The Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research enables students to address and explore the following three broad themes in artistic research: Methodology and practices of artistic research; Art, aesthesis and society; and New artistic agency. Themes. It encourages students to assume responsibility for the development and future of the field through their own research. Each doctoral student selected for the programme will work on the common and shared issues associated with the programme within the context and scope of their own research. Plans for a shared future are made through cooperation and discussion between doctoral graduates, researchers, teachers and various specialists. The outcomes will include not only new degrees and researchers, but also methodologies, practices, academic pedagogies and assessment criteria for artistic research as well as expertise on the interaction between art and society.

The Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research is a joint project of the three faculties within the University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy Helsinki, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, the Sibelius Academy; and the Aalto University School of Art and Design.

It is the first joint doctoral programme of Finnish art universities that focuses solely on artistic research and explores artistic practices, thinking and observation.

The four-year programme begun in January 2012 and will end in December 2015.