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Online courses on art, design and technology in the Arab States started

02-11-2005 (Beirut)
An online course “Introduction to Art and New Media in the Arab States, with a case study of Lebanon” started last Monday with 38 students. This first course of a master class on Art, Design and Technology for the Arab States is part of UNESCO's DigiArts initiative.
The UNESCO sponsored initiative is being implemented in cooperation with the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), the American University in Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the Learning Environments Research Group of the Media Lab at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, which prepared the instructional design and the online learning environment of the master class.

The first course is tutored by Ricardo Mbarak, a Lebanese video artist and teacher. Two other online courses will follow: one on “Arabic typography and design culture” offered by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Chair and Associate Professor of the Visual Communication Department at the American University of Dubai, and the other on “Typographic Landscapes in the Arab world” offered by Tarek Atrissi, a designer from the Netherlands.

Students who pass the online assessment will then move on to the next phase which consists of a face-to-face series of lectures. During this phase, students will acquire the resources and tools needed to develop and enrich their creative processes and will conceive an original concept that they will be develop in the third phase of the module.

This first master class is being organized on an experimental basis and will be evaluated by a panel of participating universities before being integrated into existing curricula in the region.
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