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PhD program in Critical Studies in Improvisation (PHD.IMPR)

The University of Guelph’s new interdisciplinary graduate program in the field of Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) offers PhD Degrees incorporating foundations in critical inquiry, multidisciplinary improvisatory practices, performative agency, and community engagement, built on years of award-winning, arts-based research and training by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. Through study and experiential learning opportunities, students will gain broadly applicable practical skills in research and project development, management and implementation, leadership, and collaboration. The program is in its 5th year. 

graduate students 2019 IICSI cohort

The 2019 IICSI graduate student cohort

The program features four core courses.

IMPR*6010: Core Concepts in Critical Studies in Improvisation

IMPR*6020: Arts-Based Community-Making

IMPR*6030: Research Practices

IMPR*6410: Pedagogy Lab

Funding opportunities include research and teaching assistantship packages, and in some select cases, internships with community organizations. The PHD.IMPR provides opportunities for students to learn, grow, and develop their practice in their field in a rigorous, energetic, and creative environment. PhD students will also complete a qualifying exam and have multiple opportunities to develop independent projects.

More details about the program and application requirements can be found on the University of Guelph website improv portal