The Postgraduate Course leading to a Doctorate of Art (Painting) at the Academy of Fine Arts


a)  The post-graduate course at theAcademy ofFine Arts inZagreb has its purpose and justification in the fact that for the first time an endeavour will be made to create the circumstances and conditions for the creation of a work of fine art as a result of the research principle in tuition.

The research principle, which comprises experiment, observation and analysis, will be implemented for the purpose of discovering a candidate’s own artistic poetics and for the formulation of his or her personal attitude towards art.

It will be a place in which students will continue developing their technical and intellectual skills as well as their personality and individuality in the context of the requirements of contemporary crosscurrents in art.

The post-graduate course leading to a doctorate of art in painting will become a focal point for the highest possible academic education, where the artist and investigator of visual arts will be given all possible assistance in his or her research, which will with its dynamics create a positive setting for the exchange of ideas and inter-disciplinary activities.

This training will enable the inventive use of set materials for painterly and theoretical undertakings within the critically examined working framework.

Students at the post-graduate level working towards the degree of doctor of art acquire a capacity for creative experimentation and the discovery of original creative approaches, during which they provide spurs to their own imagination in the creation of purposefully-created fluid links between the theoretical and practical components of their work.

b) Foundation on competitive scientific investigation. Art is a form of social interaction and verification.   Just as it is governed by the understanding of others, so it attempts to penetrate into the reasons of its own genesis. Although contemporary art is functionally autonomous and as such quite distant from all other kinds of activity, the work and personality of the artist as catalyst and mediator of universal changes is essential for the complete and verisimilitudinous picture of society.

c) The course is planned in such a way as to generate interaction between theoretical knowledge and performance skills in the students.  The curriculum is comparable with the curricula of post-graduate course in the academies of art of Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia and is thus also comparable with most of the other art academies of the countries of the European Community, and it is envisaged that parts of our curriculum can be incorporated into their curricula.

You can read more about this post-graduate course  here (PDF document).