Photography and new media – Requirements for entrance examination

Home assignments, further details of individual tasks, necessary tools

Requirements for home assignments – portfolio

  • collection of 20 photographic works on any subject
  • self-portrait – 1 photograph
  • still lifes – 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 a 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 where I come from
  • pencil drawing (or other material) 3 pieces, focused on still life – found/arranged still life or architecture – interior/exterior architecturally-spatial composition. The emphasis is put on 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. 

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 digital copy of drawings, between January 19, 2021 (6 AM) and January 25, 2021 (8 AM) via: https://obhajoby.vsvu.sk; 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 digital copy of drawings must be included in one joint PDF format (maximum up to 10 MB) titled name_surname_study programme of photography. It is necessary to mark the individual works – topic, title.
  • The applicant brings the original versions of his/her home assignments – his/her portfolio directly to the 2nd round of the admission 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 advances to the 2nd round from the 1st round. The 2nd round of the admission procedure lasts two days.
  • taking photos according to the given topics by a digital process (approx. 4 assignments)
  • 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 and photographic assignments from the 2nd round is part of the interview.

Tools needed at the admission exam:

a digital camera, a laptop (if possible for the applicant)

Literature

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  • Szarkowski, John: Photography Until Now. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1999.
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Consultations – Photography and new media