The new doctoral programme “Media Art and Creative Technologies“, implemented in cooperation between two universities:
•  Liepaja University, whose mission is to be an education, science, and innovation hub in Kurzeme, and 
• RISEBA University of Applied Sciences, which aims to become an international business, creativity and innovation development center in Northern Europe.

The cooperation with Aalto University in Finland as well as with the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Nida Art Colony, creates a dynamic network in fostering innovation and highly thought academic residency exchange.

Program offers a high caliber academic platform as well as cutting edge infrastructure where qualified research-oriented professionals may fuse their professional expertise in symbiosis with advanced theories  and critical analysis in the area of new media and interdisciplinary art, immersive and creative technologies in order to substantially impact culture, economy, politics and the social sphere both in Latvia and beyond.  

The specific objective of the programme is to train competitive, research-oriented professionals who display a wide range of expertise in new technologies, audiovisual arts and digital cultural processes, who have acquired specific skills in creating works of art and innovative media products, and who are competitive in the labor market of arts, innovation technologies and creative industries, be it more traditional art and media production practices, cultural analytics, data visualization, or augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), Extended Reality (xR), artificial intelligence, and Volumetrics.
The development of the programme is based on the “National Development Plan 2030” and the “Latvian Sustainable Development Strategy 2030”, in which the interdisciplinarity of studies and the concept of creativity education are especially emphasized.  In this strategy, education is treated both as the accumulation of specific competencies and qualifications as well as the development of critical thinking, creativity and cooperation skills, emotional and social intelligence. The study program “Media Art and Creative Technologies” corresponds to the fundamental principles of this strategy, as it is both interdisciplinary and is based on creativity and innovation.


The programme has the following stages: 

1.    annual progress report at the end of years 1 and 2; 
2.    presentation of the work development process in a public forum at the 2nd winter symposium;
3.    a review of the progress of the doctoral (work) submission plan at the 3rd winter symposium; 
4.    submission and defense of the final doctoral thesis.


•    Master’s degree
•    Research proposal 
•    Interview


Commencement of the Doctoral Study - January 20th, 2023.


The doctoral programme was developed by a group of experts consisting of such professionals and internationally recognized researchers, artists and producers of digital art and audiovisual media as Professor Rasa Šmite of the University of Latvia, Associate Professor Raitis Šmits from the Art Academy of Latvia,  both of whom are also visiting lecturers in the MIT Program of Arts, Culture and Technology in Boston and the founders of the New Media Culture Centre RIXC in Riga; RISEBA lecturers – a PhD candidate  Aigars Ceplītis,   assistant professors  Dr. Chris  Hales, longtime associate of SMARTlab UCD Dublin, and Dr. Ellen Pearlman, a lecturer at  New School in New York, researcher at MIT, as well as other local and foreign experts such as Professor Žilvinas Lilas ( KHM Media School in Cologne), RSU Associate Professor  Ilva Skulte,  and independent researcher Dr. Alise Tīfentāle, as well as representatives from the partner universities of the new programme.

The new doctoral programme aims to become one of the leading innovative and international programs of its kind in Northern Europe.  It delivers an extensive cooperation with partner schools such as  Aalto  University in Helsinki (Finland), Dublin University of Technology (Ireland), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), as well as opportunities for young researchers to participate in ERASMUS exchange programs by obtaining credit points in doctoral summer schools organized by partners. Participation is also possible in the joint international scientific conferences "Open  Fields" and  "Renewable  Futures", which are dedicated to the development of art and science research in Northern Europe and have a network of more than 60 universities from 30 countries around the world.

By actively participating in this network, young researchers will orient themselves in the international media movement and will be able to contribute to further research of media art and creative technologies in Latvia and Northern Europe.

Upon completion of this study programme, the student obtains a PhD Degree in Media Arts, a prerequisite not only for successful international research, but also for an academic career in higher educational institutions internationally. 

Degree awarded  PhD Degree in Media Arts
Credit Points 132 CP (198 ECTS)
Study form Full time (three times a year one week each time)
Language English
Tuition fee per year

4680 EUR ( for citizens of EU, EEA, CIS countries, Georgia, Ukraine and Latvia)

5640 EUR ( for other countries)

Administrative director of the programme: Aigars Ceplītis, MFA 
[email protected] +371 256 20270
Study support Inese Makuševa
[email protected] +371 256 20096


In order to apply for studies at RISEBA (Audiovisual media and creative technologies), an applicant must:

A) send a research application to the administrative coordinator of the RISEBA doctoral program, Assistant Professor Aigars Ceplītis:  [email protected];

B) fill in the electronic application form HERE

Please send the application of the doctoral dissertation topics (in the final version) for the new doctoral programme until January 20, 2023. In order to get acquainted with the new programme and provide assistance to applicants in preparing a doctoral research topic application, we provide an opportunity to receive feedback, comments or consultation if you submit the first version of the research application by January 15, 2023.

The doctoral dissertation research application form can be downloaded HERE or received by e-mail by contacting the Programme Administrative Director.


RISEBA University offers PhD students to participate in ERASMUS+ exchange programmes. Erasmus + is one of the most popular lifelong learning exchange programmes for students and teaching staff, which promotes the development of universities in a single European Union (EU) higher education space. It is an opportunity for professional and higher education staff, students and alumni to gain experience abroad by going to one of the Erasmus+ programme countries, in higher education, or to one of the Erasmus+ partner countries. More information here.


Programme administration

Chris Hales, Creative Director of the Doctoral Study Programme Media Arts and Creative Technologies, Assistant Professor

Dr. Rasa Šmite, Director of the Doctoral Study Programme New Media Arts in Liepāja University, Head of the Scientific Council of the RISEBA Doctoral Study Programme "Media Arts and Creative Technologies" Aigars Ceplītis, Administrative Director of the Doctoral Study Programme "Media Art and Creative Technologies", lecturer

Joanna Jurkova, Adminstrator of the Doctoral Study Programme "Media Art and Creative Technologies"

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