DART is an education and mentorship program for the 21st century artistic researchers who aim to develop their doctoral thesis in or related to music.

A unique programme in Spain that offers specific training and follow-up in the field of artistic research in music for the development of doctoral theses. Aimed at students who will be doing their doctoral studies in different programmes of the Doctoral School of the University of Valladolid EsDUVa.

With a clear inspirational mission, the DART offers its students personalised support to develop their skills in the most current fields of artistic research while exploring new paths of knowledge within a structured and rigorous programme, but with creativity as the common ground.

DART is based at the IKG headquarters in Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, Segovia.  Its modern facilities are adapted to create an ideal space for reflection, training and multidisciplinary practice in an inspiring, creative and innovative environment. It also has its own theatre, equipped to host multidisciplinary artistic research projects, symposia and conferences.

The programme, of a transversal and multidisciplinary nature, operates under the IKG’s research fields for a period of 3 years.


Transversal sessions agreed with the EsDUVa

Every year, the programme includes between 8 and 9 transversal training sessions, aimed at the specific training of students to acquire the theoretical and practical tools necessary for artistic research and its application within the empirical framework that is based on the design and preparation of their doctoral thesis project. This is a training programme which, by its nature and in accordance with the objective of the programme, has a clear mission to inspire, reveal and innovate in order to promote the understanding of research and critical capacity of the student.

When: Monthly meetings on Friday afternoons from 16:00 to 20:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00.

Where: At the Katarina Gurska Institute for Artistic Research with the Teatro Canónigos del Real Sitio de San Ildefonso.

Who: Teachers, Speakers and Professionals specialized in different areas of artistic research and applied music research.

Academic and Artistic Advisors/Mentors

Each student admitted to the programme receives personalised advice from the moment of registration until the completion of their artistic research project. The student can select from a list of advisors and mentors the most suitable specialist to give viability to his or her project and to be able to carry it out.

When: Throughout the program and based on the specific needs of the student.

Where: At the Katarina Gurska Institute for Artistic Research and in on-site or virtual format on demand.

Who: Assigned advisors and mentors upon request and consensus with the student. Invited researchers from the transversal sessions. National and international experts related to the object of study of each student.

Research Laboratory

DART students will have an annual research laboratory where they will acquire the skills that enable them to carry out practical and theoretical research, by designing, developing and implementing a preset idea within a scientific-artistic research context.

When: During weekend meetings, Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday within the established calendar. Before the meetings, students will work on the materials provided by the laboratory director. The presentation of results will later be disseminated on IKG platforms.

Where: At the Katarina Gurska Institute for Artistic Research

Who: By internationally renowned researchers with experience in the field of artistic research and innovation.

Admission and Registration

The deadline for sending the application for admission to the DART programme and to one of the 29 doctorate programmes of the University of Valladolid is 30 September 2021

The deadline for sending the application for admission to the DART programme is 14 October 2021


The program has an initial duration of 3 years and its total cost is 11,000€ payable in three installments at the beginning of each academic year:

  • Year 1: 5,000€
  • Year 2: 3,000€
  • Year 3: 3,000€

The amount includes the active participation of the student in all the training activities of the Transversal Sessions, the Research Laboratory, International Congress and the Academic-Artistic Mentorship included in the programme for a period of 3 years. Students may request an extension of the registration fee for a cost to be determined according to the student’s training needs. Tuition fees do not included  registration at EsDUVa.

For more information, write to: dart@ikg.institut


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Transversal Sessions Transversal Sessions Transversal Sessions
Artistic and Academic mentorship Artistic and Academic mentorship Artistic and Academic mentorship
Research Laboratory Research Laboratory Research Laboratory
International Congress International Congress

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Dart Sessions 2021-2022

October 15-16-17 Paulo de Assis
November 19 Franciscco Balsera
November 20-21 Elena Ungeheuer
December 17 Antonio Narejos
December 18-19 Pamela Burnard
January 14 Paulino Capdepón
January 15 David Carabias & José Luis Parejo
January 16 Jesús Tejada
February 18 Malgorzata Kubala
February 19-20 Trond Lossius
March 18 Anna María Vernia
March 19-20 Marina Gall
April 8 Xoan Xill
April 9-10 Ana Lucía Frega
May 13 Carmen Gómez Redondo
May 14-15 Gerriet K. Sharma
June 10-11-12 Reinhold Frield (AR Lab)


Direction and Management

  • Katarina Gurska, President
  • Cristina Sitz-Gento, Director of Programs
  • Inés Monreal Guerrero, Academic Director of Dart Program

Academic Committee

  • Paulino Capdepón Verdú, President
  • Inés Monreal Guerrero
  • David Carabias