This year as many as 110 students are graduating from different programs of B. Arch, B. FA, and B. Design, in the disciplines of Architecture, Fine Art, Ceramics and Glass, Islamic Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Textile Design, Film and Animation of the visual studies department of the University of Karachi. Out of 110 students, 23 students received distinctions in the respective fields, the in-charge KU VS Tania Nasir said on Tuesday.

 

She mentioned that as per the tradition, the KU VS also organized a two-day Annual Degree Show 2021, at the Department of Visual Studies. She said that the two-day exhibit was a huge success, as a large number of visitors attended the much-awaited event including professionals, alumni of the Department of Visual Studies, faculty members of the University of Karachi, and friends and families of graduating students.

 

Tania Nasir informed that 16 students from Architecture, eight students in Fine Arts, one student from Ceramics and Glass, seven students in Islamic Arts, 20 students from Graphic Design, eight students in Industrial Design, 17 students from Textile Design and 21 students in Film have completed their studies and presented their final year project.

 

She added that for the first time 12 graduating students of the Animation batch produced eight animations with topics of their own choice and the screening of the animations exhibited was held at Feroza Hasham Hall of the Department of Visual Studies while the rest of the disciplines displayed their works at the Department of Visual Studies.

 

She shared that the Department of Visual Studies which was established in the University of Karachi for more than twenty years has been producing designers, artists, and architects, who have established themselves as professional heads and marked their presence in the respective fields.

 

Tania Nasir narrated that the distinguishing character of the department of visual studies is its strong theory component alongside practical and professional knowledge and the degree show is the reflection of that. “Students are always encouraged to connect with the real issues alongside the current technology to meet the global trends.”

 

In the Animation category, the jury members appreciated Rabia Ayesha Farooqui’s, Project title “What the……Hand” which was completed under the supervision of thesis advisor Furqan Wahab and Fawwad Khan.

 

In Industrial Design, products of Fatima Pervaiz, “Teeter Totter-A Sensory Den”, Aneeqa Khan, “Tosh-e-Daan-Food Packaging” and Hafsa Khan,” Uzo-Footwear for Ezcema patients” got the distinctions in the supervision of Assistant Professor Tania Nasir and Soveba Tayyab.

 

In Textile design, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Syed Shamoon Haider and Kazim Askari, projects of Qurat Ul Ain, “Red-Crowned Crane”, Tuba Sikander, “Woods” and Johaina Shamsi, “Newfangled-Dragon Fruit” got distinctions.

In Islamic Arts, works of Hurmat Laeeq, “Merkaba”, Sadia Mehtab Pirwani’s “Balance”, Sarah Arif’s “Jaafri”, Umm-e-Hani Rana, “Islamic Geometry” and Syeda Hina Hassan, “Merkaba” got distinctions by supervision of Khalifa Shujauddin, Saleem and Kashan.

 

In Graphic Design, works of students, Aatra Amir “Blur at first sight” and Shagufta Qamar “Khatoon-E-Mars” got distinctions under the supervision of Yawer Abbas, Haider Agha, Raheel Anwaar, and Shaza Hasani. From the batch of Film, Umer Asim’s “Naya Khuwaab” and Adil Abdul Wahid’s “Tariq” received distinctions.

 

In Fine Art, Sakina Cochin’s “The Delusion of Life and After Life” got distinction in her thesis work by Mehreen Zubairi, Munnawar Ali, and Sara Khan. Meanwhile, in the discipline of Architecture, six students got the distinction includes, Ailiya Zehra “Alleviating Maternal Dysphoria”, Batool Musa Jafri “Architecture for Children”, Minahil Muhammad “Reclaiming Public Spaces”, Nafeel Quereshi “Development Delerium”, Wajahat Mehdi “Self Sustaining Technical school” and Faraz Iqbal’s “Space-The Third Teacher”.

 

The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi visited the Degree Show gallery and the in-charge KU VS Tania Nasir briefed him on all the projects done by the graduating batch.

 

While talking to the students, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi shared that the annual show is an excellent opportunity to show talent and said that he was highly impressed by the commitment and work of graduates.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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