BFA Visual Arts

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, students are deeply engaged with faculty and visiting artists, actively participating in a spectrum of activities including electives, workshops, residencies, and the Major Studio.

Focus Areas:

Drawing, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Installation Art, Video Art.

Duration:
  • F.A/FSc or equivalent with 45% marks, eight pass subjects of O level and three pass subjects of A level, HSD and IB equivalent.
  • Admission decisions will be based on academic records, performance in the admission test, and the interview conducted by the respective department.

Note:

O-levels (at least 6 subjects for International students and 8 subjects for local students with IBCC equivalence) and 3 complete pass subjects of A-levels. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) will not be taken into account.

High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate (IB) result with at least 2.5 CGPA.

Equivalence Certificate form IBCC is mandatory for all international qualifications i.e. O Levels/A-Levels, High School Diploma, and International Baccalaureate, or equivalent.

In case of A level result awaited additional documents required:

- Statement of Entry

- A-Level School Transcripts

- As-level grades (If Any)

- An application for Provisional Admission Request

In case of Inter result awaited additional documents required:

- Inter Part II Roll number slip

- Hope Certificate (In case of School registered Candidates)

- Inter part 1 result

- An application for Provisional Admission Request

In case of Inter result awaited additional documents required:

After confirming your eligibility, you must choose a department from within MDSVAD. Regardless of your choice of department, all successful applicants are admitted to the Foundation Studies programme. The Foundation Studies programme provides each student the opportunity to investigate the possibilities offered by all degree programmes at SVAD. You must indicate the programme of your preference on the application form, which will be your major for the duration of your degree. In special cases, you may be able to apply for another programme at the end of the Foundation Year. The faculty, who are not obligated to entertain a change of department application, on rare occasions may approve requests at their discretion.

Application Form

You can find the online application form at BNU's online portal: www.bnu.edu.pk www.bnu.edu.pk

You must complete the application form online, following all the instructions. Once you submit it, you will receive a confirmation. You must then submit all required documents (mentioned in the application form) to the Admissions Office on campus. When the Office receives your documents, they will hand over instructions for the Entrance Test to you.

Entrance Test

The admission test for the School of Visual Arts and Design is an online, open-book test that can be completed from home. Students will be given 24 hours to complete all the tasks. Candidates will be tested for reading comprehension, visual comprehension, general knowledge, research etc. Further details about the test will be provided to you upon application submission.

Interview

After the Test, you will be interviewed by a panel of SVAD faculty members. The interviews will be conducted online on Zoom, for which candidates are encouraged to be familiar with.

At SVAD, we look for motivated, observant, curious individuals, with visual intelligence and an interest in reading. The Entrance Test and interview act as a catalyst for us to assess your strengths and aptitude. We will evaluate your potential for development in the programmes that SVAD offers, as well as your research into your desired area of study. The interview is also your chance to ask us questions about SVAD. A portfolio is encouraged, and will help us recognize your passion and commitment.

BNU is a non-profit educational institution and our tuition fee covers the cost of the extraordinary opportunity that a BNU education provides within and beyond the classroom.


Per Semester Fee Structure far FY 2024-2025

BNU
Graduate & Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Programs Master of Art and Design Studies School of Education Graduate Programs
All schools except art and Design (MDSVAD) and Architecture MDSVAD and RHSA MDSVAD SE
Tuitions Fee (PKR) 254,000 354,500 447,000 127,000


Additional Charges

One-time Admission Fee: Rs. 25,000

One-time Security Deposit (Refundable): Rs. 35,000

One-time Deposit for Hostel (Refundable): Rs. 25,000

Medical Insurance (per semester): Rs. 2,000

Hostel Charge (per semester): Rs. 114,000



Additional Charges for Hostel (per semester)

Following appliances are not provided in rooms by BNU but can be installed by a staudent at their own expense:

Room Refrigerator: Rs. 10,200

Room Electric Heater: Rs. 18,000

Air Conditioner: Rs. 54,000


Fee Policy & Details

Below is BNU's Fee Policy that contains the terms and conditions and arrangements for paying fees, refunds and administrative charges. All prospective students are advised to read and understand this policy before accepting a place at the University.

Note: Students are advised to pay their dues as per the schedule announced by their respective school/department. If the student fails to pay the fee on time, his/her name may be struck off the rolls of the university.

Fee Policy & Details

Note: Fee is subject to change every year with the approval of the Board of Governors.

Note:
  • Pay application processing fee via bank deposit through your processing fee challan (Rs. 4000 for all degree programs) at any branch of UBL bank. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Alternatively, you can pay the application fee online through the Blinq app.
  • For queries regarding transport fee and bus routes, you may contact transporter Mr. Akram (0321-8487828).

Step into a future brimming with promise and potential with the BNU Scholarships 2024. We believe in empowering the dreams of bright minds, offering new avenues of opportunity to prospective students. With a legacy spanning two decades, we've illuminated the paths of countless individuals with over 1.1 Billion Rupees in scholarships. At BNU, we're not just investing in education; we're investing in the architects of tomorrow, nurturing talent, and fostering innovation. Join us in shaping a world where aspirations know no bounds, where every dreamer has the chance to soar. Apply now and let your journey to greatness begin.

VC Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

- 3A* (all three complete subjects in A-level) or 90% or above in Intermediate or an equivalent with a personal statement - To retain the scholarship, the applicant must maintain a minimum qualifying CGPA prescribed by the relevant department

Percentage Coverage

100% Scholarship

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, September 6, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, September 16, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, September 6, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 16, 2024

Dean’s Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

35% weightage to Matric/O level, 35% to Intermediate/A level, 30% BNU Admissions Test/Interview and portfolio.

To be eligible for the scholarship, aggregate score of the aforementioned criteria should be more than 80%.

BNU will offer need/merit based scholarships to students who meet the set criteria of BNU selection process, ensuring they also maintain minimum qualifying CGPA to retain the scholarship.

Demonstrating need is a prerequisite to qualify for this scholarship.

Eligibility criteria will be assessed for determination.

Merit for the scholarship will be decided by the BNU scholarship committee.

Percentage Coverage

100% Scholarship

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, June 28, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, August 16, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 02, 2024

Merit Based Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants with 90% or above marks in their FA/FSc examination; or 3As in A level or equivalent will be eligible for 75% merit scholarship.

Applicants with 80% or above marks in their FA/FSc examination; or 2As in A level or equivalent will be eligible for 50% merit scholarship.

Applicants applying for this scholarship will be eligible for other scholarships.

Percentage Coverage

Up to 75% Scholarship

Need Based Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship is for students who belong to a low-income family.

Scholarships equal to 25%-50% of tuition fee may be granted upon verification of financial hardship on the recommendation of Scholarship Committee.

This scholarship will automatically renew each semester if the candidate maintains 2.65 CGPA.

Percentage Coverage

Up to 50% Scholarship

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, June 28, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, August 16, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 02, 2024

Sports Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

Students who have won single medals (Gold/Silver/Bronze) at national or provincial levels are eligible for consideration.

Applicants applying for this scholarship will be eligible for other scholarships.

Must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

Percentage Coverage

50% scholarship to 2 male & 2 female applicants

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, June 28, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, August 16, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 02, 2024

Transgender Inclusion Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

Valid CNIC with marked X category.

50% scholarship will be awarded to two selected applicants.

Out of station students will receive a hostel stipend equivalent to the BNU hostel fee.

Applicants applying for this scholarship should meet the BNU eligibility criteria.

Percentage Coverage

50% Scholarship

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, June 28, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, August 16, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 02, 2024

BNU Institutional Support

Eligibility Criteria

Students attending public sector, non-profit, and trust schools are eligible to apply.

Applicants from the aforementioned schools are encouraged to apply and complete the BNU admission process.

75% or above percentage in Secondary School (Matric/O level or equivalent) and in Higher Secondary School (Intermediate/ A level or equivalent).

To retain this scholarship throughout their undergraduate degree, applicants must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Applicants applying for this scholarship will be eligible for other scholarships.

Percentage Coverage

25% Scholarship

Submission Date (Early Round)

Friday, June 28, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Early Round)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Submission Date (Regular Round)

Friday, August 16, 2024

Decision Announcement Date (Regular Round)

Monday, September 02, 2024

NEST Scholarships for Arts & Culture

BNU is pleased to announce the National Endowment Scholarship for Talent in Arts & Culture for enrolled students under a welcome initiative by the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training. The scholarship was inaugurated by the former Federal Minister of Federal Education & Professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, on January 16, 2020, in Islamabad. Also present at the occasion was the former Vice Chancellor, Mr. Shahid Hafiz Kardar.

Under the NEST scholarship program, 100% tuition fee-waiver (including hostel fees, wherever applicable) on the understanding that 50% will be contributed by BNU in accordance with its present criteria for determining eligibility for a need based scholarship.

The scholarship is competitive and only selected slots under the program are available to full-time registered students of the undergraduate programs at Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design, Department of Theater, Film and TV of the School of Media & Mass Communication, and Department of Liberal Arts at Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

The NEST Eligibility Criteria for the students is as follows:

  • The applicant must be a Pakistani National.
  • Students must secure admission in the approved discipline at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in Undergraduate (4 or 5 Years) program.
  • The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined by the financial background of his/her family (in accordance with the due diligence processes of BNU already shared with and endorsed by NEST).
  • Not availing any other educational scholarship during the current academic year.

For more information contact:

Ms. Somia maqsood

Assistant Registrar

Email: somia.maqsood@bnu.edu.pk

Phone: 042-38100156, Ext: 301

All completed applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office at BNU by the deadline set by the Registrar's Office

Madanjeet Singh Art Scholarships

The South Asia Foundation awards the Madanjeet Singh Art Scholarships to talented students from South Asia. Sixteen students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are fully funded and are part of the BNU family.

Rahimeen Ahmad Scholarship Fund

Rahimeen Ahmad Scholarship Fund (RASF) was established in 2022 in loving memory of BNU alumni and Fulbright scholar, Rahimeen Ahmad.
The fund aims to provide a 100% scholarship for at least 1 female student for a four year undergraduate degree at BNU, on an ongoing basis.
Rahimeen (May God grant her the highest levels of Paradise) was a brilliant, empathic dreamer with many plans to give back to Pakistan. In particular, she believed education to be a key vehicle for both personal growth and social progress.
In this spirit she continuously sought opportunities to learn, both, inside and outside the classroom. She strove for knowledge not just for herself but also to enrich others. Rahimeen’s family and friends hope this scholarship will continue Rahimeen’s light, pass on her torch and fulfill her dreams of helping others actualize their potential through the gift of education.

Notes:

  • For applying for scholarships, students can collect the scholarship form from the Registrar Office.
  • No student will be provided a scholarship if he/she does not complete full workload for a semester as prescribed by the School/Institute for the postgraduate, graduate and for undergraduate degree program.
  • Since scholarships offered at BNU are subject to funding and availability, the University reserves the right to amend its scholarship policy without prior notification.
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw, terminate or suspend any scholarship on disciplinary grounds or in case of academic failure.
  • Scholars will be required to assist the University with its marketing and publicity activities as appropriate.

Friends of BNU

BNU is grateful for the support from benefactors and donors, and the following Friends of BNU for providing scholarships for our students:

  • M/s Karvan Publishers
  • M/s Aliel Jewellers
  • Madanjeet Singh Trust and South Asia Foundation
  • M/s Sang-e-Meel Publishers
  • Zavia Trust, London
  • Zohra and ZZ Ahmed Foundation
  • Mausammary Lawn
  • Mrs Nighat Ali, LGS
  • Maqbool Academy
  • Packages Ltd
  • Mrs. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri
  • Mr. Nooruddin Zahid
  • Mrs Salima Hashmi
  • Mr. Omar Qaiser – New York
  • Prof. Dr. Masoom A. Haider - Toronto
  • Prof. Dr. Mansoor A. Haider - Raleigh-Durham
  • Prof. Dr. Ziauddin Sardar -London
  • Dr. Mazahir Najfi, FRCS - Hamilton
  • Architect Mukhtar Khalil - Chicago
  • Pakistan Education Endowment Fund (PEEF)

How can I apply? Please share the application process.

  • Please visit the BNU website and click on the “Fall 2024 Admissions Open” tab.
  • Use a valid email ID to fill out your admission application form.
  • After completing your Admission Application Form online, please upload scanned copies of your attested educational documents(PDF) and final submit.

What are the degrees on offer?

BNU offers a wide range of degree programs in various disciplines. Please click the link below to know about the degree programs offered at BNU:

Programs of Study

How can I pay the application processing fee?

The Admission Application Processing Fee can be paid through bank deposit A/c. # 00211650512685 at any branch of the UBL Bank. OR you can pay via blinq app (procedure is available in your application in the ‘processing fee’ section OR you can pay via fund transfer using 1Bill option from your mobile banking app.

What to do after payment of the application processing and uploading of the processing fee details?

Complete the remaining sections of your online application and upload scanned copies (PDF)of your attested documents in the ‘upload documents’ section and click ’final submit ‘to complete your online application.

Do we need to visit the campus to submit the documents?

Applicants can visit campus for general information or to have one-on-one interaction with staff and faculty.In-person visits to the campus are not mandatory since the complete application process is online.

What is the fee for one semester?

Fees structure is subject to the program you’re interested in. Please visit the page below to know about the per semester fees for 2024-25 session.

Programs of Study

Is BNU's admissions office open, so we can visit and submit the documents?

Applicants don’t need to submit their application or documents in person to the admission office as the complete admission procedure is Online. However, it is preferred to sort your query with us over the Admissions UAN: 042-111-BNU-LHR (042-111-268-547) or via our Social Media:

Facebook:.


You can also write to us on

admissions@bnu.edu.pk.

Since I'm in another city, how can I take the entry test if I can't travel?

It depends on the program you’re applying for. Most of the departments are conducting the on-campus test/ interview. However, you must check our website by scrolling down for the schedule to the program you’re applying for.

Please visit the page below link for the admission schedule details:

Admissions Schedule

9-What is the admission merit/ criteria for FA/ F.Sc. / Intermediate students?

Please visit the page below for the admission criteria for all degree programs:

Admissions Criteria

What is the admission merit/ criteria for A-level students?

Applicants with eight pass subjects of O levels (including compulsory subjects) and three pass subjects of A levels (full credit subjects) are eligible to apply.

Note: The IBCC equivalence certificate score should meet the eligibility criteria requirement for the applied degree program.

Please visit the page below for the admission criteria of all degree programs:

Admissions Criteria

What is the scholarship criteria?

BNU offers multiple scholarships in various disciplines. Please visit the page below for the scholarship information:

Admissions Schedule

Does BNU offer sports-based scholarships?

Yes, we do offer Sport-based scholarships. Applicants have the option to apply for this scholarship from their applicant portal. The complete application should reach the admission office by the deadline as mentioned on the application for.

Please visit the page below for information on scholarships:

Scholarships

I can't submit the online application form for admissions because I don't have the equivalence certificate or marks yet since I don't have A-level results at the moment. Can you help me with this?

You can choose the ' waiting’ option to complete this section, also you can upload the equivalence certificate on your applicant portal before the commencement of classes in September.

Will I receive confirmation once the application process is complete? Will there be notifications?

You will receive a confirmation via text message on the provided contact number. Or you must check your student portal for confirmation.

Can I apply to BNU if I've failed a subject in intermediate part 1?

If you expect to receive your full intermediate result (with no supplementary exams) before classes begin, you can apply for provisional admission, provided you meet BNU's admission criteria and pass the admission test and interview.

Where is the campus situated?

Beaconhouse National University, Tarogil Campus,

13 Km Off Thokar Niazbeg, Raiwind Road, Tarogil, Lahore - 53700, Pakistan.


Am I eligible to apply for any MS degree program in Psychology at BNU if I have a Bachelor’s degree?

To apply for an MS program in Psychology, you must have finished an undergraduate degree in the relevant field. For the MS in Clinical Psychology, you must have completed a 4-year (Honors) degree in Psychology from an HEC recognized university.

What will be the entry test pattern?

Please scroll down to the respective department you’re applying for, and you can download the entry test pattern from the page:

Admissions Schedule

I applied for early admissions but could not secure an admission. Can I apply in the same department again, or another department during the regular admissions intake?

No, you cannot apply to any other degree program offered by the same department. However, you are eligible to apply (subject to completing the eligibility requirements) for the degree programs offered by other departments of the University.

Do you have any campus in Karachi/ Islamabad?

We’re only located in Lahore, Pakistan.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Explore tody: Your future, our programs

Courses

Semester I - year 1 (foundation year)

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

2 Dimensionality: Drawing & Surface Tensions

Course Code

FDY-101

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

3 Dimensionality: Space & Form

Course Code

FDY-102

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

4 Dimensionality: Time, and Virtuality

Course Code

FDY-103

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Contextuality: Theory & Practice

Course Code

FDY-104

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visuality: Form and Content

Course Code

FDY-105

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Memory: Visual Culture Through Time

Course Code

FDY-106

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Remedial English and Writing Theory

Course Code

FDY-107

Credit Hrs.

0

Total 18

Semester II - year 1 (foundation year)

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Foundational Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Foundational Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Foundational Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Foundational Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Foundational Theory Elective

Course Code

Research Methods in Art & Design
OR
Academic Writing and Critical Reading
FDY-115
FDY-116

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Foundational Theory Elective

Course Code

History of Art
or
History of Communication Design
or
History of Textile, Fashion and Accessory Design
See List
FDY-117
FDY-118
FDY-119

Credit Hrs.

3

Total 18

Semester III - year 2

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Integrated Studio (all programmes)

Course Code

IDE-202

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

History of Ideas (Mandatory Theory)

Course Code

IDE-201

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Studio Elective (1st)

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Studio Elective (2nd)

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Pakistan Studies

Course Code

SLA-102

Credit Hrs.

1.5

Total 16.5

Semester IV - year 2

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Integrated Visual Arts / Visual Communication Design Studio

Course Code

VFD-221

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visual Arts Studio Elective (1st)

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visual Arts Studio Elective (2nd)

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visual Arts Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Islamic Studies

Course Code

SLA-103

Credit Hrs.

1.5

Total 16.5

Semester V - year 3

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Visual Arts Major Studio I

Course Code

BVA-300

Credit Hrs.

6

Course Title

Visual Arts Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visual Arts Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Total 15

Semester VI - Year 3

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Visual Arts Major Studio II

Course Code

BVA-301

Credit Hrs.

6

Course Title

Visual Arts Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Visual Arts Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

SVAD Theory Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Total 15

Summer – Year 3

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Field work for Professional Practice

Course Code

VFA-228

Credit Hrs.

2

Total 2

Semester VII - Year 4

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Visual Arts Major Studio III

Course Code

BVA-400

Credit Hrs.

9

Course Title

SVAD Studio Elective

Course Code

See List

Credit Hrs.

3

Course Title

Current Discourse in Visual Arts

Course Code

BVA-402

Credit Hrs.

3

Total 15

Semester VIII - Year 4

Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
Course Title

Fine Art Major Studio IV

Course Code

BVA-401

Credit Hrs.

12

Course Title

Professional Practices in Visual Art

Course Code

BVA-452

Credit Hrs.

3

Total 15

Fine Arts Mandatory Courses

History of Ideas | Semester 3
Course Code: IDE-201 | Contact Time: 3 Hours Per Week | Credits: 3 | Theory

This course is an introduction to progression of change in human thought and modes of being. It focuses on developments beginning in the late 1700s till present, although the content often cuts across linearity. The course foregrounds intellectual development mentioned above but in conversation with social, political, economic and technological shifts which influence the creation of new world orders. It is proposed that such intellectual threads may be grasped from the territories of many disciplines thus providing a deep but flexible grounding of theory to practice.

Integrated Studio | Semester 3
Course Code: IDE-202 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

From the shifting coordinates of art, design and other creative fields, what does it mean to be “practicing” today? What are some actions and indications of it? This course tackles these questions from an interdisciplinary context, borrowing from poetics, functionality, and research. Students begin to define the idea of practice for themselves through rigorous coursework in which they are asked to consider this question from varying lenses. As a result, they are expected to understand production as having relevance in more than one arena including aesthetic, cultural, social, utilitarian and political.

Integrated Visual Arts & Visual Communication Design Studio | Semester 4
Course Code: VFD-221 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

In this course, students are encouraged to explore basic themes, ideas and practices that are common to Visual Art and Design. The formal and conceptual parameters provided to students are a springboard for the formulation of their own ideas and interests, expressed through mediums of their own choice. Through short, experimental assignments emphasis is laid on strengthening execution skills as well as perceptual and conceptual abilities. The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with current/re-current themes, critical ideas and lenses such as semiotics phenomenology. Thus, they are expected to become informed readers and makers of images in a variety of visual art and design formats.

Fine Art Major Studio I | Semester 5
Course Code: BVA-300 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

This course is a transitory level between the more structured Major I, and the independent Major III and hence involves a combination of two pedagogical approaches. Students have the opportunity to explore their understanding of formal issues through various themes and ideas. The primary objective of this course is to enable students in bridging their formal skills and theoretical understanding. Students are encouraged to experiment extensively with mediums of their choice while responding with critical thoughts and ideas within a broader context of the arts.

Fine Art Major Studio II | Semester 6
Course Code: BVA-301 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

At this advanced level, students are expected to independently identify and explore personal interests. Their work is self-motivated and interaction with the tutor is limited to individual and group critique sessions. The primary objective of this course is to enable the students in identifying their concerns, developing their independent practice and narrowing down their choice of mediums. At this level, students are also being exposed to ideas outside of art & design disciplines through simultaneous theory courses and they are expected to bring this understanding to Major Studio.

Research and Studio Practice | During summer break between Semester 6 & 7
Course Code: VFA-228 Contact Time: TBD Credits: 2

This self-directed course will essentially help students augment their studio practice through research and prepare them for their future professional practice. It will also equip them for their fourth and final year of the undergraduate program and help them realize their thesis through a research base. Students during the summer break, between 6th and 7th semester will carry on a series of research activities, following guidelines set by the major studio instructor, and submit a comprehensive report upon joining the 7th semester.

Fine Art Major Studio III | Semester 7
Course Code: BVA-400 | Contact Time:18 Hours per week | Credits: 9 | Studio

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-on-one tutorials and group critiques of advanced level. Each student is expected to follow their specific path of exploration with consistency. The course aims to facilitate students in learning to work with rigour, while having a self-critical view towards their own development.

Current Discourse in Visual Art | Semester 7
Course Code: BVA-402 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

This course examines the idea of art as handed to us through a history of interpretations, leading to a reassessment of the critical assumptions implicit in the creation of the discipline. Through a series of discursive activity, accompanying texts and writing students trace and negate chronologies, and subsequently examine the ‘conditions’ underpinning the art imaginary at present time, leading to a reassessment of its physical and conceptual boundaries. The students examine contemporaneity from a panoramic point of view not just as a participation in chronological time but also as a (dis)continuation of it: the present lies evasive, unfixed and unbracketed.

Fine Art Major Studio IV | Semester 8
Course Code: BVA-401 | Contact Time: 24 Hours per week | Credits: 12 | Studio

Students continue with projects already initiated in the major studio in the previous semester with the awareness that the final works produced during the course of the 8th semester will be a part of the degree show. Students are facilitated in development of their work through independent discussions with the thesis supervisor/s and as well as through group reviews with guest critics. Curatorial and display design concerns around their individual practices are also discussed.

Professional Practices in Visual Art | Semester 8
Course Code: BVA-452 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

How do artists make a living? It takes time for emerging artists to become established and to find an appropriate niche in the market. This course in the final semester prepares graduating students for the realities of art as a profession. The seminar is designed to meet the needs of graduating students with different career objectives. In addition, students acquire essential skills in the following: finding and running a studio, publicity, bringing work to the attention of the buying public, funding work, handling commission bodies and curators, organizing exhibitions, producing exhibition catalogs, entering artist-in residence schemes, competition and copyright issues.

Fine Art Studio Electives

Exploring Mindfulness and Identity through Photography
Course Code: VFA-230 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

Who am I? and What am I doing here? These are questions that no longer have definitive answers. Over 16 weeks, students will explore through creative photo assignments, Identity and Mindfulness in today’s digital world and, in the process, will begin to be aware of images' profound impact on society. They will find their voice using the power of the visual medium of photography to communicate meaningfully. The course will culminate in a self-defined but guided final project.

Around Color
Course Code: VFA-232 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

This course explores the importance and application of colour in visual arts through the practice of painting. Informed by the contemporary critical literature looking at colour from various viewpoints, i.e. material, metaphorical, philosophical, cultural and affective, students are led to engage with and apply colour meaningfully. This course seeks to broaden the expressive and creative scope of working with colour.

Sculpting The Sensorial Being
Course Code: VFA-235 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

In this course, students will explore how the human body is perceived and represented. We will examine the body as a tangible subject and when it may no longer be perceived for itself. It is transformed into a sensory experience, a memory, raw material, a symbol, a cultural metaphor, and an object. The students will study the human body in the context of other bodies, environments, objects and materials. They will learn to work with different materials and techniques such as sculpting, moulding and, casting, direct methods.

The Third Eye: Making Meaning of The World Through the Lens
Course Code: VFA-236 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

This course aims to expand on the understanding of contemporary video art critically. It will explore video as a multidisciplinary medium and lens-based media, especially outside the flat screen. The course will enable the students to build a new relationship with physical and nonphysical space. And it will demonstrate connections between architecture and sculpture. Students will generate immersive, experiential, sculptural and innovative projects, considering the medium's relevance in the future. They will be encouraged to question and reexamine its role. The applications can range from fashion films to abstract art, animation, installation and beyond.

Real as Imaginary: Fictive in Painting
Course Code: BVA-227 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

This course aims to understand and apply painting as a medium of imagining / re-imagining the natural and, thus, an extension of and an aid to the imagination and the realm of the imaginary. Like every mode of imaginative representation, visual or verbal, painting is a site where perceptual and imaginary interact and shape each other. Through an overview of relevant vital texts and works, along with extensive exercises, the ideas of real, surreal and symbolic are sought to be explored.

B/Ordering the Space
Course Code: BVA-228 Contact Time: 6 Hours per week Credits: 3 | Studio

Alongside exploring ways of making three-dimensional objects with various materials, this course will investigate the importance of gravity that keeps an object grounded to the earth and the space surrounding it with vast emptiness, light and air. Main objective of this course will be to understand that an object only has meaning if it is seen in the context of what surrounds it and the context it can create for things already around it.

Making Photographs or Taking Them?
Course Code: BVA-229 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

This course will explore photography as a hybrid and contemporary art form for each student's art-making process. A thorough understanding of photographic history and genres and the medium of light and its measurement, temperature, intensity and colour will be an integral part of this course. Film, theatre and media references will be given to developing a visual data bank and personalised photography exercises developed for particular directions.

Site, Sound & The Moving Image
Course Code: BVA-215 Contact time: 6 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Studio

The course focuses on extending a critical understanding of contemporary video art, video installation, and sound art practices in an expanded space beyond the white cube. It explores interdisciplinary understandings around video and sound by considering their interfaces in a multi-dimensional format. Students are expected to view time-based mediums not just as a rectangular screen but as a generative and interactive space which may be assembled in immersive, experiential, sculptural and other surprising ways.

Fine Arts Theory Electives

Memories of Home: Art and Transcultural Identity
Course Code: VFA-257 Contact Time: 3 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Theory

What is a home? A space, a memory or an idea? This course aims to look at transcultural identity from an art historical perspective. Students will explore the flux of ideas produced as artists journey across borders, migrate and re-assimilate in new communities, creating new cultural identities. This course will examine migration and its impact on Art Making to understand themes of belonging, visibility and recognition and essentially Home in an increasingly globalised world.

Other Colours: Nature, History & Politics of Pigment In Art
Course Code: BVA-230 Contact Time: 3 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Theory

This course will examine the origin, trade, ideas and politics attached to colour. From its history as pigment collected from stones, vegetation, insects, and earth to its uses in different societies, the course will focus on colors and their variants. Religious, social, economic, racial, linguistic and aesthetic connotations will be studied through examples of art and other pictorial expressions across cultures and continents. It will also include indigenous terms to signify shades, the link between visual and verbal descriptions, and how one influenced/transformed the other.

The West & The Rest: Art in The Era of Colonialism
Course Code: BVA-219 Contact Time: 3 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Theory

This course is an introductory outlook on art in the age of colonialism. It will discuss visual media used as documentary expression and propaganda by influential people. The course will examine the forceful colonisations of India, Africa and Persia and the fetishisation of China and Japan by the world. Lastly, students will engage with the problematic question of what it means to decolonise a traditional museum functioning on Western aesthetics, an Orientalist perspective and colonial doctrines.

Everyday Science: Exploring the Infra-Ordinary
Course Code: VFA-306 Contact Time: 3 Hours per Week Credits: 3 | Theory

This course involves students looking beyond the walls with the eyes of knowledge from various scientific disciplines such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer Sciences and other derived branches. It explores approaches of subjectivity and objectivity side by side and takes students on a journey of curiosity, imagination, logic and creativity. It introduces fundamental concepts, phenomena, and basic and applied sciences techniques to add a rational and applicable dimension to students' vision, enabling them to incorporate this knowledge into their creative expression. Examples from nature and everyday life make this course exciting and comprehensive.

Degree Requirement

Foundation: 36 credits | 12 courses

6 Mandatory Courses: 3 Studio + 2 Theory + 1 Studio Theory Hybrid + 1 Zero Credit course through advisement.

6 Elective Courses: 4 Studio + 2 Theory

Post-Foundation: 96 credits | 26 Courses

11 Mandatory Courses (51 credits): 6 Major Studio + 5 mandatory Theory Courses

14 Elective Courses (45 credits) + Field work for Professional Practice (44 credits): 9 Studio Electives (min. 4 Major specific) + 5 Theory Courses Electives (min. 2 Major specific) + Field work for Professional Practice (during summer break between Semesters VI & VII)

TOTAL: 131 | 38 Courses + Degree Show, along with an Extended Essay
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