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American University of Beirut
Architecture and Design
11-0236 Bliss Street
Professor - Graphic Design Co-ordinator
Ms. Maya Saikali
Mrs. Sirene SalamT:
Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy
The Department Architecture and Design at the has two undergraduate programs in Architecture and Graphic Design and two graduate programs in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design. The Architecture program was established in 1966 and offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture. The Graphic Design program was established in 1992 and offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The Graphic Design Program is comprised of a total of 139 credit hours normally taken over four years. The graduate programs in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design were established in 1998 and offer a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and a Master of Urban Design. The programs through their curricular structure, course offering and content offer students in the Department of Architecture and Design the solid training that prepares them for the challenges of the professional practice and offers them a competitive edge through the exposure to high quality academic discourse and diverse design methods within a rich studio environment and with up-to-date technology. Design teaching applies professional and technical skills within a process that is culturally and theoretically grounded. The design discipline is understood as a cultural practice that engages social, economic and political issues and as a critical tool of inquiry that integrates process with product and methodology with representation in a multidisciplinary manner. Inquiry through design comes with an acute awareness of our existence in the region with its multitude of languages and cultures. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students progress from basic skills and knowledge to advanced critical applications and independent thinking. It leads them from foundation courses to advanced thematic and interdisciplinary courses to an independent design thesis project. The distribution of the courses is designed to ensure both a solid training in the field and an appropriate exposure to related fields as well as fields of their own interest.
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Lebanese American University
Graphic Design Department
P.O. Box 13-5053
Prof. Randa Abdel BakiT:
Coordinator of Fine Arts Program
Prof. Lee FrederixT:
Department of Art & Design Associate Chair
Prof. Melissa Plourde KhouryT:
Graphic Design Department at the American University was established in 1996. It is a three-year programme that includes a foundation year, where students are introduced to the design discipline as a whole; a junior year, where they engage in building their skills and knowledge in typography, packaging, publication, illustration, corporate identity, and digital screen-based design; and a senior year, where assignments take on specific areas of design selected by the students. Cutting across various topics, thoughts and ideologies translate into visual communication solutions in their final projects. The graphic design programme has currently 350 students enrolled, under the supervision and guidance of 20 faculty members. Some of our students and faculty work has been featured lately in several international design magazines and publications, such as novum, Output, Communication Arts and Design Graphics.
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