Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
The name Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BEZ) is synonymous with more than 100 years of Israeli art, innovation and academic excellence. It is Israel’s oldest institute of higher education and leading design academy, with more than 2000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying a range of subjects from fine art and photography to industrial design and architecture. Bezalel's faculty of 250 teachers takes pride in the generations of graduates working at the cutting edge of their field both in Israel and abroad.
Bezalel assigns the highest degree of importance to student involvement in the community and to enhancing their social awareness and advocates active student interaction with the society in which they operate. In recent years, efforts have been made to encourage the enrollment of students from marginalized and immigrant communities and this has been significantly enhanced and intensified through diversified courses and projects that address the extensive range of population segments.
The Department of Visual and Material Culture offers students an engaging intellectual environment for the study this subject from the varied perspectives of historiography, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics and gender studies. The multitude of methodological and theoretical approaches that are being taught in the department, in conjunction with the development of each student's creative skills as part of her/his professional studies, offers a unique platform for the development of an independent self-reflective critical perspective.
The department's curriculum reflects pluralism and offers students a wide understanding of visual products within contemporary socio-cultural and political contexts. This is achieved by exposing the students to the languages, interpretative tools, intellectual, critical and disciplinary discourses, and analytical frameworks that define contemporary Visual Culture Studies. In parallel, the department seeks to form a strong and dynamic relation between each student's artistic and professional practices.