Study programs

All study programmes are taught in Slovak.

Full-time Daily Studies

Field of Study 2.2.1 Fine Arts

  • Painting

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

  • Sculpture, Object, Installation

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

  • Printmaking and Other Media

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

  • Photography and New Media

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

  • Intermedia

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

  • Applied arts

Holders of a master’s degree have received a theoretical and practical training based on studying liberal arts. Therefore they are able to perform their profession creatively as independent artists or they can continue in their follow-up postgraduate study program. They are capable of preparing, and coordinating projects and confronting their international counterparts. They can create artworks and can employ a full range of technological procedures and media covered in the study program. They are able to analyze and interpret their work and present it in a foreign language.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at university as well as an employee in various cultural institutions etc.

Field of Study 2.2.6 Design:

  • Design

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree in the Design study program have acquired theoretical and practical knowledge based on the study of design, visual communication and they keep developing their skills to use this knowledge in their individual artistic work or in their follow-up postgraduate study program in the field of Design or in other similar fields. They are capable of preparing and coordinating projects and confronting international counterparts. Holders of a master’s degree in Design can analyze and create product design, graphic design in the areas designated by individual study programs in this field. They have also acquired deeper knowledge in design creation which enables them to lead creative teams and take charge of complex project solutions. It is expected that the holders of a master’s degree in Design have completed the first level of higher education in the field of Design or in the related field of study (i.e. they have earned a bachelor’s degree). The length of the study of the second level in the field of Design is two years.

A holder of a master’s degree can be employed as:
an independent designer, a member of a creative team, and after completing supplementary pedagogical study he/she can work as a teacher at Elementary Art School (ZUŠ), at various secondary art schools or at the university

  • Textile Design
  • Visual Communication

Field of Study 2.2.8 Restoration

  • Art Restoration

Profile:
Graduate students are expected to have completed the first level of higher education in the field of Restoration. Holders of a master’s degree in Restoration have received a specialized practical and theoretical training based on studying one of the restoration disciplines and learning about the current state in the field. They can use this knowledge in performing their profession or in their follow-up postgraduate study program.

Field of Study 2.2.7 Architecture

  • Architecture

Profile:
Holders of a master’s degree have an overview and references to a broad spectrum of contemporary architecture and urbanism with the emphasis on the chosen direction or aspect which is the subject of their own interest. They are able to contribute with their genuine, innovative solutions which cover design details, testing and usage of interesting materials, and designs in a wide range of scales. They can work conceptually and make particular proposals with the help of categories such as public space, place, relationship of negative and positive volumes, and so on. They can work with larger units as well as with relationships between individual architectural elements and between their relationships to the whole. They recognize and examine a subtle gradation of private, semiprivate, semi-public and public space, and therefore they can develop architectural elements from private to public, from functional to iconic and representative. At the same time, they are highly competent to present architectural visions, from initial drafting through professional documentation to rendering. They can also present expert workshop models, prototypes and details constructed in various scales, from various materials and with the help of various, especially advanced digital technologies. They also possess tools for the introduction of innovative architectural concepts and their critical testing, prototyping and evaluating at various stages of the creative cycle, with the emphasis on aesthetics and "search for beauty."

Theoretical knowledge:

• a comprehensive overview of processes and evaluation of architectural work

• profound knowledge of construction analysis

• comprehensive knowledge of the history of architecture, its theories and criticism

• overview of relevant legal, economic and organizational themes

Practical knowledge and skills:

•  ability to create a complex architectural project

•  ability to review and innovate design elements

• ability to interpret one’s own proposal (also in a foreign language)

• excellent ability to present architecture through projections, visualizations, and graphics

• mastery in workshop processes, model and prototype production, operation of digital devices such as 3D printers, CNC cutters and the like

• the ability to test, evaluate and modify a project, focusing on details as well as the whole.

Additional knowledge and skills:

• cooperation with other professions, including knowledge of technology platforms and terminology

• overview of crucial information resources and its update

• recording a multidisciplinary network of contacts, resources and inspiration

Study plans for individual fields of study can be found in Handbook

Field of Study 2.2.18 History and Theory of Fine Art and Architecture

  • History and Praxis of the Contemporary Art

Study profile:
Two-year full time master’s degree program reflects dynamic changes and new global challenges which contemporary art is facing in the 21st century. We perceive contemporary art from historic perspective with regard to the discontinuity of art history in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in terms of current methodologies. Our aim is to induce art exploration throughout a dialogue with the theory of new media, critical theory, geopolitics, anthropology. The study programs respond to stimuli initiated by the formation and transformation of art institutions- galleries, museums and art market which result in demand for educated and knowledgeable professionals. Simultaneously we are filling gaps in securing higher education in this field and our aim is to train up graduates who will be ready for praxis in contemporary art, design and architecture. The program enables students to achieve a profile stemming from the specific environment and diversity of studio praxis at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

Study description:
Besides courses thematically focused on history and theory of modern and contemporary art, design and architecture, seminars in the field of aesthetics and philosophy we also offer a possibility to acquire practical experience in the field of curation, art critique and reflections to contemporary art.

The program is designated for students of liberal arts who desire to deepen their theoretical and practical skills in the broad spectrum work with contemporary art. 

We put emphasis on critical thinking, communication skills in work with the public, enhancement of verbal and written expression, empathy and sensitivity, enthusiasm for art as a tool of social change. The courses are conducted by renowned professionals in the creative environment accompanied by artists working in the domestic and international scene. With regard to the personal profile of graduates we offer a wide range of optional courses which are conducted not only by lecturers from the Department of Theory and History of Art but also by external professionals from the praxis. Students also have an opportunity to choose  studio praxis at a department corresponding with their professional specialization, or they may choose a course at one of the related faculties (Film and TV Faculty - Academy of Performing Arts, Philosophical Faculty- Comenius University). The first year in master’s degree programs is dedicated to acquiring general knowledge in history of modern, postmodern and contemporary art, critique and art theory, curatorial studies and courses focused on design and architecture. In the second year of study courses focused on praxis prevail and the students may compose the courses the way which will lead them to the solution of an individual assignment of diploma theses.