Prospects of graduates

Absolvent doktorandského štúdia v odbore umenie a programe Architektonická tvorba – architekt doktor umenia – preukazuje schopnosť a pripravenosť na samostatnú tvorivú, výskumnú a vedeckú činnosť v oblasti praxe a teórie architektúry, zverejňuje jej výsledky, je pripravený podieľať sa na vývoji vo svojom odbore. Absolvent je schopný študovať zahraničnú literatúru v origináli, aktívne (v ústnej aj v písomnej forme) ovláda jeden svetový jazyk, prípadne dokáže komunikovať aj v ďalšom cudzom jazyku.
Absolvent sa môže uplatniť ako:
samostatný tvorivý architekt, vedecký alebo výskumný pracovník v oblasti architektúry, vedúci projektantských alebo výskumných tímov, vysokoškolský pedagóg.

Information on the employment of graduates

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Conditions of admission

Attention, there has been a change! Updated 14. 4. 2020

Applicant to the doctoral level study at AFAD will fill in and send an online application, which will be placed at the school web page from 27. 3. 2020 to 9. 7. 2020. Then they have to send the following electronic attachments to the e-mail adress  in one pdf file, with the maximum size of 8 MB:

  • CV and detailed account of artistic or publishing activity in the form of a portfolio (more information in the downloadable document)
  • Brief proposal of the dissertation project, which has to be in accordance with the topic that the applicant has applied for.
  • a copy of the second level study diploma. In case of international diploma, official translation to Slovak is required
  • international applicants and applicants who studied abroad will, in case of being accepted to AFAD,  submit the official acknowledgment of their education certificates/diplomas issued internationally no later than by the closing date for the enrolment to the studies.
  • a copy of documents accompanying the diploma, or a transcript of completed subjects with weighted GPA (grade point average), certified by the study department of the relevant university (applicants from other universities than AFAD), and in case of an international document, official translation to Slovak language is required.
  • proof of admissions fee payment
  • documents of completed language exams (in case there are any)
  • Applicants for the topic in the Fine Arts study programme are recommended to apply one year after they have completed their master study

To the address:

  • Rektorát Vysokej školy výtvarných umení, študijné oddelenie
    (Rectorate of Academy of Fine Arts and Design, study department)
  • Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18
  • 814 37 Bratislava

Additional information

Dissertation topic: Models.  (As patterns, prototypes and development studies)

doc. akad. arch. Ing. Ján Studený

The purpose of creating models (prototypes) is to provide the basis for a universal solution to the specific situation. Its versatility lies in the breadth of its application. 
There must be something what the model is dedicated for. The purpose of creating a model is to create a template or process that is validated over time. To be widely applied, developed and used as the basis for the next stage of development. For the specific features of one solution to become generic in their use. 
Models are created for a specific temporal or spatial situation, an answer to the overall circumstances (environmental, cultural, technological or architectural).
It solves the specific problem in a certain characteristic way. E.g. context - relationship to terrain and surrounding area, spatial relationships depending on structure, or other contexts - material, environmental, or other systemic relationships. We focus on system solutions involving spatial linkages such as openness / closeness, continuity / division, materiality / non-materiality.

Conditions for international students

Všetci zahraniční uchádzači (s výnimkou českých) musia do nástupu na štúdium ovládať slovenský jazyk v úrovni B1.

Zahraniční uchádzači a uchádzači, ktorí študovali v zahraničí, v prípade prijatia na štúdium doložia rozhodnutie o uznaní dokladu o vzdelaní vydaného v zahraničí najneskôr do zápisu na štúdium (september 2021)

General information on the admission exam

Attention, there has been a change! Updated 14. 4. 2020

Applicant to the doctoral studies at AFAD can become a student of the chosen study programme based on a completed admission procedure. If the student has completed the master study, i.e. the second level study programme, they can apply to admissions to AFAD, which will be conducted on 27.-28. 8. 2020, and become a contender for one of the doctoral study topics. Part of the admissions to the doctoral studies at AFAD is an admission interview, whose purpose is to examine applicant’s skills and abilities to independently and creatively fulfil admission requirements of the doctoral studies at AFAD. 

Form of entrance exam

Admission interview will examine applicant’s level of knowledge, talent, thinking, skills and abilities in the terms of special demands given by the chosen doctoral study programme at AFAD.

Admission interview to the doctoral study is conducted before an admission committee appointed by the rector of AFAD and each study programme has its unique committee.

Committee will take into consideration applicant’s results from the completed master study programme (weighted GPA), but much more important for the committee will be the range, quality, and results of applicant’s artistic or scholarly publishing activity, and the activity in their field of interest (e.g. at student art works’ exhibitions, or results in student scientific and scholarly work, etc.).

Admission interview consist of the following parts:

  • foreign language test
  • presenting the portfolio of artistic or publishing activity by the applicant
  • presentation of the project and the topic of the dissertation
  • discussion between the committee members and the applicant
  • committee assesses and awards points to applicant’s portfolio, artistic, or publishing activity and the presented project of the dissertation

  • Apply the application for study

    29.03.2021 - 31.05.2021

  • Performance of the entrance exam

    01.07.2021 - 02.07.2021

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Anticipated number of applicants to be accepted

Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: cost free
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 1000 €

The fee for admission procedure
application form: 40 €
E-application form: 40 €

Billing information

A 40 euro fee is to be paid via bank transfer:

  • Account number - IBAN: SK42 8180 0000 0070 0007 2516
  • Variable symbol: 648 003
  • Constant symbol: 0308
  • Specific symbol: six-digit number starting with 20 and followed by a four-digit number consisting of application filing number, in front of which zeroes are to be added.
    For example: if an application filing number is 37, specific symbol will be 200037
  • Account owner: Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, 814 37 Bratislava, Slovenská republika
  • Bank: ŠTÁTNA POKLADNICA Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia

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Detail of the study program

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  • Academic year: 2021/2022
  • University Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava
  • Form of study: full-time
  • Anticipated number to be accepted: 1
  • Program code: 12198
  • Field of study: Art
  • Level of study: 3.
  • Length of study: 3
  • Method of Study: attendance
  • Graduate Degree: ArtD.
  • Information about teaching languages: English, Slovak


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