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ACADEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS

1.       Graduate students are evaluated:

  • at the end of each in the first year of MFA
  • upon completion of the curriculum required in the first semester of the second year of MFA
  • upon completion of the curriculum required in the second semester of the second year of MFA

2.        The evaluation of academic progress is based:

  • on the cumulative major average of all graduate courses taken during the evaluation period.
    (All courses are counted as major courses).
  • on the evaluation of the first semester in the second year of MFA made by decision of a jury.
  • on the evaluation of the second semester in the second year of MFA made by decision of a Jury.

3.       Passing grade:

          The passing grade for all courses required in the first year of MFA is 70.

Admittance to the Senior Project (IAD & GD):

•     No student is admitted into the Senior Project, unless he has completed the curriculum of the MFA program, set in the Plan of Study.

•     The student must have achieved a cumulative major average of 80/100 and above, on courses assigned for the MFA program.

•     If the student fails to achieve 80/100, the student must repeat all courses with less than 80/100, and raise his average according to the above stated
      requirement.

RULES GOVERNING THE ADMITTANCE TO AND THE MODALITIES FOR PRESENTATION OF THE SENIOR PROJECT IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, AND GRAPHIC DESIGN:

THE SENIOR IAD PROJECT:

The course is divided into 3 main disciplines:

1. Concept and Design

2. Project Detailing

3. Quantity Surveying

This course should be taken concurrently with the following courses:

  • TSID 331 Seminar in Lighting Design
  • TSID 332 Seminar IN HVAC
  • TSID 333 Seminar in Kitchen and Bath Design.

 

Presentation and Assessment of the Senior IAD Project:

The Project will be presented before the jury according to the following timetable:

At the end of the 14th week, the student shall submit:

a. The quantity surveying part

b. The HVAC part

c. The Lighting Design part

d. The kitchen and Bath design part.

These will be corrected & graded. The student will acquire than, the permission to submit the work pertaining to the Senior IAD Project, IADN 303, in its two disciplines: The Concept and Design, and The Project Detailing.

The work will be presented in front of a jury, who will deliberate according to the following criteria:

i. Admitted to the Senior Study with Honor:         90-100

ii. Admitted to the Senior Study:                          80-89

iii. Must complete within two weeks:                    70-79

(After which a second assessment is made)

iv. Fail                                                                 > 70

(Must repeat the IAD 303 from the beginning of Phase I)

THE SENIOR GD PROJECT:

The course is divided into 2 main disciplines:

1. Concept and Design

2. Artistic & Creative Approach

This course should be taken concurrently with the following courses:

  • GRDN318 New Media Design III
  • GRDN322 Marketing Strategies
  • GRDN331 Copywriting for Advertising
  • GRDN332 Storyboarding

Presentation and Assessment of the Senior GD Project:

The Project will be presented before the jury according to the following timetable:

At the end of the 10th week, the student shall submit:

a. The written Strategy/Marketing part

b. The Design Visual part

c. The Multimedia presentation part

These will be corrected & graded. The student will acquire then, the permission to submit all the work pertaining to the Senior GD Project.

The work will be presented in front of a jury, who will deliberate according to the following criteria:

i. Admitted to the Senior Study with Honor:         90-100

ii. Admitted to the Senior Study:                          80-89

iii. Must complete within two weeks:                   70-79

iv. (after which a second assessment is made)

v. Fail                                                                 > 70

(Must repeat the GD 303 from the beginning of Phase I)

RULES GOVERNING THE ADMITTANCE TO AND MODALITIES FOR PRESENTATION OF THE SENIOR STUDY PROJECT IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, AND GRAPHIC DESIGN:

Admittance to the Senior Study Project:

The passing grades for all courses required in the first semester of the second year are granted by the jury according to the following criteria:

• Admitted into the Senior Study with Honor                  90 – 100

• Admitted to the Senior Study                                       80 – 89

• Must complete within 4 weeks                                     70 – 79

(After which a second assessment is made by the Jury)

• Fail ( must repeat the whole curriculum)                        Below 70

 

THE SENIOR STUDY PROJECT IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN:

The Project encompasses the following disciplines:

1. Concept and Design

2. Project Detailing

3. Quantity Surveying

4. Lighting Design

5. HVAC

6. Sanitary

Phases of Presentation:

Phase 1: This phase deals with Problem solving and the analysis part of the project. In this phase the student must determine his choice regarding the building or space, the subject he is proposing to study, the functions he proposes to include, the organizational charts concerning the spaces, area use, relation between the different components of the project, materials choice, styles, etc…

Requirements for rendering: The submittals required for this phase shall include:

i. Actual plans of the building (including elevations, sections, and the like)

ii. Photos (inside and outside)

iii. Whatever document deemed to be necessary by the student to defend his choice.

iv. Thorough analysis of the subject he is proposing to study.

v. Written proposal of not less than 40 pages, A4 size, clarifying his choices, ideas, analysis, re-arrangement of spaces to suit the functions he is proposing to include, the materials he intends to use with analysis of suitability of these materials to his concept. ( This should be in accordance with the Policy and style manual for the Preparation of a graduate Thesis or Report)

Duration of Phase one: The total duration of this phase is 21 days

The Proposal should be submitted to the Dean’s Office in 5 print-outs, two Originals and three copies.

The cover shall clearly show the following:

1. The Logo of the University of Balamand

2. The Logo of the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts,

And it shall state the following mandatory writings:

UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND

ACADEMIE LIBANAISE DES BEAUX-ARTS

COURSE NAME: SENIOR STUDY PROJECT IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

COURSE CODE

SEMESTER (i.e.: Fall 2008)

STUDENT NAME

STUDENT ID NUMBER

PROJECT NAME

Jury and Deliberation of the Proposal:

The three copies are delivered to the members of the graduate academic committee, who shall read them, put their remarks, and meet to deliberate, in order to take decision about the proposal.

The assessment of the Phase 1 of the Senior Study Project is made according to the following:

After four weeks from the beginning of phase I, the Jury will assess the work, and either:

• Grant permission to the student to proceed with the Project,

Or:

• Not grant permission to proceed. In this case the student will have to change the Project and submit a new Proposal to the Jury.

• Phase 2: Preliminary Design Phase:

This is the phase of the development of the project. The student will work according to the proposal submitted in phase one, under supervision of the professors.

This phase comprises work in all the disciplines mentioned before. The work will be assigned by the Supervising Professors, according to correction sheets, signed and dated after each correction. It shall clearly state all guidelines, instructions, requirements for rendering, rendering elements…

Duration of Phase two: The total duration of this phase is 6 weeks.

Assessment of Preliminary Design Phase:

The Jury will assess the work according to the following:

A : Admitted

N.A. : Not admitted

Jury and Deliberation of the Preliminary Design:

The Jury will meet to deliberate, and take decision about the Preliminary Design:

They shall issue a guiding paper to the student concerning their remarks, and whatever instruction they deem necessary for the student to continue with his work.

In case of non-admittance, the Student will have to repeat the work done during this period after which the work will be assessed a second time by the Jury according to the previously stated criteria.

If the student is not admitted the second time, he/she will have to change the project and submit a new proposal to the Jury.

• Phase 3: Final Design Phase:

The total duration of this phase is 8 weeks.

Presentation and submittal Procedures

1. The work shall be presented by the student, one week before the fixed final submittal day, in front of the jury, who shall deliberate and, either grant the permission to the student to submit his project in front of the Grand Jury, or decide that the project is not valued, and accordingly the student will not be able to submit his work.

2. The Project will be submitted according to the following timetable:

     • At the end of the 14th week, the student shall submit:

          i. The Quantity Surveying part

          ii. The HVAC part

          iii. The Lighting design part

          iv. The kitchen and bath design part.

These will be corrected & graded. The student will acquire than, the permission to submit the work pertaining to the SENIOR STUDY PROJECT, in its two disciplines: The Concept and Design Part, and The Project Detailing.

3. At the end of the 15th week, The work will be presented in front of a Grand Jury, who will deliberate according to the following criteria:

     A+ Graduate with Distinction 95 – 100

     A Graduate with Honor 90 – 94.9

     B+ Graduate Good 85 – 89.9

     B Graduate 80 – 84.9

     C Must complete within 4 weeks 75 – 79.9

     D Fail Below 75

In case of failure, the Jury decides whether the student will have to change the project completely and repeat the whole or recommence the work from the beginning of the third period.

THE SENIOR STUDY PROJECT IN GRAPHIC DESIGN:

It consists of a practical project & a written presentation.

It is a self initiated, directed study, a major project in the area of the student’s chosen concentration, where instructors take the responsibility of the supervision of the project and provide support & advice.

The project encompasses the following disciplines:

  1. Concept & Design
  2. Computer Graphics
  3. Web Design
  4. Storyboarding
  5. Art Direction & Copywriting

Phases of Presentation:

• Phase 1: This phase deals with Problem solving and the analysis part of a project.

In this phase the student should be able to:

  1. Define & demonstrate an individual self-directed project of research for Digital Media or Graphic Design.
  2. Explain the nature & function of the particular research whether it is of the form of a subjective theoretical enquiry or client centered project.
  3. Determine his choice regarding the chosen design challenge/problem and present the proposed strategy to find genuine solutions.
  4. Select and apply suitable concepts and methods
  5. Define & discuss the creative strategy approach
  6. Defend a concept.

Requirements for presentation: The submittals required for this phase shall include:

  1. Original investigations done around the chosen project/client, its history and actual situation, the services, its failures or successes and its competitors.
  2. Strategy rational adopted to distinguish the project from competitors, find its uniqueness and increase value perception.
  3. Set the creative objectives, explain why the proposed approach is appropriate to the problem, how design will be a means for bringing the company/product’s objectives to life
  4. Sketches, illustrations, photos, slogans, body copy… to visualize the chosen concept.
  5. This study should show an independent critical power, an ability to test ideas, and especially present innovative methods, a fresh perspective and genuine work.
    (This should be in accordance with the Policy and style manual for the Preparation of a graduate Thesis or Report)

    Duration of Phase one: The total duration of this phase is 21 days.

    The Proposal should be submitted to the Dean’s Office in 5 Printed copies, two Originals and three copies.

    The cover shall clearly show the following:

    1. The Logo of the University of Balamand

    2. The Logo of the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts

    And it shall state the following mandatory writings:

    UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND

    ACADEMIE LIBANAISE DES BEAUX-ARTS

    COURSE NAME: SENIOR STUDY PROJECT IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

    COURSE CODE

    SEMESTER (i.e. Fall 2008)

    STUDENT NAME

    STUDENT ID NUMBER

    PROJECT NAME

    Jury and Deliberation of the Proposal:

    The three copies are delivered to the members of the graduate academic committee, who shall read them, put their remarks, and meet to deliberate, in order to take decision about the proposal.

    The assessment of the Phase 1 of the Senior Study Project is made according to the following:

    After three weeks from the beginning of phase I, the Jury will assess the work, and either:

    • Grant permission to the student to proceed with the Project,

    Or:

    • Not grant permission to proceed. In this case the student will have to change the Project and submit a new Proposal to the Jury.

    • Phase 2: Preliminary Design Phase:

    This is the phase of the development of the project. The student will work according to the proposal submitted in phase one, under supervision of the professors.

    This phase comprises work in all the disciplines mentioned before. The work will be assigned by the Supervising Professors, according to correction sheets, signed and dated after each correction.

    It shall clearly state all guidelines, instructions, requirements necessary to develop the design, finalize technical problems, respond to the creative brief, respect the strategy and successfully communicate the message.

    Duration of Phase two:

    The total duration of this phase is 6 weeks.

    Assessment of Preliminary Design Phase:

    The Jury will assess the work according to the following:

    A : Admitted

    N.A. : Not admitted.

    Jury and Deliberation of the Preliminary Design:

    The Jury will meet to deliberate, and take decision about the Preliminary Design.

    In case of Clear Admittance, the Jury shall issue a guiding paper to the student concerning their remarks, and whatever instruction they deem necessary for the student to continue with his work.

    In case of Non-Admittance, the Student will have to repeat the work done during this period, according to the Instructions given by the Jury. After ten days, the work will be assessed a second time by the Jury according to the previously stated criteria.

    If the student is not admitted the second time, he/she will have to change the project and submit a new proposal to the Jury.

    • Phase 3: Final Design Phase:

    The total duration of this phase is 8 weeks.

    Presentation and submittal Procedures:

    The work shall be presented by the student, one week before the fixed final submittal day, in front of the jury, who shall deliberate and, either grant the permission to the student to submit his project in front of the Grand Jury, or decide that the project is not valued, and accordingly the student will not be able to submit his work.

    The Project will be submitted according to the following timetable:

    1. At the end of the 14th week, the student shall submit:

         i. The Senior Research

         ii. The Visual/Design part

         iii. The Multimedia part

    These will be corrected & graded. The student will acquire than, the permission to submit the work pertaining to the SENIOR STUDY PROJECT, in its two disciplines: The Concept part & the Design/ Multimedia part.

    2. At the end of the 15th week, the work will be presented in front of a Grand Jury, who shall deliberate according to the following criteria:

         A+ Graduate with Distinction 95 – 100

         A Graduate with Honor 90 – 94.9

         B+ Graduate Good 85 – 89.9

         B Graduate 80 – 84.9

         C Must complete within 4 weeks 75 – 79.9

         D Fail Below 75

    In case of failure, the Jury decides whether the student will have to change the project completely and repeat the whole or recommence the work from the beginning of the third period.
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