Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) is one of the first Schools to be established at BNU in 2003. In the past decade or so, the school has ushered in a new era in the way art and design are practiced and understood in the region today. Our commitment to contemporary thought and practice, coupled with an approach that cuts through national and cultural boundaries, has fostered a unique vision among our students, faculty and alumni. The programs at SVAD are designed in a way that allows students to experience a discursive environment with fluidity between disciplines. This gives each student the freedom to forge his or her personalized path of exploration and offer something meaningful to the world.
SVAD's progress is enabled by the fact that it is a self-reflective and adaptive institution. We have continued to examine modes of teaching, and each year, areas that require adjustment are investigated and refined. This requires exceptional conviction and courage, and has been possible because of an excellent team of faculty, students, technical staff and administration at the University. 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.
Recently, we concluded our 13th batch of undergraduate courses by putting up a serious and insightful Thesis Exhibition. Our Annual Degree Show itself is an outstanding culmination of graduating students’ work from across multiple disciplines that reflected thorough investigations in their fields of interest, under the guidance of exceptional and involved faculty. We are committed to an expanded approach to art and design education. For this, we do not hesitate to use innovative formats for knowledge dissemination along with traditional classroom teaching. ‘Stories We Tell, ‘Nothing Fest,’ and ‘SVAD Talks’ are relevant projects that have enabled our students to learn beyond classroom.
We welcome any prospective student who stands to join this community of remarkable professionals engaged in constantly redefining the possibilities of art and design.
Prof. Rashid Rana
Dean, Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD)