Requirements for entrance examination. Home assignments, further details of individual tasks, necessary tools

Requirements for home assignments – portfolio

  • portfolio, portfolio carrier with works; a selection of approx. 20 works

The portfolio represents an adequate way of getting a picture of the applicant. It provides important information about the applicant concerning the area of design close to him/her, the degree of passion with which the applicant works in his/her home environment, the way of thinking through visual processing of ideas. Last but not least, the way of adjusting and the selection of works are also important. The most important thing about the portfolio is the applicant’s authentic expression reflecting his/her individuality.

How to submit works:

  • After submitting the electronic application with annexes, the applicant uploads the digital version of his/her portfolio, together with his/her CV and motivation letter, in the period between December 7, 2021 (from 12 a.m.) and December 10, 2021 (to 8 a.m.) via:,
  • Access details and instructions will be sent no later than December 7, 2021 (to 12 a.m.) by e-mail to the addresses stated in the application.
  • The portfolio must be included in one joint PDF format (maximum up to 10 MB) titled as name_surname_study programme design. Individual works must be marked.
  • The applicant brings the original versions of his/her portfolio directly to the 2nd round of the admissions procedure.

Further details of individual tasks during the admission procedure:

1st round

  • by the distance method, without the applicant’s physical presence
  • the evaluation of the portfolio 

2nd round

  • in person, with the participation of the applicant who passes to the second round from the first round. The second round of the admissions procedure lasts for two days.
  • topics for the second round of the admissions procedure are made up just before their announcement to the applicants due to confidentiality and objectivity reasons. They focus on the verification of the applicants’ skills important for their further successful study of design. At the same time, they tend to cover the whole spectrum of specialties/specializations which can be studied within the study programme of Design. The assignments are completed in the form of drawings and models.
  • the assignments examine the applicant´s ability to master formal instruments, such as the quality and expression value of drawing, composition, the purity of the model’s realization, work with material.
  • They examine the rational problem solving ability, technical thinking, the knowledge of basic geometrical and physical principles, which are important prerequisites for the development of design thinking.
  • another criterion for evaluation is also the ability to work with the emotional aspect of design and its context, to work with symbols, signs and aesthetics, to use the artistic means of expression and show the courage to experiment and think out of the box.
  • test focused on measuring the general secondary-school knowledge of history, literature, fine art history and the knowledge of contemporary art. If requested, it is possible for the applicants from abroad to take the test in English language. However, if they are admitted to study at AFAD, the studies continue in Slovak language.
  • the interview before the admissions committee examines the applicant´s knowledge of the field he/she has applied to. The interview also includes discussion about his/her portfolio). The applicant explains the procedure in the actual assignment, on which he/she works in the second round, so that the committee can examine his/her communication skills.

Tools needed at the admission exam:

drawing board in A2 size, sharp knife and paper cutter,  pair of scissors, glue for paper, ruler,  triangle, pencils, crayons, pins and pushpins, thread or finer string, adhesive tape, smaller nails / material and instruments for model building.


  • Art History.
  • The History of Applied Arts and Design.
  • Pijoan, J.: Dejiny umenia 1 – 10. Bratislava, 1982 – 1986.
  • Pijoan, J.: Dejiny umenia 11 – 12. Bratislava, 2002.
  • Gombrich, H. E.: Príbeh umenia. Bratislava, 2000.
  • Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
  • Kolesár, Z.: Nové kapitoly z dejín dizajnu, Slovenské centrum dizajnu, Bratislava, 2009
  • orientation in periodical specialised press on contemporary art, architecture, applied arts and design, culture and politics

Consultations – Design