Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD)

National Network

Drotárska 44
81102 Bratislava

+421 (0)2 594 28 508
+421 2 5443 2340
Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Research
  3. Youth and education
General Information

AFAD is composed of 11 departments, Institute of Art and Science, library and Medium gallery. Departments: Architecture, Photography and New Media, Printmaking and Other Media, Intermedia and multimedia, Painting and Other Media, Industrial Design, Restauration, Sculpture, Object, Installation, Theory and History of Art, Textiles, Applied Art, Visual communication The structure of study is divided into an undergraduate (bachelor's) and graduate (master's) level and a credits system was introduced. AFAD is financed mainly from the state budget (founder: Ministry of Education). A part of the Academy’s revenues (around 10%) come from business activities, sponsorship donations, non-governmental grants. AFAD has 230 employees and 678 students, incl. PhD. students (January 2008). The Academy is included in the international institutions and networks: ELIA, CUMULUS and ICOGRADA. Sources of funding: national funding schemes (Ministry of Culture, Education), international funding: foundations, EU funding

Mission and Objectives

AFAD sees the essence of its mission as lying in cultivating the organic interconnection of conceptual study (thought) and of the study of a technological and artistic, complexly perceived creation of a work from its idea through realisation to its application in communicative practice. The realisation of these values is based on contemporary thought around the world, acceptance of traditions from the aspect of contemporary thought and on the formation of ethical responsibility for the state and development of culture. AFAD's mission is to carry these values over into educational practice through the creation of a suitable educational environment and educational process. The Academy’s aim is to create an educational environment that should fulfil the following parameters: stimulating climate, quality technological background, possibilities for cooperation and interchange, possibilities for student to create a variable study plan, communication with the external professional environment, possibilities for presentation, confrontation and exchange, critical evaluation.

Main Projects / Activities

- creative artistic activity - scientific projects (institutional, departments’ scientific projects, grant projects) - presentation and publication of the results of artistic and scientific activity - management of artistic and scientific teams - participation at international artistic and scientific events (world showings, exhibitions, conferences,...) - students and pedagogues exchanges, mobility projects Latest international projects: DESIGN + 3D, CUMULUS conference 2007 ISTROART 2007 (international creative workshops)

Contact (1) Full Name
Zuzana Wallnerová
Job Title
Institutional Coordinator
Head of the organisation
Assoc. Prof. Bohunka Koklesová, PhD. - rector of AFAD