Areas: Drawing, Miniature Painting, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Video Art
Duration: 4 Years | 8 Semesters
Concerned Department: Department of fine arts
Career Paths: Advertising, Art Administration, Art Education, Ceramicist, Ceramics Industry, Computer Graphics related professions, Curator, Editorial, Photography, Entertainment Industry, Exhibition and Events Design, Fashion, Film and TV, Furniture Design, Illustration, Installation Artist, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Model Maker, Multimedia Artist, Painter, Performance Artist, Photographer, Printmaker, Public Art Projects, Sculptor, Theatre Set Design, Studio, Video Artist, Visual Artist
Fine Art Major Studios
Fine Art Major Studio I | 4th Semester
Course Code: V-FA 251 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
In this course, students are introduced to basic ideas and practices of art making. They are expected to discover their own concerns and interpret these in a medium of their choice, whether it is drawing, photography, sculpture, video etc. Each chosen medium brings forth its own vocabulary and potential. The formal and conceptual parameters provided to students are a springboard for the formulation of their own ideas and interests.
Fine Art Major Studio II | 5th Semester
Course Code: V-FA 351 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 251
Students have the opportunity to amalgamate their understanding of formal concerns with various themes and ideas that interest them. Conceptual projects to do with representation of the human body in art history, in media and the urban landscape are explored. This course allows students to critically select and manipulate the medium that would convey the concept in the best possible way.
Fine Art Major Studio III | 6th Semester
Course Code: V-FA 371 | Contact Time:12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 351
Students at this level begin working on self-designed projects. In this transitory phase they are encouraged to pace themselves while meeting goals set by the faculty. At this Intermediate level, students are expected to independently identify and explore personal interests. They learn to critique their work focusing and narrowing down their concerns and choices. The work is periodically reviewed by guest tutors.
Fine Art Major Studio IV | 7th Semester
Course Code: V-FA 451 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 9 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 371
In this major studio, students are encouraged to produce a cohesive body of work by narrowing down and focusing on specific choices of medium and format that they have already explored extensively in the past. Students work on self directed projects supplemented by one to one tutorials and group critiques of advanced level. Each student is expected to follow his or her own specific path of exploration with consistency.
Fine Art Major Studio V | 8th Semester
Course Code: V-FA 471 | Contact Time: 18 Hours per week | Credits: 12 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 471
Students continue with ideas initiated in Major Studio IV, with the awareness that works produced this semester will be a part of degree show. Curatorial framing, installation and exhibition design are part of discussions in Major Studio V. Students are facilitated in the development of their practice, through individual discussions with thesis supervisor/s, as well as critiques with guest artists.
Fine Art Studio Electives
Note regarding Advanced Electives: Painting III, Photography III, Sculpture III, Video Art III
The following applies to all advanced level courses: These advanced courses are independently constructed according to the individual need of students specializing in one of these chosen areas. Third level courses are designed in consultation with teaching faculty. Evaluation is through regular tutorials, critiques and presentations.
Painting I | Fundamental
Course Code: V-FA 221 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
This course is an introduction to the elementary techniques of painting. These include color theory, paint mixing and exploring a variety of working surfaces. The course consists of projects in diverse techniques. Students gain an understanding of formal pictorial elements such as scale, texture, symmetry, contrast, color and principles of perspective. The projects enhance observation skills as well as provide an opportunity to acquire confidence through freely experimenting with diverse media.
Painting II | Intermediate
Course Code: V-FA 321 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 221
Students continue exploring both form and content while concentrating on refining technical skills and individual expression. There is an emphasis on perceptual learning and observation of form, mass, color, atmosphere and light. Projects consist of painting from life and self-derived imagery. The influences and strengths in each student’s work are located and discussed.
Sculpture I | Fundamental
Course Code: V-FA 231 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
Students explore basic methods of developing and fabricating objects. Through visits to workshops, factories and artisans in the city, and through readings and visual presentations, students begin to understand how objects are produced. Class projects are designed to raise questions related to three-dimensionality, the development of form, and the accumulation of meaning in Sculpture.
Sculpture II | Intermediate
Course Code: V-FA 331 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 231
This course lays emphasis on learning to interpret material and form through visual and textual research Students continue to explore a diverse range of materials and processes, with an emphasis on problem solving and discovering formal and conceptual solutions to addresses issues of three-dimensionality. Projects are initiated with visual presentations on the work of an artist/s, relevant to the project, to generate.
Video Art I | Fundamental
Course Code: V-FA 233 | Contact Time: 6 hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
This course is an introduction to the essential elements of digital media. Students are given a broad interdisciplinary understanding of concepts related to imaging, sound, video and interactivity. Through projects set by tutors, students learn to integrate the potential of various digital media to create individual works of art. Lectures and discussions survey the history of artists using digital media.
Video Art II - Video and Animation | Intermediate
Course Code: V-FA 333 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio | Prerequisite: V-FA 233
This intermediate course explores production and editing techniques for digital video, animation and sound. Students are given intensive hands on experience of video and sound recording equipment and its peripherals. Professional quality post-production techniques are explored using non-linear editing and sound enhancement software. The critique of image making and editing are dealt with by surveying historical and contemporary work in the context of film and art.
Course Code: V-FA 243 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
In an age where creator of an image is a spectator of another and every image is perceived sequentially, this elective course reviews the idea of image making. Students will be encouraged to engage in manipulation, appropriation or re-invention of existing images by drawing on new image resources – a kind of practice that does not necessarily fall under the discipline of ‘painting’ or ‘photography’.
Performance Art: Material / Immaterial Actions
Course Code: V-HC 276 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
The course aims to explore the aesthetics and politics of Action, presence & absence, performative relationship between autobiography & self-portraiture, the use of document versus live action, enactment & re-enactment, presentation & re-presentation and employment of objects and spaces in situations of reciprocity. They will also be introduced to the history of performance practices, relational art and explore theoretical issues in order to develop a self-directed approach to art-making.
Study of Motion
Course Code: V-FA 328 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
In this age of moving images, the human eye has become accustomed to register the body in flux more than in any other period in history. This course studies the body in motion and its representations and guises in multiple ways: performing, gesturing, static, agitated or virtual. The course bridges the gap between conventional practices of making drawings and digital forms of expression such as film, video and installation.
Course Code: V-FA 225 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
By drawing from life models, and using a variety of media, students strengthen their observation skills and gain a clear understanding of the extraordinary construction of the human body. In addition to an understanding of human anatomy students also seek figurative references from a variety of sources to explore the human figure as a form of personal expression.
Drawing through History
Course Code: V-FA 327 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
This course surveys drawing media, materials and subject matter through a range of time and cultures. A variety of techniques such siyah qalam, linocut and silver point are explored. Through the study of materials and processes students are exposed to various spatial and formal ideas that have existed in the history of drawing. Assignments are designed to encourage the students to interpret contemporary ideas using these techniques.
Structure in Drawing
Course Code: V-FA 226 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
This course explores tools and formats for visualizing and understanding anatomy in any kind of three-dimensional object. The students learn to render three-dimensional objects as two-dimensional working drawings. They will then translate these working drawings into technical production drawings. All students working with any aspect of three-dimensional design – i.e. sculpture, architecture or jewelry – will be able to best utilize this course.
Course Code: V-FA 327 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio
This course seeks to encourage students to be more experimental at exploring diverse possibilities and media to produce drawings. Drawing is not seen in the conventional sense as preparatory study for some later work but an effective mode of visual expression where every drawing is a carefully constructed work responding to some critical enquiry. The projects involve producing drawings in response to some text like a piece of poetry/ fiction or music where drawing is used as a means to visualize ideas and sensations. Later projects, involving working with found images and mix media, explore and examine contemporary visual culture and its impact on our society.