Applied arts (specialization – ceramics, glass, jewel)

Requirements for entrance examination. Home assignments, further details of individual tasks, necessary tools. The requirements are current for the admission procedure at Academic year 2023/2024.

No training in the given field or specialized practice before studies are required to apply for the program.  Study specializations are open to the applicants’ ambitions.

Requirements for portfolio

Drawing

  • classic, academic assignments, still lives, portrait, details of human body, drawings of nature, natural specimens and etc.
  • drawing of a portrait from a live model – 5 pieces
  • still lives – 3 pieces
  • landscape, natural specimen... – 3 pieces
  • drawings of a hand, body parts... – 3 pieces
  • coloured drawing studies from life, the applicant can choose a technique – 2 pieces
  • coloured drawing studies of a still life, the applicant can choose a technique – 2 pieces

Modelling

  • If the applicant has a hands-on experience with modelling, he/she submits the photo documentation of this activity: a modelled portrait from a live model or bust or others.

Home and school assignments:

  • Home and school assignments according to the applicant’s choice are part of his/her portfolio: drawings, paintings, photographs and models, various school and home assignments, personal projects, designs of objects, small or big ones, in the fields the applicant has applied to, in other words, designs related to the following specialties – ceramics or glass or jewel.

CV and Motivation letter of the applicant 

  • must be attached to the portfolio

Mandatory assignment

The applicant reacts to a topic in the form of a proposal for / in the medium of the specialization for which he is applying.

  • TOPIC:
    • MILK OF DREAMS. The work should be an expression, a materialization of personal ideas and associations evoked by the term MILK OF DREAMS.
  • CERAMICS
    Develop a proposal for the ceramic medium.
  • GLASS
    Develop a proposal for the glass medium.
  • METAL AND JEWEL
    Interpret the theme by creating a piece of jewelry; work can be in any material.

How to submit works:

  • Access details and instructions will be sent no later than December 6, 2022 (to 12 a.m.) by e-mail to the addresses stated in the application.
  • The digital portfolio, CV and motivation letter must be included in one joint PDF format (maximum up to 10 MB) titled as name_surname_study programme applied arts. Individual works must be marked.
  • The applicant brings the original versions of his/her portfolio directly to the second round of the admissions procedure, including the obligatory assignment completed in accordance with the instructions.

Further details of individual tasks during the admission procedure:

1st round

  • by the distance method, without the applicant’s physical presence
  • assessment of all portfolio components listed in homework requirements (portfolio). Each member of the admissions committee evaluates on a six-point scale (0-5 points).
  • evaluation of the mandatory assignment. Each member of the admissions committee evaluates on a six-point scale (0-5 points).

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.
  • Each member of the admissions committee evaluates each task on a six-point scale (0-5 points), if a full-day task is assigned, it is evaluated on an eleven-point scale (0-10 points).

Specification of art tasks – S-M-L_XL Metal and Jewel

  • Previous experience with metal is not a condition for admission to the specialization in the Metal and Jewelery studio - S-M-L_XL.
  • Applicants will be assigned topics within the scope of the studio's concept S-M-L_XL, which are derived from size designations, express the philosophy of broad-spectrum action and teaching focus, from small jewelry artifacts to the design of industrially feasible objects to large-scale works for specific architectural spaces. It is created in paper models in different scales.

Further details of creative assignments – Ceramics

  • relief – object – creation on a given topic
  • painting – structure, texture on a given topic
  • ceramic object, utility object

Further details of creative assignments – Glass

  • Previous experience with working with glass is not a condition for the admission to study the specialty of Glass.
  • The applicants will be given four topics (assignments), ranging from applied artworks to creative artworks, which will examine the applicant’s artistic thinking and skills.

Further details of creative assignments – Jewel

  • creation on given topics—related to dimensions of the Studio S+M+L_XL—METAL AND JEWEL which form the essence of the study of the given specialty.

Interview - all specializations

  • an interview with the applicant in front of the admissions committee, where the applicant demonstrates his knowledge of the field he is applying for; a discussion about housework is part of the interview. Each member of the admissions committee evaluates the interview on a six-point scale (0-5 points).
  • Part of the interview is aimed at finding out an overall overview of the high school curriculum in history, literature, history of visual arts and orientation in contemporary art and socio-cultural overview. It is evaluated separately by two members of the commission designated for this part of the admission interviews from among internal and external teachers of the Department of Theory and History of Art on a six-point scale (0-5 points).
  • Applicants from abroad will be allowed to complete the interview in English, but in the case of successful acceptance, they will continue their studies in the Slovak language (minimum level B1 is required).

Tools needed at the admission exam:

Ceramics

drawing board in A2 size, pencils, charcoal sticks, ruddle sticks, brushes, tempera and watercolour paints, poster paints, acrylic paints, spatulas for modelling, pair of scissors, string, water containers, drawing compass, glue, adhesive tape, rulers, loop tool,  card scraper, cutter

Glass

drawing board in A2 size, pencil, charcoal stick, eraser, watercolour paints, pair of scissors, cutter, hard paper sheets of different colours, glue, adhesive tape, rulers, spatulas for modelling, etc.

Jewel

drawing board in A2 size, crayons, pair of scissors, cutter, small pincers, pliers, fast drying universal glue, adhesive tape, rulers.

Literature

  • Rada, Pravoslav: Techniky keramiky. Praha, 1989.
  • 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.
  • General knowledge of specialised periodicals on contemporary art, architecture, applied arts and design, culture and politics; and a contemporary scene of designers of art jewellery, ceramics, glass and designers.

Magazines

Keramik, Ceramics Art, Neue Keramik

Recommended web pages 

Consultations – Applied arts