The Degree of Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MA)


Program Description

The NDU Master of Art in Fine Art is set to prepare graduates who can significantly influence and lead the development of the art professions in Lebanon thus contributing to the country's global position and status. Also, this program is designed to help those students who are willing to develop an interdisciplinary approach to their work within a theoretically informed context and who wish to explore new arenas of practice.

The program offers the opportunity for involvement across the disciplines of design, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and computer based fine art.

On the other hand, the Master of Art in Fine Art allows the students to disengage from the daily pursuit of tasks in their fields that are normally carried out under constraints, and which may limit their exploration of the subject in a holistic sense. Instead, the student is able to look in depth into the history, theory, practice and achievements of art on local, national and international levels.

Students follow a number of common courses which focus on the activity of theory and practice at an informed and exploratory level; and, managerial and professional aspects of project research and development.

Groups of students engage in several activities which enable them to produce a significant body of work, including major projects carried out with the support of industry or sponsors, and will demonstrate their mastery of their assignments, self initiated work, disciplines and technology; demonstrating their ability to initiate and manage their own work program and the work of others involved in the production of their ultimate assignments.

The MA in Fine Art program seeks to prepare graduates for professional involvement in art practice and related activities.

This MA course also aims to provide a stimulating environment for personal development, to highly motivated, committed and talented graduates from a range of Fine Art disciplines.

Candidate’s Profile

The Master of Art in Fine Art program is designed for students from the many disciplines that are embraced by the term visual art and / or fine arts, who wish to engage in a period of study beyond the bachelor level, and who wish to raise their intellectual and/or professional experience associated with arts.

Students with bachelor degrees from other disciplines are invited into the program after they have fulfilled undergraduate requirements of the university admission policy.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the university admission requirements for graduate students, the candidate must submit a portfolio of work for assessment and schedule an interview with the MA course advisor.

Transfer

Applicants for the graduate program may be granted a maximum of nine transfer credits of graduate studies taken at another accredited institution of higher education provided that the transfer course(s) correspond to the NDU course requirements.

Graduation Requirements
Students seeking the degree of Master of Art must meet the university graduation requirements and complete 36 credits with a cumulative average of at least 3.0/4.0.

Major Requirements (GER): (36 cr.)

MAA 615, MAA 616, MAA 617, MAA 625, MAA 626, MAA 627, MAA 635, MAA 636, MAA 645

Suggested Program

Year I
Fall Semester I (6-12 Credits)

MAA

615

Art Research Methodologies

3 cr.

MAA

616

Contemporary Issues in Art

3 cr.

MAA

617

Art Studio I

6 cr.

       
Spring Semester I (6-12 Credits)

MAA

625

Art Research Development

3 cr.

MAA

626

Cultural Issues in Art

3 cr.

MAA

627

Art Studio II

6 cr.

       
Year II
Fall Semester II (6 Credits)

MAA

635

Thesis I

3 cr.

MAA

636

Special Topic

3 cr.

       
Spring Semester II (6 Credits)

MAA

645

Thesis II

6 cr.