At Muthesius University of Arts and Design different formats of doing a PhD or a Dr. phil are being discussed. In my presentation, I will focus on the process of connecting theory and practice.

Art and design, like other classical scientifc disciplines, pose specific questions and ex­plore them using their own instruments and techniques. They contribute to the genera­tion of knowledge and discourse not only in their own fields of research but they are involved in the overall discourse in society and the development of knowledge. Since the »Bologna Process« initiated the formal­isation of knowledge at universities, other independent forms of theory and reflection — namely arts and design — have experienced a further increase in significance. The contextualisation of one’s own artistic forms of expression and the development of inde­pendent forms of theory and reflection are therefore an important part of the curricula in art and design education at art academies and universities.

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