Faculté des Beaux-Arts et des Arts Appliqués

Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Art

104 crédits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)


General Education
Behavioral and Social Sciences
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
French Communication
3 credits
DAA241General History of Art
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: LFR120
The objective of the course is to give students an understanding of the chronological order of events that constitute the history of art. They will use the methodological tools of the discipline, to learn how to situate, compare and understand the relationships between them through a study of their stylistic characteristics and their socio­-historical context.
History of Lebanon
3 credits
ARS216Introduction to Artistic Expressions
3 credits
The objective of this course is to give the student the opportunity to make a personal work of exploration and plastic experimentation. The student will use the techniques of watercolor, pastel, and oil painting to create new plastic compositions according to the themes proposed by the teacher.
Quantitative Reasoning
3 credits
Religious Sciences
3 credits
Science and Health
6 credits
1 credits
Common Core
2 credits
Study of colors, their chromatic solution, the characteristics of pigments, their section, opacity and transparency.
DAA342History of Art and Architecture I
3 credits
This course covers the periods of Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages, as well as those of the first Renaissance up to the 19th century.
DAA442History of Art and Architecture II
3 credits
This course is both a description and a critical reflection on the cultural events of the 20th century, asking the question, “What are the contents of Modernity and the Avant­ garde?”
DAA211Sketching and Drawing I
2 credits
A workshop teaching drawing. Teaching is based on analytical drawing and emphasizes the development of visual memory and the exploration of the expressive qualities of different tools and supports. Students will experience freehand perspective drawing, human figures, and drawing from nature.
DAA212Sketching and Drawing II
2 credits    |    Pré-requis: DAA211 Or ARI211
A workshop teaching drawing. Teaching is based on analytical drawing and emphasizes the development of visual memory and the exploration of the expressive qualities of different tools and supports. Students will experience freehand perspective drawing, human figures, and drawing from nature.
DAA312Sketching and Drawing III
2 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARI212 Or DAA212
Principles of anatomy and studies in the canons of human anatomy. A study of the relationship between human proportions and the natural and built environments.
ARS233Apocrypha and Icons
2 credits
An interpretation of iconographic themes that are not mentioned in the Holy Bible, in the light of the apocryphal writings and according to Christian tradition.
ARS301Bachelor Project + Research Note
3 credits
For the graduation project, students are free to choose a topic that will be developed under the supervision of a project manager. At the end of the semester the project, consisting of a research note and an artwork, will be presented and explained in front of a jury.
ARS245Bible and Iconographic Tradition
2 credits
Browsing biblical texts and their various representations through sacred art. Studying biblical themes and characters depicted in iconography.
ARS211Ceramics I
2 credits
Introduction and history of the various techniques of ceramics. Applying these techniques, from the turning, to coloring and cooking.
ARS341Christian Archeology
3 credits
Study of Christian archeology through: monuments (the basilica and places of worship); Christian symbols; relics and reliquaries; and objects of worship.
ARS220Color Chemistry
2 credits
Chemical study of colors and their properties, the media and the equipment used in different pictorial and iconographic techniques.
ARS316Engraving I
2 credits
Introduction and history of different techniques of engraving. Applying these techniques: woodcut, lithography, linoleum, etching, screen printing and others.
ARS243Historical Geography of the Syro-Antiochian World
2 credits
Study of the various historical cities in the region of Antioch, and their artistic and religious heritage. Courses and research.
ARS240History of the Christian Iconography
3 credits
Introduction to the history of Christian iconography throughout the centuries, according to the various iconographic movements.
ARS244Iconographic Greek
2 credits
Introduction to the Greek language in order to achieve the decoding of texts found on icons and sacred artworks.
ARS340Iconographic Hagiography
2 credits
Discovering the saints of the church in iconography: studying their biographies, their attributes and their representations in artworks according to the different traditions of the church.
ARS201Iconography I
3 credits
Introduction to the Byzantine traditional technique: preparing the plank, transferring the drawing, and applying the colors.
ARS202Iconography II
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARS201
Theories and practical applications of different iconographic techniques.
ARS302Iconography III
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARS201
Conceiving new compositions according to the acquired iconographic techniques.
ARS303Liturgical Design
2 credits
Course on the history and the description of the various pieces of the liturgical clothing. Creating new items and liturgical design.
ARS214Mosaics I
2 credits
History of the different techniques of mosaics through the ages. Practical application: geometrical composition of a non- figurative subject, coloring, cutting and putting on the tesserae.
ARS210Mural Painting (Fresco)
2 credits
Initiating the students to fresco, a mural painting technique done on a fresh coating, consisting of whitewash and sand, on which color pigments mixed with water are applied.
ARS330Research Methodology in Sacred Art
2 credits
Learning the scientific research methodology applied to sacred art. Logic and scientific reasoning are at the center of teaching and all academic research in this area.
ARS205Restoration I
3 credits
Historical overview of the old pictorial methods and practical application of the old techniques of painting.
ARS206Restoration II
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARS205
Historical overview of the old pictorial methods and practical application of the old techniques of painting.
ARS314Stained Glass I
2 credits
Historical introduction to the different techniques of stained glass. Practical applications: composition, layout, grading, cutting, leading, welding, and grouting.
ARS234Syriac Language and Calligraphy
2 credits
Introduction to decoding the texts written on sacred representations, and use of these texts in new calligraphic compositions. The course is divided into four parts: reading, grammar, text study, reading and writing of Karchouni.
ARS241Theology of the Icon
2 credits
Theological, artistic and symbolical interpretation of the main types and subjects in iconography.
ARS222Anatomy and Iconographic Drawing style
3 credits
Study of drawings and various iconographic canons through the various schools. Creation of graphic compositions and transformation of artistic subjects into iconographic work.
ARS431Architecture and Planning of Religious Edifices
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARI242 Or ARC240 Or DAA342
General introduction and initiation into the inner characteristics of Christian churches (plans, forms, religious objects and materials).
ARS212Ceramic II
2 credits
Advanced applications of various pottery techniques: composition, shooting, color, and cooking.
ARS246Christian Aesthetics
2 credits
Introduction to the general esthetics and the definition of the “beauty” and the “sublime” through the various Christian philosophies, from early Christian until today.
ARS221Computer-Aided Drawing
2 credits
Create, modify and adjust, using the Photoshop program, images that meet the diversified needs.
ARS445Cultural Properties
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARI242 Or ARC240 Or DAA342
General introduction and awareness of the influence of architectural styles in history, and of the various building systems of places of worship (churches and monasteries). Analytical and critical study of Christian religious edifices in Lebanon and the Middle East.
ARS317Engraving II
2 credits
Course and practical application: woodcut, lithography, linoleum, etching, screen printing and others.
ARS215Mosaic II
2 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARS214 or ARS203
Practical application: figurative composition, coloring, cutting and putting on the tesserae.
2 credits
General theoretical training providing for the practical and esthetic achievement of photos by students, according to the needs of their field.
ARS315Stained Glass II
2 credits    |    Pré-requis: ARS314
Realization of a colored stained glass window according to the traditional method: composition, layout, grading, cutting, grisaille, leading, welding, and grouting.


Courses of the Department of Sacred Art are available exclusively at the main campus of Kaslik. The richness of the Syro­Antiochean heritage, its cultural diversity and the need to carry out necessary restorations and make the discipline better known, led to the foundation of the Department of Sacred Art, which cooperates with various Faculties and Institutes of USEK, while also maintaining contact with similar institutes in local and foreign universities.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will be able to carry out iconography projects (design and execution).
2. Contribute to restoration of icons and paintings.
3. Carry out stained glass projects (design and execution).
4. Carry out mosaics projects (design and execution).
5. Conduct pottery and ceramics projects (design and execution).
6. Perform liturgical design and styling.
7. Undertake engraving projects (design and execution).
8. Carry out research, use documentation and conduct teaching assignments.

Program Outcomes

a. An ability to apply technical skills in applied arts.
b. An ability to restore icons according to ancient traditional techniques.
c. An ability to understand, describe and analyze a sacred artwork.
d. An ability to create new sacred artwork projects.
e. An ability to identify and compare the different artistic ecclesiastical traditions.
f. An ability to produce documentation on a subject related to sacred art.
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