The Mural Art Department was founded within the faculty of Decorative Arts through the education reform of 1948-1950, with the mission of training specialists in traditional techniques of ambient creation, capable to design and accomplish in situ works of mural art, sgraffitto, mosaic, and to work in their turn in the field of secondary or higher artistic education.

The development of the Department over time answered the social demands, being permanently connected to aesthetic and artistic thinking, to scientific discoveries, continuously assimilating new techniques and technologies, due to which it diversified its means of artistic expression and the methods of technological transfer. The educational process capitalizes on creativity, scientific and artistic research, on the development of design skills, on acquiring the artistic practices specific to the field of study.

The study aims at initiating and training students in public mural and ambient site specific art, both secular and religious, in traditional or new media techniques, as well as at initiating them in classic or modern design systems.

The participation of students and professors in national or international exhibition events is very important. The Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertations are sometimes made for public establishments, which demonstrates the professors’ pedagogic potential and the graduates’ degree of specialization. The works of art in public space represent at the same time an active factor in increasing the visibility of Romanian art education and partakes in the aesthetic remodeling of the city landscape, and in enriching the Romanian cultural patrimony.

The tradition of Romanian decorative arts combined with the current experiments and innovative concepts generated by the new media, technologies and materials, underlie some studies, projects, works in situ signed by students, Master’s students, doctoral students and professors within the Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design of the National University of Arts in Bucharest. The goal of the courses organized within the Mural Art Department and Master’s Studies, which include courses of Public Space Art, is to train visual artists capable to design and accomplish projects of contemporary Urban Art. At present, Romania hosts an unexploited creative potential with respect to the presence of visual arts in the cities. We are all aware of the seductive spectacle of the new materials / technologies / artistic means integrated in urban art, which demands that the artistic educational system diversify the study offer specific to the traditional Mural Art Department toward becoming familiar with and acquiring new art forms in the public space with a significant history in the field of contemporary visual arts.

The Mural Art Department owns five course rooms – studios, laboratory of techniques and technologies for mural transfer: fresco, mosaic, sgraffitto, a.o., a media laboratory / digital image processing, a laboratory for icon art. The theoretical courses are carried out in the Amphitheater Hall of NUA and in the course rooms in the building in General Budisteanu 19.

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Studii de licență

B.A. Studies

 

1st GRADE

 

 

Optional course – Icon painting

 

The course Icon painting offers the presentation and study of general notions regarding iconic systems in traditional techniques. The course aims both at familiarizing students with decoding the structure of the iconic image, and at acquiring the technical and technological knowledges necessary for painting this type of image.

 

 

Internship

 

Internships offer students the possibility to transpose their original composition in permanent materials. The works are placed in various public spaces and are a valuable contribution of the Department of Mural Art to the improvement of urban environment, and the proof of a long lasting higher art education.

 

 

Digital image processing

 

The course Digital image processing is tailored to fit the Department and it is based on associating a number of programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel Draw, Corel Print Office, 3 DMax etc.) with the specific requirements for documentation, focus on integrated aesthetic concepts, design, preliminary versions securement, control of various viewpoints and presentation instances (digital collage, animation, virtual integration, editing and digital processing).

 

 

Techniques and technologies of mural transposition

 

The course Techniques and technologies of mural transposition aims at achieving knowledge of traditional techniques of mural art – Byzantine and Western fresco, sgraffito, mosaic, tempera a secco on fixed or mobile supports etc.

 

 

Spatial composition

 

The course Spatial composition includes design elements necessary for elaborating bidimensional and tridimensional solutions in a given space, as well as visual exercises for integrating visual interventions into the architectural environment.

 

 

Composition for sacred spaces

 

The course Composition for sacred spaces aims at studying and rendering the main iconographic themes in Christian painting, including compositional solution for each iconographic scene within the lines of force of the general composition marked by the organization of the sacred space: the altar, the dome, the apses, the nave, the narthex and the porch.

 

 

Composition basics and visual language analysis for mural art

 

The course Composition basics and visual language analysis for mural art includes general notions about composition that can be applied to the study of specialized composition.

 

 

Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques.

 

The course Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques includes notions regarding different techniques and technologies of representation through drawing, that are necessary for compositions characteristic of mural art.

 

 

Technology of portable supports

 

Within the Department of Mural Art, the study of color intersects with the study of drawing and composition, integrating in the complex knowledge of bidimensional and tridimentional representations necessary for modelling art projects that are elaborated for the decoration of a given space.

 

 

Specialized composition

 

The course Specialized composition aims at specializing students in mural art. This supposes, in addition to theoretical and practical knowledge concerning specific techniques, a complex development of creative abilities, so that students are able to make original compositions with aesthetic qualities and being viable in the context of contemporary architecture, using both traditional techniques and the new techniques and technologies of the digital art.

 

 

 

2nd GRADE

 

 

Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques.

 

The course Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques includes notions regarding different techniques and technologies of representation through drawing, that are necessary for compositions characteristic of mural art.

 

 

Technology of portable supports

 

Within the Department of Mural Art, the study of color intersects with the study of drawing and composition, integrating in the complex knowledge of bidimensional and tridimentional representations necessary for modelling art projects that are elaborated for the decoration of a given space.

 

 

Optional course – Marketing

 

The course presents the steps needed to be taken for market research and strategic marketing planning, and students will learn the general lines for the elaboration of a marketing mix, taking into consideration its four fundamental elements (product, price, promotion, placement). A central issue for this course is how new products can be launched on the market, and students are offered several strategies for promotion and distribution of products on the market, adopting methods and techniques characteristic for collective conception of products, commercials, price strategies etc.

 

 

Optional course – Icon painting

 

The course Icon painting offers the presentation and study of general notions regarding iconic systems in traditional techniques. The course aims both at familiarizing students with decoding the structure of the iconic image, and at acquiring the technical and technological knowledges necessary for painting this type of image.

 

 

Internship

 

Internships offer students the possibility to transpose their original composition in permanent materials. The works are placed in various public spaces and are a valuable contribution of the Department of Mural Art to the improvement of urban environment, and the proof of a long lasting higher art education.

 

 

Digital image processing

 

The course Digital image processing is tailored to fit the Department and it is based on associating a number of programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel Draw, Corel Print Office, 3D Max etc.) with the specific requirements for documentation, focus on integrated aesthetic concepts, design, preliminary versions securement, control of various viewpoints and presentation instances (digital collage, animation, virtual integtation, editing and digital processing).

 

 

Techniques and technologies of mural transposition

 

The course Techniques and technologies of mural transposition aims at achieving knowledge of traditional techniques of mural art – Byzantine and Western fresco, sgraffito, mosaic, tempera a secco on fixed or mobile supports etc.

 

 

Composition for sacred spaces

 

The course Composition for sacred spaces aims at studying and rendering the main iconographic themes in Christian painting, including compositional solution for each iconographic scene within the lines of force of the general composition marked by theorganization of the sacred space: the altar, the dome, the apses, the nave, the narthex and the porch.

 

 

Spatial composition

 

The course Spatial composition includes design elements necessary for elaborating bidimensional and tridimensional solutions in a given space, as well as visual exercises for integrating visual interventions into the architectural environment.

 

 

Specialized composition

 

The course Specialized composition aims at specializing students in mural art. This supposes, in addition to theoretical and practical knowledge concerning specific techniques, a complex development of creative abilities, so that students are able to make original compositions with aesthetic qualities and being viable in the context of contemporary architecture, using both traditional techniques and the new techniques and technologies of the digital art.

 

 

 

3rd GRADE

 

 

Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques.

 

The course Bi- and tridimensional representation techniques includes notions regarding different techniques and technologies of representation through drawing, that are necessary for compositions characteristic of mural art.

 

 

Technology of portable supports

 

Within the Department of Mural Art, the study of color intersects with the study of drawing and composition, integrating in the complex knowledge of bidimensional and tridimentional representations necessary for modelling art projects that are elaborated for the decoration of a given space.

 

 

Specialized composition

 

The course Specialized composition aims at specializing students in mural art. This supposes, in addition to theoretical and practical knowledge concerning specific techniques, a complex development of creative abilities, so that students are able to make original compositions with aesthetic qualities and being viable in the context of contemporary architecture, using both traditional techniques and the new techniques and technologies of the digital art.

 

 

Spatial composition

 

The course Spatial composition includes design elements necessary for elaborating bidimensional and tridimensional solutions in a given space, as well as visual exercises for integrating visual interventions into the architectural environment.

 

 

Composition for sacred spaces

 

The course Composition for sacred spaces aims at studying and rendering the main iconographic themes in Christian painting, including compositional solution for each iconographic scene within the lines of force of the general composition marked by the organization of the sacred space: the altar, the dome, the apses, the nave, the narthex and the porch.

 

 

Techniques and technologies of mural transposition

 

The course Techniques and technologies of mural transposition aims at achieving knowledge of traditional techniques of mural art – Byzantine and Western fresco, sgraffito, mosaic, tempera a secco on fixed or mobile supports etc.

 

 

Bidimensional and tridimensional presentation methods

 

The course Bidimensional and tridimensional presentation methods is tailored to fit the Department and it is based on associating a number of programs (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel Draw, Corel Print Office, 3 DMax etc.) with the specific requirements for documentation, focus on integrated aesthetic concepts, design, preliminary versions securement, control of various viewpoints and presentation instances (digital collage, animation, virtual integration, editing and digital processing).

 

 

Optional course – Trends in contemporary architecture

 

The course Trends in contemporary architecturepresents examples of contemporary architecture and the biography of the most influential contemporary architects from Romania and from abroad, whose projects were transformed into expressive buildings. Because urban public space is many times structured and supported by monumental works of art, the course also presents visual artists who created such works.

 

 

Optional course – Management

 

The course presents business management and organization and the actions needed to be taken by institutions in order to achieve intended results. It includes notions of institutional planning and organization, human resources, hiring managers of various decisional levels, and organization management and control for achieving set purpose. The course also addresses the management of ONGs, accentuating the importance of keeping the donors motivated with regard to the ONG’s activities. The course focuses in the importance of applying an adequate management to businesses and to associations developing programs with artistic and design activities.

 

Studii masterale

M.A. Studies

 

1st GRADE

 

Art in public space

The course Art in public space is an important chapter in the curriculum of the Department of Mural Art. Art in public space is a research subject for theoretical creation and artistic practices, being at the core of the Department. Public art interventions, be they temporary, permanent or ephemeral, play an important role in the urban scenography due to their polysemantic and to the multi-dimensionality contained in their aesthetic, educational and functional interfaces, as part of the social, political, cultural and urban mechanism.

 

Individual project – methodology and research

The course Individual project – methodology and research presents methods for theoretical research – documentation, archival, qualitative and quantitative analyses, direct observation, context studies and case studies. The course focuses on configuring a critical study centred on research that contextualizes landmarks in the history of visual arts, aesthetics, the evolution of artistic genres and practices, in science, technology and human communication, and that are relevant for the subjects of students’ dissertations (social, political and legal strategies regarding art interventions in the public space).

 

Elaboration of MA project

Elaboration of MA project implies a prospective vision underlining the necessary steps for realizing a project in public art: from concept, to idea sketch, to project sketch and finally to project. Students will analyse both the determinant factors in realizing an in-situ work (the functions of the space, the characteristics of the community to whom it is addressed, the administrative policies, the legislation, fundraising), and the costs involved (material, technology, personnel) and the budget. Another chapter of this course is the visual material for the presentation of a project in public art as site specific art.

 

 

2nd GRADE

 

Urban art in contemporary space

The course Urban art in contemporary space is an important chapter in the curriculum of the Department of Mural Art. Art in public space is a research subject for theoretical creation and artistic practices, being at the core of the Department. The interventions of contemporary art in urban space, be they temporary, permanent or ephemeral, play an important role in the urban scenography due to their polysemantic and to the multi-dimensionality contained in their aesthetic, educational and functional interfaces, as part of the social, political, cultural and urban mechanism.

 

Individual project – methodology and research

The course Individual project – methodology and research presents methods for theoretical research – documentation, archival, qualitative and quantitative analyses, direct observation, context studies and case studies. The course focuses on configuring a critical study centred on research that contextualizes landmarks in the history of visual arts, aesthetics, the evolution of artistic genres and practices, in science, technology and human communication, and that are relevant for the subjects of students’ dissertations (social, political and legal strategies regarding art interventions in the public space).

 

Elaboration of MA project

Elaboration of MA project implies a prospective vision underlining the necessary steps for realizing a project in public art: from concept, to idea sketch, to project sketch and finally to project. Students will analyse both the determinant factors in realizing an in-situ work (the functions of the space, the characteristics of the community to whom it is addressed, the administrative policies, the legislation, fundraising), and the costs involved (material, technology, personnel) and the budget. Another chapter of this course is the visual material for the presentation of a project in public art as site specific art.

 

MA Dissertation

The MA Dissertation supposes the elaboration of a logical structure articulating in a coherent way general visual studies with studies connected to the research subject, as well as correlating theory with experiment, and the artistic practices studied with the personal experience as creator.

Mural Art

Calea Griviței 22,
București 010702

Telefon: +(40) 21.319.10.77
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