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SVAD’s Departments

  • Department of Fine Art

    The Department of Fine Arts, continues to offer students the possibility of researching, intersecting through disciplines, questioning and reinventing existing methods of creating Art. This has been achieved by equipping students with the freedom to forge their personal paths. The aim is to help them develop a position on issues important to them in their current reality, using contemporary strategies of visual research, thus nurturing well- informed and reflective professionals.

    Students learn to interact with communities and engage with the city in an active way responding to discursive environments and creating dialogues between different perspectives and paradigms. Works they show present analysis, challenge the status quo, and question the so-called predetermined, given boundaries. There is a deep interest in fathoming the ‘layers’ of societal norms, notions of identity and with pertinent questions of history, ideas of materiality and interpretation. The works take diverse creative approaches yet we find them deeply grounded in the reality of times we are living in.

    The Department of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts and Design has contributed to the development of contemporary art practices in Pakistan immeasurably. The practices of the faculty and alumni of this department have a transnational sensibility, which has contributed to the reputation of Pakistani art in the international arena. Graduates from the Department of Fine Arts at SVAD are offered places in the most sought-after programmes and residencies across the world. They are awarded grants, scholarships, funding for higher education and other competitive projects.

    The faculty and alumni continue to showcase their work in the world’s most prestigious platforms such as international biennials and triennials.

    BFA VISUAL ARTS

  • Department of Textile, Fashion & Jewellery Design

    The Textile, Fashion and Accessory programme at BNU SVAD, has evolved with a dynamic vision this year to meet the ever-changing ecology of design. Global and regional expectations in the context of design morphology have led to the restructuring of the TFA curriculum with renewed passion. The TFA structure will allow students to decipher their own customized learning path choosing electives of their choice which will act as a scaffolding to support their design investigations.

    Currently the TFA department meets its objectives with a multi- fold approach; it actively assists students in exploring their potential as design professionals, who can conceptualize innovative ideas and translate them into creative solutions for industrial as well as artistic practice. Current, local and international design trends are introduced in response to changing global developments focusing on “green” design solutions. Students are encouraged to contextualize their design identity in a wider communal fabric, where the socially conscious thinker-designer must give back to the community in a positive way. The programme combines active research and practice, relying heavily on the rich cultural traditions of South Asia as well as contemporary international art and design practices.

    Courses are structured to stimulate learning through a multidisciplinary mode of study, thereby questioning, exploring, developing and realising ideas and concepts. Through discussion and debate with distinguished academia, artists, designers, craftspeople and professionals in the industry, students learn to extend their observational, analytical, technical and communication skills to become innovators in their fields.

    The department offers a multi- faceted approach. Students interact with faculty from Fashion, Textile, Accessory Design, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design thereby learning holistically, before specializing in their area of interest to emerge with a unique skill set. Studies are closely linked to the industry to provide opportunities to actively engage in live projects, competitions, design fairs and art exhibitions. In their final year of study, students are mentored by leading designers and artists working their way up to the development of a portfolio of bespoke designs for Accessory, Textiles and Fashion.

    B.DES TEXTILE, FASHION AND ACCESSORY DESIGN (WITH SPECIALIZATION IN TEXTILE & FIBRE)

    B.DES TEXTILE, FASHION AND ACCESSORY DESIGN (WITH SPECIALIZATION IN FASHION)

    B.DES TEXTILE, FASHION AND ACCESSORY DESIGN (WITH SPECIALIZATION IN JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES)

  • Department of Visual Communication Design

    A B. Des Visual Communication Design degree prepares students to comprehend and generate creative solutions to answer visual communication needs of the time. Students enrolled in the Visual Communication Design programme will also develop the skills they need to understand and plan communication strategies needed to develop effective imagery and products.

    The programme is organised into a four-year system of study (including Foundation year) that provides a solid understanding of design-thinking while utilizing a trans-disciplinary approach to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving marketplace. Studio work is supplemented with strong liberal arts components in the belief that designers should be grounded in a broad base of knowledge, including process, execution, form and content, within the context of user needs.

    B.DES VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN

  • Department of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies

    BA (Hons.) IEDA programme is actively engaged in redefining what it means to be a cultural and creative practitioner today. This is happening in two simultaneous and related ways: firstly, the notion of art and design practices is expanded laterally to consider alternative skills, strategies and ways of knowing and secondly, the program positions itself in a multidimensional network of disciplines outside of art and design with which it forms fertile and unusual complexes e.g. a student may offer a design solution based on something they learnt in a science course, or they may create poetry out of a mathematical concept. Disciplines with which BA IEDA may converse include humanities, social sciences, creative technologies and scientific inquiry.

    Located at the precipice of the future, BA IEDA strives to impart critical thinking and adaptive skills to its students. The program structure is highly customisable to the extent that students are free to determine their extent of engagement with a variety of disciplines as well as their studio to theory ratio. A student succeeding in this major is expected to be an independent thinker with broad interests.

    BA(HONS.) INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPANDED DESIGN & ART

    MASTER OF ART & DESIGN STUDIES

    MASTER OF ART EDUCATION

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