The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at BNU was established in 2003. In the past decade, the school has ushered in a new era in the way art, and design are practiced and understood. Our commitment to contemporary thought and practice, coupled with an approach that cuts through national and cultural boundaries, has fostered a unique vision amongst our students, faculty and alumni. The programs at SVAD are further designed in such a way as to allow a discursive environment with fluidity between disciplines. This gives each student the freedom to forge his or her personalized path of exploration and offer something meaningful to the world.
SVAD's progress is enabled by the fact that it is a self-reflective and adaptive institution. We have continued to examine modes of teaching, and each year, areas that require adjustment are investigated and refined. This requires exceptional conviction and courage, and has been possible because of an excellent team of faculty, students, technical staff and administration at the University. The faculty members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, and are well known cultural practitioners, at the forefront of their respective fields. Similarly, the student body is drawn from all the SAARC countries and we cherish this diversity that makes BNU a truly unique institution in South Asia.
Recently, we concluded our 9th batch of undergraduate courses by putting up a serious and insightful Thesis Exhibition. Across multiple departments, students undertook thorough investigations in their fields of interest under the tutelage of exceptional and involved faculty. A prospective student stands to join this community of remark- able professionals engaged in constantly redefining the possibilities of art and design.
Prof. Rashid Rana
Dean, Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD)