Department of History and Theory of Art
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Postgradual Study - PhD.

Field of study: History and Theory of Visual Arts and Architecture

Study Duration: 3 years (Present Study) or 5 years (External Study)


Field of study History and Theory of Visual Arts and Architecture is systematic continuity of graduate studies. It’s ment as training for independent scientific work in the discipline. The themes and focus of the study is individual according to the approved study project. The special problems and selected themes of historical, systematic, theoretical and methodological aspects of this study is highly preferred. The study ends with collecting all the credits and passing the final exam and thesis.

The study programme is conducted by guarant of the study field and it’s approved by committee. Student's individual programme is consulted with tutor within individual study plan, where the PhD. dissertation theme is mentioned with the list of sources, dates of exams and research plan of the candidate. Mandatory subjects are providing profile specialisation in the discipline and selected subjects widen the study with interdiciplinary contexts.

A) Study (lectures, seminars, individual study of the sources)

The study plan of PhD. studies is conducted by tutor and PhD. study guarant in coordination with student. It contains from the dissertation theme, list of the sources, dates of exams and research facts of the candidate. Studying subjects are those which represents theoretical base of the PhD student, his methodological apparatus and specialisation.

Requirements for being accepted

The general rules for admission procedure is ruled by the law and study system of Trnava University. The main requirement is finished M.A. studies in identic or similar study discipline. If the similar study discipline is applied then the scientific profile of the applicant, e.g. former publications, is considered. For the admission process the most important are the quality of previos studies, the exam and interview discussing the theme. The acceptation depends of the committee decision.

Profile of the graduate

The graduate masters scientific methods of research of History of Art, is well critically oriented in actual research in the discipline, could publicly present and defend the own research in international scientific forums and conferences. Is ready to apply for research grants, publish own resluts of research in textbooks and monographies. Is able to join inter- and multi-disciplinary teams. The overall evaluation is highly expected - in qualification for research and pedagogic work. The graduate of History and Theory of Visual Arts and Architecture scientifically works in the field of History of Art. He/She operates in all terms and cathegory apparatus and uses all historical and actual rthistorical methods. The results of the research presents in the dissertation work, which fulfils the criteria of scientiphic monography. He/She also could contextualize arthistorical research into wider historic and cultural connections with philosophy, aesthetics, history or archeology. One of the skills is also the expertise in visual codes of culture, and also all kinds of ethical principles of scientific research.

Scope of PhD. holder

PhD. holder’s occupation depends on particular expertise, mainly on the level of scientific institutions (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak National Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts) and also in arthistorical departments in various universities (Comenius University, Trnava University and others) or in institutions of applied research (Slovak National Museum).

Structure of the study programme

Study part is focused to evaluate theoretical basis and methodologic apparatus through the presence at lectures, seminars and individual study. The scientific part is devoted to research of actual scientific problem from the arthistorical discipline. The inner part of PhD. study is teaching or other professional activities. Every PhD. candidate co-operates with guarant of particular subject in preparing seminars, assists in other activities. Later on he/she prepares lectures in context with PhD. thesis and/or within the regular study plan of undergraduate students (max. 4 hours weekly). PhD. study ends with finishing of dissertation work in adequate length and complexity.

PhD. study ends with defending the dissertation work. Deapartment of History and Theory of Visual Arts is part of the network of study exchange CEEPUS and Socrates - Erazmus.