Artistic development, the arts practice, and arts education benefit from research. Codarts is convinced the arts practice is in need of validated knowledge and that this is also developed within.
Codarts’ mission and vision are reflected in the research profile of Codarts Research, formulated as:
“Codarts Research focuses on practice-oriented research in the domain of the performing arts, art education, dance therapy, and music therapy.”
The research conducted by Codarts Research has three goals:
- enhancing the knowledge level of students and staff;
- improving education;
- innovating the professional practice.
Codarts Research has a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in many domains, such the performing arts, art education, dance therapy, music therapy, human movement sciences, physiotherapy, psychology, statistics, technology, ICT, the humanities, and artistic research. All of the researchers in the group and in the PhD processes have at least a Master’s degree. Professors have obtained their PhD, with the exception of the professor Performance Practice. Two of the three professors hold positions as Associate Professor at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR); one at the Erasmus School of Philosophy and the other at the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (Erasmus MC).
Three programme lines
Codarts has structured the content of its research programme according to three programme lines:
- Excellence and Well-being: this programme line conducts research into the physical and mental factors that influence stage performances. The knowledge obtained provides performing artists with handles to improve their artistic efforts;
- Performance Practice: this programme line studies the actual professional practice and how this practice may develop in the long run, anticipating the highly changed work field;
- Innovation in Education: research into the various forms of knowledge transfer, how to make art education more accessible and how to mobilise young talents.
In order to give coherence to the various programme lines, three basic principles have been articulated, which make up the foundation for the research conducted within Codarts Research:
- all research projects are demand-driven and are carried out on the basis of questions and problems posed by the performing arts, art education, dance therapy, and music therapy. In addition, the projects of the programme line Innovation in Education also address complex societal issues on which artists and scientists work together. The goal of this collaboration is to (re)identify and (re)define these issues, thereby providing multiple leads for possible solutions;
- within all research projects there must be at least interdisciplinary collaboration among professionals from, for example, the performing arts, art education, dance therapy, music therapy, sports, the business world, care and/or education;
- researchers work application-oriented, which means that the results of projects (knowledge, insights, products, or processes) are applicable in education or in the work field of the performing arts, art education, dance therapy, or music therapy.