History of Art

Doctoral degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

What will you learn?

The study of art history offers students the opportunity to understand visual objects in all areas of the discipline of art history (architecture, sculpture, painting, applied art, and visual culture) in their various historical and contemporary forms, styles, and functions.

Historiae atque artibus: „Dedicated to art and its history.“

The doctoral degree study programme in the theory and history of art consists of the scholarly preparation of highly educated specialists who are involved in basic and theoretical research in the humanist discipline of art history.

The subject of art history concerns itself with knowledge, analysis and a historical understanding of works of art. It studies artistic formation, styles, and functions, and later critical reception. It examines the creators themselves: artists and patrons, the art movements, and “the operations of art history” (gallery institutions, monument care, and art criticism). On the most general spectrum of interest, art history currently provides a general historical study of images and hermeneutics of visual images.

The primary focus of the art theory and art history study programme is to first and foremost prepare and defend a dissertation which explores new and as yet unexplored themes in research into art history or possibly examines existing themes with a new and original approach. The conclusions of the dissertation should contribute to contemporary research discussions in the field of art history and the work should have an essential impact on further research and practice in this subject.

Doctoral studies at the art history seminar are closely linked with the research interests of the Institute and with the research projects of its scholarly employees. The main areas at present for the research projects are: 1) Early Christian, Byzantine and Early Medieval art, 2) Late Medieval and Renaissance art in Central Europe, 3) Baroque architecture, sculpture art and painting in Bohemia and Moravia, 4) Brno as a centre for the history and theory of Modern architecture, 5) Modern and contemporary art in connection with visual cultures in current society, and 6) Collecting, patronage and art-history museum studies.

Potential students of the doctoral programme will be first and foremost those who have successfully completed a Master’s degree in art history and who are qualified for further work in the field or already have certain experience in specialized institutions. The doctoral degree study programme require the development of certain skills and abilities, in particular a knowledge of foreign languages, a widened knowledge in the area of scientific methodology and the methodology of the given field, and additional practical experience within the framework of the research specialization.

Practical training

The adopting of practical skills represent a natural part of a PhD student formation. The can acquire these skills thanks to research stays abroad, participation in teaching or research tasks of the department. The attending the conference may represent another formo of such experience of stay abroad. The study or research stay abroad should last at least one month.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of the doctoral programme in the field of art theory and art history can work as scholarly employees in research, university, and museum institutions.

They are prepared for work in teams for research and teaching. They can become specialized and scholarly assistants at the university level, obtain positions as curators in museums and galleries and as specialized employees in museums, galleries, and monument care, and find employment anywhere that requires a high level of art history specialization.

Now, when visual culture and the understanding of it play increasingly important roles in society, graduates from the doctoral programme can also make use of their skills and abilities in a range of additional research and teaching professions, as well as in marketing and on the media market.

Admission requirements

Deadline for submitting applications: January 1 - April 30

Deadline for submitting documents for the admission procedure: May 15

Documents for the admission procedure:

  • signed CV;
  • list of publishing activities (if any);
  • doctoral thesis project.
  • Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 15 May. Applicants are required to include their full name and application number on all attached documents.

    The entrance examination takes the form of an oral discussion over the doctoral thesis project.

    Notice: A poof of completion of a Master’s degree programme (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education obtained abroad also the so-called recognition) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants upon enrolment in the studies. For the entrance examination, a proof of completion of a Master’s degree programme is not required.

Criteria for evaluation

During the admission procedure and the interview, the potential and readiness of applicants for doctoral studies are verified, i.e. their excellent orientation in the field, which is verified by targeted questions from the field of art history. These focus mainly on topics related to the doctoral thesis project. This project, its focus, a clearly defined area of the topic, and considered methods leading to its solution are the main criteria for assessing the doctoral thesis. This readiness and especially the formulation and presentation of the doctoral thesis project is evaluated by the committee using points, with a maximum of 100 points and a minimum of 70 points for admission.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

Mgr. Michaela Šeferisová Loudová, Ph.D.



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