study programme

Fine Arts

Original title in Czech: Výtvarná uměníFAVUAbbreviation: VUDP4Acad. 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

In order to be admitted, applicants must hold a Master of Fine Arts, a Master of Arts degree in disciplines related to the subject of the study. Students must produce the written dissertation proposal (including the proposal for the creative practice). The project must include a motivational introduction, a clearly formulated topic of the dissetation, the research methods , and the overview of relevatn bibliography. In addition, students must succeed at the entry procedure in which they must prove their capacity of independent artistic work (based on a portfolio) or independent work in art management (publishing, curating, production work); furthemore, they must be able to theoretically reflect the chosen topic on a proficient level; they must have excellent communication and formulating skills and they must be proficient in at least one foreign language (tested during the interview).

Profile of the programme

Professionally oriented.
The doctoral program aims at enabling highly specialized artistic and scientific research both to the graduates of the FFA and other graduates who hold MA or MFA diplomas and want to focus on the issues of management of contemporary art in its diverse aspects (curating, gallery management, culture management, art criticism and history of contemporary art). The high level of specialization of admitted applicants leads to highly individualized study profile: mentors and other expert consultants primarily help students with feedback, steering their research towards relevant issues, resources, institutions, and people - and despite this, the profile inevitably consists of core mandatory courses which all students must complete. While fine art graduates are thus led to deeper knowledge of art theory or contemporary art, graduates of non-artistic disciplines gain, on the other hand, a better understanding of artistic research or creative practice. The FFA emphasizes within its doctoral program intensive dialogue and sharing of knowledge between docotral students whose prior study profile had differed. This happens formally within seminars and colloquia in which students present the progress of their dissertation and the research, teaching and creative practice accompanied by it. The shared discussion of participating students represents a good occassion to identify interdisciplinary overlaps and general contexts, particularities of different research methods, social and cultural contexts of contemporary art or the implications of art research for teaching practice within the artistic field.

Key learning outcomes

The aim of the PhD cycle at the FFA is to contribute to the development od contemporary visual art as a culturally and socially significant field of knowledge and action. The PhD studies represents a unique space for the cultivation of individual attitudes which are, nevertheless, discursively anchored. The PhD studies primarily encourages students to freely develop their own fields of interest in a dialogue with inspiring colleagues and mentors and students of lower cycles of studies with whom they are in contact through their own teaching practice. Training for future teaching practice on terciary educational level also represents and important feature of the PhD cycle. In the course of their studies, students are required to fulfill teaching practice assignments, which can be either teaching assistence for the mentor (including the guidance or being the opponent of MA or BA theses) or teaching courses in lecture or seminar form (ideally thematically linked with the focus of the PhD dissertation).

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

PhD graduates of the "Visual Art and Art Management" are distinctive individuals operating in the art world (artists, critics, historians or theoreticians, curators or cultural producers). The opportunity to interrelate scientific and creative research methods oriented either towards a body of artistic work or an exhibition projects, provides them with the best qualities for finding their place both in the art world or in academic environment.

Access to further studies


Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Graduation requirements

final state examination, doctoral thesis

Mode of study

full-time 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_DP4Fine Arts and Art Management06060
2VUUP_DP4Fine Arts and Art Management06060
3VUUP_DP4Fine Arts and Art Management06060