Faculty of Art and Design

Dean’s message

Art & Design is everywhere in our life. Be it our home, be it the streets in our city, be it the business we work at – we all get in touch with the sense of art. Deriving from the very ancient times, art has taken an important role in the expression of people’s cultures, beliefs, lifestyles. Today, in the new era of internet and multidimensional communication, Art and Design appear to be the answer to the very crucial question of life – who we are.

Led from the necessity to respond to this challenging thesis of today, we at IBU have designated responsive, comprehensive and internationally-structured departments of Graphic Design and Visual Arts. This is the point where creative individuals with artistic skills meet, share their passion and talent and ultimately get a reward for a successful career.

The department of Graphic Design includes courses that teach students specific skills including typography, illustration and packing, as well as the use of graphics design software for 3D design, web page design and interactive multimedia design, through a combined use of colors, images, text, sound, paper, artwork and motion.

Visual Arts is the department where students are taught with the forms that create works which are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture. By creating visual images or craftworks, students learn the best to communicate their message to a target audience.

We at IBU are aware that it is the talent who leads an individual to be a great graphic designer or visual artist. Yet, we are deeply convinced that a solid educational foundation is a necessary component to the success of that individual. This is the part where we ‘take the floor’ and devote ourselves to achieving this noble task of today.

Therefore, everyone possessing talent and determination to get an up-to-date education in Art and Design is cordially invited to join our Faculty. One day, you will consider that step as the smartest decision in your life.

Asst. Prof. Mr. Aleksandra Ristovska, Dean




1.Graphic Design


Graphic Design is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving activity which combines sensitivity of art with skill and knowledge in areas of communications, technology and business. Graphic design practitioners specialize in the structuring and organizing of visual information to aid communication and orientation. The graphic design process is a problem solving process, one that requires substantial creativity, innovation and technical expertise. An understanding of a client’s product or service and goals, their competitors and the target audience is translated into a visual solution created from the manipulation, combination and utilization of shape, color, imagery, typography and space. How we define a graphic designer? A graphic designer is someone who has the artistic sensibility, skill and experience and/or training professionally to create designs or images for reproduction by any means of visual communication, and who may be concerned with illustration; typography; calligraphy; surface design for packaging; or the design of patterns, books, advertising and publicity material, or any form of visual communication

Educational aims

The aim of the Graphic Design programme is to develop an understanding of the role, purpose and possibilities of design. The department focuses on teaching students how to organize and shape information within a social and cultural context. This is based on and guided by knowledge of the history of design and the role played by conceptual and editorial design in relation to current developments in design.

Career opportunities

Career development will more than likely require frequent job movement to widen your experience and develop your portfolio.

Typical employers of graphic designers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Large print houses
  • Brand agencies
  • Signage companies
  • Book and magazine and newspaper publishers
  • Multimedia companies including the games industry and web development
  • Television and broadcasting companies
  • The packaging industry
  • In-house graphic design services of major national and international organisations and companies.

National Framework of Qualifications

Study Program Course List


2.Visual Arts


Visual or fine art is the art who have visual expression as a basic language of communication . Students will be introduced and know-how visual disciplines from the area of fine and applied arts such as: drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, graphic design and multimedia. Also, in the frames of this study program are included pedagogy courses necessary for the degree: Bachelor of arts in Visual Arts

Educational Aims

Over the four years of the program, students will be introduced to the theories and practices that underpin effective textual, visual and oral communication. High level communication and professional skills

  • Creativity, original thought and analysis
  • Ability to show knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and theories in the field of Visual Arts, aesthetics, drawing, painting,
  • printmaking, sculpture and graphic design.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of art theories, especially the history of art.
  • To demonstrate knowledge from the field of multimedia and conceptual art.

Career Opportunities

The main aim is to provide effective education for art teachers whose expertise and knowledge are suitable for the developmental needs of Republic Macedonia, region and Europe. They will also be capable to work in the fields fine and applied art as artist and graphic designers.

National Framework of Qualifications

Study Program Course List