Bachelor programme

Conditions for obtaining the bachelor's degree
  1. Obtaining the assigned number of credits
  2. Submission and defence of a bachelor diploma thesis of at least 50 thousand characters
  3. Passing the bachelor state exam in the following areas:
  • History of Art of the Middle Ages until 1500 
  • History of Art of the Early Modern Period until 1850 
  • History of Art of the 19th century and Modernity
  • History of Architecture
Bachelor diploma thesis
  • The range of the diploma thesis is given by the character of the discipline and the topic and must be at least 50 thousand characters. It is written on white paper of the A4 format, the numbered pages bound in a hard cover folder. Mandatory parts of the thesis are the title page which contains the name of the university, faculty, institute, name of the thesis, name of the author, name of the thesis supervisor and the year of submission, further also the author’s declaration of originality of the thesis, the book of contents and the list of used literature. The student registers the diploma thesis in the IS at the beginning of the anticipated last term of his/her studies in which he/she will take the state exam and defend his/her diploma thesis.
  • The finished diploma thesis must be registered in the IS (see the procedure of entering the diploma thesis into the IS) and introduced in two copies for registration at the Office for Studies of the Dean’s Office and then submitted through the secretary of the department to the thesis supervisor. The diploma thesis must be signed by its supervisor. 
  • The student must hand in the diploma thesis until 30thof April (for the state exams in the June schedule) and 30thof November (for the state exams in the autumn term).
  • The defence of the thesis and the state exams must be done on the same date!
Procedure of entering the diploma thesis into the IS:
  • Two copies of the diploma thesis must be submitted before the prescribed deadline to the secretary of the Department of Art History.
  • The supervisor of the diploma thesis will award credits to the student (within 7 days of the student submitting the thesis – the student must have his/her studies active and the topic of his/her diploma thesis registered in the IS).
  • For obtaining the credits, the student must enter the thesis into the archive – cooperate with the Office for Studies
  • 5 days before the date of the defence, the student must submit a certificate issued by the Office for Studies confirming that the he/she met all the requirements to the secretary of the Department of Art History – afterward, the student may continue to defend his/her thesis and take the state exam.
The state exam
  1. The student registers the bachelor state exam in the IS at the beginning of the anticipated last term of his/her studies in which he/she will take the bachelor state exam.
  2. The bachelor state exam after spring term must take place until the end of the second week in June, not later than 15th of June.
  3. The bachelor state exam in the autumn schedule and after the autumn term must take place until the end of the regular exam period.
  4. The student must sign up for the state exam through the IS not later than 5 days before the set date of the exam.
  5. The defence of the bachelor diploma thesis is an integral part of the state exam of the single-subject study, or if history of art is the major of a double-subject study. In principle, the defence and the state exam take place in the same day.
  6. At least 5 days before the state exam, the student must ask the Office for Studies of the Dean’s Office to issue a certificate confirming that the he/she met all the requirements of the study programme. Without this certificate, the student cannot be allowed to take the state exam.

The bachelor state exam consists of two parts:

1. Visual test 

At the exam, the student receives four artworks, one from each of the four basic areas of art history:

  • Painting and sculpture c. 300-1500
  • Painting and sculpture of the early modern era until 1850
  • Painting and sculpture after 1850
  • History of architecture

The student should be able to identify the technique, present an iconographical description, date the artefact and identify the location of its creation. The student must also demonstrate his historical knowledge based on which he can explain the artwork in the political and social context of its creation.

2. Analysis of expert writings

At the exam, the student will be asked to summarize one of the texts off the mandatory reading list, explain the context of the text’s creation, introduce its author, its reception in later historiography etc.