Doctoral School

Address: 1088 Budapest, Vas u. 2/d

DLA - Doctor of Liberal Arts | PhD in Arts

Head of the Doctoral School

Dr. Géza Balázs

University professor, head of the Doctoral School of Theatre, Film and Video Arts and leader of the SZFE Speech Culture Working Group.

About the Doctoral School

The Doctoral School of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) allows one to obtain the academic degrees of DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) in the disciplines of theatre arts and film and video arts and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in the field of art studies. The purpose of obtaining the degree is to recognise the results of high-level, independent artistic, creative work and/or research work carried out in the accredited field of theatre, film and video art or art science.

The doctoral programme is a training and research activity carried out within the framework of individual or group preparation adapted to the discipline’s specificities and the doctoral student’s needs. It includes regular reporting elements.

DLA programme

The DLA programme includes the theoretical and historical approach to theatre, motion picture and cinematography, as well as the teaching of classical and contemporary cultural and cultural-historical contexts. In addition to acquiring knowledge that requires theoretical and practical creative thinking, specialised areas essential from the point of view of contemporary culture are also part of the curriculum. The DLA programme aims to create an original work of art, conduct artistic research related to the creative process and write a thesis summarising the results of the research-creative process. You can apply for the DLA programme with a research plan and a work plan for an artwork to be created over four academic years.

PhD programme


The condition for employment as a university teacher is that the person concerned has a doctorate degree and a habilitation. The title of habilitated doctor can be obtained by those who engage in high-level scientific/creative activity in the scientific/artistic branch corresponding to their doctoral degree, and this is confirmed by prestigious festivals, awards, and studies published in journals recognised as standard in the field. In addition, the candidate must regularly participate in domestic and international artistic and/or scientific events with presentations of the achieved results. After the submission and evaluation of the application material for habilitation, the candidate will present the main results of his/her creative/scientific work in a Hungarian-language classroom presentation and a foreign-language scientific presentation evaluated by a professional committee.