Undergraduate Programs
BA in Fine Arts

The Fine Arts program is designed to develop students’ knowledge and practical skills of general arts as well as art history and philosophy. As part of their studies, students will explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional media and forms. By the end of the program, students should be ready to start careers in art production, scholarly research, art education, art reporting, or book illustration, or be ready to pursue their graduate studies.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (105 credits)
GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 000
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200 Or ENG 100
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
3
MAT 260 Geometry For Arts ENG 001
3
FREE LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES (3 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ENG 200 Writing Skills ENG 001
3
ARTS CORE REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 200 Theories Of Art ENG 200
3
ART 201 Analytical Sketching ENG 001
3
ART 220 History Of Art & Design I ENG 200
3
ART 221 History Of Art & Design II ART 220
3
ART 260 Painting I DRA 201 & DES 201
3
DES 200 Basic Design ENG 001
3
DES 201 Fundamentals Of Design I DES 200
3
DES 202 Fundamentals Of Design II DES 201
3
DRA 201 Drawing I ENG 001
3
PHO 215 Photography I ENG 200
3
FINE ARTS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (51 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 300 Modern Art ENG 200
3
ART 320 Decorative Painting ART 260
3
ART 335 Ceramics DES 201 & DRA 201
3
ART 350 Sculpture Design DES 202 & DRA 201
3
ART 360 Painting II ART 260
3
ART 380 Installation Art DES 202
3
ART 385 Internship in Fine Arts ART 365
1
ART 420 Graphics & Printmaking DES 200 & DRA 201
3
ART 440 Silk Screen DRA 201 & DES 201
2
ART 455 3D sculptural studies DES 202
3
ART 460 Painting III ART 360
3
ART 480 Painting IV ART 460
3
ART 490 Multimedia Art ART 360 & CSI 200
3
ART 498 Senior Proposal ART 460
1
ART 499 Senior Project ART 498
3
DRA 202 Drawing II DRA 201
3
GDP 215 Computer Software I CSI 200 OR CSI 201
3
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (3 credits)
To be selected from courses of numbers 300 and above offered by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
APPLIED ART TECHNIQUES (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 333 Craftsmanship II NONE
3
ART 345 Ceramics II NONE
3
ART 396 Jewelry Design II NONE
3
ART 445 Advanced Silk Screen NONE
3
ART 455 3D sculptural studies NONE
3
PAINTING TECHNIQUES (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 265 Traditional Art Techniques NONE
3
ART 320 Decorative Painting NONE
3
ART 331 Collage and Assemblage NONE
3
ART 410 Contemporary Art Techniques NONE
3
ART 441 Classical Painting Techniques NONE
3
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200 Or ENG 100
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
MAT 260
Geometry For Arts
This course covers the fundamentals of geometry. Contents include geometry in space, perspective drawing, sketching techniques, and geometrical applications in graphic and interior design.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ART 200
Theories Of Art
This is a theory course that introduces students to art definitions and concepts and to the major aesthetic theories known throughout history. The elements and principles of design of each of the major fields of art are addressed in this course, mainly: the visual arts, graphic design, sculpture, architecture, and the arts and crafts in order to teach students to evaluate and analyze art masterpieces critically and intelligently.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 201
Analytical Sketching
A studio course that emphasizes on the classic geometrical forms sketched in space, based on one, two, and three vanishing points. Sketching those forms in relation with outer space, human structures, and animals etc?it also includes the study of structures of shading based on artificial light and on natural light. It also includes the study of the structures of shading based on artificial light and on natural light.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ART 220
History Of Art & Design I
The first of two courses in which students learn to place any work of art in its proper historical and chronological context. This course will present art in its major forms from the ancient world to the end of the Renaissance.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 221
History Of Art & Design II
The second of two courses, History of Art II will continue with the major cultural developments and styles that have shaped Art from the Renaissance until and contemporary art and design.
Prerequisite: ART 220
ART 260
Painting I
This course that introduces students to the basic principles and techniques used in painting through the use of various art media. Subjects suggested are still life compositions, landscapes, portraits, and figure forms in a classical, realistic, expressive and creative approach.
Prerequisite: DRA 201 & DES 201
DES 200
Basic Design
A studio course which investigates the basic elements and principles of design. It is a study of the visual arts as applied in two-dimensional media and form. This course introduces students to the use of various art media and techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
DES 201
Fundamentals Of Design I
A studio course where students will be using the knowledge acquired from Basic Design (DES 200) compiled with color theories in 2 and 3 dimensional media.
Prerequisite: DES 200
DES 202
Fundamentals Of Design II
A studio course that applies the basic elements and principles of design of the visual arts in three-dimensional media and forms. This course explores the plastic elements of three-dimensional forms: line, plane, mass, space and texture, through a variety of design projects covering the complete space-mass continuum, through the use of a variety of three-dimensional media and techniques.
Prerequisite: DES 201
DRA 201
Drawing I
A studio course in which students are expected to learn how to draw, shade, and sketch (using the six different types of line sketching). Line, Form, Composition, perspective, value and proportions are considered. Subjects include: still life compositions, landscape, natural forms, interiors and exteriors. Students are introduced to the use of various art media and techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
PHO 215
Photography I
This course is an intensive study of black and white photography as an essential tool for communication arts. The course covers both the theory and practice of both camera and darkroom. Students explore the principles and techniques of developing, printing, and camera mechanism. Students also explore photography as a basic form of visual communication, and learn about the parallelism between still photography and both cinema and video.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 300
Modern Art
A course aimed at developing students' knowledge of the schools of art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The movements of the early twentieth century and the emergence, spread and character of modern architecture are also discussed.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 320
Decorative Painting
A practical course with an extensive overview on various techniques such as false stone, wood graining, patinas, gilding, stencils, ornaments, etc? This rigorous technical course is intended for art and interior design students and has the prospects of leading up to an actual career. Art students, with the help of the techniques offered, will be able to design stage decors, work for cinema productions and acquire solid basis to execute murals and trompe l'oeil. In addition, interior design students will get familiarized with all textures and effects which they will eventually integrate in their future decoration projects such as bars, restaurants, shops and private apartments.
Prerequisite: ART 260
ART 335
Ceramics
This is an introductory course to the basic techniques of hand-made pottery, its maintenance and finish. Glazing and firing are considered. Structure, form and design are studied in relation to the medium in order to get a well-structured and expressive finishing.
Prerequisite: DES 201 & DRA 201
ART 350
Sculpture Design
This is a course that provides proficiency in creating three-dimensional forms. Students explore a wide variety of materials through the techniques of three-dimensional processes such as carving, modeling, casting and constructing.
Prerequisite: DES 202 & DRA 201
ART 360
Painting II
An advanced study in painting where students learn how to deal with space in relation-ship to colors and forms. Different research will be assigned throughout the course focusing on painting styles and techniques.
Prerequisite: ART 260
ART 380
Installation Art
A combination lecture/studio course which provides both the conceptual foundations and the practical skills required for the design and creation of art installations in 3D space.
Prerequisite: DES 202
ART 385
Internship in Fine Arts
This course equips students with practical strategies, techniques, and skills. Students can assist art teachers in schools, artists and managers in art galleries. At the end of the semester and after covering 60 hours of training at work, students are to submit a documented report to their instructor.
Prerequisite: ART 365
ART 420
Graphics & Printmaking
This is an elective course that investigates the basic printing processes of Intaglio, planography, etching and relief through the use of linoleum sheets, wood carving, zinc sheets and silk screen, applying monotypes and polytypes through various printing skills.
Prerequisite: DES 200 & DRA 201
ART 440
Silk Screen
A studio course that aims at developing students' knowledge and skills in silk screen technique. Traditional methods of silk screen such as hand-cut stencils and separations in paper will be developed. In addition, various bookbinding techniques will be established.
Prerequisite: DRA 201 & DES 201
ART 455
3D sculptural studies
This is an intermediate studio course in sculpture design that helps students develop a clearer direction for their sculpture.  The course builds on the skills acquired in the introductory studio and allows students to continue experimenting with the various techniques of sculpture.
Prerequisite: DES 202
ART 460
Painting III
This is an advanced course that continues presenting to students the various art schools with emphasis on abstraction, fauvism and pop art in an expressive manner. Subjects of landscapes, natural scenes and figure forms are stressed upon. Media used are gouache, mixed media, oil and acrylics.
Prerequisite: ART 360
ART 480
Painting IV
This is an advanced elective course that requires each student to create and execute eight paintings or projects, allowing greater depth and research in the development of a personal idiom.
Prerequisite: ART 460
ART 490
Multimedia Art
An advanced course that requires students to apply their gained artistic and technical skills to create complex art projects. In this course, students experiment, take risks and try to solve emerging visual problems.
Prerequisite: ART 360 & CSI 200
ART 498
Senior Proposal
A senior studio art course that emphasizes on the research needed to discover an artistic unity through multiple art projects based on one concept.
Prerequisite: ART 460
ART 499
Senior Project
A senior course in which students would initiate and execute their own choice of art project, allowing them to research and develop their preferable style.
Prerequisite: ART 498
DRA 202
Drawing II
A studio course that emphasizes on the anatomy of the human body, male and female, skeleton and muscles. The course concentrates on quick sketching of human figures and portraits in motion and in different positions, front, side and back views using various media creatively.
Prerequisite: DRA 201
GDP 215
Computer Software I
The course aims to introduce the students to the fundamental tools to produce vector and raster-based graphics through the use of latest softwares for graphic production. The course emphasizes on the technical solutions in conjunction with the design solution.
Prerequisite: CSI 200 OR CSI 201
ART 333
Craftsmanship II
This is an advanced studio course that focuses on three types of craftsmanship: stained and fused glass, mosaics and kilim (a weaving technique). This course will give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge technically and aesthetically.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 345
Ceramics II
A studio course that focuses on wheel-made pottery, emphasizing the importance of a good functional design to arrive at wheel-made objects.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 396
Jewelry Design II
This is an advanced studio course that provides students with knowledge in jewelry and fabrication skills. Techniques commonly used in jewelry such as: blue wax, sawing, piercing, forming, and finishing are explored by students through the creation of individual projects.  Contemporary trends in jewelry are also covered.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 445
Advanced Silk Screen
This is an advanced studio course which further explores silk screen printing techniques. It emphasizes, on one hand, the development of students' personal styles, and on the other hand, it initiates in students a sense of dynamic practice, risk taking and discovery.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 455
3D sculptural studies
This is an intermediate studio course in sculpture design that helps students develop a clearer direction for their sculpture.  The course builds on the skills acquired in the introductory studio and allows students to continue experimenting with the various techniques of sculpture.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 265
Traditional Art Techniques
This course is an introduction to the basic elements, materials and techniques of traditional arts. In this course students will learn about: Fresco, Tempera and Icons, and will implement the knowledge acquired in several projects.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 320
Decorative Painting
A practical course with an extensive overview on various techniques such as false stone, wood graining, patinas, gilding, stencils, ornaments, etc? This rigorous technical course is intended for art and interior design students and has the prospects of leading up to an actual career. Art students, with the help of the techniques offered, will be able to design stage decors, work for cinema productions and acquire solid basis to execute murals and trompe l'oeil. In addition, interior design students will get familiarized with all textures and effects which they will eventually integrate in their future decoration projects such as bars, restaurants, shops and private apartments.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 331
Collage and Assemblage
This is a studio course where Collage and Assemblage techniques will be reviewed and applied. 2 and 3 Dimensional aspects will be investigated through diversified projects, using single or mixed media.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 410
Contemporary Art Techniques
This is a studio course that explores the latest contemporary mediums in the art world. It investigates traditional and new techniques from the 1950 postmodernism to today's art scene. Artworks of contemporary cutting edge artists from all over the world will serve as a base for students to build on in their projects.
Prerequisite: NONE
ART 441
Classical Painting Techniques
This course explores the techniques used by the great artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. It includes analysis of the artist's working approach of colors, mediums, surfaces, tools and techniques. Students will be able to incorporate these methods into their own personal style.
Prerequisite: NONE

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