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Programs of Study

Program Overview

The foundation course at SVAD is a prolific and dynamic program designed to meet individual needs of students with diverse aspirations, learning capacities and artistic sensibilities. It is a seminal year of exploration of art fundamentals and practical techniques of making art and design. In the first year, all students undertake this pre-requisite program, which prepares them for their future majors in Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design, Art History, Jewellery, Textile Design or Fashion Studies. The foundation course aims to impart methods of conceptual thinking and to teach students how to articulate an idea individually as well as collaboratively, to record and communicate, narrate a story, or create a scenario with an attitude of placing art and design as agents of change in society.

Students are introduced to a range of materials, mediums, technical and conceptual tools of traditional and contemporary practices in art and design. Various theories, issues and principles of space, scale, weight, composition, color, texture and volumetrics etc are explored in depth through studio courses such as Drawing, Sculpture and Graphic Communication.

The theory courses – Histories of Art and Design, and Visual Communication Theory provide stimulating insight into the complex aesthetic historical aspects of artistic production. For first year students, the choice among fine art and design majors can be a confounding experience. The demanding foundation course is not only a crucial year of creative and intellectual discovery, it is also a time of guidance and support, giving students the confidence to choose their future educational and Career Pathss.

  • Admission Requirement

    In order to be eligible to apply for admission at SVAD, you have to successfully complete your FA / FSc, with 50% marks or have an A level pass in three subjects or an equivalent national or international qualification. All applicants must complete the entrance test booklet, and submit it to the Admissions office at BNU. The test booklet and an interview are key components in the selection process for admission to the BFA and B.Des courses.

  • Foundation Studies Courses

    • Histories of Art, Design and Architecture I, II

      Course Codes: V-FD 101, V-FD 111 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 per Course / Theory Lecture

      Histories of Art, Design, and Architecture is a chronologically organized survey course beginning with the Paleolithic era and continuing to the late 20th century. Representative examples of European and Islamic art and architecture (North Africa to India) will be presented, and key features of selected artistic media will be discussed, along with recurring themes in the history of art, e.g. portraiture, landscape, abstraction, realism, the role of the artist in society and patronage.

      Students will develop skills in image recognition, vocabulary formation, and the use of visual evidence in argument and interpretation.

    • Visual Communication Theory I

      Course Code: V-FD 102 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 2 | Theory/Lecture

      This course helps students realize that ‘seeing’ is, as important a form of communication as verbal one. It concentrates on the basic concepts of visual language; elements and principles of design; common to art, design, architecture, film, photography, performance and their application in both graphic and plastic arts. The course discusses composition, space, color and content, through its function, and interpretation in the visual world.

    • Visual Communication Theory II

      Course Code: V-FD 112 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 2 | Theory/Lecture

      An exclusive aspect of today’s culture is that it is more visual than ever. It is through images that stereotypes and conventions of power, race, gender, and class are constructed. Consequently, it is imperative for an artist or designer to understand the way visual narrative is constructed. This course intends to enable students to perceive images with an enhanced awareness and in relevance to society.

    • Art & Society

      Course Code: V-FD 123 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory/Seminar

      The course is an exploration of the multiple definitions of both art and society. It poses many questions, such as: ‘How do individuals and groups come to identify themselves as a ‘society’?’ or ‘How do individuals and groups shape cultural expressions?’ Students will be encouraged to examine issues arising from historical and social histories, formation of identities and ideologies.

      The course will look at gender, consumerism, censorship, human rights, and environment issues alongside media, films and popular culture.

    • Techniques and Technologies of Graphic Communication I

      Course Code: V-FD 106 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 2 | Studio

      The computer has become an indispensable medium for artists. This class introduces the computer as a work tool. While working in a project-based manner, computer-based skills as well as illustration techniques are developed using software such as MS Office, web-browsers, Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign and Flash. Students acquire essential skills in digital imaging and printing.

    • Techniques and Technologies of Graphic Communication II

      Course Code:V-FD 116 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In continuation of the first semester, this course introduces students to the basic knowledge of typography, photo-manipulation, print design, and animation. Students learn to combine tools the computer offers with traditional drawing techniques. The course explores ways of resolving layout problems, presentation techniques and basic time based software.

    • Foundation Drawing I

      Course Code:V-FD 104 | Contact Time:6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      Drawing is often regarded an intermediary tool, towards creating a finished work of art. Contemporary drawing however, is also considered an autonomous art form. This course approaches drawing both as a preparatory process as well as an end in itself. Students are introduced to a variety of approaches in drawing and to the use of basic tools, through observation; learning to translate the perceptual experience into pictorial language, using varied stimuli such as still life, architectural space and the human body.

    • Foundation Drawing II

      Course Code: V-FD 114 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course concentrates on drawing as a process of visual thinking. The studio structure in semester two allows for a more sustained exploration of subjects and strategies of contemporary drawing. In addition to drawing from observation, students will explore drawing as inquiry, through an array of traditional and unconventional drawing tools, and through discussions generated from regular presentations on contemporary drawing practice. Students are expected to maintain sketchbooks consistently to develop analytical, inventive and personal approaches.

    • Foundation 2D Studio I

      Course Code: V-FD 105 | Credits: 3 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course aims to develop an understanding of fundamental design principles, and of two dimensional space through line, shape, color, texture, form, and their interaction with each other. Projects encourage multiple solutions to design problems, within the set parameters of medium and time. Students are introduced to basic presentation skills and documentation of their work.

    • Foundation 2D Studio II

      Course Code: V-FD 115 | Credits: 3 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this semester, students are encouraged to find more personal design solutions, stretching the imagination, introducing an element of play, integrated with technical knowledge acquired in semester 1. Along with it, the study of more advanced principals of design students are encouraged.

    • Foundation 3D Studio I

      Course Code:V-FD 108 | Credits:3 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits:3 | Studio

      This is an introductory, hands-on course that explores issues of Three Dimensional Space through a diverse range of materials, tools, methods and concepts. Students develop technical proficiency, while learning the fundamentals of scale, texture, weight, tension, movement and context through projects in the studio. This is supported by visits to workshops and markets in the city, concurrently developing the students’ vocabulary of methods of fabrication and problem solving.

    • Foundation 3D Studio II

      Course Code: V-FD 118 | Credits: 3 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course emphasizes the integration of acquired technical knowledge with interpretive skills, pushing the boundaries of the familiar. Students develop an understanding of conceptual and material manipulation. They learn how to transform ideas into innovative works of art. Discussion is encouraged through group critiques, and presentations on works of historical and contemporary significance. Students are encouraged to maintain sketch books in order to record and observe the evolution of ideas into personal works in the studio.

    • Tools & Techniques of Graphic Communication II

      Course Code: V-FD 124 NA


  • Degree Requirement

    The Foundation Studies Program provides each student the opportunity to investigate the possibilities that the degree programs at SVAD offer. While candidates must indicate their special area of interest on the application form at the time of admission, they may opt for another program at the end of the foundation year. The decision is based on the strength of the portfolio they produce in the Foundation Year.