docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral programme for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers (performers and composers).


docARTES provides a 4-year doctoral curriculum, consisting of research and training. It allows doctoral students to develop their artistic qualities, broaden their academic knowledge and expand their methodological skills. This curriculum is supplemented by individual research supervision and is integrated in a professional research biotope, preparing doctoral students for a professional career as an artist-researcher. There are currently about 60 students in the doctoral programme and about 40 alumni. docARTES is a collaboration between the following higher education institutions:

  • Orpheus Institute, coordinating institution (Ghent, Belgium)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Association (Leuven, Belgium)
  • LUCA Lemmens (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Antwerp University Association (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Leiden University, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Royal Conservatoire The Hague (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Conservatory of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

For more information, see

  • Orpheus
  • Luca Lemmens
  • Kca En
  • Acpa
  • Kon Con
  • Amsterdam
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