Florentian Principles for Preparing a Doctor of Arts

UDC 378.22:7}(477+73)“20”

Oleksii Bezghin

Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, Kyiv.

ORCID 0000-0002-0314-2157

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37627/2311-9489-18-2020-2.147-155

Keywords: higher art education, doctor of arts, The Florence Principles, doctorate programs in the arts.

Abstract. The article discusses the new provision about the degree of doctor of arts in the legislation pertaining on the third level/cycle of higher education in Ukraine. It emphasizes the importance of the new degree for training of teaching staff for art universities as well as for educating and advancing careers of practicing artists. The article also discusses history of programs leading to the attainment of the doctor of arts degree and the role of international professional organizations in setting standards for such programs. One of accepted standards is The Florence Principles recommended for arts universities that implement doctoral programs in the arts. Furthermore, the article clarifies the commonalities and differences between the degrees of doctor of philosophy and doctor of arts in the context of goals of the third level of higher education. Both degrees are terminal degrees granted on the basis of a master’s degree. Unlike a research-focused degree of doctor of philosophy, the degree of doctor of arts underscores the importance of creation of an original art product. Thus, doctor of arts programs may present an acceptable alternative for arts universities that are concerned with improving the educational process and aligning the criteria for advanced degrees for practicing artists with international standards.

Author Biography.

Oleksii Bezghin, Academician of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, PhD in Arts, Professor, Rector of the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, Kyiv.



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Published: August 10, 2020.

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