Online Open Dag: PhDArts + Research (Lectorates)

Join our Online Open Day programme on Thursday 21 January, covering information about the PhDArts and the role of the Lectorates in the Research activities at the KABK.

12:45 - 13:30 - Research @ the KABK (Lectorates)

Online Information Meeting Lectorates
with Emily Huurdeman, coordinator Lectorate Art Theory & Practice and Martha Jager, coordinator Lectorate Design.

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13:30 - 15.00 - PhDArts

Online Information Meeting PhDArts
with Suzanne Knip-Mooij, coordinator PhDArts and Judith van IJken, PhDArts candidate and teacher at the Photography dept.

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Research @ the KABK

The KABK has two lectorates: the Lectorate Art, Theory & Practice and the Lectorate Design.

The lectorates focus on the integration of theory and practice in art education and collaborate with various partners inside and outside of the academy.

What does the Lectorate do?

  • It encourages research by teaching staff
  • It coordinates research components in the bachelor and master curricula
  • It organises study days, expert meetings, publications and conferences


  • Annual Thesis Awards
  • Research Archive
  • Theory Platform Meetings
  • IST Courses by PhDarts candidates: Art Research Programme
  • Expert meetings and conferences

The Lectorate Art Theory and Design is led by Prof. Dr. Janneke Wesseling.

Browse through the website of the Lectorate KTP

The KABK Lectorate Design is based around the research project Design and the Deep Future. This allows for investigation of such topics as: geological time and design; waste and trash; dematerialization of design; repair; and digital detritus.


  • Research Groups for students and staff
  • Annual Research Symposium
  • Design Research Club
  • IST courses at KABK and electives at Leiden University

The Lectorate Design is led by Dr. Alice Twemlow

Browse through the website of the Lectorate Design


Artists and designers can also apply for participation in a doctoral programme in artistic research. A PhD research training programme for visual artists and designers is offered at Leiden University in collaboration with KABK through PhDarts.

A unique programme in the Netherlands, PhDArts creates new possibilities for art and its practitioners through questioning and breaking down existing boundaries between art theory and art practice.

PhD candidates follow individual research trajectories, guided by a team of supervisors. Besides this, the PhD candidates participate in a doctoral study programme, which consists of lectures, seminars, trainings and workshops. Together with supervisors, staff members and guest teachers, the doctoral candidates form an inspiring and challenging research environment.

Eerdere PhDArts Defenses

Online Open Days campaign design: Jaap Smit, BA Graphic Design 2017
Photo material from the Exhibition ‘Ebifananyi – Mutualities’ by Andrea Stultiens, 2018. Courtesy of PhDArts



21 januari 2021 12.45 - 15:00