Architecture

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

Requirements for portfolio

1/2 of the applicant’s portfolio features a wide variety of artistic skills and interests

  • For example: still lives, outdoor spaces, bust, painting, photography, sculpture, design, printmaking...
  • Properly marked authorship and whether the applicant’s work was done under teacher´s guidance (art course, preparatory course, high school and others etc.) or it is a result of the applicant’s individual work

1/2 of the applicant’s portfolio features specific assignments documenting his/her intense interest in architecture

  • drawings and sketches from life – interior, exterior, object
  • analytical drawings revealing thinking about structure, construction, textures, materiality, compositionality, formal procedures and transformations
    • designs of simple architecture, architectural objects, constructions or structures represented in sketches, drawings, technical drawings (floor plans, cross sections, perspectives), spatial representations (perspective, axonometry...), physical models (photo documentation of the result and construction methods), 3D digital models (photo documentation of modelling stages, visualization, defining parametric relationships)

Motivation letter

  • should clarify who the applicant is and why he/she has applied to study architecture at AFAD and what he/she expects from this type of school
  • should introduce the applicant’s strong interest in architecture in a creative way.

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: https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk/,
  • 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 and motivation letter must be included in one joint PDF format (maximum up to 10 MB) titled as name_surname_study architecture. Individual works must be marked by topic, title.

Further details of individual tasks during the admissions procedure:

1st round

  • by the distance method, without the applicant’s physical presence
  • the evaluation of the digital portfolio and motivation letter

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.

The assignments can have the nature of designing simple architectural, structural, spatial objects, complexly dealt with at different levels of representation.

  • Problem analysis/text, essay, sketches, drawing...
  • Concep /text, sketches, drawings...
  • Physical model
  • Technical drawings
  • Spatial representation
  • Text

Or they can have the nature of several shorter assignments which focus on examining individually the applicant’s abilities, skills and swiftness.

  • Drawing of architectural space from life or speculative, analytical drawing
  • Modelling of spatial structures
  • Graphic assignments
  • Conceptual assignments
  • Spatial interpretation of text, graphics or painting

Completed assignments are submitted in person – as drawings on hard paper and as spatial models.

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.

Tools needed at the admission exam:

drawing board in A2 size, drawing tools (pencils, a charcoal stick, ruddle and others), modelling tools – cutter, pair of scissors, glue, triangle/ruler

Note: material for graphic and spatial assignments—paper, cardboard and other—will be given to the applicants at the
admissions

Literature

  • Pijoan, J.: Dejiny umenia 1 – 10. Bratislava, 1982 – 1986.
  • Pijoan, J.: Dejiny umenia 11 – 12. Bratislava, 2002.
  • Gombrich, H. E.: Príbeh umenia. Bratislava, 2000.
  • Frampton, K.: Moderní architektúra. Praha: Academia, 2004.
  • Gossel, P., Leuthauserova, G.: Architektura 20.století. Taschen, 2003.
  • Haas, F.: Architektúra 20.století. Praha: SPN, 1985.
  • Hollingsworth, M.: Architektura 20.století. Bratislava: Columbus, 1993.
  • Kusý, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku 1918 – 1945. Bratislava: Pallas, 1971.
  • Kusý, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku 1945 – 1975. Bratislava: Pallas, 1976.
  • Moravčíková, H., Dulla, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku v 20.stor. Bratislava: Slovart, 2003.
  • Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20. storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
  • Tichá, J. (Ed.): Architektura v informačním věku. Zlatý řez, 2006.
  • Tichá, J. (Ed.): Architektura na prahu informačního věku. Zlatý řez, 2001.
  • Koolhaas, R.: Třeštící New York. Praha: Arbor Vitae, 2007.
  • Ročenka slovenskej architektúry 2014/2015, 2016/2017, 2017/2018. Slovart.
  • Mitášová M., Ševčík J., Česká a slovenská architektura 1971 – 2011, Akademie výtvarných umění, 2013
  • Švácha R., Tichá J., Sršňová M., Euroamerické architektonické myšlení 1936-2011, Zlatý řez, 2019

Magazines

Architekt (CZ), ERA21 (CZ), Arch, Architektúra a Urbanizmus, Projekt, príp. AD (UK), Domus (IT)

Web

archinfo, dezeen, divisare, afasia

Consultations – Architecture