Generally, individual doctorates can be earned in any of the School of Art and Design’s specialisations. However, there is a special focus on dissertations in the disciplines of Design, Fine Arts and Film. Upon consultation and in cooperation with a university in Switzerland or abroad, professors or lecturers at the School can assume the role of a candidates’ secondary supervisor. In addition to this personal supervision, doctoral candidates have access to a varied range of programmes and services. Across disciplines, the School of Art and Design fosters a trans-disciplinary perspective at third-cycle level.
We offer the Eco-Social Innovation by Design doctoral programme in cooperation with the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India.
We have contractual cooperations for doctorates with the HafenCity University Hamburg for dissertations on the subjects of “Urban Public Sphere” and “Performative Arts”, as well as “Digitalisation of the City” in the context of the CityScienceLab, with the National Institute of Design, India, the Kingston University London and with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF for topics around new dispositifs for the moving image. The Lucerne School of Art and Design, its international partner universities and two other Swiss universities of applied sciences are affiliated in the SwissGradNet. SwissGradNet organises conferences on the latest developments within applied (use-inspired, practice-based, practice-led) research and supports doctoral endeavours in the fields of Design, Film and Fine Arts. As an alternative to these partnerships, doctoral candidates may also enter into cooperation agreements with universities in Switzerland or abroad as best suits their thematic focus. The School's professors and lecturers will support them in this process.
Education programmes at doctoral level
With its varied education programmes, the School of Art and Design provides an attractive and supportive environment for doctoral candidates and fosters cross-disciplinary exchange and network-building.
- Research Colloquium
The monthly Research Colloquium is co-headed by Professors Dr Gesa Ziemer (HafenCity University Hamburg) and Dr Rachel Mader (Lucerne School of Art and Design) and offers an venue for specialist discourse among doctoral candidates. In this two-day event, methodological, content-related and practical questions around the doctorate are being discussed and PhD candidates give talks about their ongoing dissertation projects.
- Methodology Seminar
In the “Methods Hangout”, PhD candidates, post-docs and researchers from the School of Art and Design engage in a peer-to-peer exchange on the latest methods, on found objects, cases in point and theory questions in their research practice. The event takes place for times per semester.