Art Education
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  • Degree Plans

The Department of Art Education in the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University was established in 1991 to meet the increasing needs in the field of art education at various educational levels, and to cope with the growth of education in the Sultanate. 17 batches have graduated between 1991 and 2011.The College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University is the only educational institution to offer this specialization among other teacher training colleges in the Sultanate. The Department's curricula use modern artistic and scientific methods to build its students' identities and to inculcate Islamic and Arabic values. In addition, the Department contributes to the society educationally and artistically by preparing qualified teachers who can perform their duties and participate effectively in enriching the cultural movement inside and outside the campus by holding exhibitions for students and faculty members.


The Department strives towards distinction and uniqueness by developing the infrastructure of the department, in order to be a center for academic and professional excellence in teaching the arts at the undergraduate, post-graduate and research level, and in performing social service.


The Department’s mission is to prepare specialists in the field of fine arts in keeping with the most recent developments in the field, who are capable of working in various professional fields so that they can perform their duties confidently and successfully, can pursue post-graduate studies, and can serve the environment and society. In addition, the Department seeks to achieve its mission through social service by developing the artistic and aesthetic taste of the community.

Department Objectives:

The Department aims through its programs and various activities to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide students with academic, theoretical, and practical knowledge, and specialized artistic concepts to produce well qualified graduates in all artistic fields.
  • Provide students with the skills of planning, executing, and analyzing various artistic projects in the artistic field.
  • Achieve individual growth and freedom of expression through various artistic fields.
  • Provide students with a number of teaching strategies that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required for using modern and digital technology in the artistic field.
  • Help students acquire academic research skills in various artistic fields, and link them to the demands of life and society to develop self-initiative.
  • Develop evaluation and assessment skills that enable students to give aesthetic and critical judgments in the field of fine arts.
  • Realize the importance of fine arts in building the personality by expressing one’s feelings, transmitting one’s culture and appreciating one’s heritage.

Bachelor’s degree in Art Education

Since its inauguration, the Department of Art Education offers a single programme, the Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. The programme prepares Art Education teachers to teach fine arts in Basic and Post-Basic Education schools. Students practise creativity in drawing, photography, ceramics, printing, textile, the basics of designing and printing, sculpture, use of different materials, graphic design, jewellery making and silverware, and Omani traditional crafts. In order for student teachers to possess competencies which enable them to teach these subjects, they also study various educational courses (e.g. Curriculum and Methods of Teaching, Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, and Instructional Technology). These are supplemented by practice in labs and microteaching sessions. Besides, they do teaching practice in Basic and Post-Basic education schools across the Sultanate.


The Department admits General Diploma students who are eligible to join the major as per the admission system which provides equal opportunities to all applicants. To be enrolled in the Art Education major, a candidate must:

  • Get a minimum grade of 'C' in: Basic Arabic Language, Fine Arts, Basic English.
  • Pass the Art Ability Test and Vision Test (colour blindness) as basic requirements.


Students enrolled in this program must complete (125) credit hours distributed as follows:

  • University requirements:         (12 credit hours)
  • Major requirements:                (102 credit hours)
  • Major electives:                       (11 credit hours) 

The department offers a range of courses. Below is a description of each course:


ARED 1020 3cr.  Painting 1.  (5hrs.Lecture)

This course aims to identify the principles and basics of composing paintings, water-color techniques and treatments, differentiation between drawing and paintings as regards the techniques and treatments used in each. This course reviews the international experiences in water-color paintings and building the ability to produce such paintings..

ARED 1120 3cr. Introduction to Art Education and its theories.  (5hrs.Lecture)

Students are expected, after completing this course, to recognize the goals of art education, its stages of development, areas and fields. Gather more knowledge of some basic concepts in art, education and art education. Identify the philosophy of the preparation of art education teachers. Introduce the child art artistic development and characteristics. Improve the students’ artistic vision by providing theoretical and practical knowledge. Introduce the other Art Education disciplines.

ARED 2110 3cr. Weaving With Different Fibers. (5hrs.Lecture)

This course aims to identify the history of weaving in the world and Oman, learning weaving terms and the contemporary uses of fabrics. In addition, it is introduce the characteristic of fibers and their uses as well as the effect of colours in design.  It focuses in acquiring hand weaving skills and techniques to be implemented in woven artworks.

ARED 2240 3cr  Child's Art.  (5hrs.Lecture)

The course aims to introduce the child art in its various aspects such as the schematic development in all stages of children’s artistic growth and its characteristic in each stage. This course focuses in the relationship between the child’s artistic growth and the development of his social life, cognitive and the creativity.  It is provide educational methods of teaching art for talents and special needs children.

ARED 1230 2cr. History of Ancient Arts & Civilizations. (2hrs.Lecture)

History of Ancient Arts & Civilizations course includes studies of the forms of expression of the visual arts of painting, sculpture, architecture and crafts, and other technical products. Since the beginnings of primitive art in the Middle Ages, Ancient Egyptian Art, Mesopotamian, Greek art, Romania, the art of medieval times and in the Renaissance. The focus will be on the analysis of the original artwork of various interpretations, Special based upon its intended use, and role in a particular society. The course aims to know the characteristics of General technical and unique artistic and aesthetic values of each work of art

ARED 1130 3cr. Ceramics1. (5hrs.Lecture)

This course aims to show aesthetic values of making pottery’s objects using different ways of clay’s hand-building techniques such as slabs, clay’s coils, coloring slips etc. Also, this course intends to teach the principles of firing process and this includes kilns’ setting, firing behavior, variables of firing’s temperatures and physical changes within the firing process especially in biscuit firing stage etc.

ARED 3220 3cr Ceramics (2).  (5hrs.Lecture)

This course considered as advanced level of studying ceramics where the student supposes to study more advanced and complicated ceramic treatments including object’s formation (hand-building), using of raw   materials, considering the functional purposes of ceramic object, taking advantage of surrounded environmental circumstances in making pottery, improving students’ creativity in designing tangible ceramic objects  and finally elevate their awareness of artistic pottery’s heritage in general and Omani pottery’s heritage in particular.

ARED 1220 3cr. Principles Of Design. (5hrs.Lecture)

The aim of this course is to identify the bases and constructional rules of decorative designs, and to be acquaintance with Islamic decoration and different forms of shapes when it comes to  the formation elements in the design. It also aims at know-how to deal with rainbow by fully understanding its characteristics. Moreover, the course get students acquire the skills of using colors of water interface and its different techniques.

ARED 2220 3cr. Sculpture 1. (5hrs. Lecture)

The aim of this course is to identify and have knowledge of (what is sculpture?), its importance, its message, concepts, types, developments, and its roles through history and contemporary time. It also aims at identifying sculpture materials, its tools, techniques, know-how to do finishing, styles to expose sculpture. In addition to that the course focuses on having training of how to appreciate sculpture art along with its types, ways of teaching and assessing.  It also aim at acquiring students design skills and implement sculpture art. Furthermore, the course aims at acquiring students technical skills of casting mold process and casting samples in the different materials.

ARED 2250 2cr. History of Islamic Art. (2hrs. Lecture)

History  of Islamic Art course, visual arts survey study of architecture, decoration, applied arts and photography, The focus will be on works of art that reflect the impact of Islamic culture. Course includes studies of the different periods since the beginnings of Islamic Art, and the era of the Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Umayyad, Seljuk, Mamluk and Ottoman. Application of study and research skills and critical thinking analysis of the different interpretations and implications, for General technical know the characteristics and Special of each work of art, It aims to reach out to the judgment of aesthetics, and perception of the relationship between the culture of every age and artistic production. And acquire the skill of art criticism and artistic Appreciation of the artistic and aesthetic values, and organization and applied in other courses and practical life.

ARED 1110 3cr. Drawing 1. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course discuss the foundations and principles of formative drawing, learn about various raw materials used in drawing such as pencil, ink and charcoal, grasp the techniques and process of art in paintings, understand and demonstrate the role of raw materials in the show touching different visual analysis techniques in show business in form of two-dimensional work of three-dimensional format, displaying the rules of perspective

ARED 2120 3cr. Drawing 2. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at develop the students' ability to observe and understand spatial relationships between things, whether natural or synthetic, and treating them with different drawing media, and providing students with the opportunity to exhibit their own styles in expressing themselves through drawing and construct a suitable amount of art concepts and ideas related to this field.

ARED 2210 3cr. Textile Printing. (5hrs. Lecture)

In this course, students learn basic scientific and practical terminology associated with the different techniques, media, tools, methods, alternatives, and types of designs of textile printing. Special emphasis is put on manual printing such as direct and indirect printing, etching, and dye printing. This course also concentrates on intensive instruction on applied experimentation according to the functionality of the printed matter, as well as on technical treatments in printing, with an emphasis on innovative aspects in fusing printing techniques together to impact  the educational aspects and upgrade the aesthetic aspects of printed designs. 

ARED 3210 2cr. History of Modem and Contemporary Art. (5hrs. Lecture)

The course includes identifying and defining the terminology associated with modernism, and postmodernism, and the most important factors that led to the appearance the schools of modern and contemporary art. Since the nineteenth century (Neoclassicism –Romanticism- Realism –Realism- Impressionism –Post-Impressionism ) and modern art in the twentieth century (Fauvism –Cubism –Futurism –Dada –Expressionism - Surrealism –Constructivism -Abstract Expressionism  ) Arts postmodernism (Pop-Art - Minimalism - Conceptual Art - Installation - Video art,) to compare the technical and aesthetic values in different historical periods. The course aims to identify the stylistic characteristics of the most important artists of the pioneers, and the discovery of new aesthetic standards that contributed to the construction of the language of modern and contemporary art.

ARED2130 3cr. Design Applications. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at offering various experiences adhere to constructive rules of decorative designs. Moreover, the course draw attention on know-how these designs deals with rainbow by fully understanding their psychological and physical characteristics, and the ways to utilize these designs in order to emphasize the value of the aesthetics of artistic works. The course also touches the basic concepts and artistic components of one dimension as building constructive system achieved through innovative developed designs. Adding to that the course seeks to produce designs that have decorative characteristics with expressive values like lights, motion, and system contenting decorative painting of multiple surfaces.

ARED 4260 2cr. Advanced Applications. (4hrs. Lecture)

The curriculum expose group of knowledge skills and advanced technology in different fields of art that posed by department, the aim is to develop the students creative capacities in the field of art that is intended to increase the dosage of training through a selection of free professional, and to implement an art project at the end of the semester reflects the benefit earned by the student in terms of techniques and knowledge associated with the movement of visual art on the international scene, and the latest scientific experience in this area.

ARED 4120 2cr.  Art Criticism and Appreciation. (2hrs. Lecture)

The course  Art Criticism and Appreciation covers identification and definition the concepts of artistic taste . Educational Appreciation aesthetic, and the relationship between the creative and the Taster, the concept of art criticism and its relationship to aesthetic values appreciation, preparation art critic and a comparative aesthetic judgment, study of the philosophy of art theories of issues in aesthetics, definition, its history, and the relationship, Art aesthetic and natural aesthetic. The following three aesthetic theories apply to visual artworks (Imitationalism – Formalism - Emotionalism) Study criticism types (classical criticism -  formalism criticism  - contextual criticism -  impressionistic criticism ) Examines the relationship between criticism and art education.  Course goal is to develop the skills criticism, Analytical methods for Art work to discover the aesthetic values.

ARED 3260 2cr. Graphic Design 1. (4hrs. Lecture)

This course teaches the scientific foundations of graphic design through principles and theories of design. Graphic design is introduced here as a new stream of art education and an important component of visual language. Graphic design uses techniques to deliver a specific massage to a specific audience. The course also discusses the most important contemporary tools available to the artist and designer, such as advanced design software and devices related to the creative productive process, such as printers, tablets, scanners and electronic pens. The course teaches  students how to utilise graphic design applications for educational purposes and how to find creative solutions for design problems. 

ARED 4110 2cr. Graphic Design 2. (4hrs. Lecture)

This course is complementary to Graphic Design (1), but is more advanced. The course is different in terms of its content and the techniques used. It contains some advanced practical applications used in design and students will produce and design publications using specific applications. This course introduces the general theories and aims of graphic design, the application of techniques, and new devices that directly relate to graphic design. Examples of these devices are, digital cameras, and smart phones. This course teaches students how to produce an effective and attractive publication, and helps students to construct design campaigns and strategies for specific events or products. It also shows students how graphic design applications can be used for educational purposes,  and how to find creative solutions for design problems.

ARED 3110 3cr. Modern panting. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at enabling students to test and discuss modern and contemporary artworks of different cultures and periods, providing them with the language of art and the ability to practice art criticism through analysis of different modern and contemporary artworks. It also enables them to learn modern techniques and scientific methods of producing artworks of contemporary character, identify the most important trends in art such as modernism, post-modernism and contemporary art, train in producing creative works in different trends and schools of modern and contemporary art, as well as develop their ability to research and experiment in media innovated and available in nature and in the Omani environment in particular.

ARED 3120 3cr. Hand crafts. (5hrs. Lecture)

This is a required course aims at aims at acquiring students the artistic skills through an integral applications of several environmental materials. This is to encourage students employ and practice their skills and fulfill their needs of educational institutions, cultural authorities, small industries, and market requirements at the local level.

ARED 2230 3cr. Painting 2. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at developing students' experiences in dealing with colors, widening their intellectual approaches through diversifying the media, methods of treatment, techniques and experimentation, through reviewing distinguished world experiences in painting, so as to encourage them to search for new aesthetic variables suitable for their personalities and highlight their individuality and uniqueness.

ARED 1001 2cr. Contemporary Visual Arts. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the concept of art. It explores the main catalysts of modern art, the main styles and schools of art, and its pioneers, importance, and features. This course also introduces the elements and principles of art and their importance in the visual arts through exploring some historical and modern artistic practices. It also highlights how art, through the use of mixed-waste products, can serve educational, cultural, and social values. This course trains students to comprehend various styles of visual art in order to interact with and appreciate these styles.

ARED 3140 3cr. Sculpture 2. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course conations of: The direction formalize by deferent materiel Recognizing the types of natural and artificial materials & the deferent methods to join between them. Knowledgeable the natural and artificial glues and their sources. Recognizing the deferent Techniques to formalize the materials. And study primitive arts & popular arts & discarded arts & contemporary arts. 

ARED 3240 3cr. Experimentation in Different Media. (5hrs. Lecture)

The aim of this course is to direct students towards empirical thought in arts. So they can benefit from the available materials in the environmental whether they are natural materials, or artificial ones, or any pre-made stuff depend on the empirical system. Thus, they study the different characteristics of these materials, and know-how to deal with them in order to produce artworks.

ARED 3230 3cr. Art Crafts. (5hrs. Lecture)

This is an elective course aims at acquiring students the artistic skills through integral practical applications of the industrial foundation and decorative styles on some arts and crafts in Sultanate of Oman. In addition to that the course aim at studying these crafts and  have knowledge on the stages of their development like modeling works, forming, and carpentry works, and trying to get benefit from them in art education in Oman. 

ARED 3250 3cr. Contemporary Techniques in Art. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course helps to introduce to Ss the most important modern and contemporary techniques in producing artworks in all areas of plastic art; providing them with technical and innovative skills to implement innovated art models, as well as enabling Ss to find innovated aesthetic solutions in their artworks through employment of modern techniques in their works.

ARED 3150 3cr. Principles of Graphic Carving. (5hrs. Lecture)

In this course, students get acquainted with the basic scientific and practical terminology of different techniques of graphic carving, especially those of copper, wood, and linoleum carvings. In addition, this course concentrates on applied experimentation according to the function of the printed material.

ARED 3170 3cr. Aesthetics of Arabic Calligraphy. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at teaching Ss the aesthetics of modern freehand and classic Arabic calligraphy, presenting the plastic basics of Arabic scripts and their relationship with the compositional foundations of decorative designs, methods of making multi-level decorative paintings, as well as the techniques of using acrylic colors and dealing with cardboard in implementation.

ARED 4140 2cr. Art Education for the Special Needs. (4hrs. Lecture)

This course offers an introduction to art education for individuals with special needs; identifying them as part of society. The course includes the human senses and their positive and negative impact on mankind; In addition, the course focuses on human behavior and the role, effects, and impact of Art Education on individuals with special needs.

ARED 3130 3cr. 3D Modeling. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aim at letting students be familiar with the differences of characteristics of three dimension design. It also focuses on making them familiar with modeling constructive thinking through round sculpture concept. In addition, the course emphasize on different techniques to deal with a slide of two dimensions and line, and one dimensions in the light of the vision of constructive thinking in sculpture. The course seeks also to provide students with knowledge of  sculpture concept development in the light of technical and scientific developments related to modern materials and linking them to the real life and scientific development progress.

ARED 4130 2cr. Art Culture and Community Service. (4hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at disseminating mass culture through deepening the link between the artist and the masscs. It also aims at shedding light on the role of museums, art exhibitions, cinema, and elements of cincmatic composition, computer and video as communication means effective in serving the society.

ARED 3160 3cr. Daily Life Art Skills. (5hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at making use of the various art experiences gained by 5s during their study, to produce simple daily life artworks and help in transferring this experience to the society in gencral, and in opening a market for sl11al1 art products.

ARED 4150 2cr. Critical Readings In Plastic Art. (4hrs. Lecture)

This advanced course aims at developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments on artworks through analysis of their expressive content and training in criticizing critical writings in local and international newspapers and magazines specialized in plastic arts.

ARED 1002 2cr. Appreciation of Islamic Arts and Arabic. (2hrs. Lecture)

This course offers an introduction to selected models of Islamic art and Arabic orthography employed in buildings,  furniture, and manuscripts. The course also deals with ways of using and employing them in the Omani traditional manual arts with an emphasis on developing the patterns to create contemporary artistic innovations derived from the original Islamic decorative arts and Arabic orthography.