Starting from the spring of 2021, for the first time in Latvia, the study program of the practical doctorate level, jointly implemented by three art universities - the Latvian Academy of Culture, the Art Academy of Latvia and the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music - will be launched in all departments of art.
The concept of a professional doctorate in art includes art-based research. Artwork and art-based research are unified and equally essential components of the doctoral thesis. As part of their studies, students attend lecture courses, where they learn in-depth art-based research and methodological approaches. Research can be carried out both in audiovisual media and performing arts, and in visual art and design, as well as in music and contemporary expressions of music.
Within the framework of the professional doctorate studies, an essential part of the studies is the individual artistic creative work and the development of theoretical research. In the professional doctoral program in art, doctoral students carry out several internships, in which doctoral students - artists - focus on an aspect related to the emerging artwork and art-based research. Doctoral students are encouraged to have their first teaching experience during their internship. Doctoral students are provided with the necessary support and doctoral students are encouraged to participate in local and international conferences, symposiums, cooperate and make contacts in the international art world.