The School of Commercial Industrial Art and Design (SCIAD) at Nkumba University offers high skill interdisciplinary education combining practice based learning, research and business skills in Art and Design. The curriculum has a wide spectrum of disciplines that enable learners to acquire a highly integral professional attitude since the academic choices they make fit into their passion and career dreams. Many SCIAD graduates serve in public and formal sectors but nearly 80% are in self employment with innovative solutions to societal dynamics. Learning in SCIAD programmes is facilitated by a high caliber staff, specialized design studios and a network of training partners from Ugandan businesses who support in on‐ the job training. Furthermore, SCIAD has international collaborations that enable staff and student mobility to different parts of the world, to acquire and share knowledge. The European Union through its programme of Erasmus+ and the German agency of DAAD are significant partners in this collaboration.
One’s dream career training can be accessed at SCIAD through several study levels namely; Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors and Masters. Admission to PhD in Art and Design is through the Postgraduate Directorate of Nkumba University.
Certificate programme focuses on Craft Design skill development and learning options are either 1 or 2 years of study. Graduates can opt to start work after graduation or can upgrade to other academic levels. The 2 year Diploma programmes available are 3: Interior and Landscape Design (ILD) which empowers learners with knowledge and skills regarding designing aesthetic and sustainable human environments. Graphic Digital Design (GDD) programme which opens one’s mind to the possibilities available in the digital communication design industry. The computer is a critical tool in this study programme as it focuses on technology driven approaches in visual communication. The Vocational Art and Design (VAD) programme gives learners the opportunity to develop core skills that can be applied in dexterous enterprises such as textile production, ceramic industry, craft production, tailoring, jewellery production among many. The career prospects for all diploma programmes are high since they are self fulfilling with numerous employment and business opportunities available regionally and internationally.
Bachelors programmes at SCIAD have a very dynamic curriculum. They are highly professionalized encompassing aspects of skill, philosophy, entrepreneurship and societal responsive learning. The three programmes are; Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) where learning reflects significantly the dynamics of the fashion industry right from the mainstream garment design up to the fashion accessory production.
Graduates from this programme most times start fashion design businesses and are relatively successful due to the training orientation. The Graphic Communication Design (GCD) programme orients the learner to appreciate the importance of business networks and above all the power of imagery in business promotion. Graduates of GCD highly impact the advertising industry in Uganda either working independently or for graphic and media companies, managing various visual communication aspects.
Commercial Art (CA) programme has remodeled the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and the like to respond to the prevailing needs of the contemporary world, away from the confines of the art gallery and art collector. It has been designed to complement other art and design disciplines so, graduates of BCA readily find their relevance in the construction sector, fashion industry as accessory designers, illustrators of print material as well as producers of a wide range of tourist oriented art
All Bachelors programmes involve the key academic components of research work leading to a dissertation, and also internship periods which give learners on the job training.
The Master of Arts in CIAD (MA CIAD) has 2 components namely; MA by coursework and dissertation
where students are taught and guided as they undertake their coursework in theory and practical research. A student accumulates a body of work revealing rigorous exploration through fieldwork and studio excursions. The other MA is by research and thesis where a student undertakes a research on an approved topic and eventually compiles a thesis. With a good uninterrupted study environment, one’s Art and Design career dream is guaranteed at SCIAD.
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Mission, Vision and Objectives
To provide and apply knowledge through artistic/design and scientific technology relevant to social and economic development.
To be a leading Commercial Industrial Arts and Design Centre through teaching, research and development of society.Objectives
Against the SCIAD mission, the programme has three principle objectives:-
1- to enhance teaching and research skills in Commercial Industrial Art and Design
2- to improve quality, capacity and efficiency of students and staff systems.
3- To offer a high academic quality and competitive programme.