Design – Requirements for entrance examination

Home assignments, further details of individual tasks, necessary tools

Requirements for home assignments – portfolio

  • portfolio, a package with the applicant’s own works; a selection of approx. 20 works

Home assignments represent an adequate way of getting a certain picture of the applicant. They provide important information about which area of design is close to the applicant, the degree of intensity with which the applicant works in his/her home environment, how the applicant reflects through visual treatment of ideas. Last but not least, the way of adjusting and the selection of works are also important. The most important thing about home assignments is the applicant’s authentic expression which reflects his/her individuality. 

Form of the submission of works:

  • After submitting the electronic application with annexes, the applicant uploads the digital version of his/her home assignments – his/her portfolio, together with the motivation letter, between January 19, 2021 (6 AM) and January 25, 2021 (8 AM) via:; access details and instructions will be sent on January 18, 2021 by e-mail to the addresses specified in the application.
  • The digital portfolio and motivation letter must be included in one joint PDF format (maximum up to 10 MB) titled name_surname_study programme of design. It is necessary to mark the individual works.
  • The applicant brings the original versions of his/her home assignments – his/her portfolio directly to the 2nd round of the admission 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 home assignments – portfolio 

2nd round

  • in person, with the participation of the applicant who advances to the 2nd round from the 1st round. The 2nd round of the admission procedure lasts two days.
  • topics for the 2nd round of the admission procedure are made up just before their disclosure to the applicants due to secrecy and objectivity reasons. They focus on the examination 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 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 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.
  • we examine the ability to solve problems racionally, technical thinking, the knowledge of basic geometric and physical principles, which are important prerequisites for the development of design thinking. 
  • another criteria 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 unconventionally.
  • an exam focusing on the general secondary-school knowledge of history, literature, art history and the knowledge of contemporary art. If requested, it is possible for the applicants from abroad to take the exam in English language. However, if they are admitted to study at AFAD, their studies continue in Slovak language.
  • the applicant undergoes an interview with the admission committee, where he/she demonstrates his/her knowledge in the field he/she wants to study; a discussion about home assignments is part of the interview. The applicant also explains the procedure of the actual assignment, on which he/she works in the 2nd round, so that the committee can examine his/her communication skills.

Tools needed at the admission exam:

a drawing board in A2 size, a sharp knife and a cutter, a pair of scissors, glue for paper, a ruler, a 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