Studies in the Arts (SINTA)

About us

Art graduates come with precise questions and topics and want to further qualify themselves scientifically, graduates of universities are looking for the practical proximity to the arts. Most of them are very talented in both fields. Some bring more artistic-creative experience, others more methodical knowledge and writing routine.

The SINTA are a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern (Universität Bern) and Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department Bern University of the Arts (HKB). We offer a interdisciplinary doctoral program aimed at both research-based artists and academics with an interest in artistic practice. The transdisciplinary doctoral program Studies in the Arts (SINTA) brings art and science together: art graduates can study for a doctorate in the joint program of the University of Bern (Universität Bern) and the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). The SINTA give both research and art new impulses as well as introducing new perspectives and research fields.

The doctoral students realize their own project in a stimulating environment that includes them into scientific and artistic networks. They benefit from synergies between the two universities and are able to develop specific competences. In the GSA resp. SINTA theory and practice are closely interlinked – as well as basic and practice-oriented research. In addition to artistic and social science methods, artistic and design research methods also play a role: the dissertation projects include prototyping and design methods, reenactment and embodiment, performance studies and historically informed performance practice.

At present, 35 doctoral students from the fields of musicology, theatre and dance studies, art history and graphic design, archaeology, social anthropology, german studies and romance studies are realizing their projects within the framework of SINTA. Many are former students or employees of Bern University of the Arts (HKB), others come from other swiss art colleges or universities in Switzerland and abroad. In addition to the workplace and the university specialist libraries, they also have the necessary HKB infrastructures at their disposal, such as sound studio, medialab, media libraries, workshop and printing studios. In 2016, the first graduates successfully completed their doctorate (see completed dissertations). Since 2017, the following dissertations have been published (Immanuel Brockhaus: Kultsounds; Leo Dick, Zwischen Konversation und Urlaut; Julia Mia Stirnemann, Über Projektionen).