AEC on Artistic Research

 

AEC White Paper on Artistic Research


The AEC believes that research has an important role to play in the life and work of conservatoires as a means of promoting the understanding and development of the musical arts. In doing so, AEC recognises that not every conservatoire will necessarily wish to participate in explicit research activities and not all who do will wish to attach the title ‘artistic research’ to what they do. 

In order to frame this concept, the AEC has produced the White Paper on Artistic Research. By means of this paper, the AEC endorses the freedom of institutions to decide for themselves what role, if any, research should play in their activities.  Equally, though, AEC is acting at this point in recognition of the fact that more and more of its member institutions are moving towards embracing research in some shape or form as integral to their missions.

The White t is avaliable in several languages:
 

Third Cycle


During the ministerial meeting in Berlin in 2003, a tenth action line was added to the existing Bologna Declaration action lines: Doctoral studies and the synergy between the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area. The European Ministers decided upon the necessity “to go beyond the present focus on two main cycles of higher education to include the doctoral level as the third cycle in the Bologna Process”. This idea was developed further during the next ministerial meeting in Bergen in 2005, where European ministers agreed that “doctoral level qualifications need to be fully aligned with the EHEA overarching framework for qualifications using the outcomes-based approach”.

In order to implement the requirements of the Bologna declaration, various questions that arise around a 3rd cycle in higher music education were studied by the 'Polifonia' 3rd cycle Working Group (2004-2007). The group also developed learning outcomes for 3rd cycle studies in music and produced a “Guide to Third Cycle Studies in Higher Music Education”.

Downloadable documents

Guide to Third Cycle Studies in Higher Music Education

English

The handbook addresses issues such as:

 
  • Third Cycles: Institutional Contexts
  • The Relationship of the First, Second and Third Cycles
  • Research and Third Cycles in Music
  • The Institutional Decision to offer Third Cycle Studies
  • How to build a Third Cycle Programme
  • Research Environment

The Polifonia 3rd cycle working group has also developed descriptions of 3rd cycle systems in European countries. The group also wrote an article on the current trends and the latest developments of doctoral studies in the field of music, available here.

Downloadable documents

Doctoral studies in the field of music - current status and latest developments

English


During the latest 'Polifonia' project cycle (2011-2014), the Working Group on Artistic Research examined how the content and character of the 2nd cycle might be developed so as to make it a better bridge to 3rd-cycle study for those taking this next step, whilst preserving its other function as a gateway to the profession for most students.

The working group conducted a survey of existing practices as to the philosophy and design of 2nd Cycle programmes and gathered opinions on how this practice might be developed. This work has informed its handbook, looking at 2nd Cycle curricula in terms of how they can combine the functions of ‘gateway to the profession and bridge to the 3rd Cycle’.

Downloadable documents​ 

Handbook on 2nd Cycle HME Programmes as routes to Artistic Doctorates

English

Handbook on 2nd Cycle HME Programmes as routes to Artistic Doctorates

French

Handbook on 2nd Cycle HME Programmes as routes to Artistic Doctorates

German