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Short courses for art and design lovers

The Chelsea College of Arts has organised its summer programme, which includes 12 courses, with four being offered for the first time in UAE

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Chelsea College of Arts (CCA) is hosting its summer programme of art and design short courses throughout May at its new venue at the Dubai Design District (d3). The programme includes 12 short courses for art and design enthusiasts and practitioners, including four courses that are being offered for the first time in the UAE. CCA, which is the biggest art university in Europe, is committed to improving the art education scene in the UAE. For the last five years it has been bringing faculty from London three times a year to conduct the short courses that last from one to five days and are open to all.

Courses to be conducted include:

Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice: May 26-May 29, 4.30-9.30pm daily. The course covers key concepts and historical transformations underpinning 20th century art production and reception, enabling students to develop and enhance their ability to discuss, write about and evaluate contemporary art.

Curating 2: To be held at Meem Gallery, Al Barsha from May 22 to May 25, from 10.30am to 5pm. Students will learn how to approach artists, discuss their practice within a studio visit situation, disseminate key information surrounding the artist’s work into various media, propose ideas for staging an exhibition and ultimately build an exhibition proposal of a professional standard.

Principles of Interior Design 2: May 24-May 28, 9.30am-4pm. This course is designed to hone analytical skills and develop a personal design methodology. Students will be encouraged to study and use design references, improve technical drawing, and learn about complex design issues and the challenges of designing for the domestic environment.

Textile Design Techniques: May 27 from 9.30am to 4pm. This is a new one-day-only “bite sized” course. It is for students interested in interior, textile or fashion design, and will provide a comprehensive introduction to the range of textile processes available and how these could be applied to their practice. It will cover print techniques, designing with weave work, knit work and stitch detailing, and introduce students to a variety of design processes from colour usage and repeat patterning to both hand and digital printing techniques, through presentations and short practical exercises.

Starting an Interior Design Business: May 20-May 22, 4.30-9pm. This course will provide students with the essential skills to manage and enhance their budding business, and manage a product design project from start to finish.

Lighting Design Concepts: May 23-May 25, 9.30am-4pm. This course is an introduction to the principles of residential lighting, where students will learn to create a simple lighting scheme, mood board, and lighting plan and specification.

Soft Furnishings: May 23, 9.30am-4pm. This one-day course will address the role of soft furnishings in interior design, including window treatments, upholstery and cushions. With a briefing on the terminology of the trade, students will be fully immersed into the world of textiles.

Jyoti Kalsi is an arts-enthusiast based in Dubai.

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