Calligraphy & Ornamentation Intensive Program

The intensive program registration for 2023 has ended. You can now join our weekly and weekend workshops instead.

If you wanted a whole dedicated year for your creative learning then you can register your interest for 2024 below

The School of Calligraphy and Ornamentation is presenting you with a one-year intensive program to introduce you to the traditional arts of the book that will include calligraphy, ornamentation, gilding, miniature painting and bookmaking crafts. This program is a great way to start with traditional arts especially the Islamic ones and it will give you an understanding of all the stages in creating a beautiful traditional manuscript.

Reasons to do join this program
  • Learn about traditional manuscripts & the ways to make your own
  • Develop your art skills in the field of traditional arts
  • Become familiar with the visual language of Islamic art to implement in your design work
  • Create a rich artistic portfolio to help you standout

Applications will be open in Spring 2024

Application Deadline: 
30 August 2024

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The Program's Schedule

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Each month will be dedicated to a specifc subject as outlined by the program’s schedule below. When you sign up to the intensive program, all he workshops during the year from Monday to Thursday will be included. 

We will be teaching most of these courses in the Fujairah Fine Art Academy until our dedicated building is available next winter. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the entry requirements for this program?
    This program is open for any adult with high school diploma or  a university degree.
  • What age groups is the course suitable for? 
    From 18+.
  • When does this program start? 
    The program starts on Monday 25th of September 2023
  • When does this program end?
    22nd July 2024
  • What time is the program?
    From 5pm to 9pm 
  • How many days is this program?
    Four days a week
  • Which days are the program taught?
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 
  • Is this program in-person or online?
    The program is taught in-person and attendance is required to receive the certification.
  • Where is the location?
    The courses will be taught in the Fujairah Fine Arts Academy in Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Alsharqi street in Mraisheed.
  • Is the program theory or practical?
    This program is completely practical and you will be learning the hand skills with each course.
  • How much of this program should I attend?
    We recommend that you attend the whole program, lack of attendance will be reflected in the certificate and in the acquired skills.
  • Can I attend only one area of study or one workshop a month? 
    If you are not able to commit to the full program, you can enrol in individual weeks that you can purchase separately from the workshop page if there are seats available. 
  • Who is going to teach the program?
    We have invited a number of international and local artists and experts in their fields to teach the subjects. There will be a different expert every two weeks or every week. 
  • How much is the program’s fee? 
    It is 8500 AED
  • What is included in this fee? 
    The weekly program from Monday to Thursday from September 2023 to July 2024. 
  • Are materials included in this fee?
    Yes, all materials are provided for you
  • Are Saturday workshops included in this fee?
    No, they are not, but you are welcome to join by purchasing the chosen workshops from the workshop page.  
  • Is the annual retreat included in this fee? 
    No, it is not, but you are welcome to join us. It will be for one week and more details will be added on the retreat page.
  • How much is the first payment?
    You will have to pay 500AED as a deposit when you are accepted. 
  • Can I pay in full or instalments? 
    You can either pay the full fee from the start or instalments every two months starting in October. Delay in paying the instalments will impact your ability to attend the courses. 
  • Is the fee refundable?
    No, so please be sure you want to be part of the program 
  • What kind of certificate would I get? 
    You will get a certificate from the School of Gilding & Ornamentation and the Fujairah Fine Art Academy detailing the house you have attended and the projects you have completed. 
  • Are there future programs planned?
    Yes we are hoping to have a program every year. 
  • Is this program accredited?
    The program is currently not accredited, but we are working very hard in getting accreditation in the coming years.