The Bachelor of Arts in Decorative Arts and Crafts is a degree program for students planning to become professional artists and designers. The program is designed to provide the essential skills in: Ceramics, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Wood/Furniture and Textiles/Fibre Arts. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of materials, techniques inspired from traditional methods and new technologies including computer applications. They will work with 2D and 3D applications with an emphasis on creative approaches to design, craftsmanship and personal interpretation.
The program aims at developing the aesthetic and practical aspects in the creation of functional or one of a kind collections and artworks. Graduates will become craft artists/designers in jewelry, ceramic, textile, metal, wood and furniture.
They may design for the industry, while others start their own business or build an exhibition portfolio as a Fine Artists.
Program Educational Objectives
The B. Arts program offered by the Department of Art at the Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design (FAAD), aims at:
- 1.To provide an understanding of historical and contemporary issues in the various craft disciplines;
- 2.To demonstrate critical understanding of the technical and creative processes in the creation of Art and Design pieces;
- 3.To employ critical and creative research to enable students to produce their unique Art and Design creation;
- 4.To engage with ethical, social and environmental issues associated with craft to attain standards of excellence in students to become professional artists and designers;
- 5.To apply technological innovations and creative processes in Ceramics, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Fiber Arts and in Wood and Furniture;
- 6.To develop communication skills.
By completing the BA in Decorative Arts and Crafts, students will be able to:
- 1.Communicate personal Arts and Craft in professional formats;
- 2.Produce original pieces in ceramics, fiber arts, metal smithing, jewelry, wood and furniture, while respecting ethical and sustainable aspirations;
- 3.Contextualize Arts and Craft trends and recognize cultural, theoretical and historical influences;
- 4.Develop and utilize critique skills to improve creative work;
- 5.Embrace technical development and proficiency of various craft techniques within their specific field area;
- 6.Communicate and articulate ideas via conversation, presentation skills and writing.
In addition to the University Admission Requirements, prospective candidates must complete any remedial English course(s) the first year of enrollment. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to proceed to the degree courses in Decorative Arts and Crafts and other majors in the Art Department of the Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design.
To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Decorative Arts and Crafts, a student must complete a total of 102 credits with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3/4.0 in all Core and Major Courses. All major courses with a grade of less than C- must be repeated. The 102 credits necessary for graduation are divided as follows: