docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral programme for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers (performers and composers).

docARTES provides a 4-year doctoral curriculum, consisting of research and training. It allows doctoral students to develop their artistic qualities, broaden their academic knowledge and expand their methodological skills. This curriculum is supplemented by individual research supervision and is integrated in a professional research biotope, preparing doctoral students for a professional career as an artist-researcher. There are currently about 40 students in the doctoral programme.

docARTES is a collaboration between the following higher education institutions:

Orpheus Institute, coordinating institution Ghent, Belgium
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Association Leuven, Belgium
LUCA, Campus Lemmensinstitute Leuven, Belgium
Antwerp University Association Antwerp, Belgium
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp Antwerp, Belgium
Leiden University, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts Leiden, The Netherlands
Royal Conservatoire The Hague The Hague, The Netherlands
Conservatory of Amsterdam Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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