There is an increasing awareness of the role and potential of artists in the socio-economic development of our country. Artists and Designers play a major role in creating social awareness through visual communication. This is in line with Kenya’s goal of industrial transformation by the year 2030. A country with no dreamers who are creative and innovative does not develop technologically or otherwise. Persons from a tender age are imaginative, creative and innovative thinkers; qualities that have to be nurtured to fruition at adulthood regardless of the profession chosen. There is therefore a need to develop a Fine Art and Design curriculum that is relevant to the needs of society. The Department of Fine Art and Design has therefore revised its courses with a view to offering a curriculum that embraces changing technology and responds to the market dynamics and stiff competition.

Fine Art and Design is one of the key areas of study that nurtures creativity, imagination and innovativeness. These are qualities that are important in professions such as education, medicine, science, entrepreneurship, and engineering to mention but a few. The Fine Art and Design curriculum offers courses relevant to the needs of society through embracing changing technology and responding to the market dynamics and competition.

The Vision of the Department of Fine Art and Design is to excel in the training of Fine Art and Design by fostering creativity, research, and art practice.

The Department’s mission is to achieve the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching, learning, and research by preparing students and staff to realize their potential and make a positive contribution to society.

The objectives of the Fine Art and Design course are to:
Apply design in art so that they become visually and intellectually articulate.
Explore their creative abilities for analyzing and appreciating artworks through experimentation and critical selection.
Acquire knowledge and skills in Fine Art and Design in response to market needs.


  • Diploma in Fine Art


In addition to meeting the University and School of Visual and Performing Arts entry requirements, all candidates for Diploma must be holders of at least KCSE mean grade C(Plain) with any of the following:

  • Certificate in Art and Design from a recognized institution. OR,
  • A portfolio of artworks to be presented before a University selection panell for interview and selection.


The Diploma programme in Art and Design will culminate in Award of Diploma(fine Art and Design)


  • The programme shall run for a period of two(2) academic years comprising four(4) semesters.
  • Students shall take a total of twenty(20) units comprising: Eight(8) core units AND twelve(12) electives.

The eight(8) core units are:Freehand Drawing, African Art(Theory), Principles of Art and Design, Computer Imaging and photo-editing, Human Figure Drawing, Form and Content in Art(Theory), Industrial Attachment, Mechanical Drawing.

Twelve(12) units, Four(4) each from three(3) areas of specialization listed below: Painting,Sculpture,Multimedia Crafts,Ceramics,Weaving,Fabric Design,Graphic Design,Printmaking.



  • Bachelor of Arts(Art and Design)
  • Bachelor of Education(Art and Design)

The common University regulations and entry requirements for Undergraduate courses shall apply.
In addition consideration will be given to those with:

  • KCSE mean grade C+ (plus) or its equivalent but without art. These should present a portfolio of artworks to the Department of Art and Design for assessment.  OR
  • KCSE mean grade of C (plain) or its equivalent and with a Diploma in Art and Design from a recognized institution. OR
  • KCSE mean grade of C (plain) or its equivalent with a P1 certificate and proven experience in Art and Design. OR
  • Mean grade of C-(minus) at KCSE and progressed from Certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta University or any other recognized / accredited Institutions.

The undergraduate programme in Fine Art and Design will award degrees in:-

  1. Bachelor of Arts ( Arts and Design)  -  (BA  (Art and Design)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Art and Design.) - (BEd (Art and Design)
The General University rules on the duration of the degree programme shall apply.
Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design)
Course study
The students will follow a 3:2:1:1 programme.  This means 3 disciplines in level 100 series, 2 in level 200 series, and 1 discipline in level 300 and 400 series respectively. Of the units required in level 100 series, 3 units shall be in Art and Design.  In level 200 series, 8 units shall be in Art and Design and 4 units from a 2nd subject from another department.  In levels 300 all 13 units and in 400 series, all the 12 units will be from Art and Design.
Bachelor of Education (Art and Design).
Course of Study
Students will choose the 3:3:3:3 major-minor (two teaching subjects ie Art and Design and any other) programme. In that programme, of the 13 units required in level 100, 3units shall be in Art & Design,4 common University units,3 from School of Education and 3 from any other department. In levels 200, 300, and 400 series, students will take 6 units in Art and Design and 2 units from the other department and 4 from School of Education each year.


Common University  examination  regulations shall apply. University exams shall be given at the end of each semester. In theory exams, 30% shall constitute Continuous Assessment Tests  whereas 70% shall constitute the examination mark. In practical exams assessment shall be out of 100%.





  • The common regulations for all Masters Degrees in the University shall apply.
  • The common regulations for all Masters Degrees in the School of Visual and Performing Arts shall apply.
  • Bachelor of Arts / Education in Fine Art with at least Second Class Honours(upper Division) or equivalent in related disciplines from Kenyatta University or any recognized University.
  • Those with Second Class (Lower Division) may be considered on condition that they have Grade "C" and above in units relevant to their areas of specialization.



The Master of Arts Degree in Fine Art shall extend over at least eighteen months and is offered according to the following study programmes:


Coursework, examination and either creative project or thesis where the first year is devoted to coursework and the second year is devoted to either,Research and Execution of a creative project(Studio Option) or Research and writing of a thesis(Theory Option)


Either creative project or thesis where two years of study are devoted to either, Research and Execution of a creative (Studio Option), or Research and writing of thesis(Theory Option). Creative project or thesis in the Type B programme shall be called "Creative Project B" and "Thesis B"




Master's Degree in a relevant area of study in Fine Art from a recognized University.




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