Photography and new media

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

Requirements for portfolio

  • collection of 20 photographic works on any subject
  • self-portrait – 1 photograph
  • still lives – 3 photographs: 1 photograph of an arranged still life, 1 photograph of a found still life, 1 photograph of a still life consisting of favourite subjects, the emphasis is put on the perfect technical realization
  • collection of 7 photographs: it is possible to choose one of the following genres and reflect it on photographs: reportage or documentary
  • photographic story: an essay, a collection of 9 photographs on the following topic – The place I come from
  • pencil drawing (or other material) 3 pieces, focused on still life – found/arranged still life or architecture – interior/exterior architectural-spatial composition. The emphasis is put on mastering drawing from life, perspective, light and composition.

Important: All the requirements — as far as content and extent are concerned — shall be followed precisely. Collections which are not complete will be disqualified.

How to submit works:

  • After submitting the electronic application with annexes, the applicant uploads the digital version of his/her portfolio 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 20 MB) titled as name_surname_study photography and other media. Individual works must be marked.
  • The applicant brings the original versions of his/her portfolio directly to the second round of the admissions procedure,
  • It should be printed digitally or processed by other photographic technology, the minimum size of photographs is 18 x 24 cm (or A4), the maximum size of photographs is 50 x 60 cm (or A2), the original of a drawing in A3 size (not a digital print).

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 digital portfolio

2nd round

  • in person, with the participation of the applicant who passes to the second round from the 1st round. The second round of the admissions procedure lasts for two days.
  • taking photos according to the given topics by a digital process (approx. 4 assignments)
  • 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 a discussion about his/her portfolio and photographic assignments from the second round.

Tools required for entrance exam:

digital camera, laptop (if possible for the applicant)


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Consultations – Photography and new media