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

The applicant to bachelor studies at AFAD can become a student of the chosen study programme only on the basis of a completed admission procedure. If the student has completed an advanced level of secondary education or vocational qualification, he/she 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. Within ten days after the completion of the school-leaving exam and no later than on the date of enrolment for studies, the applicant submits his/her secondary school leaving certificate. By the time they start their studies, all foreign applicants have to know the Slovak language at the level B1 (except for Czech applicants). 

Part of the admission procedure at AFAD is an entrance exam which shall examine the level of the applicant’s knowledge, talent, thought, abilities and skills regarding the special requirements associated with the chosen bachelor study programme.

The applicant to bachelor studies at AFAD can apply for not more than two study programmes and does so only if the dates of the entrance exams of these study programmes do not coincide.

The course of the admission procedure

The admission procedure in all study programmes at AFAD consists of two rounds. The first round can be carried out by the distance (without the direct participation of the applicants) or in-person (with the direct participation of the applicants) method. In all study programmes, the second round is carried out by the in-person method and lasts two days.

For each academic year, AFAD publishes the division of study programmes into two turns and, at the same time, publishes the course of the procedure of the 1st round of the entrance exams for individual study programmes.

The course of the procedure of the 1st and the 2nd round of the entrance exams for the academic year 2021/2022, according to individual study programmes:

The 1st turn: 

Study programmes: 

Painting
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

Sculpture, object, installation
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

Intermedia
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

Photography and new media
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

Visual communication
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

Design
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 21 – 22, 2021

The 2nd turn: 

Study programmes: 

Textile
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

Applied arts
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

Graphics and other media
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

Architecture
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

Restoration
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

Digital arts
the 1st round by the distance method on January 27 – 29, 2021
the 2nd round in person on June 28 – 29, 2021

The applicant fills in and submits the electronic application no later than on January 15, 2021.

The electronic application can be found in the section /studium/uchadzaci/elektronicka-prihlaska/

The applicant then prints the application out, signs it and submits it by post no later than on January 17, 2021, together with the following additional annexes:

  • curriculum vitae
  • certified copy of the secondary school leaving certificate
  • if the applicant is in his/her senior year, in the electronic application, he / she fills in the results of the study and inserts a scan of the last certificate from the secondary school into the appendices of the application (fourth-graders insert a third certificate), or attaches a copy of the last certificate to the application. The application does not need to be confirmed at school.
  • proof of payment of the fee
  • solemn declaration of medical fitness signed by the applicant: 
    Solemn 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, without the agreement on the mutual recognition of the equivalence of documents)
    More information:
    https://www.minedu.sk/23276-sk/akademicke-uznavanie-dokladov-o-vzdelani-a-stupna-vzdelania/​
    http://www.minv.sk/?info_ouba_os_oec_nostrifikacie

to the following address:

Rektorát Vysokej školy výtvarných umení, študijné oddelenie
Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18
814 37 Bratislava

A fee of € 50 must be paid by bank transfer  

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 21, 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 210037

Additional information: applicant’s surname

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

  • 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 21, 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 210037
  • Additional information: applicant’s surname

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

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

AFAD also publishes the information concerning the number of applicants which AFAD plans to admit to study the individual study programmes. If there is an applicant with a disability, at his/her request AFAD determines the procedure of the entrance exam and the way of its execution, taking into account his/her health problem. In order to apply the same evaluation criteria for all applicants who want to study at AFAD, it is not possible to set an alternative date of the admission procedure.

The planned number of admitted applicants starting their studies in the academic year 2021/2022:

  • painting – 10 applicants
  • sculpture, object, installation – 8 applicants
  • graphics and other media – 12 applicants
  • photography and new media – 10 applicants
  • intermedia – 9 applicants
  • applied arts (specialty:  jewel – UU1-We, glass – UU2b-Il,  ceramics – UU3b-Pi) – 9 applicants
  • textile – 9 applicants
  • design – 12 applicants
  • visual communication – 12 applicants
  • architecture – 10 applicants
  • restoration (specialty: painting – RETb, sculpture – RETSb) – 10 applicants
  • digital arts – 9 applicants

The stated numbers are not binding. 

Admission committee

The assigned tasks and parts of the entrance exam are evaluated by no less than five members of the admission committee appointed from among the university teachers performing a study programme at AFAD with an art-academic title of professor, associate professor or assistant by the AFAD Rector. A university teacher teaching at another study programme at AFAD can also become a member of the admission committee.

The members of the admission committee evaluate the tasks in both rounds according to a point system with a six-point scale (0–5 points). Each task (including tests, a personal interview and assignments for home) is evaluated individually. In order to advance to the second round, the candidate has to obtain no less than 50% out of the maximum number of points for the tasks in the first round. According to the situation (e. g. a small number of those who advance to the second round), the committee can lower the advance limit to 45% of the obtained points. The applicants who advance to the second round of the admission procedure are informed:

  • If the first round of the admission procedure is carried out by the distance method, the results are published on the school’s webpage. The successful candidates also receive an invitation to the second round of the admission procedure.
  • If the first round of the admission procedure is carried out in person, the results are published the next morning on the premises of AFAD where the admission exam takes place.

Whole school admission committee

Admission 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 admission committee are the AFAD Rector, AFAD Vice-rectors, the head of the Academic Senate of AFAD, heads of the departments of AFAD, heads of the studios of AFAD, teachers leading the preparatory courses and members of the departments’ admission committees, while the chairman of the committee is the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

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

The whole school admission committee has the right to suggest 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 of the admission or non-admission of the applicant is made by the rector of the school having regard to the proposal of the whole school committee. The AFAD’s study office sends the decision to the applicant by post no later than 30 days after the end of the admission procedure.

Decision of the admission/non-admission

The applicant, who receives the decision of 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 Academic Senate of AFAD. The senate does not evaluate the quality of works but the procedural side of the proceedings. The decision of the Academic Senate of AFAD is final. The answer 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 admission procedure to bachelor studies are defined in detail by the Internal Regulation of the Admission Procedure at AFAD.

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