study programme

Fine Arts

Original title in Czech: Výtvarná uměníFAVUAbbreviation: VUDK4Acad. year: 2017/2018Level of course unit: Doctoral

Title awarded: Ph.D.

Level of qualification: Doctoral (3rd cycle)

Qualification awarded: Ph.D. in the field "Fine Arts"

Specific admission requirements

Successful completion of a master's degree program in the field of fine arts or a master's degree related to the humanities and technical fields (such as architecture). Presentation of a written project of the future dissertation (including the sketch of the creative project); The project must contain a motivational introduction, a clearly formulated topic of the thesis, methods of research work and an overview of relevant literature. Successful completion of the admission procedure, in which the candidate demonstrates the ability of independent artistic work (on the basis of presented portfolio), or independent work in the field of contemporary art (documented publication, curatorial, production activity); Ability of the theoretically funded reflection of the chosen topic of work; Excellent expressing and formulation skills; Ability to study in at least one world language (verified during an interview).

Profile of the programme

Professionally oriented.
The aim of the doctoral study program is to enable highly specialized artistic and scientific education for graduates of FAVU (and other arts colleges and faculties), but also for graduates of non-artistic fields focusing on contemporary art in its various aspects (curatorial, gallery, cultural, Criticism and history of contemporary art). This high degree of specialization of admitted applicants assumes that the study is highly individualized - trainers and expert consultants help students primarily by feedback and direction to desirable problems, resources, institutions and people - and still contain the foundation consisting of subjects whose completion is obligatory for all students in program. While graduates of art disciplines are thus led to further deepen knowledge in the fields of art theory or contemporary art, graduates of non-artistic disciplines gain a deeper insight into artistic research, or current art practice, respectively. The determining feature of doctoral studies at FAVU is the strong emphasis on dialogue and sharing of knowledge and experience between doctoral students with different prior profiles. The premises for this dialogue are joint seminars and colloquiums, where students present their dissertation work and related research, creative and pedagogical activities. Joint discussion of participating students is an opportunity for naming interdisciplinary overlaps and more general contexts, specifics of different research methods, social and cultural contexts of contemporary art, or the implication of arts research (m) for pedagogical work in the artistic field.

Key learning outcomes

Cílem doktorského studia na FAVU je přispívat k rozvoji současného výtvarného umění jako kulturně a společensky významné oblasti jednání a vědění. Doktorské studium je jedinečným prostorem pro kultivaci individuálních, nicméně diskursivně zakotvených postojů. Doktorské studium je tak především prostorem svobody rozvíjet vlastní dispozice v dialogu s inspirativními kolegy a konzultanty, ale i studenty nižších stupňů studia, s nimiž doktorandi přichází do kontaktu v rámci vlastní pedagogické praxe. Důležitým cílem doktorského studijního programu je rovněž příprava budoucích pedagogů vysokých uměleckých škol. V průběhu studia je proto kladen důraz na pedagogickou praxi, která může mít podobu pedagogické asistence školiteli, včetně asistence u vedení či oponování prací, ale může rovněž spočívat ve vedení samostatných přednášek a seminářů (ideálně obsahově spojených se zaměřením doktorského studia).

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The graduates of the doctoral study branch "Fine Arts and Artistic Operation" are distinguished personalities of the art world (artists, critics, historians or art theorists, curators and cultural producers, etc.). Being able to combine scientific and creative methods, an artistic artifact or a practice-oriented exhibition project during their studies gives them the best prerequisites for applying both in contemporary art and academia.

Access to further studies


Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Graduation requirements

final state examination, doctoral thesis

Mode of study

combined study

Programme supervisor

ECTS departmental co-ordinator

Branches (course structure diagrams with ECTS credits)

Year Branch Course structure diagram with credits
no. Abbr. Title (specialisation) Com. Opt. Tot.
1VUUP_DK4Fine Arts and Art Management06060
2VUUP_DK4Fine Arts and Art Management06060
3VUUP_DK4Fine Arts and Art Management06060