What does the third cycle in the arts mean? The third cycle in the arts is the phase that follows after completing a bachelor and a master in higher art education. It is in fact the finalization of the Bologna process. The term ‘third cycle’ does not necessarily mean a PhD trajectory, but this a possibility. It concerns a phase of relevant and deepening research, with a strong connection to practice.
Third cycle research in higher art education in the Netherlands is in development, but in the meanwhile more and more experiments occur with alternative forms that connect to the art practice. Creating and research herein (artistic research) is an intangible part of this trajectory. The third cycle is about relevant and qualitative research with a strong connection to practice. The impact and social importance are also considered important criteria.
Third cycle trajectories are almost always a (regional) collaboration between university and higher education institutions. The universities are currently the only knowledge institutions with the so-called legal promotion rights.
In the Netherlands (and Belgium), PhDArts, DocARTES can be followed as a specific third cycle pathway in the arts that leads to a title with artistic research as an important component. Creator Doctus is a pilot from an Erasmus + program, which may lead to a new recognized trajectory.
GRASS, RASL, Maastricht Graduate School are currently developing third cycle programs. They work from a regional collaboration with several knowledge institutions (university and higher education institution).
There are also some preparatory trajectories for the third cycle in the arts, in which attention is paid to developing a research proposal and building a research environment or consortium. These include THIRD and a pre-PhD HKU pilot. The Kunst ≈ Onderzoek platform also started in 2019 with a national pilot group.
ARIAS is an advisory and programming platform that focuses on research in the arts and the importance of the third cycle in the arts.
In 1999 the Bologna Declaration was published on the third cycle in higher education
Florence Principles – position paper on doctorates in the arts (ELIA, e.a 2016)
Research platform GRASP (Groningen Research Arts and Society Platform) is a collaboration of Hanze University (UAS) and the University of Groningen. Artistic research yields unique knowledge and methods within the research domain of art and society, this can be of value for research practices in other domains. Participants can obtain a PhD in GRASP and it is part of the Graduate School for Humanities (GSH) of the University of Groningen in cooperation with the Research Centre Art&Society of Hanze UAS.show more
Creator Doctus is a three-year research trajectory for visual artists and designers. It is a relatively new trajectory within the third cycle and was set up by the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. When the three-year trajectory is completed and judged sufficient by the evaluation committee the participant will be awarded the title Creator Doctus (CrD).show more
docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral program for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers. It is primarily intended for gifted musicians in the fields of performance and composition, whose artistic work raises questions or problems that can only be addressed through researchshow more
ARIAS was established as a research platform by five higher education institutions in Amsterdam based on the conviction that merging academic and artistic research by unlocking new perspectives, can contribute to important 21st-century research questions about issues like digitalization, technologization, and internationalization.show more
Advancing Supervision for Artistic Research Doctorates is an Erasmus+ program that produces intellectual outputs ready to use for those involved in doctoral supervision across all art disciplines. Innovative formats like an interactive mindmap, exhibitions and essays, a non-normative guide book, a web based tool kit and a prototype for a training module deal with all […]show more