Welcome to
Beaconhouse National University


Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design welcomes new forms of visual experience and offers a multidisciplinary approach as a way to explore the connection between art, design and different branches of knowledge. We believe that art and design education must equip both faculty and students with adaptive tools, skills and strategies to develop multi-modal ideas relevant to the changing interconnections and contexts of global learning.

SVAD encourages experimentation and aims to ensure that each student is visually articulate, conceptually mature and equipped with the ability to consolidate ideas and concepts. Providing our students with the opportunity to achieve their creative analytical potential is a primary objective, with a focus on being responsible citizens and thinkers who contribute to the social fabric of the places they inhabit. Our ever-evolving curriculum is based on constant introspection and revision of our programmes, keeping it at par with international standards and trends in education. We owe this in large part to our faculty. Drawn from diverse backgrounds from all parts of the country as well as from abroad, they are well-known practicing professionals in their respective fields and it is their hands-on knowledge of contemporary and traditional practice that guides the experience of students. The faculty regularly participates in local and international exhibitions, undertakes design and craft community projects and participates in seminars, conferences and workshops.

SVAD believes in taking the lead in celebrating diversity through creative inquiry. From the outset, our students have a choice of cross-cutting across disciplines, blurring and questioning existing lines and engaging in a close dialogue between local and global perspectives. SVAD’s degrees are accredited by HEC and its students have qualified for Fulbright Scholarships, international residencies, projects and exhibitions.

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design is proud to host art and design students from all SAARC countries. They are supported by the South Asia Foundation and the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asian Arts [UMISAA]. Sharing the teaching and learning experience with people from other parts of the world helps build enduring relationships, making BNUSVAD a truly unique institution in the region.

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