The Lucerne School of Art and Design is the workplace of almost a dozen doctoral candidates. They benefit from the bilateral agreements with national and international universities: while they are enrolled at a doctorate-granting university, they work simultaneously in one of the four research groups of the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
The requisite partnerships are as diverse as the dissertation topics. Current partner universities are the University of Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the UCD School of Education in Dublin, the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, the Ruhr-University Bochum, the University of Hamburg, the University of Art and Design Linz and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Long-term, contractually guaranteed cooperation agreements for the third cycle have been concluded with HafenCity University Hamburg for the thematic areas “Urban Public Space” and “Performative Arts” as well as with the National Institute of Design (NID), India and the Film University KONRAD WOLF Babelsberg for all topics involving new approaches to the moving image.
As a rule, doctoral candidates are integrated with their doctoral theses into projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) or other foundations and assigned an 80% workload at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. This gives them access to the school’s human resource development tools, which include continuing education and financial support for active participation in academic congresses.
In addition, doctoral candidates are given the opportunity to gain teaching experience in Master’s degree programmes in design, art and film. The Lucerne School of Art and Design also offers an interdepartmental doctoral colloquium.
Positions for emerging researchers are advertised on the HSLU’s online jobs portal. Questions concerning individual dissertation topics may be put directly to the professors in charge of the departmental research groups or to the coordination team of SwissGradNet.
Swiss Graduate Network of Use-inspired Research in Design, Film and Art
The Lucerne School of Art and Design is a Leading House in SwissGradNet, a network of three Swiss universities of applied sciences and international partner universities which offer doctoral candidates access to (basic) use-inspired, practice-based and practice-led doctoral programmes in the fields of design, film and art. The leading Swiss cooperation network of this type, SwissGradNet brings the three language regions together, enabling doctoral candidates from universities of applied ssciences to access doctorate-granting international universities.