Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
The Visual Arts major provides students with an opportunity to develop their independent vision and creative practice as artists in an educational environment emphasizing conceptual research and expression across media. The curriculum balances between practical work and theory. Students intending to major in Visual Arts begin with visual research and analysis and then progress to intermediate studio courses in specific media and techniques, such as drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, photography, time-based media, alternative media practices, and experimental animation. All declared students complete four consecutive studio courses; Advanced Painting and Drawing, Advanced Studio I, II, and III, designed to foster independent creative work, followed by a final year-long Senior project, which culminates in a public exhibition at the annual degree show in the Sharjah Art Gallery.
Declaration of the Visual Arts Major
To be eligible to declare, students must have completed four courses in the program: ARTV 200/2200 - Art Foundations (3 cr.) , ARTV 213/2113 - Introduction to Visual Cultures (3 cr.) , and two more Visual Arts studio courses. Final recommendation is made by the Visual Arts faculty after an interview and portfolio review. This takes place near the end of each semester.
A total of 120 credits are required for the bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts: