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.
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)
- 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:
- Digital version of homework - portfolio will be uploaded by the applicant after submitting the electronic application and attachments in the period from December 6, 2022 from 12 p.m. untill December 9, 2022 by 8 a.m. via the website: https://ulozisko.vsvu.sk/; access data and instructions will be sent to the email addresses listed in the application no later than 12 p.m. on 6 December 2022. 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:
- by the distance method, without the applicant’s physical presence
- assessment of all portfolio components listed in homework requirements (portfolio)
- assesment of the Motivation letter
- 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
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.
An interview with the applicant before the departmental committee, where the applicant demonstrates his/her knowledge of the field he/she is applying for; a discussion about housework is part of the interview. 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. 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:
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
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