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kathmandu university school of arts centre for art and design

kathmandu university school of arts centre for art and design

Portfolio Date : 2010

Portfolio Category : Schools & Colleges

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Realizing the serious dearth of qualitative fine art education in Nepal, Kathmandu University established Department of Art and Design in 2003 under School of Arts. With the initiation of key person Mr. Aidan Warlow, Director, M.A, Oxford, along with two other faculties Mr. Rabindra Puri, M.A. Bremen and Mr. Sujan Chitrakar, M.F.A. New Delhi, and an assistant administrative staff Mr. Gopal Magar, a one-year Diploma course in Fine Arts was launched. Set up on the top floor that was rented off of a public school in a historic vicinity of Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, the first batch comprised of six students.

The following year, the department commenced three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in another building that provided a larger studio area, a small exhibition space and better natural lighting. The BFA course offered students to major in painting and sculpture, whilst introduced Graphic Design as a BFA course for the very first time in Nepal.

Along with Nepali students, the centre also facilitates international students in short termed courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography etc. KUart also launched short termed courses in Fashion Design and Art in Education, with faculty members invited from Germany and UK.

In the year 2007, Centre for Art and Design (KUart) shifted to a more serene and scenic location at the outskirt of Kathmandu, where it now runs four-year bachelor programs in Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Extra South Asian Arts Studies and Art in Education. KUart is steadily developing and continually evolving to build strong international connection through established art institutes and organizations.

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