Admissions – bachelor studies

Conditions for admittance and course of admissions interview in the academic year 2018/2019 with the beginning of the study in the academic year 2019/2020

Applicant to bachelor studies at AFAD can become a student of the selected study programme only by completing the admissions. If the student has acquired complete general secondary education, or complete vocational secondary education, they can apply for the admissions at AFAD following the admissions regulations. Part of the admissions at AFAD is an admittance exam, which is conducted in two admission periods.

1. Admission period: 14. 01. 2019 – 16. 01. 2019
Study programmes: Painting; Sculpture, Object, Installation; Intermedia; Photography and New Media; Visual Communication; Design.

2. Admission period: 21. 01. 2019 – 24. 01. 2019
Study programmes: Textile; Applied Arts; Printmaking and Other Media; Architecture; Restoration.

Its aim is to examine the level of knowledge, talent, thinking, skills and aptitude of an applicant in terms of specific requirements of the selected bachelor study programme.

In case when the admissions interview is conducted before applicant’s secondary school final examination, the applicant will be accepted to AFAD studies conditionally. Definite acceptance is possible only in case of a successful secondary school graduation. Applicant will submit a document of completed secondary education (school-leaving certificate) within 10 days of the secondary education completion, and no later than the enrolment closing date at AFAD. Applicant to bachelor studies at AFAD can apply to maximally two of the following study programmes, and only in case when the given study programmes do not have admittance interviews set for the same date.

  • Painting
  • Sculpture, Object, Installation
  • Printmaking and Other Media
  • Photography and New Media
  • Intermedia
  • Applied Arts (specialization: jewellery – UU1-We, glass – UU2b-II, ceramics – UU3b-Pi)
  • Textile
  • Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Architecture
  • Restoration (specialization: painting – RETb, sculpture – RETSb)

Applicant to one of these study programmes will fill in and send an online application by 30.11.2018 at the latest. After that, the applicant will print out the application, sign it and send it by postal mail by 3.12.2018 al the latest, together with the following attachments:

  • CV
  • Verified copy of school-leaving certificate
  • proof of fee payment
  • proof of health capability to study at university
  • nostrification of a document issued by a Regional board of education (in case of documentation of completed education issued by an international school of the country without signed agreement on mutual acknowledgment of the documents’ equivalence).

to the address:

Rectorate of the University of Fine Arts and Design, study department
Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18,
814 37 Bratislava

A 50,- € fee is to be paid via bank transfer using the following:

  • Account number: IBAN: SK42 8180 0000 0070 0007 2516
  • Variable symbol: 649 003
  • Constant symbol: 0308
  • Specific symbol: six-digit number starting with 19 and followed by a four-digit number consisting of application filing number, in front of which zeroes are to be added.
    An example: application filing number is 37, so specific symbol will be 190037
  • Additional information: applicant’s surname

AFAD sets further conditions of admittance to individual study programmes, in order to ensure that only applicants with required skills are accepted. Given conditions and way of their validation should be such as to enable the choice of those applicants who show the highest amount of talent, skills, and knowledge necessary for them to study at individual study programmes offered by AFAD.

AFAD will issue public information of the number of applicants that are to be accepted to given study programmes. If an applicant with health disability asks for it, AFAD will set such form and administration of the admissions as to have applicant’s health issues taken into consideration. In order to ensure equal criteria for all applicants to studies at AFAD, it will not be possible to set an extra admissions date.

Planned number of accepted applicants in the academic year 2019/2020:

  • painting – 10 applicants
  • sculpture, object, installation – 8 applicants
  • printmaking and other media – 12 applicants
  • photography and new media – 10 applicants
  • intermedia – 9 applicants
  • applied arts (specialization: jewellery – UU1-We, glass – UU2b-Il,  ceramics – UU3b-Pi) – 9 applicants
  • textile – 9 applicants
  • design – 12 applicants
  • visual communication – 12 applicants
  • architecture – 10 applicants
  • restoration (specialization: painting – RETb, sculpture – RETSb) – 10 applicants

Admissions procedure: 

Admission exam will examine the level of knowledge, talent, thinking, skills and abilities in the terms of special demands given by the chosen bachelor study programme. Admission exam lasts 3 days and has two rounds. On the first day the first round is conducted, and on the next two days, the second round is conducted. Admission exam consists of the following parts:

First round

Test aimed at identifying general knowledge acquired during the secondary education in history, literature, art history, and orientation in contemporary art.

Example test of entrance exams (.pdf)

Testing in English will be possible for international applicants, should they apply for such testing, but in case of their admittance the studies will be in Slovak language. Academy of Fine Arts and Design recommends to foreign students to graduate lectures from slovak language before joining school.  We expect from foreign students presentation of  the certificate from studying of slovak language before incomming. Please bring the certificate in the beginning of academic school, during your registration. Check different possibilities how to study slovak language:

Admission exam demonstration

Assessment of personal log of applicant’s artistic activity

Art tasks, which are specified according to the study programme the applicant has applied to.

Second round

Art tasks, which are specified according to the study programme the applicant has applied to. Interview before the department committee, where the applicant will show their orientation in the field they are applying to; part of the interview will be a discussion concerning their personal artistic activity log.

Department admissions committee

Given tasks and parts of the admissions are assessed by admissions committee, which consists of at least five members appointed by the AFAD rector. The committee members are the university teachers who teach at the study programme at the relevant department of AFAD and who have the artistic-teaching titles professor, docent, or assistant professor. The fifth member of the department admissions committee can be a university teacher who teaches at a different study programme at AFAD.

Members of the department admissions committee will assess tasks in both rounds using a six-point scale (0-5). Each task (including tests, personal interview and personal log) will be assessed individually, which means that applicant can earn maximally 25 points for each task (5 points from 5 committee members each). Advancement into the second round is conditioned by earning at least 50% of the maximum possible number for the tasks on the first day. The committee can, depending on a situation (e.g. small number of successful candidates) lower the admittance minimum to 45%.  Names of the applicants advancing to the second round will be disclosed the next morning, in the place where the admittance exam is being conducted.

Whole-school admissions committee

Department admissions committees will submit results of both rounds and present the applicants’ art works to a whole-school committee, appointed by the rector of AFAD. Members of the whole-school committee are the AFAD rector, the AFAD vice rectors, chairperson of the AFAD Academic senate, heads of departments at AFAD, heads of ateliers of AFAD, head teachers of preparatory courses and members of department admittance committees, with study vice rector as a committee chairperson.

The whole-school committee will review the assessment results and applicants’ ranking conducted by the department admissions committee, verifying in this way the results of the admission interviews. The whole-school committee has the right to change the applicants’ ranking order against the assessment by points conducted by the department admittance committee. This change is made based on a public single majority voting by the attending members of the whole-school admissions committee.

The whole-school committee has the right to recommend the AFAD rector to increase or decrease the number of accepted applicants to individual study programmes, or to not accept any applicants because of their low potential. Final decision of accepting or not accepting an applicant to AFAD studies will be made by the school rector according to the whole-school committee recommendations. Study department will send the decision to applicant within 30 days of admissions completion.

Decision to accept / not accept

Applicant who has received decision not to be accepted to the studies can ask for a re-evaluation of this decision. The decision is filed to the AFAD rector within 8 days of its delivery. If the rector does not detect breach of any regulations, the applicant’s appeal will be forwarded to the AFAD Academic senate. Their decision will then be final. Response to the appeal has to be sent within 30 days of having received the appeal against the decision not to be accepted.