The final work of the bachelor’s degree programs at AFAD is a Bachelor's Thesis, which consists of a practical and written part (the extent of the written part is determined by the head of the studio according to the rules applied to the department). The Bachelor's Thesis is supervised by the head teacher of the studio, and during the public defense it is evaluated by the committee.
Depending on the type of study program the Bachelor’s Thesis consists of a work of art or a set of works of art, or an architectural project which includes project documentation, architectural installation or documentation of architectural research. It can also be a design project including a realized prototype, model studies, or a work of art or a set of works from the field of visual communication, a restored work of art or a set of restored works of art with complete art restoration documentation.
Before the defense of the Bachelor's Thesis, the works of art must be installed within the set deadline at the department where the undergraduate student will defend his/her final work. The head teacher of a studio has the right to propose to the head of the department not to admit the Bachelor’s Thesis for the defense. If the head of the department agrees with this proposal, the student may ask the Rector of AFAD in writing to postpone the defense of the Bachelor’s Thesis. The student may also ask in writing the Rector to postpone the defense in exceptional cases which he/she is supposed to justify (with the permission of the head teacher of the studio and head of the department) at least 14 days prior to the defense.
The defence of the Bachelor's Thesis is conducted by a committee whose chairperson and members are appointed by the Rector. During the defence, a member of the committee may propose a change of evaluation. The course of the defence and the announcement of the result are public, but the committee’s course of decision-making and evaluation of the thesis are held at the closed meeting which is not intended for the public. Students who fail to defend their Bachelor’s Thesis can enroll in the state exam one more time within the period of two years. If a student fails to defend his/her Bachelor’s Thesis on the next date or he/she does not enroll in the exam, he/she will be excluded from the program.
The State Exam in theoretical subjects is one of the conditions for completing Bachelor’s degree programs at AFAD. This exam consists of two blocks: 1. History of Fine Arts; 2. History of Aesthetics. A student chooses two questions in a form of drawing lots from the first block which is divided into two parts, and one question from the second block. If his/her result is FX from one block of questions, he/she retakes the exam only from the block he/she has failed in, but at this point his/her final result is still FX, as both questions from History of Art are considered one block. So if a student fails to answer one of them, he/she has to retake the entire block of art history exam. If a student’s result from the State Exam is FX, he or she is allowed to take the exam one more time. If a student’s result is repeatedly FX, he/ she is excluded from the study for not meeting requirements of the study program.