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Bachelor of Design in Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts and Design
Fine Arts
Study System
Total Credit Hours
122 Cr.Hrs
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Design in Fine Arts

​Program Overview
The BA Fine Arts program emphasizes support of creative development with a dynamic and contemporary approach to fine arts, preparing students to become innovative professional artists. The Fine Arts program fosters a distinctive experiential learning process providing key knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of fine arts. Introductory core fine arts studio workshops equip students with the fundamental proficiencies in sculpture, painting, photography, print making, art histories and theories. In the intermediate stage students acquire knowledge of fine arts concepts and contemporary fine arts practice, gaining the ability to produce meaningful works of art and contextualizing their studio work within contemporary fine arts discourse. Students are encouraged to reflect and focus their research towards a self-directed studio research project supported by abilities in core fine art areas, choosing to work in one medium, or to combine media forming an interdisciplinary practice. In the advanced stage students further develop and consolidate  a coherent line of intellectual inquiry to develop an area of fine arts research which integrates studio with concepts, theories, and professionalism.

Course #Course TitleThemeUK Credit Rating

US Credit Rating

Stage Two

0706201Unit 1: Fine Arts: Introduction to Workshops 1I306

Unit  2:Personal  and  Professional Development  - Emirates Project

0706202Unit 3 : Fine Arts : Introduction to Workshops 2I306
0710201Unit 4 : Cultural StudiesII204
0706203Unit 5 : Fine Arts : ProjectsI306
Stage Three    
0706301     Unit 6 : Fine Arts : Studio Practice              I306
0710301Unit 7 : Cultural Studies Elective                II102
0706302Unit 8 : Fine Arts : Context                         I306
0710302Unit 9 : Cultural Studies Research Project   II102
0706303 Unit 10 : Fine Arts : Studio Research Project  I306
0705304Unit 11A : Personal and Professional Development                                     III102
0705305     Unit 11B: Internship (Internship counts for 3 credits towards Stage Four)III153
Stage Four
0710401Unit 12 : Cultural Studies DissertationII204
0706401Unit 13 : Fine Arts : Major Project: Theory and Practice            I408
0706402Unit 14 : Fine Arts : Final Exhibition ProjectI459

The BA Fine Arts program framework comprises a four-year full time mode of study including the 
common Foundation year (college requirement) in Art and Design during the first stage of the 
program together with 24 credit hours to fulfill general University requirements and electives.

Stage One: Stage I is structured around three core units in Art and Design studio practice and two units in Cultural Studies comprising lectures and seminars as described in the College Requirement section above.

Stages Two, Three and Four: After successful completion of Stage One - Foundation in Art and 
Design, the program is distributed across three broad learning areas, referred to as Themes, which run throughout and across Stages Two, Three and Four of the program. The themes are:

Theme I. Design and Fine Arts Practice
Theme II. Contextual and Cultural Studies
Theme III. Personal and Professional Development
Description of those follows.

THEME I: Design Fine Arts Practice
Theme I involves Fine Arts Practice and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the 
following table.

Theme I - Design Fine Arts Practice

Stage Two                      Units 1, 3, and 5
Stage Three                   Units 6, 8, and 10
Stage Four                     Units 13 and 14 

Theme I units are described below.

0706201: Unit 1 - Introduction to Workshops 1
This unit is an introduction to the core studio areas of Fine Arts practice (which include 
sculpture, photography, painting, and printmaking) through studio work, lectures, workshops, 
discussions and consultations with respective studio fac- ulty. Introduction to Workshops 1 
develops the skills and working practices of the two mediums: sculpture, photography that underpin  fine arts practice. Students acquire abilities through the process of producing studio projects. You will also undertake health and safety inductions to ensure safe working practice in the various studio areas. 

Sculpture: Workshop in Sculptures is an introduction to the process of making 3 dimensional forms. This workshop explores diverse material and methodologies to create form and volume. Working with materials such as wood, plaster, clay, wire you will learn processes in mold making and casting. 
Students will utilize and further develop drawing skills in association with sculpture. Lectures 
include history, concepts and theories on space, site, weight, light in relation to sculpture.

Photography: Workshop in Photography is an introduction to the process of making 2 dimensional forms with the pro- cess of photography and media. This workshop explores diverse photographic techniques materials and methodolo- gies. Students develop core skills such as the photographic camera and the lens, light, exposure and film, developing the negative and printing the positive, analog and digital processes. Assignments develop your skills such as framing, depth of field, shutter speed, editing the print, composition and representation focusing on technical abilities. Lectures include history, concepts and theories, form and content, space, light, in relation to photography.

070620: Unit 3 - Introduction to Workshops2
This unit is an introduction to the core studio areas of fine arts practice (which include 
sculpture, photography, painting, and printmaking) through studio work, lectures, workshops, 
discussions and consultations with respective studio fac- ulty. Introduction to Workshops 1 
develops the skills and working practices of the two mediums: Sculpture, Photography that underpin Fine Arts practice. Students acquire abilities through the process of producing studio projects. Students also undertake health and safety inductions to ensure safe working practice in the various studio areas.

Painting: Workshop in Painting is an introduction to the process of making two- dimensional forms by the application of painting materials on surface. Students utilize and further develop drawing 
skills in association with painting. This work- shop explores diverse painting materials and 
methodologies such as oil, acrylic, mixed media on canvas. Assignments develop their skills in 
visual organization, composition and representation focusing on technical abilities. Lectures in- 
clude history, concepts and theories on surface, form and content, space, light, in relation to 

Printmaking: Workshop in Printmaking is an introduction to the process of making 2 dimensional 
forms with the print- making processes such as relief, silkscreen, intaglio, lithography. Students 
utilize and further develop drawing skills   in association with printmaking. You will acquire core 
skills in the use of printmaking tools, methods and techniques.

Assignments develop students’ skills in visual organization, composition and representation 
focusing on technical abili- ties. Lectures include history, concepts and theories on form and 
content in relation to printmaking.

0706203: Unit 5 - Projects
In this unit students undertake assigned projects, which will provide them with a focused and 
in-depth skill building experience in sculpture, photography, painting, and printmaking. Building 
and extending on the skills students acquired in Unit 1, and Unit 3 the projects are designed to 
further extend their abilities in the processes and techniques of the fine arts studio areas. Fine 
arts projects challenges students’ imagination to apply their technical skills and reinforce their 
formal abilities.

0706301 Unit 6: Studio Practice
This unit emphasizes fine arts studio practice refining students’ technical and conceptual 
sensitivity to develop and realize projects. Through exploration of studio methods and materials 
students will engage in analysis and reflection to broaden their knowledge in studio practice and 
further their individual development. Students work on conceptually led project assignments 
designed to challenge their imagination in the investigation of forms, methods, materials and 
processes in the development and realization of projects. Topics: Method, Material, Process, 
Manipulating Forms

0706302: Unit 8 - Context
This unit builds progressively on knowledge and skills in fine arts studio practice reflecting on 
and applying technical and conceptual ability to produce meaningful works of art. Emphasis is 
placed on the exploratory process of art making which includes the construction and analysis of art objects/images and spatial practice in the assembly and the place- ment of art objects/images. It includes opportunities to explore installation practice and undertake site-specific projects. Through a conceptually led project assignment students further develop their art making with an awareness of art con- texts. Topics: Context and Process, Art object/image analysis, Spatial Practice

0706302: Unit 10 - Studio Research Project
This Unit will enable students to define and analyze areas of interest within studio research, 
reflecting their individual development. In consultation with faculty, students initiate and 
develop a focused self-directed studio research proj- ect, articulating their ideas through one 
medium, or forming an interdisciplinary approach. The development of studio research requires 
independent and creative thinking, applied experimentation, reflection and a methodological inquiry towards possible resolutions. Students apply critical thinking in conducting their research and assessing the work of their peers in relation to construction of meaning and contemporary art. Topics: Concepts in Art, Conceptualization and Research, Thinking and making

Unit 13: Major Project - Theory and Practice
Developing a focused and effective practice in studio work and research students are required to 
produce a major body of studio work that synthesizes theory into practice. Examining discourses in contemporary art through selected readings and writing critically will enable students to develop a coherent line of intellectual inquiry in fine arts practice. Students are required to initiate, plan, develop, research, realize and present a major body of studio work. Students will formulate a written project proposal, which will guide their research, studio work and time management, over fifteen weeks. At this stage students should exemplify individual growth and independent thinking in research and in the mak- ing of art. Topics: Methodology of art research, Contemporary art practices in perspective.

0706402: Unit 14 - Final Exhibition Project
This Unit serves as the framework for producing an exhibition, which prepares students for the 
challenges of profes- sional fine arts and exhibition practice. Students are required to initiate, 
plan, develop, research, realize and present   a major body of studio work in the form of a Final 
Exhibition Project. They will engage in the realization of studio work for an exhibition, 
curatorial planning and organization with the particular characteristics of the exhibition space 
and the dynamics of a large group exhibition. The final exhibition projects should exemplify 
students’ ability to work confidently as fine arts practitioners. Topics: Rhetoric of display, Art 
and visual culture in contemporary society.

THEME II: Contextual and Cultural Studies
Theme II involves Contextual and Cultural Studies and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the following table.

Theme II: Contextual and Cultural Studies

Stage Two                   Units 4 
Stage Three                Units 7, 9
Stage Four                  12

Theme II Units are described below.

0710201: Unit 4 - Fine Arts: Cultural Studies
In this Unit students are introduced to a range of cultural themes, including Program-specific 
options and broader aspects of popular culture, art and design. It offers the opportunity to 
encounter students from other Programs within the College of Fine Arts and Design and to engage in discussion of cultural issues. It will allow the student to test and develop discussion, research and writing skills learnt in Unit Two and the Foundation Stage. Students will learn to use theoretical models and concepts in discussion and written assignments, applying them in the interpretation and analysis of art and design through the examination of subjects which include art and designing the modern age, the avant-garde, postmodernism, the rise of popular media, and the digital revolution. Studying culture in this way can help the student understand how the practice of art and design in the studio area relates to a wider context. It also provides the student with source material for his/her studio work and introduces methods with which the student can develop and interpret both his/her own work, and the work of other artists and designers.

0710301: Unit 7 - Cultural Studies Elective
The cultural studies elective is a unit that gives students the opportunity to complement and 
underpin their main area of study. It is situated at the start of Stage Three in order to build 
upon the program specific contextual studies in Stage Two and help prepare students for the 
critical interrogation and positioning of their practice in Stage Four. Students have the 
opportunity to engage with students from other programs and to engage in debate and discussion of the cultural issues. The unit 7 elective subjects enable students to develop in depth awareness in one chosen area. Each elective option offers opportunities for the acquisition of a range of conceptual tools in the analysis of cultural products, whether arts, design, or popular culture.

0710302: Unit 9 - Cultural Studies Research Project
This unit offers an opportunity for students to carry out an extended body of research on a topic 
of their choice in ne- gotiation with faculty. Students identify a research problem and apply 
research instruments and methodologies in the development of self-directed research project. 
Students develop a proposal relevant to fine arts and/or design that de- fines research problem and produce a preliminary structure that informs the final dissertation (Stage Four, Unit Twelve). This unit provides students within understanding of what research entails and examines a range of research methods, primary/secondary sources and writing styles. Building on previous Cultural Studies units, students chosen topics are discussed and debated in a peer learning environment. This encourages students to think critically and develop their own ideas from an informed, well-researched position. The work in this unit requires students to further refine previously acquired knowledge in academic protocols through written assignments.

0710401: Unit 12 - Cultural Studies Dissertation
Following on from Unit Nine where students complete an initial body of research and identify key 
research questions, this unit facilitates the development of the major research dissertation. 
Students are expected to refine their research questions and to develop a coherent and reasoned 
argument of cultural, social or historical relevance to fine arts and/ or design. The dissertation 
project is significant body of self-directed research, presented in an appropriate style, sup- 
ported by a bibliography and correct citation of sources. The dissertation can be supported by 
visual material. In this unit students apply their understanding of research and research 
methodologies in the development of the dissertation. The emphasis is on writing a well-structured and coherent outcome, involving critical analysis. This unit consolidates the development of students as thinking practitioners and prepares them to undertake studies at postgraduate level.

THEME III: Personal and Professional Development
Theme III focuses on Personal and Professional Development and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the following table.

Theme III: Personal and Professional Development

Stage Two                       Units 2, 11A and 11B Theme III Units are described below.

0702204: Unit 2 - Personal and Professional Development-Emirates Project
In Unit Two students are introduced to a wide range of venues, practitioners, organizations and 
other resources that facilitate research, personal development and professional opportunities 
existing in Sharjah and the United Arab Emir- ates. Students are introduced to topics, workshops 
and writing exercises dealing with the relevant local cultural resourc- es, media and publicity, 
heritage and contemporary art/design appreciation. Students acquire and improve basic skills and approaches to learning that include teamwork, professional ethics, communication and 
resourcefulness strength- ening and supporting their studies throughout Stage Two and their program as awhile. Stage Three:

0705304: Unit 11 A - Personal and Professional Development
This Personal and Professional Development Unit (PPD) compliments students’ design studies across the programs. This unit is split into two sections with the first section focusing on particular aspects of subject based professional practice(s), career development and life-long learning. The second part is structured in across disciplinary way and involves teamwork (mixed discipline) to generate conceptual development to a common brief. The purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for a professional environment and to reflect on their current skills and abilities, including collaboration, time management, team skills, presentation skills, and communication. The objective of the Unit is to facilitate knowledge and skills that can support student career paths in the future.

0703305: Unit 11B - Internship
The internship of the fine arts program gives students an opportunity to apply in a professional 
environment the knowl- edge and skills gained through the rest of the curriculum. This component provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in a professional art environment which informs their career decisions and plans for further learning. This internship provides an experience of professionalism, code of ethics, and teamwork, as well as opportunities for learning methods and techniques commonly used in professional practice. The experience will vary depending on the individual student but could involve apposition in a fine art studios, museums, art galleries, art events management or communications.