I. Interior Design
Interior designers plan, design, and detail elements of interior space. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design emphasizes a three-dimensional approach to creating humane, enabling, and ecologically sensitive interior environments for living, working, and recreation. The program is singled out for its emphasis on concept generation and creative problem solving.
Within this professional, architecturally oriented program, students learn to design interiors for residential, commercial, public, and special purpose uses. They will develop computer-aided design techniques and presentation expertise. At the upper levels, projects involve working for actual community and corporate organizations. Art and design studio electives enhance the student’s ability to think creatively.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree requires full time attendance for three years including a two months practical experience. A total of 105 credits are required. Computer Aided Design, Furniture Design, Islamic Design, Studio Arts, and Photography are alternative elective areas that can be undertaken as minors within the program (Refer to section 9 on Minors).
II. Furniture Design
Furniture designers produce designs for items of furniture and other related products. Designs may be for mass production, in small batches, or as one-offs, and designers may just be involved in this aspect of the work, or may be designer/makers, producing items from their own designs.
Designers may first carry out research and look at other products to help them develop their own ideas. They will need to consider how the item will look and how practical or functional it will be, taking into consideration areas such as the cost and availability of materials, the manufacturing process, the needs of the client or intended end-user, and safety implications. They may work to a brief agreed with a client or, in the case of manufacturing companies, may originate new designs or improve existing ones.
Designers prepare sketches and models of their initial ideas, by hand or with the aid of computer software, often in liaison with other professionals such as production managers, marketing staff and engineers.
The program aims to provide students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the design and making of items of furniture using a range of materials. It acknowledges both contemporary manufacturing methods and those of the designer-maker. The program provides equally for the student who wishes to start up his/her own company or wishes to seek employment within the furniture industry. Construction and the materials used in furniture are given equal emphasis along with the more obvious skills of the designer. The program is an intense practical experience and, at its conclusion, each student should have a number of items of furniture that they have designed and made themselves.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design degree requires full time attendance for three years including a two months practical experience. A total of 105 credits is required. Computer Aided Design, Islamic Design, Studio Arts, and Photography are specialty options that can be undertaken as minors within the program (Refer to section 9 on Minors).
III. Industrial Design
Industrial design involves the research and design of the whole range of consumer and capital products used by people; products as diverse as telephones and cranes, pencil sharpeners and exhibition systems, toothbrushes and motorcars. Ideally, the industrial designer works as part of a team involving engineering, production and marketing. The industrial designer initially concentrates on establishing the concept as a marketable, producible, useable and socially responsible product; and subsequently details the human factors (ergonomics), appearance (style) and mode of operation. Frequently the designer becomes involved in the corporate image of companies and their products as well as the graphics of the product’s packaging and the associated retail support systems.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design degree is an innovative three year full-time undergraduate program of study that includes a two months practical experience. A total of 105 credits is required. The program emphasizes the view that successful product design involves a concern for product users and addresses requirements relating to the environments of use, markets and marketability, manufacturing technology and engineering. Students develop the creative, professional abilities to understand and resolve these requirements, working at the frontiers of social and technological change.
A comprehensive design base is acquired in the common year of Art and Design Foundation. A thorough understanding of design principles and practice is gained through design courses and project work. The program places emphasis on social and environmental issues, as well as the professional and ethical responsibilities of the designer. Courses in marketing and math, and elective choices, form an important part of the program and allow students to experience studying in a range of disciplines across the university.
Computer Aided Design, Furniture Design, Islamic Design, Studio Arts, and Photography are specialty options that can be undertaken as minors within the program (Refer to section 9 on Minors).
IV. Graphic Design
Today, graphic design is regarded amongst the fastest growing academic disciplines especially within the field of design. In fact, it is safe to assert that no institution of higher learning with programs in arts or technology can afford to ignore graphic design as an integral component of teaching and research.
At the national level, the field of graphic design has received the proper attention of a number of leading academic institutions, namely those located in and around greater Beirut. Unfortunately, the city of Tripoli continues to lack an academic institution with a comprehensive graphic design program. There is a critical need to fill this shortage and there is no better time than the present.
Graphic design revolves around manual and digital design intended for mass media. Graphic designers do not only deal with printed graphics where they are in total control of typography, imagery and preparation for production. Graphic designers are also at the heart of a broad array of visual communication fields, including consumer packaging, corporate identity, advertising campaigns, multi-media presentations, web design and environmental graphics. Designers are now also responsible for marketing and even content development, and they must possess a range of skills that would have been inconceivable just two decades ago.
Graphic design at FAD requires three years of study including a two months practical experience and leads to a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. It is comprised of a total of 105 credit hours. The program attempts a balanced structure of course categories, core and elective, that include in addition to university requirements and design studios, the technical category, the history and theory category, the design tools category, and the professional category.
Design studios are spread out evenly throughout the program; so are theory courses, which are meant to develop in complexity as design studios do. Technical and design tools courses are mostly concentrated in the first two foundation years, where skills need to be developed for use in accompanying and later design studios. Professional and advanced courses are obviously pushed to the last 2 years where the professional market becomes closer at hand. Electives also spread in the last 2 years where students are mature enough to choose and concentrate on specific tracks. Furniture Design, Islamic Design, Studio Arts, and Photography are specialty options that can be undertaken as minors within the program (Refer to section 9 on Minors).