Graduate School of the Arts (GSA)

Educational objective

Graduates of the graduate school of the Arts think and act within interdisciplinary and international networks. They are capable of undertaking independent research. Graduates of universities of the art will be able to reflect upon the kinds of artistic phenomena that may arise from their own work within an academic context. Their doctoral thesis, which will generally be closely related to their own artistic activity and area of research, will prove that they are able to reflect on the social development of artistic themes and to contribute to the development of their field. In turn, graduates with a university background gain experience in the artistic and cultural teaching practice of very specific art and design areas.

Graduates of the graduate school of the Arts will pick up specialist (disciplinary and interdisciplinary), methodical and transversal expertise and competences of artistic/creative-scientific working. The latter also include soft skills such as project management, presentation techniques, project acquisition, communication skills as well as reflection and articulation skills.

The doctoral program prepares for research-oriented work either within universities or outside (culture, wider society, finance, administration, etc.) and equips the doctoral students to take on a wide variety of demanding professional duties and roles.


The requirements in terms of the final examination are based on the regulations on doctorates of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern: Promotionsreglement der Philosophisch-historischen Fakultät der Universität Bern.


“Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)” awarded by the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern. A diploma supplement shows the attainments made at the Graduate School of the Arts under the joint auspices of the University of Bern and the Bern University of the Arts..