American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Fine Arts and Art History

Chairperson:
​Sadek, Walid


Professor:Sadek, Walid
Associate Professor:Harutyunyan, Angela
Assistant Professors:Assaf, Sahar; Esanu, Octavian; Genadry, Daniele; Hammond, Joseph
Instructors:​Abrahamian, Panos; Al-Amine, Gheith; Badran, Rayya; Bou Rjeily, Lucien; Chalabi, Fares; El-Hage,May; Gorra, Paul; PHarb, Nazha; Kahwagi, Bassam; Khcheich, Rima; Khoury, Joelle; Maalouf, Maya; Nader, Myrna; Nazha, Raad; Raad, Joanna; Sabbah, Yasmina; Youssef, Jad.

Mission Statement

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History educates students in the arts in all their dimensions, believing that an understanding and appreciation of this area of human endeavor is an essential element in the formation of well-rounded individuals. To that end, we offer courses in the visual arts history and theory of art, music and theater. In the case of our courses aimed at training practitioners, our goal is to produce students with the skills to create meaningful statements in art. In the case of our historical and theoretical courses, we introduce students to great works of art of different cultures, and aim to equip them to deal with artworks critically, and with scholarship.

The department offers two degrees: a BA in Studio Arts and a BA in Art History.

The department also offers minors in Studio Arts, Art History, Music, and Theater.

Studio Arts Program

The Studio Arts BA Program provides undergraduate students with a strong foundation in studio skills: drawing, painting, sculpture, analog and digital photography, video and new technology. The SART faculty members, while trained and skilled in studio techniques, do not espouse a conventional approach to the deployment of these techniques nor do they promote in their teaching a fidelity to the traditions of art. Rather, they all develop teaching methods through the lenses of their own current practices in which the past, present and future of art are constantly being recomposed in dynamic constellations. The SART BA Program encourages a dynamical recalling of art from within current concerns and develops in students an ability to employ a large array of knowledge and skills with a readiness to open up towards post-studio art practices. The requirement for a BA degree in studio arts is 90 credits for students entering the department at the sophomore level. The distribution of these courses is as follows:

Degree Requirements

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are 9 credits of ENGL 203, ENGL 204, ARAB 201 or any General Education Arabic Communication Skills, 12 credits of Humanities, 3 credits from CVSP sequence I, 3 credits from CVSP sequence II, 6 credits from the list of approved courses in the humanities; 6 credits of Social Sciences; 6 credits of Natural Sciences, and 3 credits of Quantitative Thought.

Free Electives Outside the Department

(theater and music courses in the department may be allowed) 6 crs.

Major Courses

These include:

  • 39 credits in Studio Arts: SART 200, SART 201, SART 202, SART 203, SART 204, SART 205, SART 206, SART 207, SART 208, SART 209, SART 221, SART 222, SART 223.
  • Field Electives: 9 credits in art history and/or theory.

The minor program in Studio Arts requires 15 credits:

  • 3 credits from AHIS 250, AHIS 251, AHIS 252, AHIS 284, or approved alternate.
  • 12 credits chosen from SART 200, SART 201, SART 202, SART 203, SART 204, SART206, SART 207, SART 208, SART 221, SART 22 and SART 223 taken according to sequence and following prerequisites.

Course Descriptions

Art History Program    

The Art History program seeks to train students skills and concepts needed for research, teaching, and curating. It offers a core program with flexibility in the choice of art history concentrations in various periods and areas, notably the Middle East.

The requirement for a BA degree in art history is 90 credits for students entering the department at the sophomore level. The distribution of these courses is as follows:

Degree Requirements

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are 9 credits of ENGL 203, ENGL 204, ARAB 201 or other, 12 credits of Humanities, 3 credits from CVSP sequence I, 3 credits from CVSP sequence II, 6 credits from the list of approved courses in the humanities, 6 credits of Social Sciences, 6 credits of Natural Sciences, and 3 credits of Quantitative Thought.

Elective Requirements

These requirements are any one course (3 cr.) from the following group: PHIL 217, GRDS 331, SOAN 250, ARCH 017, or equivalent.

Free Electives Outside the Department

Theater and music courses in the department may be allowed. 12 cr. (15 cr. for students exempt from the Arabic requirement)

Major Courses

The major courses include 39 credits in the department as follows:

  • AHIS 203 or AHIS 204, AHIS 208, and AHIS 207 or AHIS 209, AHIS 210
  • AHIS 224, AHIS 251, and AHIS 252
  • AHIS 284 and AHIS 285
  • Four further courses in Art History, of these, a maximum of two Studio Arts courses may be taken to replace up to two Art History courses

The minor program in Art History requires 15 credits:

  • 6 credits chosen from AHIS 203, AHIS 207, AHIS 208, AHIS 209, AHIS 210, or equivalents;
  • 6 credits chosen from AHIS 221, AHIS 224, AHIS 225, AHIS 226, AHIS 227, AHIS 249, AHIS 263, AHIS 281;
  • 3 credits from AHIS 250, AHIS 251, AHIS 252, AHIS 284, or approved alternate.

Course Descriptions

Theater Program

The minor program in Theater Arts seeks to acquaint students with basic theoretical and practical aspects of theater performance and production. An overview of theater past and present around the world is offered through a choice of interdepartmental courses encompassing relevant history, literature and criticism.

The minor program in Theater requires 15 credits. Students can get the fifteen credits either with four or five core courses, depending on the theater production course: THTR 200 or 210, CVSP 212, THTR 220 or THTR 221, and THTR 259/ENGL 244 (or THTR258 combined with THTR250 or other approved courses). With permission, students can substitute one of the above 3-credit core courses with a course from the following group: THTR Special Topics, ARAB 240, ENGL 212, ENGL 216, ENGL 251, or other theater related elective as approved by the department.

Course Descriptions

Music Program    

The minor program in Music seeks to train students in skills and concepts needed to develop as musicians and enhance their capacities as performers, analysts, and audience members. It offers the fundamentals of higher education in music, seeking to balance historical, theoretical, and performance aspects.

The minor program in Music requires 15 credits:

  • 6 credits from MUSC 220, 221, 230, 235, 239, 250
  • 6 credits from MUSC 200, 205, 231,
  • 3 credits from MUSC 262, 263, 265, 266, 269.

Course Descriptions

BA in Studio Arts

Mode of AnalysisEnglish And Arabic (9)​Humanities​Social Sciences​Natural Sciences​Quantitative Thought
​Lecture Courses (9+21+6+6+3)​Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses: ENGL 203(3), 204(3)
​Required credits in the humanities: 12 credits including 6 credits of CVSP

6 credits required from Field Electives: 9 crs. of AHIS courses in

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​Two approved General Education courses num- bered 200 or above
(6 credits)
​Two approved General Education courses num- bered 200 or above (6 credits)
​One approved General Edu- cation course (3 credits)
​Studio Work (39)​SART 200, SART 201,
SART 202, SART 203,
SART 204, SART 205,
SART 206, SART 207, SART 208, SART 209t, SART 221, SART 222,
SART 223
Lecture/Performance: Free electives from outside the department (6 crs.) (9 crs. for those exempt from the Arabic require- ment); can include FAAH/Theater and FAAH/Music courses even though these are within the department ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

BA in Art History

Mode of AnalysisEnglish And Arabic (9)​Humanities​Social Sciences​Natural Sciences​Quantitative Thought
Lecture Courses (9+36+6+6+3)​Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses: ENGL 203(3), 204(3)
12 credits required in the humanities including 6 credits of CVSP.

18 credits including: AHIS 203, AHIS 204,
AHIS 208, AHIS 221 or
AHIS 252, AHIS 284

3 credits from AHIS 251,
AHIS 261, AHIS 262

3 credits from AHIS 207,
AHIS 209, AHIS 224,
AHIS 281

Two approved General Education courses numbered 200 or above (6 credits)
Two approved General Education courses num- bered 200 or above
(6 credits)

One approved General Education course (3 credits)

Lecture/Laboratory (15)15 credits from ad- ditional courses in Art History. Of these up to 6 credits may be from Studio Arts
Lecture/Performance: Free electives from outside the department (12 crs.) (15 crs. for those exempt from the Arabic require- ment); can include FAAH/Theater and FAAH/Music courses even though these are within the department

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