Understanding through art is the highest form of human understanding. T. G. Masaryk

Bachelor's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 3 years 
Bachelor's degree programme, full-time study mode, double-subject, Czech, 3 years 
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The Aesthetics study programme is a modern type of university education, unique in its transdisciplinary character and wide-ranging humanities research as well as in its value in terms of general education and personal growth. The study programme deals with works of art and human creativity from the perspective of their historical and cultural contexts and by analysing their inner structure and message. The programme deepens the student’s ability to read, understand, and appreciate works of art, and to interpret many related social phenomena, such as taste, beauty, value, form, and meaning. The programme improves various soft skills and communicative abilities. It contains and combines many areas of humanities and sciences, from philosophy and literature, art and cultural history, to cognitive science and the theory of the mind.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • understand, analyse, and explain the main theories of art and culture from both historical and contemporary points of view, and to know the leading paradigms in the culture theory
  • produce dignified written and oral communication in the fields of arts, literature, and culture
  • possess detailed knowledge of cultural identities and art history up to the present, including knowledge of aesthetic values, norms, and functions in the modern global world
  • enter professions which demand independent and well-educated thinking and writing
  • conduct their own research into the theory of art and the history of culture and civilization

Graduates of the Aesthetics study programme are capable of producing dignified written and oral communication in the fields of arts, literature, and culture. They are equipped with detailed knowledge of cultural identities and art history up to the present, including knowledge of aesthetic values, norms, and functions in the modern world. They may enter professions which demand independent and well-educated thinking and writing, especially in public institutions of higher education, in media, and in culture management. The Bachelor’s degree study programme in Aesthetics trains students to interpret the phenomena of art and culture at both practical and theoretical levels. An education of this kind qualifies the graduate for work as a proof-reader, editor, cultural news writer, critic, or art adviser. Further suitable jobs may be found in the public administration of culture, in theatres, television, museums, galleries, and in other public and private cultural institutions.


The standard duration of studies is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 180 ECTS credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses form the basis of the discipline and make up 82 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). Type B/selective and type C/elective courses make up 83 credits in total, which students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining 15 credits are to be earned for the submitted diploma thesis and the diploma seminar. All rules and conditions are presented in detail at and

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.


Practical training accompanied by supervision is a part of the curriculum in the frame of several courses concentrated on teaching, communicative abilities. and the art of public performance (rhetoric). The practical training starts in the fourth semester in the courses ESB089 Computational Editing and Presenting (30 hours) and ESB063 Public Relations and Rhetoric in Praxis (30 hours). The courses are optional.


Graduation requirements are specified at

The Bachelor’s final state examination has two parts: the thesis defence and an examination in three subject areas: 1) history of aesthetics, Czech aesthetics, and structuralism; 2) concepts, methods, and analytical aesthetics; and 3) European culture studies and the present.


After completion of the Bachelor’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue on in any Master’s degree study programme in Aesthetics and Culture Studies or in any study programme in humanities, after satisfying the admission requirements.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Aesthetics
Abbreviation: ES
Code: 8109R005
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B8109 B-OT General Theory and History of Arts and Culture
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. Mgr. Rostislav Niederle, Ph.D.