Requirements for entrance examination

Note: All study programs are conducted in Slovak, therefore it is a necessity for an admitted candidate to be fluent in Slovak. However, AFAD allows an applicant from abroad or of a different nationality to have entrance examinations in English. Admitted candidates study in Slovak after enrolling in their studies. The curriculum contains optional, compulsory optional courses which are taught in English but compulsory courses are taught entirely in Slovak.

Study Program: Painting 

Specification of fine art tasks:

Different types of assignments: ranging from figurative drawing or painting, through  themes exploring various aspects of creativity to a free theme.

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

An applicant presents his/her works of his/her choice.

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, drawing pins, sticky tape, glue, knife, scissors, pencils of different harness, natural charcoal (ruddle), ink nibs and a handle, plastic erasers, ink, tempera colours, water colours, chalk pastels (according to preferences), various brushes, palette, cup for water, cloth. (Please note that oil colours are not used during the entrance examination).

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press from the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study Program: Sculpture, Object, Installation

Specification of fine art tasks:

  • drawing and modelling a bust with a live model
  • free composition from clay supplemented by drawings
  • spatial solution to an artwork in limited space, a maquette used for an installation 
  • relief composition from clay 
  • free composition– by subtracting from a plaster cubus

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

Student’s own works

  • drawing – portrait, half-figure, figure
  • modelling – of a head (from the photo)
  • free objects – statues, objects, installation drafts, projects (sketches, photographs)

Portfolio:

  • should be of a size A5 – A3; it should contain student’s own works in a touched up, printed form with titles and years of origin 

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, clay modelling tools: wire tools and spatulas ,colours of one’s choice, pliers, pencils, charcoal, ruddle, knife, rasps, flat chisels, hammer, little stick, sand-paper.

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press from the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study Program: Printmaking and Other Media

Specification of fine art tasks:

  • study of a bust 1:1 – from a live model (pencil, charcoal...)
  • given theme (more themes) focused on creativity and skills of an applicant 
  • free composition 

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

  • study of a bust 1:1 – from a live model (pencil, charcoal...)
  • works demonstrating an applicant’s creativity and skills, sketchbook 

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, charcoal, pencil, ink pen, ink, eraser, brushes, lino cutters, sticky tape, drawing pins, coloured pencils, tempera colours and the like, glue, scissors etc.

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art1-10.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art11 – 12.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Böhmerová, Z., Jančár, I.: Slovenská grafika 20. storočia, Bratislava.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press from the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study Program: Photography and New Media

Specification of fine art tasks:

  • drawing (pencil or other medium) from a live model
  • taking pictures on the given themes using the digital process

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

  • collection of 20 pieces of free photographic works (18x24-50x60 cm) from the current work
  • self-portrait – 1 photograph 30x40cm
  • still-life – 3 photographs 30x24cm, 1 traditional, arranged still-life, 1 found still-life and 1 free still-life, the emphasis is on the perfect technical realization
  • collection of 10 photographs 18x24 cm. 

One of the genres listed below can be chosen and then it should be labelled in the photograph:

  • reportage,
  • photo documentary,
  • recording of a  event, happening or performance,
  • photo story.

Important note: Propositions concerning the content, volume, number and size as well as technological processing must be followed exactly. Collections must be completed otherwise they will be not evaluated. Works must be submitted signed in a portfolio case.

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

  • drawing tools:  pencil, or charcoal, ruddle, eraser, workable fixative, drawing pins, A2 drawing board
  • digital camera, cinema format

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art1-10.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art11 – 12.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Hlaváč, Ľ.: Dejiny fotografie. Martin: Vydavateľstvo Osveta, n. p., 1987.
Hlaváč, Ľ.: Dejiny slovenskej fotografie. Martin: Vydavateľstvo Osveta, š. p., 1989.
Hrabušický, A., Macek, V.: Slovenská fotografia 1925 – 2000. Bratislava: Slovenská národná galéria, 2001.
Cotton, Charlotte: The Photograph as Contemporary Art. Thames&Hudson

Study Program: Intermedia

Specification of fine art tasks:

  • drawing of a still-life
  • book – object (work with material)
  • visual and written scenario of the performance
  • performance presentation in front of the camera
  • city – free theme
  • memorial – intervention in the public space

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

portfolio, a portfolio case with own works; selection of about 20 works

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, writing and drawing tools(various), colours, scissors, cutter/utility knife, sticky tape, glue, various old newspapers and magazines, camera with a memory card SD/SD mini

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art1-10.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art11 – 12.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
fine art magazines: Profil, Jazdec, Flash Art, Ateliér

Study Program: Applied Arts (Major – Ceramics)

Applicants to this major do not need any special training in this field. The study major is open to ambitions of the applicants.

Specifications of fine art task:

  • drawing from a live model
  • modelling – creation from a live model
  • relief– object – creation on a given theme
  • painting – structure, texture on a given theme
  • ceramics object

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

portfolio, portfolio case with fine art works, figure and object drawing, sketches, photo documentation of the realized works, school and other works of all kinds; selection of ca. 20-25 works.

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, pencils, charcoal, riddle, brushes, colours: tempera and aquarelle, watercolour, poster, acrylic, modelling spatulas,  scissors, string, cups for water, ruler, pair of compasses,  glue, wire/loop tool, cabinet scraper

Literature:

Rada, Pravoslav: Techniky keramiky. Praha, 1989.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.
magazines: Keramik, Ceramics Art, Neue Keramik

Study Program: Applied Arts (Major – Glass)

Applicants to this major do not need any special training in this field. The study major is open to ambitions of the applicants.

Specifications of fine art tasks:

The previous experience with glass is not a prerequisite for the admission to the Studio of Glass. 

An applicant will be given four assignments (themes) ranging from objects of utility to free objects which will test the applicant’s thinking and skills. 

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

student’s own works - ca. 20 pieces (drawing, painting, freestyle, objects of utility drafts, photographs of spatial works)

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, pencil, charcoal, eraser, water colours, scissors, coloured (card stock) paper, glue, modelling spatulas etc. 

Literature:

Dejiny umenia.
Dejiny úžitkového umenia a dizajnu
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study Program: Applied Arts (Major – Jewellery)

Applicants to this major do not need any special training in this field. The study major is open to ambitions of the applicants.

Specifications of fine art tasks:

The first round – drawing and modelling a portrait with a live model

The second round – work on a given theme – related to the parameters of S+M+L_XL which are the essence of the study in the Studio

The previous experience in media such as jewellery, object, interior element is not a prerequisite for the admission to the Studio  S+M+L_XL – Metal and Jewellery

Requirements for a student’s own works and portfolio:

portfolio, portfolio case with student’s own fine art works, figure and object drawing, sketches, photo documentation of the realized works, school and other works of all kinds, selection of ca. 20-25 works

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, coloured pencils, scissors, cutter knife, small pliers, combination pliers, universal adhesive

Literature:

Dejiny umenia.
Dejiny úžitkového umenia a dizajnu
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics the current scene of creators of artistic jewellery and design.

Recommended web sites:

www.klimt02.net
www.galerie-spektrum.de
www.marzee.nl

Study Program: Textile Arts (Major – Textile design and Textile Arts in Space)

Specifications of fine art tasks:

  • drawing and painting a portrait with a live model, scale 1:1
  • drafts of the textile design in colour
  • drafts of the interior textile (fabric)
  • three-dimensional object, relief from paper 

Requirements for a student’s own works:

An applicant is required to present 20-25 works.
It is recommended for the applicant to present a diverse selection of paintings, drawings, drafts of textiles, realistic studies, collages, freestyle art works; works are supposed to demonstrate the applicant’s drawing and painting skills, sense of colour, feel for the material and visual-spatial ability.

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, drawing tools, ruling tools, pencils, erasers, charcoal, tempera colours, chalk pastels, aquarelle colours, coloured pencils, glue, ruler, scissors, material of one’s choice (coloured paper, textile or paper material – various kinds of collage paper), drawing pins, cutter knife, paper clips, stapler, needle, thread, pins, sticky tape, etc. 

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Luxová, Viera: Československá tapiséria 1945-75, Bratislava, 1978.

Web pages:

www.interiorzine.com
www.doba.sk/category/umenie, www.transitionandinfluence.com

Study Program: Textile Arts (Major – Clothing Design)

Specifications of fine art tasks:

  • drawing a portrait
  • painting a portrait
  • drafts of the textile designs on a given theme
  • drafts of clothing collection on a given theme
  • creating a three-dimensional object from various materials
  • creating an article of clothing or accessory– draping on a mannequin from various materials

Requirements for a student’s own works:

  • 20 – 30 student’s own works
  • selection of paintings, drawings, movement studies, live model studies
  • drafts of clothes and clothing collections in drawing, painting, collage or in other combined techniques
  • drafts of clothing textiles
  • works are supposed to be recorded in the presentation portfolios 

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, drawing tools, pencils, erasers, charcoal, tempera colours, chalk pastels, aquarelle colours, acrylic colours, coloured pencils, glue, ruler, scissors, various materials (coloured paper, textile or paper material – various kinds of collage paper), pins, paper cutter knife, paper clips, stapler, needle, thread, sticky tape, etc.

Literature:

Dejiny umenia.
Dejiny úžitkového umenia a dizajnu
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Móziová, Oľga, Bohatová, Anna: Dejiny odievania. Bratislava, 2007.
Máchalová, Jana: Móda 20. století. Praha, 2003.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study program: Design

Specifications of fine art tasks:

  • figurative, representational drawing
  • design drafts

Requirements for a student’s own works: 

portfolio, portfolio case with own works; selection of ca. 20 works

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

A2 drawing board, A1 hammer paper– minimum of  8 sheets, sharp knife and cutter knife, scissors, paper glue, ruler, triangle ruler, pencils, pins and drawing pins, thread or thin string, sticky tape, nails of a smaller size, materials and tools for creating models 

Literature:

Dejiny umenia.
Dejinyú žitkového umenia a dizajnu
Literature
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Křížová, Alena: Proměny českého šperku na konci 20. století.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study program: Visual Communication

Specifications of fine art tasks:

Fine art tasks in the talent examination may be related to the following areas: portrait, logo, pictogram, poster, postal stamp, postcard, T-shirt, promotional item, comic strip, typography, three-dimensional object and others.Tasks are conducted without using a computer and other digital technologies.

An examination interview makes an important part of the entrance examination, it is an dialogue between an applicant and pedagogues whose main focus is on getting an overall picture of the applicant’s general knowledge from the field of culture, aesthetics, general overview of social life and current events in the graphic design and fine art.

Tasks:

An applicant elaborates the following tasks which he/she presents in his/her personal portfolio submitted during the entrance examinations (see. Point 3)

Completed tasks can be consulted in person during open hours assigned for applicants.

Tasks:

  1. Express typographically the following notions: Humour and Terror
  2. Design a logo and label for the following product: Bottled water from Mars
  3. Create a poster which will change the world

Portfolio:

The applicant will bring a portfolio which should contain 15-30 works related to graphic design, as well as works overlapping to other fine art or design disciplines. It is also recommended that the portfolio should contain works whose contents are related to the applicant’s personal and design program. The portfolio should contain reproductions (photograph or scan) 5-10 drawing studies (portraits, figures). And it should also contain elaborated tasks stated in the point 2. Formally the portfolio should be a compact, printed and bound publication. 

Overall adjustment and contents of the portfolio are an important part of the evaluation of the applicant’s works.

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

An applicant is supposed to bring his/her favourite tools for example: A2 drawing board (which is obligatory for drawing a portrait), rulers, templates, pencils, charcoal, chalk pastels, ink, felt-tip pens, paints and brushes, coloured sprays, material for templates, paper of various colour, texture and weight, coloured self-adhesive foils, scissors, cutter knives, glue, sticky tape and other tools of one’s own choice.

Literature:

Kolesár, Zdeno: Kapitoly z dejín grafického dizajnu. SCD.
Longauer, Ľubomír: Modernosť tradície – Úžitková grafika na Slovensku po roku 1918. Slovart.
knihy súvisiace s dizajnom, architektúrou a výtvarným umením z vydavateľstiev: Phaidon, Taschen, Gestalten, Princetown Architectural Press, Laurence King Publishing, Slovart, Roto Vision; odborné a populárne časopisy: Designum, Typo, Font, Eye, Works that work, Dot Dot Dot, 2+3D, Print
catalogues: Trienále plagátu Trnava, Design Week Bratislava, Bienále grafického dizajnu Brno, Bienále architektúry a umenia Benátky;

Webpages: 

www.vsvu.sk
www.designby.sk
www.detepe.sk
www.etrend.sk
www.designportal.cz
www.typo.cz
www.designobserver.com

Study program: Architecture

Specifications of fine art tasks:

  • drawing of architectural spaces
  • modelling of spatial structures
  • graphic tasks
  • conceptual tasks
  • text interpretation 

Requirements for a student’s own woks:

  • portraits, still-lives, or nudes
  • graphic works
  • spatial experiments, or sculptural or design works,
  • architectural essays or small realizations
  • any other artistic experiments and concepts
  • A3 bound format

Tools needed for the entrance examination:

  • A2 drawing board
  • drawing media and tools (pencil, charcoal, ruddle and the like., triangle ruler/ruler)
  • tools for assembling models– cutter knife, scissors, glue
  • note: material for graphic and spatial tasks– paper, cardboard  paper etc. –  the applicants obtain in the examination

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Frampton, K.: Moderní architektura. Praha: Academia, 2004.
or:
Gossel, P., Leuthauserova, G.: Architektura 20.století. Taschen, 2003.
Haas, F.: Architektúra 20.století. Praha: SPN, 1985.
Hollingsworth, M.: Architektura 20.století. Bratislava: Columbus, 1993.
Koolhaas, R.: Třeštící New York. Praha: Arbor Vitae, 2007.
Kusý, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku 1918 – 1945. Bratislava: Pallas, 1971.
Kusý, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku 1945 – 1975. Bratislava: Pallas, 1976.
Moravčíková, H., Dulla, M.: Architektúra na Slovensku v 20.stor. Bratislava: Slovart, 2003.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20. storočie. Bratislava, 2000.
Tichá, J. (Ed.): Architektura v informačním věku. Zlatý řez, 2006.
Tichá, J. (Ed.): Architektura na prahu informačního věku. Zlatý řez, 2001.
magazines: Architekt (CZ), ERA21 (CZ), Arch, Architektúra a Urbanizmus, Projekt, príp. AD (UK), Domus (IT)

Study program: Restoration (Major – Painting)

Specifications of fine art tasks:

The first round:

  • realistic drawing of a head  with a live model
  • coloured still-life

The second round:

  • realistic drawing of a sitting figure with a live model
  • coloured  version of a  black and white copy
  • coloured integration for a given artwork (material: various, excluding oil paints)  A3 format
  • drawing a missing part in the composition 

Requirements for a student’s own works:

realistic studies of a human body, figure, coloured still-life, copies, sketches, compositions (originals, not photocopies); recommended number of works is 30 (in max. A1 format; all works must be arranged in a portfolio case or a tube.

Remaining works can be presented in a digital form (brought on a digital media such as CD, USB key etc.) or in PDF format and displayed during the examination.

Material requirements:

The applicants are supposed to bring drawing media of their own choice (chalk pastels, pencils, ruddle, charcoal), + painting media (tempera and aquarelle colours, pastels – of their own choice) brushes, cups for water, sticky tape, A2 drawing board.

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.

Study program: Restoration (Major – Sculpture)

Specifications of fine art tasks:

The first round:

  • realistic drawing with a live model
  • realistic modelling of a portrait with a live model

The second round:

  • modelling of a sitting figure with a live model
  • modelling a missing part of a plaster model
  • modelling an object with a 2D model
  • modelling an object on a given theme 

Requirements for a student’s own works:

realistic studies of a human body, figure, coloured still-lives, copies, sketches, compositions, photographs of modelled realizations (originals, not photocopies)

Other works can be presented in a digital form (brought on a digital media such as CD, USB key etc.) or in PDF format and displayed during the examination, recommended number of works is 30.

Materials and tools requested from the students:

The applicants are supposed to bring drawing materials of their own choice ( chalk pastels, pencils, ruddle, charcoal), drawing pins, modelling spatula, A2 drawing board.

Literature:

Pijoan, J.: History of Art 1 – 10. 1982 – 1986.
Pijoan, J.: History of Art 11 – 12. 2002.
Gombrich, H. E.: The Story of Art. 2000.
Rusinová, Z. (ed.): Dejiny slovenského výtvarného umenia – 20.storočie. Bratislava, 2000.

It is also recommended for an applicant to be acquainted with the periodical press in the field of contemporary art, architecture, applied art and design, culture and politics.