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).