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MDSVAD Virtual Degree Show 2020

BNU - Mariam Dawood School of Arts & Design is proud to present a first of its kind Virtual Exhibition of 27 graduating students from the departments of Visual Communication Design and Textile Fashion & Accessories: Jewelry and Accessories.

The Virtual Degree Show 2020 is an online display taking place in the absence of the annual Degree Show, which has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The works on display represent the culmination of 4 years of creative development and hard work. The website features a deeper insight into student work and process through showcasing expanded information including extra images, and thesis papers.

Click here to visit the Virtual Degree Show 2020

In his statement, Dean Rashid Rana says:

Virtual is the New Real

The future is destined to see Virtual as the new real in ways similar to how we associate physicality with reality. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has only but accelerated the inevitable future. The limitation of the lockdown and social distancing made people in our close proximal surroundings/our neighbors much more distant than the ones living in distant locations. Our engagement through remote means of communications has become prevalent more than ever before. Who is close and who is far; ‘what is real and what is not’ have become relative terms in these times. All of this happened with basic tools of virtuality, which may be seen as archaic in the near future. With new and more advanced means of virtuality and interaction, the line between the so-called 'real' and 'virtual' will be blurry, giving birth to hybrid forms of reality operating simultaneously.

In the wake of COVID-19 we at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts accepted the challenge of distance learning and continued with our role as teachers without any disruption except the change in the mode of engagement. Our graduating class too adapted to the situation and continued working on their thesis projects. We believe their efforts are commendable for their determination to achieve the goals they had set for themselves. We as faculty and administration acknowledge it and are committed to showcase their work as a degree show in a virtual format. For Pakistan, this is the first time an art and design educational institution is presenting a degree show virtually. I am sure it’s not the last one.

Rashid Rana

BNU MDSVAD Documentary

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. BNU MD SVAD Offers degrees in:




Want to be a part of the enriching art & design community that is the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design at BNU?
Apply now during our Early Admissions to secure your seat in one of our four undergrad degree programmes!

Application Deadline: 21st July
Online Admission Test: 23rd July
Virtual Interviews: 24th-28th July
Display of Merit list: 29th July

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