ResearchThe ECAM Graduate School is a cross-disciplinary unit for PhD research. Research conducted at the Graduate School is embedded in one of the three defined research clusters of ECAM. All three clusters are strongly oriented towards advancing the understanding of how knowledge is acquired in the context of art and design.
The research quality standards are defined by four premises of artistic, design and media-based research that contribute to the identity of FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel and also act as distinguishing evaluation criteria: 1) artistic, design and media-based research is subject to the idea that the research is founded exclusively on a critical artistic, design or media-based process, taking historical research as well as future scenarios into account; 2) research is mediated and assessed on the basis of an artistic work or product and/or a genuine approach of knowledge transfer; 3) research is conducted and mediated on a transdisciplinary and transpersonal basis; 4) cultural production is determined by agency, that is, the capacity to act in any given social model guided by future scenarios and possibilities.
The majority of the doctoral work is carried out at HGK FHNW and profits from the new facilities at the Campus of the Arts, the teaching environments and the work of the research institutes and its members. HGK’s research methodology is the basis for cross-university research in all areas of content, fields of competence and institutional facilities. The research methodology at HGK is coined by an understanding that its activities are of a hybrid nature, in other words, creative experimentation complemented by strong skills of verbal expression and a sound understanding of theoretical discourse.