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CALL: Fully funded PhD in Performing Arts Technology at Michigan

This is a friendly reminder that the applications for a fully funded PhD in Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan are due by December 10. You can find more information about the program and application procedure below.

The Department of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance is now accepting PhD applications for Fall 2023.

Students in the program will benefit from: 

  • individualized attention from a large, accomplished faculty with varied research and creative interests;

  • a flexible curriculum with numerous specialized course offerings that allow for breadth and depth;

  • access to cutting-edge research facilities

  • an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative student community of artists and scholars in a vibrant, comprehensive performing arts school;

  • the material, social, and intellectual resources of one of the top public research universities in the United States; 

  • 5 years of full funding including tuition, a salary stipend, summer stipend, and generous health care benefits;

  • professional and career development opportunities around teaching, research, and performance;

  • many opportunities for additional funding, professional development, academic and community support through the Rackham Graduate School.

Incoming students will complete two years of coursework, including a small core of required courses, cognates, and electives chosen from across four thematic clusters: Interaction Design, Audio Programming, Production, and Intermedia Composition/Performance. Afterwards, PhD candidates will work on a dissertation topic of their own design in close collaboration with a faculty advisory team tailored to the student’s interests. The program encourages diverse research methodologies, including practice-based approaches. The program also involves opportunities for gaining teaching experience.

Ongoing faculty research areas include new interfaces for musical expression, data sonification, virtual reality music systems, telematic performance, haptics and accessible music interfaces, digital fabrication for acoustics, computational creativity, antiracist music theories and pedagogies, technical ear training and critical listening, and poetic interactions of sound, image, and story.

Applications for the PhD program are due by December 10. More information and detailed application instructions are available on the program page. Applicants must have completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in related fields (e.g., music, music technology, engineering, media arts, computer science) prior to entering the PhD program. Students currently in the final year of a master’s degree may apply for admission contingent upon successful completion of their degree. Those interested in a master’s program are invited to apply to the MA in Media Arts by December 1 (note the earlier deadline).

If you have any questions about the program, admissions process, or the Department of Performing Arts Technology, feel free to contact the PAT Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Anıl Çamcı <>.


Anıl Çamcı, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Performing Arts Technology
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
University of Michigan