Orpheus Institute

The Orpheus Institute hosts the international inter-university docARTES programme for practice-based doctoral study in music, and the Orpheus Research Centre, home to around 30 artist-researchers involved in advanced artistic research. The close link between education and research within their facilities creates an inspiring environment where artists can experiment, exchange ideas and develop new knowledge.

Type of programme

docARTES provides a 4-year doctoral curriculum, consisting of research and training. It allows doctoral students to develop their artistic qualities, broaden their academic knowledge and expand their methodological skills. This curriculum is supplemented by individual research supervision and is integrated in a professional research biotope, preparing doctoral students for a professional career as an artist-researcher. There are currently about 45 students in the doctoral programme.

The Laureate programme allows young musicians to conduct artistic research into subjects related to their professional activities, artistic choices and personal background. Within a flexible framework students individually develop a research project on a relatively short-term basis, supervised by a mentor. At the end of the programme, the student presents research findings in a final lecture-performance. If this presentation is successful, the student is granted the title of ‘Laureate of the Orpheus Institute’.


Music and research


Korte Meer 12
9000 Gent


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