Visual Arts Ph.D.

Admissions procedure to the full-time and combined forms of the Visual Arts doctoral study programme in English for the academic year 2023/2024

Applicants for doctoral studies in English in the field of Arts (combined or full-time) can apply for the study programme:

  • Visual Arts

Requirements for applicants

  • Master's degree in the same or related field (Art or Architecture);
  • Qualifications for independent professional and research work;
  • English language proficiency (certificate required – certified English exam at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference);
  • 2-3 years of artistic experience for applicants to the Visual Arts study programme are recommended, but not required.

Applicants can apply only via electronic application. The form is available at the Prague UMPRUM website ( The electronic application will be available at the beginning of May 2023.

The deadline for submitting the application is 30 May 2023.

The application fee of CZK 870 (for payments from abroad this amount must be reached after deduction of all fees) must be paid to the UMPRUM account before sending the application.

Bank connection and details

Bank name: Komerční banka a.s.
Bank account: 19-5599810247 / 0100
Constant symbol: 558
Variable symbol: 401
Specific symbol: <application number>
IBAN: CZ1401000000195599810247
Swift code: KOMBCZPP

Payments by money order are not accepted!

In case of deposit to an account (at a KB branch) please indicate the applicant's name and surname and application number.


The fee for one semester of studies in the doctoral programme in English is EUR 500.

Mandatory attachments to the application (in English), without which the application will not be included in the admissions procedure and which must be sent in electronic form (scanned documents) together with the application by 30 May 2023, are:

  • A copy of the diploma (Master's graduates) or written confirmation from the relevant school (a stamp and signature of an authorised person are required) that the student is in the final year of the relevant study programme. If admitted, the applicant must provide a certified copy of their diploma upon enrolment. In case of citizens of nationalities other than Czech or Slovak, applicants shall provide recognition of their diplomas upon admission;
  • Evidence of completed artistic work experience, including a stamp and signature of an authorised person of the institution (or an affidavit of being self-employed);
  • Curriculum vitae including a summary of previous professional activities, list of exhibitions, publications, etc.
  • A letter of motivation (max 1 A4 page; the applicant should state there why he/she wants to study the doctoral programme at UMPRUM);
  • Portfolio – compulsory for applicants to the Visual Arts programme;
  • Recommendation from a distinguished professional in the field including his/her signature;
  • A written concept of the doctoral thesis i.e. a research and artistic project based on the framework topics announced by the UMPRUM Subject-Filed Board for Doctoral Studies (see recommended structure of doctoral projects);
  • A copy of the proof of the application fee payment – please note that the payment order is not a valid document (a print screen from online banking is sufficient);
  • A copy of the certificate – certified English exam proving B2 level of English language proficiency. In case of admission, applicants shall provide a certified copy of the certificate upon enrolment. International applicants who provide a certificate of a study programme in English (secondary or university studies) are not required to provide the previous certificate.
  • An applicant may attach to their application the consent of their intended supervisor with whom the applicant will agree in advance on the topic of the doctoral thesis and the form of its elaboration. (This is not a requirement for being included in the admissions procedure.)


Recommended structure of doctoral projects:

  • Title of the project (it should clearly and factually state the research and artistic nature of the project and the specific subject of research; a vague metaphorical title is not appropriate here);
  • Annotation (in the scope of 800 characters);
  • Project description (max. 1.5 standard pages, i.e. 2700 characters);
  • Defining of the specific problem to be addressed by the doctoral project:

             o Justification of the project topic;
             o Project objectives and benefits for target groups;
             o Summary of the current state of the problem;
             o Background literature;
             o Anticipated methodological approach;
             o Timetable for each year;
             o Expected form of the practical part of the doctoral thesis

Framework topics for doctoral theses announced by the UMPRUM Subject-Area Board for Doctoral Studies:

  • Digital technologies in art and visual communication
  • Application of new materials, technologies and practices in architecture and design
  • Art project as an intersection of art, science and research
  • Art project as an articulation of contemporary social issues

Individual proposals for doctoral thesis topics should be based on the above framework topics. It is recommended to consult them with potential supervisors.
Some departments and studios purposefully list their specific topics based on their research projects and plans:


Architecture I 

 Bioreceptive design in architecture 

  • research on materials for 3D printing
  • research on materials for 3D printing and their application in architecture and design
  • research on bioreceptive materials for 3D printing and their application in architecture and design
  • research on bioreceptivity in architecture and design
  • bioreceptive design for urban environments


   Use of waste material for meaningful secondary production

   Interior for the disabled

   Car interior/what is really needed 

Fine Arts:

Visiting Artist Studio

   Performativity as activating social debate and creating space for the transformative potential  of art.

Photography I

  Image intelligence and its analysis: exploring the information embodied in digital images

 The new relevance of historical moments in art photography


Photography II

  Photography changes everything: What do we actually remember? Research through art


The dates of the entrance examinations are 16 June 2023 and 23 June 2023. There is no alternative date.

Course of the Admission Procedure

The admission procedure starts with the receipt of a valid application form attached with the required mandatory attachments by the above date.
On the basis of a valid application, the applicant will be sent a written invitation to the entrance examination, giving details of the time and manner of the examination, at the contact address provided by the applicant (if no contact address is provided, the invitation will be sent to the address of the applicant's permanent residence). The invitation will also be sent to the applicant by e-mail.


Entrance examinations

Visual Arts

The entrance examination for the Visual Arts Ph.D. study programme takes place in two rounds.

The first round is conducted remotely on 16 June 2023. The committee appointed by the Rector and approved by the UMPRUM Subject-Area Board for Doctoral Studies will study the required application attachments (i.e. CV, portfolio, the concept of a doctoral thesis and a letter of motivation). Evaluation criteria: quality of the project, quality of previous work, contribution to UMPRUM. Each item is evaluated on a scale of 0-5 points (maximum 15 points). Applicants who will achieve 7 points or more will proceed to the second round. The list of successful candidates will be published at the UMPRUM website –

The second round takes place in the form of an interview with the committee appointed by the Rector on 23 June 2023. The interview is conducted via distance communication tools. In the interview, the applicant presents and defends his/her doctoral project and demonstrates professional knowledge and aptitude for independent creative research work. The interview is conducted in English.

The interview with each applicant lasts approximately 30 minutes and is structured as follows:
a) oral presentation of the project by the applicant (may be supplemented with a brief PPT presentation) – 15 minutes;
b) clarifying answers to questions from the members of the Admissions Committee, discussion – 15 minutes.

The Admissions Committee appointed by the Rector and approved by the UMPRUM Subject-Area Board for Doctoral Studies evaluates the study skills of each applicant and scores them according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the submitted project: 0 - 5 points
  • Quality of previous work: 0 - 5 points
  • Ability of reasoning: 0 - 5 points

Candidates who achieve at least 9 points in the second round are proposed for admission. Their ranking is determined by the number of points achieved; the applicants with the highest number of points are proposed for admission. For detailed admissions requirements, see the Annex.

Admission to study

The final admission of an applicant to study is decided by the Rector of UMPRUM on the basis of the recommendation by the Admissions Committee.

The maximum number of admitted applicants in the Visual Arts doctoral programme is 8.

In addition, the total number of admitted applicants depends on the limit numbers of students in the first year set by the Ministry of Education and Science as well as on the available capacity. Applicants will be notified of the results of the admissions procedure in writing (by registered letter) to their contact address or permanent address and the results will be published at the UMPRUM website.

This is a newly accredited doctoral study programme; it was not open to applicants in previous years.

Published on 30 January 2023