Fine Art

Prospects 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 1: Experimental tendencies of documentary photography

prof. Ing. Mgr. Ľubomír Stacho

Mgr. Michaela Pašteková, PhD.

The output of the practical part of the dissertation should be a documentary photographic project, which will reflect the selected topic through contemporary visual language and will reflect current tendencies, experiments, artistic and media overlaps in the field of documentary photography. The theoretical part should deal with the reflection and actual development of the visual language of the documentary photography through the analysis of selected photographic and theoretical works. The Slovak art scene should also be the subject of the research.

Dissertation topic 2: Visual Language Visualization and Photos in Virtual Space

prof. Ing. Mgr. Ľubomír Stacho

Mgr. Michaela Pašteková, PhD.

Virtual space has brought not only new ways of producing an image, but also new possibilities for its archiving and distribution. Social networks and smartphones have contributed to making visual language our dominant way of communication. Photography has never been more flexible, unstable, ephemeral than in the 21st century. How are we supposed to talk about it today? How to evaluate it, interpret it? In what context should we exhibit it? Theorists do not manage to reflect the technological evolution fast enough; artists prefer to appropriate already existing photographs than create new ones. The dissertation thesis should respond to the ongoing changes of the medium of photography in both the practical and theoretical part.

Dissertation topic 3: Stories in Time - Light

prof. Ing. Mgr. Ľubomír Stacho

Mgr. Ján Kralovič, PhD.

One of the unique dimensions of creation in photography is documenting the stories of light and the sensitive photographic layer over time. In the visual arts we know, for example, the research of light by painter Vermeer, Vilhelm Hammershø, Edward Hopper, Giorgio de Chirico or the artist James Turrel. Their work deals with spirituality, meditation and contemplation. These possibilities of creation in photography are not yet developed or explored in our country. The theoretical part of the doctoral thesis should cover the historical research of the authors of the photographers who expressed themselves in this way and where else can this method of display be moved.

Dissertation topic 4: TEXT-INFORMATION-PICTURE (Forms of contemporary illustration)

doc. Mgr. art. Ľuboslav Paľo, ArtD.

Mgr. Beata Jablonská, PhD.

Research of alternative illustration overlapping with book creation, zines, free art, art in public space and visual communication. The work explores the ways of artistic expression on the border between design and free art, traditional representation and the use of unconventional techniques. It focuses on the book space of publishers, which are dedicated to the creation of non-traditional publications, borderline forms of illustration and text. Written word as a picture, illustration as information and their blending in various forms. Nowadays, illustration becomes detached from the medium of the book and translates itself into other areas of visual culture. 

Dissertation topic 5: Changes in the perception of the relationship of human and inhuman actors in the digital paradigm

doc. Mgr. art. András Cséfalvay, ArtD.

doc. Mgr. Ladislav Tkáčik, PhD., Mgr. Matej Novotný, PhD.

The aim of this work is to explore the tools of digital media that offer insight into the world through the prism of “flat ontology”. Digital media in art can approach other perspectives of world-interpetations and serve as an attempt to incarnate into other bodies (becoming other). Their use can help better understand the vulnerability, importance and entanglement of all actors. Living - inanimate, human - inhuman, real - fictional.

Dissertation topic 6: Freedom of one's creation and its formation

prof. Mgr. Anton Čierny

Mgr. Mgr. Václav Janoščík, PhD.

Research of conditions and frameworks, co-creating a complex artistic apparatus and psychoanalytic background of outputs of contemporary visual art. Reflection of the creative process, its creative "disablement" by denying the function of the environment, delimiting it, interacting with or conditioning it.

Dissertation topic 7: Sound art is a fine art

prof. Mgr. Anton Čierny

Mgr. Slavomír Krekovič, PhD.

Sound art in the context of art and its possible contradictions. The dimension of intersubjective reality in sound art as a supporting element related to contemporary visual art.

Dissertation topic 8: Image and performativity

doc. Mgr. art. Klaudia Kosziba, ArtD.

prof. PhDr. Marián Zervan, PhD.

Performativity in art can be seen as a counter-movement in which art refers to itself and contemplates itself to take a critical position in the larger context of performative turn in a culture in which mediation and the influence of social media are already a strong exponent.The actuality of the performative turn not only in contemporary art, but also for instance in philosophy, is an expression of the intensity of experience or, more precisely, an articulation of the reflexivity of thought in the context of intermediality (which in this respect is closer to hypermediation (diversity, expressiveness), in contrast with the imediation, which is rather a tendency to make the medium itself invisible. Last but not least, the art scene (as the focus of professionalisation of the approach to painting), which applies performativity to the central polemic with the main discourses of painting, is at the center of the topic

Dissertation topic 9: (Not only) glass. (Tendencies in Contemporary Art Glass)

doc. Mgr. art. Patrik Illo

Mgr. Naďa Kančevová, PhD.

Glass as an artistic medium now finds application in a relatively wide creative space: from design, through applied arts to the so-called 'free creation'. Traditionally, the unifying element of current heterogenous tendencies in the category referred to as "fine glass art" is the material itself and the technology with its predetermined possibilities.

Recently, however, there are more and more creators (especially among the younger generation), who find traditional fine glass art approaches (optical glass, fused sculpture, etc.) as already exhausted and who look for new artistic expression. A distinctive feature of these current "post-media" tendencies is resignation from media purity, or combining glass with other more or less "noble" materials. A second traceable stream of contemporary glass is a certain "aestheticisation of technology" ̶understanding technology as an aesthetic and ideological quality of work. It is not as much about traditional technological procedures, but about looking for some otherness and attractions, where processability and experimentation become the most important moment of creation.

The topic of the dissertation responds to the current shifts in the understanding of glass as a visual medium in present time. Its aim should be to try to grasp / define this medium in the field of contemporary design and fine art, which, in the field of glass making, is currently undergoing a search for new creative approaches.

Dissertation topic 10: Jewellery as a footprint of personal and political memory

prof. akad. arch. Karol Weisslechner

Mgr. Naďa Kančevová, PhD.

Throughout its history, jewellery has been an object whose decorating function has historically often been of secondary importance. Above all, the jewellery was representing various symbolism, was and is an expression of belonging to a certain group, opinion, or completes the social status of the wearer. Jewellery has always been a part of various political campaigns, known as brooches to support imprisoned sufrazeteks, or jewelry symbolizing the Nazi occupation of Paris. As a means of communicating a political opinion, (apart from its artistic value) it is still used today in the form of cheap badges, which are widespread mainly in the United States during election campaigns. In our latitudes we can remember mass-worn tricolor ribbons, the VPN logo during the Velvet Revolution, or the recent All for Jan badges. Badges and small brooches were also widespread during the previous regime, but the mandatory wearing discredited them. Despite that they were a part of the "political life" of Husak's children in the form of a member´s badge of the Pioneers’ Organization of the Socialist Union of Youth. The theme of the PhD study on Jewellery as a Footprint of Memory is to analyze the creative process of jewellery making as an expression of political memory and its reflection in the creation of artistic jewelry as the author's personal memory.


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: 4
  • Program code: 12192
  • 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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