Graduate School

Graduate School

The Graduate School is an integral part of ECAM and the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. The ECAM educational program follows HGK FHNW’s understanding of artistic, design and media-based research, which is geared to the principles of generalizable application, originality, justification of methodology, advancement of artistic research and dissemination through publication. In keeping with these educational schemes, it ensures that PhD students will be able to enhance their career perspectives by improving their potential to combine acquired practice with a career in higher education and research, to work as entrepreneurs in the cultural sector, as artists, designers and art mediators.

The PhD program is collaboratively conducted by ECAM and the University of Art and Design in Linz (UADL-Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz). The PhD degree is awarded by UADL.

The ECAM Graduate School is a cross-disciplinary unit for PhD research. Research conducted at the Graduate School is embedded in one of the three defined research clusters of ECAM. All three clusters are strongly oriented towards advancing the understanding of how knowledge is acquired in the context of art and design.

Cluster I Arts, Design and Media Based Research
Cluster II Poetry of the Real
Cluster III Impact of Cultures

The research quality standards are defined by four premises of artistic, design and media-based research that contribute to the identity of FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel and also act as distinguishing evaluation criteria: 1) artistic, design and media-based research is subject to the idea that the research is founded exclusively on a critical artistic, design or media-based process, taking historical research as well as future scenarios into account; 2) research is mediated and assessed on the basis of an artistic work or product and/or a genuine approach of knowledge transfer; 3) research is conducted and mediated on a transdisciplinary and transpersonal basis; 4) cultural production is determined by agency, that is, the capacity to act in any given social model guided by future scenarios and possibilities.

The majority of the doctoral work is carried out at HGK FHNW and profits from the new facilities at the Campus of the Arts, the teaching environments and the work of the research institutes and its members. HGK’s research methodology is the basis for cross-university research in all areas of content, fields of competence and institutional facilities. The research methodology at HGK is coined by an understanding that its activities are of a hybrid nature, in other words, creative experimentation complemented by strong skills of verbal expression and a sound understanding of theoretical discourse.

PhD Guide Lines are oriented on the Florence Principles.