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PHDHungarian University of Fine Arts Doctoral School [Arts]

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Program description:
““At the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, theoretical instruction is carried out in a number of classes and disciplines which are high even by international standards. This allows students to receive help and consultation at the University in many interdisciplinary areas. The University boasts the most divergent forms of specialized instruction in the fine arts in Hungary – such as courses in restoration, intermedia and visual communication. Instructors and researchers can help students with a plethora of issues they might come across during their own programmes, such as those of materials, technology and media, ranging from dramaturgy, art psychology, art theory, architectural history through costume history to pedagogy. Main Features of Education and Research at the Doctoral Programme The education and research programmes concern themselves with outstanding issues of Hungarian and international contemporary arts, and investigate the integration of contemporary art into universal art from the perspectives of art history and art theory (history of ideas). This is realized through the following means: – courses in social sciences and art theory – by defining, at consultation sessions, the problems of contemporary arts relevant to the individual work programme – by presenting and researching professional analogies (student and faculty research and approaches) – by presenting and applying creative methods and methodologies of contemporary art (analyses of works, exhibitions, projects) -by analysing and processing the professional, technological (execution) and art theory problems defined in the individual work programmes (practical and theoretical consultations, individual research and practical work) – communicative tasks with relation to the works, complete or under preparation in the programme – continuous documentation of the progress of the work – provision of reasons for any deviations and divergences from the plans in the process (in some cases, divergences from the programme will lead to more significant results) – presentation of partial findings (publication, lecture, exhibition) – presentation of the background material necessary to realize the creative programme to students of the doctoral and graduate programmes. (In a form which is in keeping with the nature of the material: visually, verbally, utilizing the appropriate media.) – the planning of the presentation (installation) of realized projects and where conditions permit, its exhibition (publication) www.mke.hu/en/doctoral_prog.php”“

Entry requirements:
MA diploma

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Admissions criteria for the applicants.

The applicant has to have already obtained an MA degree.

The application form can be downloaded from the HUFA official web page
(www.mke.hu/en/doctoral_prog.php —> scroll down: Rules and Documents —> Application form) , the completed form should be returned to HUFA along with the following material: The applicant has to submit the following: 1- Completed application form, stating the marked doctoral research topic 2- Supervisor’s written declaration of acceptance 3- Copy of the MA degree 4- Intermediate level language diploma (B2 level) (photocopy) 5- Detailed professional curriculum vitae (CV) 6- Plan of the research program for the first 2 years of the 2+2 year doctoral studies 7- Copy of the paid application fee receipt. 8- Portfolio (in printed or in digital form) of the applicant’s artistic practise. The applicant must select a doctoral research topic which is announced by the HUF Doctoral School’s tutors/supervisors.

Important: The applicant has to contact and consult with the tutor/supervisor regarding supervision. Once the supervisor has agreed to accept the student’s research plan, the supervisor will confirm in a written declaration, (a copy of which should be submitted with the student’s application form).

The Selection Committee makes a decision by considering: the quality of the applicant’s artistic practise, as well as the applicant’s proposed research plan, also finally through interviewing the applicant. The applicant has to offer a structure of his or her research plan for each semester over the two years of the doctoral studies. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s research plan and artistic activity separately. The Selection Committee expects that the applicant is highly knowledgeable of the chosen research topic and well informed regarding contemporary art, both locally and internationally. For the entrance examination interview the applicant has the opportunity for a short (max. 5 minutes) presentation on their chosen research plan to the Selection Committee.

Ms Zsuzsanna Mehrli
International Coordinator

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Programme structure

2 + 2 years:

Educational and research phase (2 years) —> Complex exam at the end of the 2nd year

Research and dissertation (DLA thesis) writing phase (2 years)

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