In this online expert meeting on Third cycle models in Europe we will look into the differences and similarities between (artistic) PhD’s and PD’s in Europe, and the insights from the international Creator Doctus project – and what we can learn from this as a community. Guest speakers are:


Prof. Robin Nelson (UK) – writer of ‘Practice as Research in the Arts Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances’

For the second edition of this book “Practice as Research in the Arts Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances”, Robin Nelson is currently further exploring the shifting field of doctorates, comparing PhD with PDs. By identifying differences in Artistic Research from his PaR approach, he sees these two traditions are coming together insofar as it seems now to be broadly accepted that some kind of framing of an arts process/product is required in an academic research context. In his presentation he’ll share his vision towards the different models and reflect on the recent 3rd cycle developments in the academies throughout Europe.

Robin Nelson is Emeritus Professor, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London & Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Jeroen Boomgaard (NL) – projectleader of the international Creator Doctus  (CrD) project

The aim of the CrD project (co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union) is to enable Higher Arts Education Institutions in all countries signed up to the Bologna Declaration to be able to independently enter into the 3rd Cycle level with an award recognised at the same level of, and equivalent to, PhD: Jeroen will take us along the experiences and findings from this European project:

As part of the project, an extensive inventory and database of third cycle trajectories in Europe was created:

Jeroen Boomgaard is professor Art in Public Spaces at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam


Both presentations will be followed by a joint Q&A session, where we will invite Robin and Jeroen to discuss what their ideas, insights and experiences could mean for the 3rd cycle development in The Netherlands, and particularly the PD pilot Kunst + Creatief from the point of view of the researcher(s)/professorships and the platform.

The presentations will be recorded, shared  and can be viewed later.