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undergraduate application

Year 1 enrolment

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

a) secondary school exit exam – 2 A Levels,
b) who has passed the professional secondary school exit exam in any secondary school programme and the exam of one of the exam subjects (philosophy, art theory, contemporary dance, art history, sociology, theory and history of drama and theatre). The chosen subject should not be the mandatory subject of the candidate’s qualification at the professional exit exam.
c) who completed any four-year secondary education programme before 1.6.1995,
d) who has equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma.

APEL (Approval of Prior /Experiential/ Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements a), b), c) or d) may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence.

The most important elements of the selection of candidates are the content of the submitted Learning Agreement and the quality of the work submitted in the portfolio.

If there are still free places after the selection procedure is completed within the first application deadline, candidates can apply in the second deadline. The conditions for enrolment are the same as in the first application deadline.

Portfolio and interview

Candidates are required to submit their previous work (portfolio): drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, or works relating to film, theatre, installation, performance, new media, etc. Works must express interest and commitment to visual expression. On the basis of the submitted works, an interview is conducted with each candidate, on which the artistic talent, vision, experience and readiness for profiled studies are assessed. The following is checked:

  • ability and diversity of observational, developmental and interpretative approaches in a range of media,
  • understanding and knowledge of art and creative fields,
  • evidence of knowledge and practical application of technical skills,
  • ability to discuss and articulate concepts and respond to questions with clarity at interview,
  • previous experience in the fields related to the chosen path of study.

Limited enrolment

In the event of a limited enrolment, candidates will be selected in regards to:

candidates referred to paragraph a) and c):

  • demonstrated artistic talent – 90%
  • results in final (A levels/Baccalaureate) exam – 5%
  • results in 3rd and 4th year of secondary school – 5%

candidates referred to paragraph b):

  • demonstrated artistic talent – 90%
  • results in final (A levels/Baccalaureate) exam – 5%
  • results in 3rd and 4th year of secondary school – 2%
  • chosen (relevant) subject(s) results (A levels/Baccalaureate) – 3%

Candidates referred to point d) will be selected on the basis of their education abroad and assessed according to the criteria that apply in the event of limited enrolment for the candidates referred to in points a), b) and c).

Admission to 2nd and 3rd year

Candidates who have acquired at least 48 ECTS points from previous exams in other programmes of which at least 70% correspond to content of the units offered in the proposed study program and correspond to the specific criteria for entry can enrol directly to 2nd year.

Candidates who have acquired at least 108 ECTS points from previous exams in other programmes of which at least 70% correspond to content of the units offered in the proposed study program and correspond to the specific criteria for entry can apply directly to 3rd year.


Candidates must apply through the email address: mailto:

Candidate applies:

  1. with the completed AVA registration form and the portfolio form is recommended to be sent by post to the completion of the application deadline to the higher education institution.

The following is considered as timely:

  • completed AVA form and the portfolio form signed and sent by land mail (priority) to the higher education institution until the end of the application deadline.

AVA is announcing courses and levels for the next academic year

Undergraduate studies of Visual Arts

  • Fine art (FA)
  • Conceptualisation of space (CS)

Duration of study

  • 3 years

Location of study

  • Trubarjeva 5, Ljubljana

Application periods for the academic year 24/25

  1. application period: February 27th – July 15th
  2. application period: August 15th – September 30th

Application deadline for direct year 2 and year 3 entry from August 12th to September 30th. Applicants are asked to submit the evidence of completion of their previous studies and evidence of other entry requirements for admission to study the programme. Applications will be accepted until the fulfilment of places.

Enrolment places for year 1

  • FA: full time: 15, part time: 15, total: 15
  • CS: full time: 15, part time: 15, total: 15

Level 1

  • enrolment in year 1: YES,
  • enrolment in year 2 or 3: YES,
  • enrolment – parallel: YES,
  • enrolment for graduates: YES.

Enrolment places:

  • for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and citizens of EU: a) Slovenia: YES, b) other EU member states: YES, c) non EU citizen: NO (YES, if the applicant has his permanent address in Slovenia and is himself or at least one of the parents or guardians is a resident for tax purposes),
  • for Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship and for foreigners: a) Slovenia: NO, b) other EU member states: NO, c) non EU citizen: YES (NO, if the applicant has his permanent residence in Slovenia and is himself or at least one of the parents or guardians is a resident for tax purposes).

Tuition fees

  • EU and former Yugoslavia nationals: 3.820€/year
  • Other nationalities: 5.342€/year
  • 70€/year enrolment fee

application forms

postgraduate application


The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • successfully passed the application procedures consisting of a interview with the candidate, a presentation Portfolio with the candidate’s work and the project proposal, which is the basis of the candidate’s course in the first year of postgraduate studies 
  • successfully completed: a) Undergraduate programme from the field of Visual Arts L1 (BA, BA Hons or equivalent); b) Undergraduate programme L1 from other fields; if necessary or a request is made, the candidate completes the missing and other study obligations in the range of 10 ECTS to max 60 ECTS prior to enrolment, determined by the departmental board; c) a undergraduate programme L1, which was adopted before the ZVIS 2004, if the candidate completes missing and/or other study obligations in the range of 10 ECTS up to a maximum of 60 ECTS prior to enrolment in the postgraduate study programme, determined by departmental board for each individual candidate.

The conditions for admission referred to paragraphs b) and c) are that additional obligations (differential exams) are determined on an individual basis, depending on the field of expertise and study, and on the connection with postgraduate studies to which the field the candidate is applying to.

Candidates who have completed the equivalent education mentioned in paragraphs a), b) and c) abroad and have passed all application requirements for the admission to the postgraduate study programme Visual Arts: Contemporary Visual Practices and Theory, can also apply. Foreign students can apply under the same conditions as students who completed their undergraduate studies in Slovenia.


If a decision on the restriction of enrolment is adopted and the admission test will be successfully completed by more candidates than available places, candidates will be selected in regards to:

  • portfolio with candidate’s work; admission interview; proposal of research project, – 90%
  • average overall marks of undergraduate L1 course, – 5%
  • assessment of the degree/diploma work in undergraduate L1 studies. – 5%

If the Candidate has not concluded L1 undergraduate studies (but she/he is in the final stages) the average overall grade is taken into account to the extent of 10%.

On the basis of the criteria for selection for limited enrolment, Academy of Visual Arts AVA examines the individual applications of candidates in accordance with the provisions of the Statute. The selection of a candidate is decided by AVA Admission board.


For the admission to the 2nd year of postgraduate study programme of Visual Arts the student must complete the study obligations stipulated in the curriculum of the 1st year of (MA) studies , totalling 56 ECTS.

In accordance with the statute AVA , a student who has not fulfilled all requirements has, the right to repeat the year during the course of the study (once -1x), if he meets the conditions for repetition with the study programme. The conditions for repetition of the year are set at a total of 20 ECTS, which represents 30% of the total number of ECTS for the first year of the postgraduate study programme.


Pursuant to Article 9 of the Criteria for Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions and Study Programmes, the candidate may be granted certain skills, qualifications or competences acquired prior to enrolment to the programme in various forms of formal or non-formal education, which in terms of content and complexity partially (75 %) or fully corresponds to the general or subject-specific competencies, defined in the study programme.

The acquired knowledge, competence or ability can be recognized as a completed academic commitment. The procedure starts with the application of the candidate who encloses the application with the evidence proving the acquired knowledge, competence or capability. A board for student affairs of the Academy of Visual Arts, AVA, decides on the application.

The procedures are in line with the Rules on the procedure and criteria for the recognition of informally acquired knowledge and skills – APEL.


The methods of assessment and evaluating allows postgraduate students to monitor their own progress and to verify the level of achieved learning outcomes and competences. The method of assessing and evaluating knowledge is defined in the Rules on the Assessment and Assessment of Knowledge and in the Evaluation Criteria. Knowledge evaluation and assessment is organized in such a way that a postgraduate student receives an evaluation on a prescribed form in each subject, which contains clear grading tables with the classification for each subject and the completed project. In addition to the grade student receives written explanations of his progress. The forms of examinations are listed in the curriculum for each individual unit.


To complete the post-graduate study program Visual Arts: Contemporary Creative Practices and Theory, the student must complete all the obligations stipulated in the Programme specification – detailed for each unit with a total of 120 ECTS. The student completes the study programme with a presentation of the practical and theoretical work as stated in the Programme specification unit : Master thesis. The study ends with a successful public exhibition /production and presentation of a master’s degree work to internal board of examination (minimum 4 members), consisting of a tutor(s) of practical and theoretical work, and internal member of the teaching staff . The final grade is approved and/or moderated by External Examiner.


Postgraduate programme – Visual arts: contemporary creative practices and theories are performed as a complete course and do not foresee or contain the completion of individual parts of the program.


  • Master of Visual Arts


The transition between study programmes means : the termination of education in the first study programme and the continuation of studies in another study programme. Transitions between programmes are carried out in accordance with the Criteria for Transitions between Study Programmes (OJ L 95/2010). Transitions are possible during study programmes of the same level or in accordance with Article 6 of the Criteria for the transition between study programmes. Pursuant to Article 5 of the criteria for transitions between study programmes, students can transfer to Bologna study programmes also from university delivering non-Bologna study programmes, which were adopted before 11.6.2004. Transitions are possible during study programmes, which at the end of the studies ensure the acquisition of comparable competences and among which at least half of the ECTS obligations from the first study programme can be recognized, which relate to the compulsory subjects of the second study programme. According to the scope of recognized obligations from the first study program in the Republic of Slovenia and abroad, the student can enroll in the same or higher year of the second study program. In the transition, comparable study obligations made by the student in the first study programme and comparable knowledge acquired in a non-formal manner can be recognized. Students must demonstrate prior knowledge acquired with appropriate documents / evidence. A student can be admitted to the higher year of the study programme if all prerequisited credit points for the admition to the higher year of the accredited programme are recognised.


  1. deadline: February 22th to March 15th 2023
  2. deadline: August 15th to September 30th 2023


  • EU and former Yugoslavia nationals: 4.130€/year
  • Other nationalities: 5.980€/year
  • 70€/year enrolment fee


Applicants must enclose a portfolio containing their work and completed AVA application form, the portfolio form and learning agreement  – project proposal. Recommended to be sent by either via e-mail to or via land mail on: USB stick, together with the completed AVA application forms by the end of the application period.