The Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Decorative Arts and Crafts


Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Decorative Arts and Crafts is a degree program for students planning to become professional artists.  The program is designed to provide the essential skills in: Ceramics, Jewellery/Metalsmithing, Wood/Wood Furniture and Textiles/Fiber 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, craftmanship and personal interpretation. 
The program aims at developing the aesthetic and practical aspects in the creation of functional or one of kind collections and artworks.

  • Ceramic courses will lead the students to a professional creative career exposing him/her to the rich heritage of all basic handbuilding techniques complimented with the contemporary innovative processes backed up with the possible industrial equipments needed in the field. Students will execute projects reflecting their evolving aesthetic values and the ability to build an individual identity reflecting their environment and its actual needs.
  • Metalsmithing and Jewellery courses focus on building a wide and rich knowledge of the basic techniques and processes of metalsmithing and jewellery making. It includes metal folding, forming, metal wire techniques, soldering and assembling. Jewellery will comprise silver and copper with enamel finishing and patination techniques  in upper level courses students will research a wide range of materials, organic and synthetic creating pieces expressing their conceptual thinking and gaining an aesthetic criteria to evaluate art in relation to its context.
  • Fiber Courses Arts will cover surface design, loom and non-loom constructions for the creation of fabrics and art objects.  In surface design, students will learn processes such as silk-screen printing, resist dying, block-printing and design technologies for imagery and repeat patterns.  Practices on the loom will allow students to learn drafting methods, weave structures, tapestry techniques, dyed and painted warps, and the interaction of color, fiber and texture.  Experiences in non-loom methods will cover basketry, knotting, feltmaking, hand-made paper and others.
  • Wood & Furniture are courses that familiarizes students to the use of both machine and hand tools as well as working towards obtaining expertise in joinery and shaping different sorts of wood. Although the primary focus is on woodworking and furniture design, but students will be exposed to many diverse ideas and techniques that encourage new concepts, examine and solve manifold conventions and finally encourage investigation of recycled and other sustainable materials that could be embraced with wood.
  • Graduates will become craft artists/ designers in jewelry, ceramic, textile, metal, wood & furniture.
Graduates may design for industry, while others start their own business or build an exhibition portfolio as a Fine Artists.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University admission requirements, prospective candidates must complete the Foundation Studies with a 2.3/4.0 grade or above. In addition all major courses with a grade of less than C- must be repeated (see separate Foundation Studies description). All remedial courses, Math and/or English must be completed prior to entering the major courses. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to proceed to the degree courses in Arts & Crafts and other majors in the Departments of the Faculty of Architecture, Art & Design.

Students, who are computer illiterate, are encouraged to take CSC 201 within their GER or free elective courses before starting their major requirements.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Crafts, a student must complete a total of 102 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3/4.0 in all Major Courses. Any major course with a grade of less than C- must be repeated. The 102 credits necessary for graduation are divided as follows:

General Education Requirements (30 cr.)

Communication Skills in English: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 313, REG 314 (3 cr.)
Philosophy, One course from: ENS 205, PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)
Cultural Studies, Two courses from: ARP 215, BAD 201, COA 315, COA 359, ECN 200, ECN 211, ECN 212, FAP 215, HUT 305, HUT 306, MUS 210, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, NTR 215 (6 cr.)
Citizenship, one course from: HIT 211, IAF 301, POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (3 cr.)
Science and Technology, two courses from: AST 201, BIO 202, BIO 203, CHM 211, CSC 201, ENS 201, ENS 202, ENS 206, HEA 201, MAT 201, MAT 202, MAT 204, MAT 211, NTR 201, PHS 211, STA 202, STA 210, PHS 207 (6 cr.)

Core Requirements (18 cr.)

FAP 211, GDP 212, FAP 214, FAP 221, GDP 222, PDP 216

Major Requirements (48 cr.)

FAC 215, FAC 222, FAC 223, FAC 331, FAC 332, FAC 333, FAC 334, FAC 325, FAC 341, FAC 342, FAC 343, FAC 344, FAC 323, FAC 431, FAC 432, FAC 433, FAC 434, FAC 445, FAC 446

Free Electives (6 cr.)

Suggested Program

Foundation Studies (Year I)

Fall Semester (15 Credits)

FAP 211 Drawing I 3 cr.
GDP 212 Design Principles I 3 cr.
FAC 213 History of Decorative Arts and Crafts 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester (15 Credits)
FAP 221 Drawing II 3 cr.
FAC 222 Conceptual Visual Thinking: Art and Craft 3 cr.
FAC 223 Applied Modeling and Rendering I 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
Summer Session (6 Credits)  
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Year II
Fall Semester (18 Credits)
FAC 331 Pottery and Ceramics 3 cr.
FAC 332 Application in Fibers 3 cr.
FAC 333 Metalsmithing 3 cr.
FAC 334 Wood 3 cr.
FAC 325 Contextual Studies in Modern and Contemporary Crafts 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3cr.
Spring Semester (18 Credits)
FAC 341 Glazing and Surface Effects 3 cr.
FAC 342 Surface Design 3 cr.
FAC 343 Jewelry 3 cr.
FAC 344 Wood and Furniture 3 cr.
FAC 345 Applied Modeling and Rendering II 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Year III
Fall Semester (12 Credits)
FAC 431 Architectural Ceramics 3 cr.
FAC 432 Concepts in Contemporary Fibers 3 cr.
FAC 433 Contemporary Jewelry 3 cr.
FAC 434 Special Topic: Wood and other Material 3 cr.
Spring Semester (12 Credits)
FAC 445 Senior Studio Craft 3 cr.
FAC
___
446
___
Craft and Entrepreneurship
GER
3 cr.
3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.

Foundation Studies (Year I)

Fall Semester (15 Credits)

FAP 211 Drawing I 3 cr.
GDP 212 Design Principles I 3 cr.
FAC 213 History of Decorative Arts and Crafts 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester (15 Credits)
FAP 221 Drawing II 3 cr.
FAC 222 Conceptual Visual Thinking: Art and Craft 3 cr.
FAC 223 Applied Modeling and Rendering I 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
Summer Session (6 Credits)  
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Year II
Fall Semester (18 Credits)
FAC 331 Pottery and Ceramics 3 cr.
FAC 332 Application in Fibers 3 cr.
FAC 333 Metalsmithing 3 cr.
FAC 334 Wood 3 cr.
FAC 325 Contextual Studies in Modern and Contemporary Crafts 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3cr.
Spring Semester (18 Credits)
FAC 341 Glazing and Surface Effects 3 cr.
FAC 342 Surface Design 3 cr.
FAC 343 Jewelry 3 cr.
FAC 344 Wood and Furniture 3 cr.
FAC 345 Applied Modeling and Rendering II 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Year III
Fall Semester (12 Credits)
FAC 431 Architectural Ceramics 3 cr.
FAC 432 Concepts in Contemporary Fibers 3 cr.
FAC 433 Contemporary Jewelry 3 cr.
FAC 434 Special Topic: Wood and other Material 3 cr.
Spring Semester (12 Credits)
FAC 445 Senior Studio Craft 3 cr.
FAC
___
446
___
Craft and Entrepreneurship
GER
3 cr.
3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.