Admissions – bachelor studies

Conditions for admittance and course of admissions interview in the academic year 2020/2021 with the beginning of the study in the academic year 2021/2022

  1. Who can submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs
  2. When to submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs
  3. Important admission deadlines
  4. How many applications can be submitted
  5. How to submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs
  6. Fee
  7. Admissions procedure
  8. Requirements of Individual Study Programs

1. Who can submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs

Only the applicant who takes part in an admissions procedure can become a student for bachelor´s degree programs at AFAD.  The student who has completed an advanced level of secondary education or has achieved a vocational qualification, can apply for admissions at AFAD as required.

If the admission procedure at AFAD takes place before the date of the school-leaving exam of the applicant, the applicant is admitted to studies conditionally. The final admission to study is conditional upon a successful completion of the school-leaving exam. The secondary school leaving certificate must be submitted within ten days after the completion of the school-leaving exam and no later than the date of enrolment for studies.

All foreign applicants must master Slovak language at the level B1 (except for Czech applicants) before their admission.

The foreign applicants, who studied abroad, are admitted, only if they provide a decision on the recognition of the diploma issued abroad no later than the deadline for the enrolment (September 2023).

If the university issues diplomas after the enrolment date (after September) we do not recommend students that they submit an application, instead we recommend submitting it in the next academic year.

For more information check the following links:

Link to page of Ministry of Education about recognition of diplomas

2. When to submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs

In the period from October 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021 an applicant for a Bachelor´s degree program at AFAD fills out and submits an electronic application.

Subsequently, the application is to be printed out, signed and sent by post together with required annexes no later than December 1, 2021.

3. Important admission deadlines

December 10, 2021 8.00 a.m.
– deadline  for submitting one´s own portfolio of works for the purposes of the first round of the admissions procedure

December 13, 2021
– First round – the  admissions committee meets and assesses the portfolio of works sent by December 10, 2021 to https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk/

January 31, 2022 – February 1, 2022,  February 3, 2022 – February 4, 2022
– Second round – is conducted in person for all study programs and lasts for two days

1st group (second round: January 31 –  February 1, 2022)

Study programs:

  • Painting
  • Intermedia (specialisation Intermedia – INTb.21I and specialization Sculpture, Object, Installation– INTb.21S)
  • Photography and New Media
  • Visual Communication
  • Design

2nd group (second round: February 3 – February 4, 2022):

Study programs:

  • Textiles
  • Applied Art (specialization Jewel – UU1-We, Glass – UU2b-Il, Ceramics – UU3b-Pi)
  • Printmaking and other Media
  • Architecture
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • Digital Arts

4. How many applications can be submitted

The applicant may apply for a maximum of two Bachelor´s degree programs only if the given study programs do not have the second round of admissions on the same date. (see the admission dates in the section Important Admission deadlines)

A planned number of admitted applicants is stated with individual study programs for the academic year 2022/2023, the given numbers are not binding.

  • Painting – 10
  • Intermedia (specialisation Intermedia – INTb.21I and specialization Sculpture, Object, Installation– INTb.21S) – 15
  • Photography and New Media – 10
  • Visual Communication – 10
  • Design – 12
  • Textiles – 9
  • Applied Art (specialization Jewel – UU1-We, Glass – UU2b-Il, Ceramics – UU3b-Pi) – 9
  • Printmaking and other Media – 12
  • Architecture – 10
  • Conservation and Restoration – 10
  • Digital Arts – 9

5. How to submit an application for Bachelor´s degree programs

1st step:

The electronic application can be found on the AFAD webpage
Link to webpage with electronic application

The applicant fills out the application

The applicant submits the application

2nd step:

The applicant then prints the application out, signs it and sends it by post no later than December 1, 2021, together with the following annexes:

  • signed professional CV
  • certified copy of the secondary school leaving certificate
  • The applicant who in his/her senior year must have his/her results (transcripts of records and grades) confirmed by his/her school in the printed application. In case of a bad pandemic situation (closed schools) he/she attaches a copy of his/her last school certificate (e.g. from the 3rd grade)
  • proof of payment of the fee
  • declaration of medical fitness signed by the applicant:
    Declaration of medical fitness
    I, the undersigned, ......born on ......domiciled in .....hereby declare that my health condition is good and I do not suffer from any diseases which could adversely affect the contact with chemical or biological substances used throughout the education process.
    In ......................    on ......................
    Signature .....................................
  • recognition of educational qualification published by the District Office Dept. of Education (in case of documents certifying the completion of studies published by a foreign state school)
  • For more information check the following links:
    Link to page of Ministry of Education about recognition of diplomas
  • to the following address:
    Rektorát Vysokej školy výtvarných umení, študijné oddelenie, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, 814 37 Bratislava

3rd step

In the period between December 7, 2021 (from 12 am) to December 10, 2021 (to 8 am) an applicant inserts a digital version of the portfolio according to the requirements of individual study programs via web page: https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk

Access details and instructions will be sent to the applicant´s email address stated in the application form by December 7, 2021 by 12:00 in the morning.

6. Fee

Fee of € 50 must be paid by bank transfer  no later than November 30, 2021.

  • Account number: IBAN: SK42 8180 0000 0070 0007 2516
  • SWIFT: SPSRSKBAXXX
  • Variable symbol: 648 003
  • Specific symbol: a six-digit number starting with the number 22, followed by a four-digit number consisting of the registration number of the application, before which it is necessary to add zeros.
    Example: if the registration number of the application is 37, the specific symbol will be 220037
  • Additional information: applicant’s surname

In case of payments from abroad, it is necessary to provide the following details:

  • Account owner: Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, 814 37 Bratislava, Slovenská republika
  • Bank: ŠTÁTNA POKLADNICA, Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • SWIFT: SPSRSKBAXXX
  • IBAN: SK42 8180 0000 0070 0007 2516
  • Purpose of payment: variable symbol 648 003
  • Specific symbol: a six-digit number starting with the number 22, followed by a four-digit number consisting of the registration number of the application, in front of which it is necessary to add zeros.
    Example: if the registration number of the application is 37, the specific symbol will be 220037
  • Additional information: applicant’s surname

7. Admissions procedure

In the period between December 7, 2021 from 12 am to December 10, 2021 to 8 am an applicant inserts a digital version of the portfolio according to the requirements of individual study programs via web page: https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk

Access details and instructions will be sent to the applicant´s email address stated in the application form by December 7, 2021 by 12:00 a.m.

First  round – December 13 – the  admissions committee meets and assesses the portfolio of works sent by December 10, 2021 https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk

Second round – is conducted in person for all study programs and lasts for two days:

  • 1st date (second round: January 31 – February 1, 2022)
  • 2nd date (second round: February 3 – February 4, 2022)

AFAD determines further conditions for the admission to the individual study programmes in order to ensure that only applicants with necessary skills and potential are admitted. The determined conditions and the method of verification of their compliance must allow to choose applicants who show the highest level of talent, knowledge and skills to study the individual study programmes realized at AFAD.

Admissions committee

The assigned tasks and parts of the entrance examination are evaluated by at least five members of the admissions committee appointed by the Rector from among the university teachers performing a study programme at AFAD with an art-academic title of professor, associate professor or assistant professor. A university teacher teaching within another study programme at AFAD can also become a member of the admissions committee.

The members of the admissions committee evaluate the assignments in both rounds according to a point system with a six-point scale (0–5 points). Each assignment (including tests, a personal interview and applicant´s own portfolio) is evaluated individually. In case of the second round, the whole-day assignment can be evaluated by the system of eleven-point scale (0-10).

In order to pass to the second round, the applicant must achieve no less than 50% out of the maximum number of points for the assignments in the first round. The committee can lower the limit of the achieved points to 45% adjusting to the situation (e. g. there is a small number of those applicants passing to the second round). The applicants who pass to the second round of the admissions procedure are informed as follows:

  • If the first round of the admission procedure is carried out by the distance method, the results are published on the AFAD webpage no later than 30 days from the date of the first round. The successful applicants also receive an invitation to the second round of the admissions procedure.

Whole school admissions committee

Admissions committees present the results of the evaluation of both rounds as well as applicants’ art works to the whole school committee appointed by the AFAD Rector. The members of the whole school admissions committee are the AFAD Rector, AFAD Vice-rectors, the head of the AFAD Academic Senate, heads of the AFAD departments, heads of AFAD studios, teachers leading preparatory courses and members of the departments’ admissions committees, while the chairman of the committee is the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

The whole school admissions committee assesses the results of the evaluation and order of the candidates presented by each departmental admissions committee, thus verifying the results of the admissions procedure. The whole school admissions committee has the right to change the order of candidates based on the evaluation of the departmental admissions committee, by open vote which requires a simple majority of the votes of the present members of the whole school admissions committee.

The whole school admissions committee has the right to propose to the AFAD Rector to increase or decrease the number of the admitted applicants for individual study programmes, or not to admit any of the applicants due to the low level of their performance. The final decision on the admission or non-admission of the applicant is made by the Rector of the school who considers the proposal of the whole school committee. The final decision is sent to the applicant by the AFAD’s office of Study Affairs by post no later than 30 days after the end of the admissions procedure.

Decision on the Admission/Non-admission

The applicant, who receives a decision on the non-admission to study, can request the review of the decision. The request must be sent to the AFAD Rector no later than 8 days after the date of the reception of the decision. If the rector does not find any infringement, the request is forwarded to the AFAD Academic Senate. The Senate does not evaluate the quality of works but the procedural side of the proceedings. The decision of the AFAD Academic Senate is final. The reply to the request to review the decision must be sent to the applicant no later than 30 days after the date of the reception of the request to review the decision of non-admission to study at AFAD.
The conditions of admission and the course of the admissions procedure for Bachelor´s degree programs are stated in detail by the Internal Regulation on the Admissions Procedure at AFAD.

8. Requirements of Individual Study Programs

Information on the admission procedure for bachelor studies is provided by the AFAD’s study office: