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Art Theory and Curatorial Studies Programs

Department of Art Theory - An Introduction

The Hungarian University of Fine Arts launched a BA Program in Fine Art Theory in September 2009, and established the Department of Art Theory in 2010.

As of the academic year 2012-13, each year the department offers two programs in accordance with the Bologna system of study cycles: a BA Program in Fine Art Theory and an MA Program in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies. Beginning in 2013-14, the department also launches its English-language MA Program in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies.

BA in Fine Art Theory

The BA in Fine Art Theory is a full-time program of study, which provides the qualification of Fine Art Theoretician. The organizational unit responsible for conducting the program is the Department of Art Theory. The study cycle comprises 6 semesters. Students must earn 180 ECTS credits in order to receive a diploma. 10 state-financed places are offered. The number of tuition fee-paying places is expected to be 4. The expected tuition fee for the program is HUF 350,000 per semester.
The BA Program in Fine Art Theory offers students a basic, comprehensive training scheme in art history, curatorial studies and practice. The objective of the program is to provide the future “operators” of the art scene with a complex training at the undergraduate level: students obtain a basic, comprehensive grasp of the history of fine art, contemporary tendencies, institutions and projects, as well as a wide spectrum of curatorial activities and art-related academic fields.
Graduates of the BA Program in Fine Art Theory will be able to effectively participate in the operation of institutions and in projects aimed at creating cultural productions, as well as to successfully mediate between the artists, the society, art enthusiasts, patrons, art experts and the wider public. The program offers comprehensive theoretical and practical training and provides an up-to-date study scheme leading to a marketable degree (in the areas of cultural financing pertaining to museums, galleries, art periodicals, and the commercial sector). In addition to the theoretical aspects of curatorial studies, there is strong emphasis on its practical components (exhibition-making, editing of publications, project financing, submitting applications for funding, organising international programs) as well as a keen focus on keeping abreast of the latest research results in relation to – primarily contemporary – art and art theory. Upon completion of the program, diploma holders are academically qualified to continue their studies at the graduate level.
Admission requirements: http://www.mke.hu/kurator/kepelm_felveteli.php
Plan of study: BA in Fine Art Theory

MA in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies

The MA Program in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies is a full-time program of study, which provides the qualification of Expert in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies. The organizational unit responsible for conducting the program is the Department of Art Theory. The study cycle comprises 4 semesters. Students must earn 120 ECTS credits in order to receive a diploma. 3 state-financed places are offered. The number of tuition fee-paying places is expected to be 3. The expected tuition fee for the program is HUF 700,000 per semester.
The aim of the program is to train art professionals who, relying on their competence in art theory in addition to their communication, writing and analytical skills, are able to creatively initiate – as well as work out the concept for, communicate and represent – complex, culturally and artistically valuable, socially important projects, research, exhibitions, and events on the Hungarian and international contemporary art scene. Such professionals are also capable of responsibly leading projects – with an awareness of organizational methods, of the institutional, financial and legal background – as well as managing tenders, technical implementation, logistics, communication and media relations. During their studies, students develop the ability to undertake professionally autonomous and relevant research on contemporary art practices, as well as the associated critical and theoretical discourse. They learn to analyze and mediate the practice of contemporary art through the tools of scientific research and critique, and to work in collaboration with the system of exhibition and art institutions in Hungary, as well as with artists, experts and other actors of the art scene. Having completed the degree requirements, diploma holders are qualified to continue their studies at the doctoral level (DLA).
Graduates of the MA program must have a firm grasp on the history of visual arts in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special regard to the aesthetic, institutional critical, social historical and ideology historical aspects of modernism, avantgarde, and late modern techniques. They must have a good understanding of the periods, tendencies, and fundamental works of Hungarian and universal art history, as well as art institutions and major Hungarian and international art collections. Furthermore, they must be thoroughly familiar with the various materials, techniques, tools, methods and functions of artistic expression, as well as the current initiatives, actors and events on the Hungarian and international contemporary art scene. A familiarity with, and ability to use, the major European archives and databases is also an essential requirement.
During practical training, which functions as part of the curriculum, students participate in organizing Hungarian and international exhibitions/ events, and in editing publications. They also establish and maintain ongoing relationships – and work in cooperation – with young artists at the start of their professional career as well as art students, both within and outside the university.
Admission requirements: http://www.mke.hu/kurator/kepelm_felveteli.php
Plan of study: MA in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies

Department Staff:

Dr. habil, CSc. Beke László

External Lecturer

Zoltán Kékesi PhD

Assistant Lecturer

Eszter Lázár

Assistant Lecturer

József Mélyi

Assistant Lecturer

Edina Nagy

External Lecturer

Anett Ragó PhD

External Lecturer

Szilvia Seres DLA

Academic Researcher

János György Szoboszlai PhD

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

dr. Carmen Sztankó-Molnár

External Lecturer

Tünde Varga PhD

Associate Professor

Anna Wessely PhD

External Lecturer