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About SVAD

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) 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 makes great demands on all who engage with it – both the students and faculty.

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 to contribute to the social fabric of the places they inhabit.

Our faculty is crucial to the success of a program such as ours. The faculty at SVAD is drawn from diverse backgrounds from all parts of the country as well as from abroad. These 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 through 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 the 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.