Diploma / Degree
B.Arch. (5 years)
BFA (4 years), in one of the following: Fine Art / Islamic Arts
/ Art History
B. Design (4 years), in one of the following:
Design & Media Arts:
Media Arts) / Textile Design/Industrial
Design / Ceramics & Glass
All specializations begin with a one year of foundation studies introducing
students to a wide range of basic skills. Subjects introduced in the
first year will be drawing, design, draughting, materials & processes
and contextual studies. The objective of these preparatory courses,
which are compulsory, is to provide the basic skills and knowledge necessary
to engage productively in the subsequent years of training in the chosen
The Architecture programme seeks to produce Architects
capable of design solution in the context of social and technical
research and innovation. The course consists of Architectural Theory
and History, Building related Technologies, Service and Materials, Communication
Skills and the application of these in Studio Practice. The Program
acknowledges the digital revolution, introducing computer-aided design
in the secondary year of the course.
Practical on-site experience and visits
to relevant locations, along with their documentation and analysis,
are undertaken to help the student relate the issues of the built
environment issues. A four-month internship program allows the students
to gain valuable practical experience leading to a graduating degree
Fine Art course is an integrated programme that emphasizes
concept development and encourages the student to explore creative
expression within the contemporary cultural and intellectual discourse.
Students are encouraged to use a wide
range of media, materials and processes. Drawing is a key discipline.
Art history and art theory will supplement concept development. Traditional
disciplines of painting, miniature, sculpture and printmaking are
offered along with photography and AV media studies. Critical analysis
and awareness of one’s place
within regional and international developments prepares students
to engage with current art concerns. Students are expected to present
a self-directed body of work that can be interdisciplinary or in
one medium their choice.
Islamic Arts has a practical curriculum
with a theoretical base exploring surviving Arts and Crafts practices
throughout the Islamic World.
The underlying philosophy of this programme
acknowledges the Islamic Arts as a vibrant subject of great relevance
to the Muslim world.These arts need to be revived at a practical
level to supplement the theoretical treatises and the cataloguing and
documentation by Muslim and Western scholars. Local and world wide masters
of Muslim arts & crafts
will be invited to teach the main modes of expression such as Architectural
detailing, Textiles, Carpet Weaving, Ceramics, Silver/Gold-smiting,
Metalwork and Jewellery, and the ‘Arts of the Book‘ including
binding, illumination, gilding and miniature painting
The Art History programme encourages
the students to look critically at the History of Art and Ideas. Contemporary
South Asian art, global art practices, and historical accounts of
the developments in art as presented in the Euro-American “Grand Narratives” of
art history are studied in depth, but also re-examined through the
post-colonial perspective of cultural studies.
Research is an important component
of this course and students are expected to present a substantial
research paper at the end of the course. History and criticism of
art & design and tutorials
on related areas of philosophy, literature and the performing arts
are incorporated. This is a theory course; however, students supplement
their studies with a studio course of their choice.
Industrial Design is an inter-disciplinary profession
that interfaces between art and technology to conceive design and develop
products for the home, the work place and public amenities.
The Industrial Design programme facilitates
a wide range of learning experiences including imaginative speculation
on design solutions; hands-on practical fabrication of drawings,
3D models and computer representation of design ideas; and the articulation
of theoretical frameworks for understanding design ideas within a
historical and cultural context. Emphasis is placed on social responsibility
and the environmental impact of designed products, use of materials
and waste management. Evaluating and contemporizing traditional crafted
products is an important part of improving standards of living. Individual
guidance gives students the flexibility to produce designer for industry
as well as small workshop practice.
The Textile Design programme aims to prepare design
students for a role in the textile industry, both for clothing and furnishing
textiles, accessories and for adding value to traditional crafts.
Professionals, technical and design
skills are encouraged for a range of printed, woven, knitted and
embroidered textile products, and their application for clothing and
furnishing. Block and screen-printing, transfer processes, dyeing, experiences
of fabric and weaving on looms are more of the skills taught. Internship
and workshop are arranged as an essential part of the curriculum.
Students are required to engage in detailed research of traditional
and modern textile processes, including visits to craft communities.
Design & Media Arts:
Design & Media Arts acknowledges
the wider application of Graphic Design, Electronic Media and Advertising
Areas of study are divided into
two option: Print Design or Media Arts. Design includes advertising,
information graphics, typography, packaging, printmaking, printing-press
technology, photography, illustration, computer graphics, editorial
design. Media Arts include camera, pre/post production, animation,
photography, illustration and marketing. Both disciplines take
into consideration the multi-cultural and economically polemic markets,
critiquing the place of design and media practice in culturally
complex societies. Seminars and a strong theory component ensures
awareness of cultural needs and responsible practice within existing
Ceramics & Glass:
The Ceramics & Glass programme focuses on studio
ceramics and creative glass making. Students are given hands-on experience
of the range of skills and processes, including wheel-throwing, slab
and mold building, firing techniques, glazing, glass forming etc.
Emphasis is placed upon experience and training in developing individually
produced ceramic and glass works for the designer in individually
workshop practice. Knowledge of the workings of ceramics and glass
industry is made available for those intending to establish production
Student assessment is based on practical assignments
given throughout the term and examination held at the end of each
semester. At the end of each semester there is a portfolio assessment.
Students are counseled on their over all progress. Home assignments
supplement classrooms projects.
Passing percentage Is 50% in each course. The grades given to the students
are expressed as a Numerical Grade (NG), an equivalent Alphabetical
Grade (AG) and a Grade Point (GP). Grade Point Ratio (GPR) and a Cumulative
Grade Point Ratio (CGPR) will be calculated.
Minimum CGPA required in 1st year to be promoted to 2nd year
Minimum CGPA required in 2nd year to be promoted to 3rd year
Minimum CGPA required in 3rd year to be promoted to 4th year
Minimum CGPA required in 4th year to be promoted to 5th year
2.45 (only for Arch)
Students must pass in 80% of their courses in an academic year,
failing which they will have to repeat the year. If a student fails
in one course, he or she will be allowed to repeat the course in
the following relevant academic session. In each semester students
can improve any two previous courses with grade less than 'A' when
that course is next offered during their course of studies. Students
making a fourth attempt are required to re-attend the relevant
Award of Degree:
A student must obtain a CGPR of 2.45 in order to be awarded a degree.
Student’s attendance must amount to 75%. A student with low attendance
will not be allowed to appear for his / her exams. Students with 60%
attendance may pay a fine and appear for the final examination.