University of Sharjah
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts
The primary goal of the Fine Arts program is to facilitate the creation of an environment that promotes high academic standards through the acquisition of the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in Fine Arts, demonstrated with outcomes of student studio work, spoken and written word. The program supports the development of the necessary personal attributes and the mastery of essential skills that will equip and prepare students for continuing creative and personal development. Through the delivery of a dynamic and innovative approach to teaching and learning the Fine Arts program strives to provide an environment where academic freedom, creativity, scholarship and initiative can flourish, fostering a culture where the student is prepared to enter the professional world of contemporary art practice or to continue postgraduate study. The specific program goals are to: 1. Provide a specialist education in Fine Arts that equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop individual creative studio practice. 2. Produce professional fine arts practitioners who have the expertise to undertake professional research, and meet entry level standards for further study. 3. Enable the integration of theory into practice, synthesizing knowledge, conceptualization, critical thinking and research skills in the creation of art work and scholarly writing. 4. Provide students with exemplary technical mastery to produce artwork within a context of research and intellectual pursuit. 5. Enable students with confidence, self-direction and independent learning skills relevant to research, studio practice, analysis, problem solving and professional attitudes. 6. Provide students with a creative, stimulating study environment to promote critical thinking that encompasses cultural understanding, ethical appreciation and valid judgment. 7. Provide students with knowledge about the culture and history of art and design with an awareness of the cultural issues and contexts of contemporary art and how the art of our time relates to the art of the past Learning Outcomes The Fine Arts Program Learning Outcomes are based on the three main domains of learning activities: Cognitive: Knowledge, Psycho motor, Skill, Affective: Attitudes. Upon successful completion of the BA Fine Arts Program graduates will be able to: 1. Demonstrate critical awareness of art and design practices in the diverse fine arts studio areas, and the knowledge of a range of historical, and contemporary contexts, works of art, artists, and the evolution of art and design. 2. Analyze the contextual setting of a subject through critical inquiry and cultural studies. 3. Demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate use of a range of technical skills, media, technologies, ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies), resources, materials, methods and processes, health and safety procedures, to produce work. 4. Proficiently employ the principles of visual organization and conceptual thinking, in relation to two-and threedimensional visual form, content, context; and represent them in ideas, sketches and artworks. 5. Demonstrate independent and creative thinking, conceptual ability, creative risk, experimentation and problem solving in the development of a focused studio research and practice. 6. Integrate capabilities of conceptualization, technical facility and research to analyze, discuss, communicate content and create meaning, structure, and artwork. 7. Synthesize theory into practice with knowledge of diverse aesthetic formal and conceptual issues, to establish an independent, coherent line of intellectual and practical inquiry in fine arts. 8. Conduct research and formulate a dynamic generative process in studio practice to create imaginative and innovative artworks. 9. Articulate research, ideas and artwork in visual as well as verbal/ written presentations with skill in display methodologies and exhibition. 10. Apply research skills in the production of scholarly written texts. 11. Demonstrate coherent communication skills and self-confidence with awareness of professional ethics. 12. Demonstrate a collaborative attitude in professional relationships. Career Opportunities The Fine Arts program is designed to prepare graduates for a fast growing culture-based sector. Opportunities in the rapidly expanding gallery districts, national and private art foundations, museums, education programs and a world class art market, offer numerous career choices to graduates in addition to becoming professional artists. The Fine Arts program has partnerships with many art organizations and international universities to advance its mission. The program is based both on theoretical and practical instruction, offering many transferable skills as well as academic expertise. This combined knowledge has proven to contribute the multitude of professions related to art and culture, such as: studio artist, fine art printer, instructor, technician, teacher, curator, art dealer, art handler, graphic artist, book artist, craftsperson in a variety of mediums, museum preparator, museum administrator, outreach and community facilitator, photographer, creative advisor, critic and studio manager to name a few career paths available upon completion of the degree in Fine Arts. The program also prepares students for full range of postgraduate studies.
Required Credit Hours: minimum 122 hours