship symposiums are held every year and bring together candidates from all cohorts. The candidate will be asked to present their project to the interdisciplinary symposium and facilitate discussions on key aspects of the project. The three main themes for the project presentations are:

  1. Project introduction (year 1).
  2. Ethics, methodology and/or project development (year 2).
  3. The project before the final assessment (year 3).

National and international experts and projects on artistic research will be present at the conferences. The candidate will be able to participate in relevant discussions and see their project in a wider context. Participation at the conferences helps broaden the reference base for the candidate’s project.

Year 1

  • October: Seminar 1 (enrollment of new cohort).
  • January: Seminar 2.
  • March: Fellowship symposium – project presentation.
  • June: Seminar 3.

Year 2

  • September: Seminar 4.
  • September/October: Conference (Artistic Research Forum).
  • February: Fellowship symposium.
  • March: Fellowship symposium – project presentation.

Year 3

  • March: Fellowship symposium – project presentation.
  • September/October: Conference (Artistic Research Forum).

Course requirements

  • Five seminars lasting 2–3 days. The candidate should present the project. Active participation in all seminars.
  • Three fellowship symposiums. The candidate should present the project. Active participation in all symposiums.
  • Two conferences (Artistic Research Forum). The candidate should present their project at both conferences.

Final assessment

All course requirements must be met in order for the candidate to be given a final assessment.

The candidate will be judged on the basis of the learning objectives for the course. The final assessment is either a pass or a fail and is given by the programme committee for the PhD in Artistic Research subject to the approved course requirements.

Published: May 19, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 10, 2021