Impressions about Erasmus+ student exchange on the Academy of Fine arts and Design in Bratislava
AFAD has a very friendly and professional approach to international students from the outset. The coordinators made us feel comfortable and welcomed from the first day and also months before we could contact them by email and ask anything we wanted. I was impressed with "Orientation day" which was very well organised and real useful for all Erasmus students because on that day we all got the important information that we needed for future studying. Coordinators and professors who were presenting the faculty to us were very kind and open for communication and because of that it felt pleasant, almost like in my home university. We got all student perks such as free railcards for the territory of Slovakia and discounts for city transport. We also got a Handbook with a list of subjects and all the practical information and after that we could contact people from our departments, so it was easy to decide which subject to go for. There I found a few interesting subjects taught in English especially for international students and that also motivated me to easily decide what I want to choose.
The most important thing for visual art students is to have appropriate studios for workshops and AFAD buildings definitely have huge spaces with a lot of light. Students in my studio were very friendly and they did their best to help me to fit in the new environment. Professors were also dedicated to us and I have learned a lot of new things in my main studio of Painting, but they also tried to motivate me to start working in different media. They showed real interest in my work and we had great and friendly communication, so I hope that in future we’ll stay in contact and for sure I’ll share with them my future works and professional progress.
I was very satisfied with all the facilities for students at AFAD such as well a equipped library, huge studios, classrooms, and also with cheap and delicious food in the faculty’s canteen where I had the best time for break with my Erasmus friends.
AFAD also provided us a dormitory in the center of town for a very low price. Twenty Erasmus students from different countries lived there so it was very interesting to meet all of them and make new friendships and unforgettable experiences.
Final student exhibition “Prieskum” was also a useful opportunity to complete my experience about the works and practices of AFAD and contemporary Slovak art and culture, so that new knowledge can help me to improve my future artistic skills.
In general I’m very grateful and satisfied with my stay in Bratislava and AFAD: the quality of learning and teaching at the faculty, people and life in general. It was very safe and pleasant stay and for sure it was one of my greatest life experiences that helped me to become more mature for my future life and also for my artistic career.
University of Montenegro, Faculty of Fine Arts Cetinje
4. 7. 2017