Fine Art

Doctoral studies at AFAD focus on acquiring contemporary knowledge in the field of science and art and on supporting independent scientific research and creative activity in the field of art. Graduates of doctoral studies receive a third-level university degree. The standard length of study for doctoral studies in the full-time form is three years, in the part-time form a maximum of five years. The proper completion of doctoral studies is conditional upon passing the dissertation examination, which is one of the state examinations, and the defence of the dissertation, which is the final thesis. Graduates of artistic doctoral study programmes are awarded the academic title of 'Doctor of Arts' ('artis doctor', abbreviated ArtD.).

Prospects of graduates

A graduate of doctoral studies in the field of art demonstrates the ability and readiness for independent creative and research activity in the field of free or applied visual arts, publicly presents its results, is ready to participate in the formation of trends and concepts in these areas.
The graduate is able to study foreign literature in the original, actively (both orally and in writing) knows one world language and can communicate in it about his/her work.
The graduate can apply himself/herself as:
an independent creative artist, a university teacher.

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Conditions of admission

An applicant for a doctoral program at AFAD can become a student of the chosen study program only by succeeding in the admissions process. If the applicant has completed a master´s program i.e. second level study program, they can enrol in the admissions at AFAD following the required process and apply for one of the proposed dissertation topics.

An applicant for a topic in the study program of Fine Arts (specialization: Fine Arts, Design, Architecture and Art Conservation and Restoration) may enrol one year after completing their master´s program.

An applicant for a doctoral program at AFAD is allowed to submit an application for a maximum of two study programs applying for one of the proposed dissertation topics (choosing either full-time or external form of study if offered) in the chosen study program. During the admissions process the applicant can apply for dissertation topics which will be posted by the AFAD Rector no later than two months prior to the date for the submission of applications for a doctoral program.

Additional information

Dissertation topic 1: Color analog positive photographic processes on transparent supports up until the 1990s Research, identification, and conservation

Mgr. art. Jana Blaško Križanová, ArtD.

doc. Mgr. Katarína Beňová, PhD.

The doctoral thesis will present various analog processes, which are connected by the fact that they are colored positives on a transparent base. It will focus on research, identification, and conservation, in which it will describe and compare color-positive photographic processes on transparent base, whether it is glass, roll film or cellulose film sheets. It maps the occurrence of given positive photographic processes in museums and galleries collections in Slovakia and neighboring countries (Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic). The work will also include a recherche of available foreign literature, which documents the beginnings of world color photography since the second half of the 19th century.

Dissertation topic 2: The Art Fabric in the Digital Age

doc. MA Blanka Cepková

Mgr. Mária Beňačková Rišková

The doctoral thesis should respond to current problems of the role of art fabrics within society and as well as to refer on the possibilities of its interior´s application. How to create an individual fabric for a specific space? What are the possibilities of the artist, what kind of forms of an interdisciplinary cooperation require his work? What are the creative platforms for such collaboration? Creative centers, possibilities of a workshop, presentation, promotions. What kinds of skills are required for the contemporary artist? Digital craft - Contemporary craft? The practical part of the doctoral thesis offers a space for the student's own approach towards the topic, the opportunity to rely on research in the theoretical part, and at the same time to implement practical experience into theoretical research.

Dissertation topic 3: World-building. Re-representations and models of the world in a digital environment

doc. Mgr. art. András Cséfalvay, ArtD.

Mgr. Matej Novotný, PhD.

The aim of this work is to explore ways of world representations in a digital environment. In the applied digital arts, world building is a common term, in research in the natural and human sciences, models, simulations and shortcuts-to-the-world are often created using digital technologies. The research has the ambition to compare different approaches in creating models, at the same time to proposes to search for possible applications of different methods in the creation of works of artistic and design.

Dissertation topic 4: Performativity of the body in contemporary art

prof. Mgr. Anton Čierny

Mgr. art. Juraj Korec, ArtD.

The body as a medium of expression of the author's idea contexts not only the space of fine arts, but also other types of art (contemporary dance, theater, poetry ...). Together, they form a multi-species base with a variety of means of expression that are freely used by contemporary performers without highlighting these species boundaries.

Dissertation topic 5: Image as a process in time

doc. Mgr. art. Jana Hojstričová, ArtD.

Mgr. Beata Jablonská, PhD.

The goal of the art research project "Image as a process in time" is to examine transformations of image, in the focus on the photographic process, or the procedures and methods of an image's own wide range of media. From the scaling of a random view, which in the process of time and transformation into different media forms changes into the final image. Art research should be supported by its own theoretical reflection in the dialogue with art history and the study of visual culture.

Dissertation topic 6: De-construction and Re-interpretation of an Image

pdoc. Mgr. art. Jana Hojstričová, ArtD.

prof. Ing. arch. Monika Mitášová, PhD.

This work aims to deal with depictions based on found and de-composed segments extracted from an film, photographic, print media and computer imagery acting in the side roles of marginal, collateral visual registers/notations of “side views”, “lateral” or “peripheral” vision. Project will focus on their reintegration into new pictorial sequences, series and planes of images. Research considers strategies and processes of de-composing, de-construction and re-interpreting of what and how is depicted.

Dissertation topic 7: Glass as a medium in the post-media age (New Tendencies in Contemporary Glassmaking)

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 8: Visual arts in the confines of the nation

prof. akad. mal. Robert Jančovič

doc. Mgr. Daniel Grúň, PhD.

How does art serve the nation? The topic focuses on nationalism and nationalist tendencies and its influences on visual arts in Slovakia. The student is expected to work with historical sources and contexts, beginning in the late 19th century and working their way up to today. It is important to acknowledge these, because the ever-changing geopolitical situation greatly affects the forms of nationalism, which in turn affects the society itself – including visual arts. Pro-national and nationalist art and its changes throughout history, as well as the „subversive feedback“ art – all this, and more, will be subject to the student’s research.

Dissertation topic 9: Object in the landscape, the landscape as part of the object

prof. Mgr. art. Patrik Kovačovský

Mgr. Ján Kralovič, PhD.

The theme is defined by research within the visual artistic output of "Object", which is the result of human action (human art and work) and at the same time becomes part of the world: landscapes or nature.
The aim of the work will be to look for the consequences of objects, that is, what objects say about themselves and the world, what they are the result of, but also what consequences they bring. Especially in the context of human work and its impact on the natural environment and the fragile ecological balance.
Art objects are specific objects. They are a tool by which things appear to the subject as something that transcends the boundaries of the material object and indicates something else in the process of semiosis. The aim of the work is to create objects that, despite the author's, personal, level, reflect broader social and environmental issues and at the same time enter the country and become part of the environment.
It can also be objects of the work that are functional on the one hand and require viewing on the other as signs representing broader meanings.
The doctoral thesis is the aspiration to visualize the political, social, environmental opinion as well as the power of the intuitive level of thinking.
It´s important for the doctoral student to profile the topic on the specific problem and focuses on one of the problem areas.

Dissertation topic 10: Historical surface treatment of stone sculptures and architectural elements – research, restoration, and possibilities of their presentation

doc. Mgr. art. Gabriel Strassner

Mgr. Mgr. art. Barbara Hodásová, PhD.

The topic of this dissertation is based on research focused on the issue of historical surface treatment used in stone sculpting in the past (in the Central European region). Findings will be acquired from the specialized literature, archival material, as well as by the analysis of concrete artworks with conducting laboratory research of the surface layers. Furthermore, in the experimental part, the findings will be validated by technological tests of polychromy construction. The objective of the project is to acquire further knowledge about historical technological processes with the premise of more precise surface treatment identification applied to stone sculptures. The acquired knowledge will be applied in restoration research as well as in the implementation of restoration wherever there is a possibility and purpose to present historical surface treatment.

Dissertation topic 11: Design methods and innovations in material and technology in textile design process

doc. Dipl.-Des. Zuzana Šebeková, ArtD.

Mgr. Mária Beňačková Rišková

Innovative materials and technologies in the field of textile production naturally generate new functions and applications of textiles. New forms of production organization are changing the current character of textile production and, together with the processes of digitization, individualisation/customisation and on-demand production, represent the potential for its development within the local creative industry. The change of used application frameworks and textile functions towards sustainable solutions is directly conditioned by changes in the design process. The chosen methods of the design process and the means of creating a specific textile design have the potential to directly influence many factors of the resulting textile material (e.g. its function, application, character and product life-cycle, etc.). Basic experimental research of methods and means of textile design in an international R&D (research & development) setting, is a prerequisite for generating new knowledge for the field of design education aimed at sustainable and circular textile products, systems and applications. 

Dissertation topic 12: (De)colonization: a potential history/Decolonization, identity and reasearch of otherness

doc. Mgr. art. Olja Triaška Stefanović, ArtD.

doc. Mgr. Daniel Grúň, PhD.

The dissertation will deal with the basic principles of colonization and decolonization in Central Europe. The subject of the research will be questions of how and what if decolonization brought attention to the impossibility of separating minorities from the history of colonization. Through historical research and the photographic medium, the work will focus on the new system of knowledge and identity issues in the Central European context. It will bring new narratives of knowledge, understanding and perception of local identity through the relationship with the stranger. Theoretical and visual research of the "other".


Conditions for international students

All foreign applicants (with the exception of the Czech ones) must have a command of the Slovak language at the B1 level before starting their studies.

Foreign applicants, who have studied abroad, are admitted, only if they provide a decision on the recognition of the diploma issued abroad no later than the deadline for the enrolment (September 2022).

If the university issues diplomas after the enrolment date (after September) we do not recommend students that they submit an application, instead we recommend submitting it in the next academic year.

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General information on the admission exam

The admissions process is to test an applicant´s individual skills and preconditions necessary for meeting independently and creatively requirements of the doctoral programs at AFAD. The admissions interview for a doctoral program is carried out before the admissions committee which is appointed by the AFAD Rector for each study program individually. The committee´s decision is influenced by the applicant´s range and quality of their artistic activity, publication activity as well as other activities related to the field of study (e.g. results in the artistic, scientific and scholar competitions)

The applicant may submit an application for both of following study programs:

  • Fine Arts specialization: Fine Arts, Design, Architecture and Art Conservation and Restoration)
  • History and Theory of Fine Arts and Architecture


Step 1: In the period from April 7, 2022 to June 7, 2022 an applicant for a doctoral program at AFAD will fill out and sent an electronic application which will be posted on the AFAD web page

Electronic application can be found:

Step 2: Use the following email address for sending the following attachments:

  • A proof of payment of the fee for the admissions process (e.g. statement of payment from internet banking) - the fee must be paid by June 7, 2022, when paying it is necessary to state a variable symbol, specific symbol and as a Message or Additional data – NAME and SURNAME of the applicant, otherwise the payment will not be matched.

Step 3:

n the period between June 13, 2022 from 12:00 am. – June 23, 2022 to 8:00 am an applicant shall insert a portfolio (applicants for Fine Arts programs) and further documents for an admissions process for a doctoral program via web page: in the PDF format max. up to 15 MB:

  • a CV and detailed account of artistic or publication activity and activities of artistic creation related to study programs.
  • a brief proposal of the dissertation project, which has to be in accordance with the topic that the applicant has applied for.
  • certificates of completed language exams (in case there are any)
  • a copy of the second level study diploma. In case of an international diploma, the official translation into Slovak is required (with the exception of Czech schools)
  • a copy of diploma supplement, or a transcript of records with calculated weighted study average which will be confirmed prior to the enrolment deadline by the Study Office of a particular university (applicants from other universities -not from AFAD) in case of a document issued abroad it must be accompanied with an official translation into Slovak no later than the enrolment date.
  • foreign applicants, and applicants who studied abroad, will, in case of being admitted to AFAD, submit an official decision on the recognition of/diplomas/certificates issued internationally no later than the enrolment date

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Information on doctoral programs is provided by the AFAD Study Department: 

Anna Valentínyová

Doctoral level study, Supplementary pedagogical study

02 5942 8512

Form of entrance exam

The admissions process of doctoral studies at AFAD includes an admissions interview, on the basis, of which the applicant´s individual skills and preconditions to meet requirements of doctoral studies at AFAD are examined.

Admissions interview consists of the following parts:

  • a presentation of the artistic portfolio (relevant only for Fine Arts study programs, Fine Art, Design, Restoration, Architecture, Art Conservation and Restoration), or presentation of the publication portfolio (relevant for the study program History and Theory of Fine Arts and Architecture)
  • a presentation of the project and dissertation topic
  • a discussion with an applicant

Each member of the admissions committee evaluates the portfolio and artistic activities related to the study programs, project on the dissertation topic, discussion with an applicant based on the sum of points from individual members of the committee. The results of the evaluation and the order of the applicants are submitted by the admissions committee to the Rector of AFAD who decides on the admission for the study program at AFAD. The applicant will receive the admissions decision in accordance with the law and AFAD regulations.

The admissions condition and the course of the admissions procedure for doctoral studies are regulated in detail by the Internal Regulations on the Admissions Process at AFAD.

  • Apply the application for study

    07.04.2022 - 07.06.2022

  • Performance of the entrance exam

    29.06.2022 - 30.06.2022

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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 22 and followed by a four-digit number consisting of the application filing number, before which zeroes must be added. Example: application filing number is 345, so specific symbol will be 220345
  • 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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Detail of the study program

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  • Academic year: 2022/2023
  • University Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava
  • Form of study: full-time
  • Anticipated number to be accepted: 8
  • 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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