BIFA is a technical and vocational training college for young talented artists and designers. We are specialised in training a 3 year diploma course in Graphic design, Drawing & painting design, Interior design and Fashion design.
Graphic Design is an activity, which involves conceiving and translating ideas into visual forms and creating a composition by arranging letters and images (layout) on a surface for communication purposes.
Units in Graphic Design:
- Publication Design
- Advertising Design
- Packaging Design
- Corporate Identity Design
- Illustration and Model Making
- Printing Technology
The career prospects in Graphic Design includes; Creative (Directors, Copywriters Cartoonists, Typographers, Package Designers, Industrial Designers, Automobile Designers, Photographers, Calligraphers, Layout Artists), Account Services, Media, Production, Research, Public Relations
Drawing & Painting
Painting is a means through which the artist expresses moods and feelings using wet pigments such as oils and acrylics on surfaces like canvas or board. The course introduces the students to basic color mixing (color Theory) and studio based workshops on tools, accessories, techniques and themes in painting.
The painting course provides avenues for experimental art such as mixed media painting or collage. This course is complemented by units (subjects) in art criticism and painting history where the artist gains skills and knowledge in analyzing painting styles e.g., abstract art and cubism plus the documentation of artwork.
Just like painting, drawing is a means of expressing emotions using both wet and dry media such as chalk, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil and ink. The student is introduced to themes such as portraiture, figure drawing’s still life and landscape.
The drawing unit emphasizes on extensive exercises on techniques of rendering compositions such as hatching and cross-hatching. Students also experiment in mixed media drawing such as pen and ink or chalk and charcoal on appropriate surfaces.
Career options in Drawing and Painting
On completion of the course, students can work as permanent or freelance illustrators in publishing companies e.g. Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB).
One can be a studio artist creating artwork for sale in commercial galleries. Some students have developed their specialization into Kitchen Artists, working in five Star Hotels.
The artist can work as a curator or exhibition Designer in museums and galleries. One also be an Art Tutor or Instructor working in formal institutions or community projects organized by NGO’s. The artist can extend his/her drawing skills into Animation working as a concept artist.
A nation requires creative fashion designers to keep pace with the needs of an ever changing fashion conscious society. The intensive course at BIFA ensures that a steady supply of top class fashion designers is ready for the market every year.
Units in Graphic Design:
- Clothing Construction Theory
- Fashion Sketching and Designing
- Pattern Drafting and Cutting
- Clothing Construction Practical
- Fashion Crafts and Accessories
- Textile Science/ Fabric Decoration
Career Opportunities in Fashion Designing includes; Fashion Designer, Retail Buyer, Rental Manager, Fashion Stylist, Jewellery & Footwear Designer, Personal Shopper, Makeup Artist, Fashion Model.
This is the art and science of making rooms and other indoor areas attractive, comfortable and useful. Carpeting, Draperies, furniture, lighting, paint, wall covering and many other items may contribute to interior decorations. The care selection of each item to suit the purpose of a specific area and the overall mood desired is the goal of interior designers.
Units in Interior Design:
- Interior Architecture
- Furniture Design
- Exhibition and Display
- Landscaping Design
- Soft Furnishing
The career prospects in Interior Design includes; Space Planners, Kitchen Designer, Furniture Designer, Home Lighting Consultant, Upholstery Consultant, Interior Decorator, Commercial Interior Designer, Contract Designer, Display Designer, Indoor Plant Designer, landscape Designer