The PhD studies comprise the third stage of higher education and applicants must have a master’s degree or corresponding qualification in a PhD programme speciality, or a closely related speciality. The standard period of study is four years and the curriculum calls for the completion of 240 ECTS (including PhD thesis 180 ECTS).

At the start of the PhD studies, the emphasis is placed on general and elective subjects including scientific-methodological, philosophical and general instruction subjects; the PhD students can also choose subjects from outside the Academy’s Doctoral School. The specialised studies intensify the student’s knowledge in the theory, history and methods of the speciality. The specialised studies are also intended to support the doctoral thesis.

During the first two years, the PhD students prepare analyses related to the current problems of the speciality for the PhD seminar and Doctoral School conference.

In the subsequent years, the focus shifts to specialised practical and theoretical activities based on the student’s individual plan. During the last two years, the PhD students conduct presentations and lectures for students in the MA programme and organise one-day seminars or workshops related to their PhD theses.

The PhD thesis is an independent research, developmental or creative work which presents an original approach to an important problem in the specific scientific or creative field.


A PhD thesis can be:

1) an independent work that is published as a dissertation;

2) a series of publication that includes a summarising survey article;

3) a monograph that has appeared in print;

4) an internationally recognised creative work along with a scientific analysis or research paper. The creative project must be executed in a form appropriate to the speciality, for example, as an exhibition.


The defense of the PhD thesis completes the doctoral studies. Those who have completed the PhD curriculum and defended their doctoral thesis acquire doctorates, are issued diplomas and academic records, along with English-language supplements to their diplomas.


More information about the rules and organisation of PhD studies in EAA you can find HERE.

Art and design phd curriculum table

Art and Design PhD Curriculum Table

Art and design PhD curriculum

Art and Design PhD curriculum