The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at Beaconhouse National University has taken the lead in implementing an interdisciplinary approach to teaching art and design at the post graduate level. It is the only program of its kind in Pakistan that offers students the option of both studio-based and/or theory-based specializations at the graduate level.
Our graduates have become active participants of the contemporary international art and design circuits. Contributing to the critical attitudes and refined skills of the next generation of artists and designers, as well as educators, writers, and thinkers, is fundamental to our mission.
With this vision, the MA in Art and Design Studies (MA ADS) provides a structure that is not only specific to our academic and professional needs in South Asia, but is also at par with the global standards of education, practices, and research in art and design. This program is aimed at intensifying the exploratory and critical energies of our existing studio-based practices at undergraduate levels, and undertakes the task of preparing researchers, scholars, and, educators in these realms at the post graduate level. Students determine the focus of their research and the concentration of their writing and studio components in consultation with their advisors.
Examining the research questions that usually originate in their art or design practice, grounded in their studio experience, MA ADS students are expected to undertake research projects that address humanistic, ontological, sociocultural or historical issues. In these imaginative and intellectual quests, they broaden their topics of inquiry, through studio practice, writing and reading.
The faculty members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, and are well known cultural practitioners, at the forefront of their respective fields. Similarly, the student body is drawn from all the SAARC countries and we cherish this diversity that makes BNU a truly unique institution in South Asia.