Scientific/Artistic PhD Program
Please note: Currently, a scientific / artistic PhD can be obtained only in Screenwriting/Dramaturgy, Film and Television Production and Film Heritage.
Offering scientific / artistic PhD programs corresponds to the university's broader definition of research, which considers science and art equal forms of thinking and acting that generate knowledge. With the new programs, the university further expands its research expertise and approaches its goal of becoming a premier international film research institution and playing a leading role in shaping the future of media. An innovative approach within the German academic landscape, the scientific / artistic PhD program comprises of a theoretical paper (dissertation) and a self-chosen practical / artistic research project directly linked to the theoretical part. Possible subjects for PhD projects include new (e.g., transmedia or interactive) types of storytelling, the combination of technological tools and innovative contents, the access to film archives via digital platforms and interfaces, research on immersive media formats (e.g., 360-degree video and audio, virtual and augmented reality), or new value creation and business models for innovative media products.
Throughout the implementation of their artistic research projects, PhD students profit from the technologies and facilities available at the university. Interdisciplinary skills – such as the acquisition of third-party funds or teaching, administrative, leadership, and management skills – can be acquired in-house or through collaborations with the Potsdam Graduate School of the University of Potsdam, Netzwerk Studienqualität Brandenburg, and the Dahlem Research School of Freie Universität Berlin. Here, strong and experienced partners are available. PhD candidates can choose if they want to have student status during their program or not. Independent of scholarships, several research funds ensure that PhD students receive financial and practical support for the implementation of their research projects.