The Catholic Theological Faculty (Czech abbr. KTF) was the founding faculty of today’s Charles University in Prague which is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in Central Europe. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation.
Charles University does not have one joint campus. The academic facilities occupy many locations throughout the city of Prague and three of the faculties are located in other cities (two of them in Hradec Králové, one in Pilsen). The historical main building from the 14th century called Carolinum is situated in the Old Town of Prague and constitutes the university's center. It is the seat of the rector and of the Academic Senate of Charles University. Carolinum is also the venue for official academic ceremonies such as matriculations or graduations.
Since 2003, The Institute of Christian Art has been an integral part of the KTF. The Institute’s task is to examine links between the history of arts and related subjects, including history, religious history, other history sciences, archaeology, Christian iconography and liturgy. The teachers lead lectures and seminars as well as excursions to historical monuments in the Czech Republic and abroad. Furthermore, they organize joint exhibitions with their students.
The aim of the MA programme is the study of core subjects, such as Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Systematic and Pastoral Theology. To put the core subjects into practice, they are supplemented by additional subjects, namely, catechetic and pedagogical.
The academic title ThLic. is awarded after the defence of rigorous thesis and passing oral state examination.
The doctoral study prepares the students for independent scientific research of specific theological fields.
The BA programme provides the students with basic knowledge of Catholic Theology, and it also helps with their individual personal development. This branche of study is suitable for everybody interested in the study of theology.
The subsequent MA is focused on the development of theological concepts and their applications.
This two-year MA programme welcomes the applicants with a BA decree in Theology for Laics or the graduates from other humanistic and social subjects at other faculties. Its aim is to supplement and develop their previous knowledge and put it in ethical context.
The BA programme is focused on the knowledge of history of art in a wider theological, historical and cultural context.
The subsequent MA programme prepares for an independent scientific research and dealing with problems concerning the history of art in the specific perspective of Christian art.
The doctoral study prepares the students for an independent scientific research and for an independent creative activity in the area of art of various epochs with a possible emphasis on its connection with Christianity.
The BA programme consists of four modules: historical, history of art, literary and philosophical-theological. The target of the study is to prepare the students for the occupations which require good knowledge of history, history of art and literature and other similar subjects.
The subsequent MA programme gives an overview of a historical and cultural development, and it simultaneously offers a specialisation in a particular epoch with regard to the variety of individual modules.
The doctoral programme prepares the students for an independent scientific research and creative activity in the area of church and general history. The programme stresses the interconnectivity of individual disciplines, mainly with the history of art and auxiliary sciences of history.