Artistic Research

  • Department/School
  • University of Music of Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  • Head of course
  • Hubert Eiholzer, Scuola universitaria di musica del Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana e Ruth Hungerbühler, Accademia Teatro Dimitri
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Artistic Research
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (90 ECTS over three semesters)
  • Language
  • English
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 100 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 800. No contribution to didactic costs is required.
  • Centre
  • Verscio e Lugano
  • Start date
  • 16 September 2019
  • Application deadline
  • 31 May 2019
  • Description
  • The Master in Artistic Research is an intensive three-semester degree (90 credits) aimed at performing artists and teachers within the performing arts as well as students from other artistic and scientific disciplines with a strong interest in the arts. It introduces students to a range of current methodologies and approaches in research in and on the arts. The main teaching and coursework is done in the first two semesters while the third is reserved for completion of assessed work in collaborative or individual research.


The Master in Artistic Research aims to equip students with the necessary skills for research in the arts in which knowledge of research methods and techniques would be an advantage. In this way, the Master aims to provide a bridge from any bachelor and master degrees involving the arts into a program of research such that students will learn to work autonomously on the subject area of their research preparing them for work on larger research projects or on a PhD. Students will achieve this goal by participating in ongoing projects, or by investigating their own research question under the supervision of a senior researcher.

  • Knowledge and understanding of research designs.
  • Capacity to frame research proposals rigorously and lucidly and to realize the goals of one's project through the use of appropriate methods.
  • Capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of one's outcomes.
  • Capacity to document, analyze and summarize one's project final outcomes and to communicate them clearly for different audiences.

Admission requirements

In order to gain admission to the Master, students must have:

  • A Bachelor or Master degree in music, performing or visual arts; or, where given artistic competences and interests, a Bachelor or Master degree in an academic discipline (e.g. psychology, learning sciences, history, sociology, IT, philosophy).
  • Sufficient knowledge of English is required.

Career prospects

Upon completion of the Master, students will have learned to work autonomously on the subject area of their research. This will prepare them for work on larger research projects either within cultural institutions committed in the development of research in the arts, or on a PhD.