Introduction to Faculty of Fine Arts

Simultaneously with the establishment of Herat University in 1988, the Faculty of Fine Arts was established and started its activities with only one department (Calligraphy and Painting). Moving on the path of its development, under the rule of Ministry of Higher Education, this faculty stablished departments of Miniature in 2003 and Graphic in 2011.

Faculty of Fine Arts is a governmental organization. Its goals and aims are set and followed by according to the rules and regulation of Ministry of Higher Education.

Scientific Staff Member

At present, there are 28 lecturers at faculty of Fine Arts. 16 are with MD Degrees and 10 with BA Degrees. Right now 3 lecturers are doing MD and PHD in Iran and India. One of lecturers is holding the position of POHANDOY, 5 holding POHANMAL, 12 holding POHANYAR and 10 holding POHYALAY.

Introductionto Lecturers

No.

Name

Surname

Father’s Name

Scientific Position

Education Level

Department

Gender

Age

Remarks

1

Mohd. Towfiq

Rahmani

Ab. Rahman

Pohanmal

MD

Miniature

M

45

 

2

Gh. Hazrat

Hassass

Mohammad Jan

Pohanmal

MD

Graphic

M

42

 

3

S. Navidulhaq

Fazli

S. AdulHaq

Pohanmal

MD

Painting

M

39

 

4

Faiza

Shahir

Haji Nasruddin

Pohandoy

BA

Graphic

F

55

 

5

Fazlurrahman

Yazdani

Gh. Jailani

Pohyalay

BA

Graphic

M

46

 

6

Ah. Wahid

Taraki

Ab. Ravoof

Pohanyar

MD

Graphic

M

46

 

7

Moh. Yama

Akhwan

Mohd. Amin

Pohanyar

BA

Painting

M

44

 

8

AbdulQadir

Sarwari

Mohd. Sarwar

Pohanmal

MD

Painting

M

45

 

9

AbdulNaser

Sawabi

Haji Gol Ahmad

Pohanmal

MD

Miniature

M

43

Doing Phd

10

Mohd. Shafi

Noorzaee

Abdul Baqi

Pohanyar

MD

Painting

M

35

 

11

Noorya

Adl

Noor Ahmad

Pohanyar

MD

Miniature

F

44

 

12

Ahmad Zia

Haqshenas

Haji Gh. Yahya

Pohanyar

MD

Painting

M

35

 

13

Anisa

Habibzada

Gh. Farooq

Pohyalay

BA

Painting

F

35

 

14

Saliha

Wafa Jawad

Najibullah

Pohanyar

MD

Miniature

F

35

 

15

Saqeya

Ehrar

Ghawsuddin

Pohanyar

MD

Painting

F

34

 

16

Torpekay

Nabizadeh

Gh. Mohammad

Pohanyar

MD

Painting

F

37

 

17

Ab. Ghaffar

Habibi

Haji Abdul Qayoom

Pohyalay

BA

Miniature

M

33

 

18

Hamida

Taskin

Amanullah

Pohyalay

BA

Miniature

         F

32

Doing MD

19

Aazita

Ebrahimi

Abdul Latif

Pohyalay

BA

Painting

F

27

Doing MD

20

Habibullah

Navid

Safiullah

Pohyalay

BA

Graphic

M

33

 

21

Morad Ali

Haidari

Qorban Ali

Pohyalay

BA

Graphic

M

33

 

22

Ahmad Morid

Paghmani

Mohammad Moosa

Pohyalay

BA

Painting

M

34

 

23

Tarana

Aslami

Abdul Karim

Pohyalay

BA

Painting

F

27

 

24

Mir AhmadNavid

Mashouf

Mir Mohd. Ayoub

Pohanyar

MD

Miniature

M

30

 

25

Masooma

Mirzaei

Amir Mohd.

Pohyalay

BA

Miniature

F

33

 

26

Mohd. Mahdi

Hafizi

Mohd. Osman

Pohanyar

MD

Graphic

M

31

 

27

Ah. Shoeyb

Saljooqi

Gol Ahmad

Pohanyar

MD

Miniature

M

32

 

28

Nazir Ahmad

Rahgozar

Jalaluddin

Pohanyar

MD

Painting

M

35

 

 

Facilities and Equipment

Faculty of Fine Arts has a 4 floored building into the complex of Herat University. It includes classrooms, workshops, computer Lab and library.

  1. Professional library of the faculty
  2. Professional library of the Painting Department
  3. Professional library of the Miniature Department
  4. Professional library of the Graphic Department
  5. IT room with 20 Desktop Computers
  6. Permanent gallery named (OstadMashaal)
  7. Hall for holding Art Exhibitions
  8. Hand Printing workshop
  9. Workshops for Painting and Miniature practical works

Library of faculty

Presently this library has 3000 books on the fields of Painting, Calligraphy, Miniature, Music, Cinema, Criticism, esthetic, photography, Fretwork, Ceramic, Drawing, Art History, Art Theory, Colors, Graphics, Literature, Dictionaries, and etc. the books in library are available for all students and teachers.

Computer and Internet Room

Faculty of Fine Arts has a computer Lab room. This room is equipped with 20 Desktop computers and internet to be used by students.

ActiveCommitteesof the Faculty

  1. Scientific council
  2. Lecturers council
  3. Quality grantee committee
  4. Examinations’ committee
  5. Research and assessment committee
  6. Discipline committee
  7. Needs Assessment and Finding Projects committees
  8. Gender committee
  9. Scholarship committee
  10. Curriculum committee

Students’ Statistics

The Faculty of Fine Arts has changed to a national faculty in the country and now students from many provinces of Afghanistan study in its three departments of Painting, Miniature and Graphic in BA degree. This faculty has 424 students including girls (245 students) and boys (179 students).

Brief biography of dean of faculty (dean’s brief biography)

PohanmalMohd. TawfiqRahmani son of Abdul Rahman was born in Herat in 1973. He has reached BA in Herat University and MD in Kabul University.

Artistic and scientific activities

  • Attending in artistic exhibition of OstadMashaal’s students in 1989
  • Taking part in decoration of Khana e Herat in 1989
  • Starting work of casting of winter altar of Herat Blue Mosque
  • Attending in Fath Artistic Exhibition in Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994
  • Attending in Mashaal Artistic Exhibition in Faculty of Fine Arts in 2000
  • Launching and attending in Kohandiar joint Art Exhibition with 32 Miniature and Painting works in 2002
  • Initiative of establishment of Miniature Department in Faculty of Fine Arts in 2002
  • Directing and practical work in repairing of Khana e Herat decorative works in 2002
  • Directing and practical work in decorative works of Military Museum (Manzar e Jahad) in 2002
  • Attending in Istanbul Biannual International Art Exhibition as a lecturer invited by RaminJawid in 2002
  • Attending in Noor & Rang Artistic Exhibition in Faculty of Fine Arts in 2004
  • Launching a joint exhibition by Mr. GolkarZadeh from Iran and Lecturers and students of Fine Arts Faculty with 4 works in 2004
  • Invention of launching and taking part in the first Miniature Biannual Exhibition in 2006with 4 works
  • Launching and taking part in the second Miniature Biannual Exhibition in 2008 with 2 works
  • Presenting a research book for reaching Pohanyar Scientific Position in 2008
  • Cooperating in the third Miniature Biannual Exhibition
  • Initiative of establishment of Graphic in Faculty of Fine Arts in 2012
  • Writing 7 Scientific Articles 2013-2014
  • Presenting 7 Scientific Conference during studying for MD 2013-2014
  • Achievement of MD Certificate
  • Writing of MD Thesis named (Analysis of 10 works of OstadKamaluddinBehzad)
  • Attending in the Fifth Miniature Biannual Exhibition in 2015 with 2 works
  • Attending in the thirdHerat PaintingBiannual Exhibition with 3 works
  • Writing a scientific article named (Necessity of Protection of Cultural Heritage from the View of Esthetic) in 2016
  • Attending in the first Herat Watercolor Painting Biannual Exhibition with 11 works

Scientific Travels

  • ElevenDays’ workshop on Monotype in Slovenia
  • Attending in Istanbul Biannual International Art Exhibition as a lecturer
  • Visiting of Berlin International Biannual International Art Exhibition

Departments

Department of Painting

Simultaneously with the establishment of Fine Arts Faculty, the department of painting was established in 1988. Passing the time there were a series of activities to make better the quality ofteaching in this department, so many positive changes can be seen in developing the level of the teachers’ education and methods of teaching for thestudents, now a day.

Presently there are 12 lectures in the departments which are 7 males and 5 females. The curriculum has been frequently updated by the lectures based on the needs of time for students.

Scientific goals

Focusing on raising the teaching quality and matching the department with academic basis, department of painting follows the following scientific goals:

  • Teaching the basis of painting and upraising the level of practical works professionally
  • Launching biannual, group and individual exhibitions by teachers and students of department
  • Presenting and spreading art to the community through launching art exhibitions
  • Attracting the public minds to the art and its cleanliness
  • Creating a reliableatmosphere among teachers and students
  • Achieving an individual method in painting education to be especial only for this department
  • Upgrading the level of lectures’education from BA to MD and PHD
  • Holding scientific seminars and artistic workshops by the lecturers
  • Presenting research and scientific articles and booklets by the lecturers
  • Attending to the art festivals, exhibitions, seminars and workshops outside the country

Educational goals

Educational goals are a part of main goals of the department and they are tried to be according to the main fieldof painting:

  • Coordinating the teaching programs and Policy Plans to international criteria
  • Upraising the level of students’ learning by the teachers
  • Motivating and encouraging student to launch exhibitions
  • Presenting scientific and professional seminars and workshops for the students
  • Motivating and encouraging students to research projects
  • Establishment of new tendencies in painting field
  • Presenting standard monographs according to international criteria by the students

The curriculum of painting department was developed and approved during a joint seminar with Professors of Fine Arts faculty from Kabul University funded by SHEP in Nov. 2011. The curriculum is consisted of 143 credits divided in two tendencies of Oil Color and Water Color. The credits are shared in a standard way to lectures, implementation and area activities. The subject which are in the curriculum include both practical and theory, and divided into 5 categories: Professional, Basic, Optional, University Wide and Monograph.

Department of Miniature

This department was established and started its activities in 2003 into the frame of Faculty of Fine Arts-Herat University. Passing the time, the department has reached many steps toward the betterment of the quality of Herat Miniature. At present, the department of Miniature includes 9 Lecturers which are 5 males and 4 females.

Scientific goals

Based on the definitions from the arts which are written by philosophers during the centuries, art is a ladder toward complementary of spirit and mind of the human. And has put positive effects on all dimension of individuals and communities.

Art, has always been the expresser of man’s emotions and feelings, either happiness or sorrows to be shared with the others.

Art is the only common language of the nations and civilizations around the word. Art has always been able to express the level of thoughts which are reached in everysociety. Based on this subject, any community is considered and assessed according to its art and culture.

Herat like any other society has gotten art and has been famous for its art especially Miniature. As long as the history says, Herat has gotten high culture and civilizations and this reality is a part of Herat’s Identity.

Herat as the center of art and literature has been the origin of Eastern Painting which is known by the name of Miniature. This city is famous for its Miniature and has presented great Master of Miniature (OstadKamaluddinBehzad) to the world. In order to continue this kind of valuable cultural heritage, there is a real need to train artist to keep and protect this valuable eastern and Islamic art.

To study and research in any art, it is the best option to create educational centers in that area in which that art has been growth, developed and put effect on other arts around. Of course, it may have better result to encourage this Islamic and theosophical art in its root environment, which is a theosophy center.

Lack of such a department was felt by the scholars and artist in all over Herat, therefore the faculty of Fine Arts attempted to establish Department of Miniature to avoid losing this great heritagethrough training new generation of Miniaturists. Now a day international organization of NNESCO is working hard to save cultural heritage of the world and this is one of the goal for establishment of Miniature Department.

As an origin of Miniature growth and development in Afghanistan, thisdepartment has designed short and long term plans which can lead it to reach the position that had had in the past, especially in Timurid era. The department of Miniature will not only work on this, but it plans to take into attention all other traditional and main arts of Afghanistan.

Educational Goals

For example, some of the Miniature Department’s programs are as following:

  • Teaching Afghanistan’s traditional and main arts
  • Research and studying on rural arts
  • Rehabilitation of the arts which are about to be forgotten
  • Documentation and filing of information about the monuments and memorials buildings which are about to ruin and be forgotten.
  • Launching exhibitions, workshops and informative journeys to upraise the level of students’ mind and motivation
  • Holding scientific and artistic conferences
  • Uprising the level of education to approach international standards

Curriculum for B. A. Students was designed for 4 years. It was designed by Mr. Tawfiq Rahmani and Mr. Gh. Hazart Hassass in 2001. During a joint conference with Kabul University's Professors in 2014, the curriculum was approved. This curriculum includes 114 credits and the subjects include both theory and practical.

Department of Graphic

Under the license of Ministry of Higher Education, the department of Graphic was established and started its activities in 2011. Presently there are 7 lectures in the departments who are holding the scientific positions of Pohandoy, Pohanmal, Pohanyar and Pohyalay.

Since establishment, this department has put efforts to approach a criterial quality in teaching and instruction the students and match the academic standards.

worldwide System of Credit and curriculum approved by the ministry of Higher education has been implemented at this department.

Considering short time passed since its establishment, this department has done many activities such as holding several individual and group exhibitions. First round of graphic graduates has been presented to the society in 2014. There are a professional library, a workshop for hand printing, a computer lab and classrooms for theory and practical lessons.

Lectures of this department are members of University Scientific Council, Faculty Scientific Council, Research Committee, Discipline Committee and commission for Launching exhibitions.

every year new students are attracted through University Entrance Exam and especial exam for Behzad Professional Institute, held by Ministry of Higher education.

Scientific Goals

  • effort on quality and quantity improvement of Graphic Art teaching (artistic and industrial graphic) fot students, according to national and international criteria
  • Presenting scientific and artistic achievements and introduction of their applicable fields in the country level
  • Training of professional staff according to international criteria and Afghanistan’s society
  • Improvement and betterment of the department position in the country level
  • Creating relationship with Graphic departments outside the country
  • Establishment of photography, animation and caricature tendencies into the frame of department
  • creating a more professional work field

Curriculum

curriculum approved by the Ministry of Higher Education is implemented in this department. The subject which are in the curriculum include both practical and theory, and divided into 5 categories: Professional, Basic, Optional, University Wide and Monograph.

Educational Goals

  • Launching biannual exhibitions by teachers and students of department (once every two years)
  • To prepare criterial Teaching Policy Plans
  • Holding scientific conferences
  • Arranging of instructive journeys to improve the level of students’ minds and motivation
  • Research and study on Modern Arts to upgrade the level of education and to reach international criteria

Fine Arts Faculty Brief Strategic Plan

Herat is one of the biggest provinces in Afghanistan and it has been a cultural city in the past and so is now. Here are many potential talents in artistic field. Therefore, faculty of Fine Arts is supposed to train artists among the youth of the country and hereby provide professional artists for the Afghanistan’s society.

Vision

Herat is the city with a rich background in the field of art and culture and many artists were born and had growth here.  Now a day, potential talents of its youth, who seek for art, can rehabilitate the shining background art of Herat.

Rehabilitation and relief of traditional arts with following of updated criteria in field of art, and globalization of Herat’s art, are some of preferences for faculty of Fine Arts. Concentrating on the mentioned vision, the faculty has set its strategic plan and is taking steps toward its implementation.

Fundamental values

Certainly art is able to bring positive changes in one’s life and so is able to motivate the socity toward progress and development. The Faculty of Fine Arts addresses its values such as Positive Thinking, Humanitarian Living,Commitment and Social Responsibility.

Goals and Objectives

As a social need, art has been always considered into communities and is holding an especial position. Changes and movements into communities are possible through mental growth of the people. Art is one of the strong devices for mental, spiritual and emotional improving of the society. The path of artistic movements is a witness for this claim.

Afghanistan has been the birthplace and developer of the civilizations such as the Buddhist, the Kushans’, the Ghaznavid, the Ghurid, the Timurids and … during its 5 millenniums of history. 

Heart is one of key provinces of Afghanistan which can be a center for spreading of thoughts and changing culture through its especial geographical location.

Afghanistan’s art history proves that Herat has been the cradle of Timurid   civilization and the nucleus of worldwide and the center of interchange of the connoisseurs’ thoughts.

Taking into consideration that Heart’s people have enough interest and awareness toward art and its acceptance and there are potential and strong talents, so establishment of Fine arts Faculty is recognized as confirmed necessity.

Partnership

 Faculty of Fine Arts has no partnership with any other International University, yet.

Area of working of departments 

Area of working of faculty 

The graduates from faculty of Fine arts are able to work for advertising companies, TV networks, schools as teachers, universities as lecturers, house designing and decorating, repairing of historical monuments, urban designing, packaging companies, cultural sectors od municipalities and etc.

Introduction to admin staff and Departments’ director of Faculty of Fine Arts

  • PohanmalMohd.tawfiqRahmani, dean
  • PohanmalGh. HazratHassass,deputy
  • Pohanmal Said NavidulhaqFazli, Director of Painting Department
  • PohanmalMohd.tawfiqRahmani, Director of Miniature Department
  • PohandoyFaizaShahir, Director of Graphic Department
  • Ms. ShaimaYaqoobi, Teaching Affairs Manager
  • Ms. RaziaSakhi, Executive Manager

Communicative Bridges

Herat University Complex, west of University’s Admin Building, Faculty of Fine Arts