General Information

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts was established in 1995, after its separation from the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Arts is one of six faculties of Matej Bel University. The most important objective of the faculty is the study programme for future primary and secondary school teachers, university teachers, academic and commercial researchers.

Address:  Matej Bel University, Faculty of Arts, Tajovského 40, 974 01 Banská Bystrica

Fax. No. +421 48 413 6153

The Faculty of Arts occupies a site in the north-western part of Banská Bystrica, near the Roosevelt Hospital and on the way to the Králiky tourist resort. It is approximately 20 minutes' walking distance from the centre of the town. Public transport is available by No. 34, 35, 36 and 25 bus or No. 1 trolley bus.

The Dean's advisory bodies

The Dean's Board

The Dean's Board is a close permanent advisory body to the Dean, and deals with managerial as well as all other urgent issues at the Faculty. Its members include the Dean, vice-Deans and the Secretary to the Faculty. As a rule, the Chairman of the Academic Senate and the Chairman of the Faculty's Board are invited to take part in the Dean's Board meetings.

The Dean's Council

The Dean's Council is a permanent advisory board to the Dean. Its members include the Dean, Vice-Deans, the Secretary, Heads of Departments and other offices, a students' representative and other members appointed by the Dean. The Dean's Council deals with Faculty development plans and matters concerning the Faculty's teaching process, scientific and economic matters.

Dean's Permanent Action Commissions

The Dean's Permanent Action Commissions are expert advisory bodies to the Dean for tackling problems in specific areas. Members of these Commissions are appointed by the Dean and their tasks are set according to the Faculty's administration regulations. The Vice-Deans have responsibility for the activities of the Commissions. The following are Permanent Action Commissions at the Faculty:

  • Studies Administration Commission
  • Teaching Practice Administration Commission
  • Scholarship Commission
  • Disciplinary Commission
  • Foreign Relations Commission
  • Publishing Commission
  • Information Technologies Commission
  • Scientific and Artistic Commission
  • Damaged Property Commission
  • Staff Salary Commission
  • Course Time-schedules Room Allocation Commission
  • ECTS Commission

Academic Bodies of the Faculty

The Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is the highest self-regulatory body, and its powers are laid down by the Tertiary Educational Institutions Act. The members of the Senate are elected for three years and represent the whole of the academic community - teachers, members of the scientific staff and students. The Academic Senate of the Faculty co-operates with the Academic Senate of the University. The Senate is accountable for its actions to the academic community. The Academic Senate reviews and updates the Faculty Statutes, takes part in the decision-making process in crucial financial, academic, planning and policy-making matters. Amongst others, it has the important powers to elect the Faculty's Dean, it approves the financial budget, discusses proposals for new study programmes, approves Study Programmes Information and elects Faculty's representatives to the Council of Universities. The Academic Senate reports, on a regular basis, and to the academic community at least once a year.

The Scientific Council of the Faculty
The members of the Scientific Council are appointed in consultation with the Academic Senate by the Dean, from amongst teachers, scientists, or other prominent members of the academc staff. The Dean is also the chairperson of the Scientific Council. The Scientific Council discusses, approves and monitors the implementation of Faculty's goals in the field of scientific research. It also supervises educational activities of the Faculty, oversees changes to Study Programmes Information and discusses new Study Programmes Information. The Faculty's Council suggests to the Scientific Council of the University the criteria for academic title awards for prominent experts whose work is related to the activities of the University.

Studying under the Credit System

             The credit system at the Faculty of Arts at Matej Bel University is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS has been devised by the European Commission with the aim of creating common procedures to ensure academic recognition of education on a cross-border basis. The Commission provides tools for the comparison and evaluation of educational content of educational processes and ensures that the results of these processes are recognisable and transferable between educational institutions. ECTS is based on the principle of mutual trust among participating institutions of tertiary education.

            ECTS facilitates and encourages international mobility of students as well as mobility between individual faculties of an institution. Students have the option of doing part of their studies at other faculties, or tertiary institutions in home countries or abroad. This form of study outside one's home institution is formally realised through an application for such study, a study contract and a transfer of academic records.

            The basic pre-condition for the operation of the credit system is an information package, i. e. comprehensive study programme information which contains all study programmes or courses of a study programme described in terms of their content and credit allocation.

             Under ECTS, credits have three purposes: 

  1. They assign a value to each particular course of study and indicate the amount of work required to complete it successfully;

  2. They prescribe the amount of work that must be successfully completed for a degree to be awarded. (For a Bachelors Degree this is 180 credits; for a Masters Degree it is 300); and

  3. They are used to calculate a student's normal workload for a particular period of time. (For an academic year this is 60 credits; for a semester it is 30).

In this way a degree programme can be planned for a student in terms of content, time and workload, and individual progress can be monitored during the whole study time by noting the accumulation of credits awarded.

             Whilst this credit system is being introduced to Matej Bel University, students can benefit to a certain extent from self-specialisation within a chosen study programme with the opportunity to pace themselves in their studies.

            A student has to complete all obligatory, and a prescribed number of optional courses of a study programme for which he or she has been registered. The obligatory and optional courses account for at least 80% of all courses in each study programme on offer. Students themselves can choose the remaining 20% from a further range of optional courses within their own study programme or specialisation, and/or from a range of courses in other study programmes at the Faculty (with a view to extending the choice of courses at other faculties in the future). The possibilities for self-specialisation exist at two levels: through the selection of a prescribed number of optional courses and through the selective courses. Students are recommended to choose the optional courses that have relevance to their own study programme.

             The scale of minimum and maximum number of credits necessary to complete an academic year provides students with an opportunity to adjust their individual pace of learning to the requirements of the Study programme. Undergraduates in their first year enrol for courses with a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of  90 credits. Undergraduates in their second, third, fourth and fifth years may enrol for courses with a minimum of 40 to a maximum of 90 credits per academic year. In contrast with the traditional study system, the ECTS credit system authorises students themselves to determine and pace their own workloads for each academic year.

             Matej Bel University has adopted a "loose" credit system, a system that is more flexible than the traditional school year. Such a system enables students to set up their study plans with regard to their own respective interests and life situations, so that they can meet the requirements for all obligatory and optional  selective courses whilst earning the number of credits necessary to complete the academic year (as specified in Study and Assessment Regulations).

             The ECTS information pack includes "standard study plans" for each programme offered. Standard study plans help balance students´ workloads with regard to requirements during the standard period of study. The standard plans assume that students will achieve 60 credits per academic year. Undergraduates in their first year are strongly advised to follow the standard study plans so that they may more easily become adjusted to new people, places and the system of study.

             Those students who decide not to follow the standard study plans may face difficulties in organising their time-schedules, in earning the required number of credits to complete the academic year, in following the prescribed order of some courses and keeping within the maximum duration of study. Students are also advised to acquaint themselves with the Study Programme and the University Statute. Students will find this very useful to cope with the organisation of their study programme.

           Detailed information on the ECTS credit system and other important information are to be found in the ECTS section, on the Faculty web page.