Research Policy & Strategy
The Mission Statement of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology stresses the importance of both scholarly and artistic research.
Key research themes
• 4 years – Full Time
The public defence is preceded by a state exam in theory (usually a year in advance), a written thesis being handed in (two opponents either recommend the thesis to be accepted or not), a Ph.D. commission for the public defence is set up (including both members of academic staff and external experts plus the opponents), opponents speak their opinions, the Ph.D. candidate presents his/her dissertation. The commission votes on the result.
There are normally a minimum of 2 external examiners. There are at least 3 internal examiners.
Forms of Output
Dissertation and Practice
Publication + Contextual review
Exposition/Exhibition (including performance)
No set word count for dissertation
The programme structure and peer learning are supported by group research seminars, symposia, participation in projects (e.g. Specific University Research), curating exhibitions (e.g. the annual event: “FFA Graduates” exhibition), public engagement activity and collaborative/live projects.
No methods and ethics training is provided.
The progress review is annual.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
- There is no research training at Masters level study.
- There is no research training at BA level study.
- Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic.
- National Framework.
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
Not clearly defined.
Primarily the following:
- RIV metrics (publishing scholarly texts, i.e. peer-reviewed articles books and conference papers)
- RUV metrics (number of achievements and quality of artistic presentations)
Supervisors are qualified by their “associate professor / docent” academic degree. Exceptions can be made when agreed by the Arts Council of the Faculty.
Officially students normally work with one supervisor, however, the optimum number is two: one professional artist and one theoretician.
No training is provided for supervisors.
The number of supervision hours is not formally defined.
Seven (15%) of arts academic staff are undertaking a 3rd cycle awards.
20% of arts academic staff hold a 3rd cycle award.
Not many as artists are allowed to “skip” Ph.D. degree when becoming associate professors (docent title). Ph.D. holders are usually theoreticians (such as art and architecture historians).
No recognition of research time.
15% of arts academic staff are research active.
No supervisor training is provided.
Overall responsibility for managing your 3rd cycle programme resides with:
- MgA. Filip Cenek
The doctoral programme is advertised nationally.
Applications consist of:
- Institutional application form
- Research proposal
Approximately 7 or 8 students join the programme biannually.
Currently there are 36 registered students in the PhD programme in artistic research.
To date 28 students have graduated from the programme.
Junior grants of the specific university research funding programme and internal grant competition for support of publication activities are open to Ph.D. students.
Monthly stipend for 4 years of study.
The programme is state funded.
Doctoral students have access to all specialist technical facilities, archives/library facilities, studio space, desk space, gallery/exhibition space, digital resources and workshops.
- Support for realisation of projects/artworks/publications
- Travel in support of research, conference attendance/presentation
- Specific University Research Programme for Ph.D. students
(so called “junior” projects) open on a yearly basis
With regards to engaging with the professional world outside the institution students usually apply from outside the faculty, i.e. they already come from the professional world (fresh MA graduates of FFA BUT are a minority).
Teaching is compulsory part of the Ph.D. curriculum.