Report
Report
2/22/22

Graduate Survey A door opener in the arts field

This report presents the results of a graduate survey targeting persons who completed either the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme or a doctoral degree programme in artistic research at a Norwegian institution of higher education. The goal of the survey is to map what benefit graduates derived from these study programmes and their significance for the graduates' professional careers.

Publisher: Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

    The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills manages the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (PKU), which has national responsibility for promoting and stimulating artistic research in Norway. The programme is responsible for the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, and runs the Norwegian Artistic Research School, as well as awards funds to research projects that contribute to reflection and insight based on artistic practice through the Project Programme. 

    The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme was established in 2003 and was Norway's first artistic research programme at doctoral degree level. The objective of the programme is to qualify graduates for artistic practice, teaching and research positions in higher art education, and for other work in society that demands a high level of artistic expertise and insight. PKU is responsible for the research fellow's joint professional training component, which consists of seminars and conferences. 

    When the PhD degree and the first doctoral degree programmes in artistic research were established at Norwegian educational institutions in 2018, the joint professional training component was continued through the Norwegian Artistic Research School.  

    The first graduates completed the programme in 2007, and in 2020, the hundredth candidate graduated. The background for this survey is a wish to find out more about the professional situation of these graduates today and what it has meant for them to complete the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme or a doctoral degree programme in artistic research.