Doctoral programme

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Academic PhD (Dr. phil.) in Art and Media Studies

  • Art theory, media theory, experimental IT, film theory, design theory, communications theory, queer studies, globalisation theories.
  • Supervision by/in research collaboration with academically qualified teaching staff.
  • Occasional calls for proposals on diverse and changing interdisciplinary topics with subsequent determination of the responsible supervisors in allocated doctoral subjects.


Through the doctoral regulations adopted in 2004, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne offers the possibility to complete a philosophical dissertation in an intensely art-related context. The connection between artistic questioning and scientific/ academic methods in the KHM’s doctoral programme should lead to relevant new findings. In accordance with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s art college legislation, the degree awarded is the same as a university degree, i.e. Dr. phil.


The linking of research methods to artistic and media practices in the doctoral project is a prerequisite for admission, a closeness to artistic, media experimentation is desired and encouraged. However, the assessment of the dissertation, in all of its elements, remains an academic one. The KHM does not offer practice-based PhDs.


By allocating the doctoral projects to specific working areas, supervision by the appropriate qualified doctoral teaching staff at the KHM is assured.
The dissertation is to be written in German. No scholarships can be awarded. Support in the writing of funding applications is offered.  

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