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New Haredi Centre for an Academic Study Program at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

(05.8.2012)

Opening of a New Haredi Centre for an Academic Study Program at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem in Cooperation with the Oman College of Arts for the Haredi Community
Bezalel ascribes major importance to expanding its student population to large and diverse communities, including the Haredi community. The above-mentioned cooperation is based both on the location of Bezalel in Jerusalem, as well as on the fields of study taught in the institution. Consequently, and following a call for proposals published by the Council for Higher Education (CHE), we intend to open a Haredi Centre for an academic study program in cooperation with the Oman College of Arts for the Haredi Community – an institution with vast experience in the field of fine arts in the Haredi community, with more than 10 years of professional activity in arts.
The Haredi Centre will operate in the Romema neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
The Haredi Centre will offer departments of fine arts and architecture. The choice of the future departments was done while taking into consideration both the need for livelihood and job market integration of the Haredi community. The study program will be identical to the one which is currently taught at Bezalel, in accordance with the customary requirements. The academic staff will consist of various lecturers teaching at Bezalel. Identity preservation will be done with sensitivity to the world view of the Haredi community.
The target population of the extension will consist of women who studied from the 9th to the 12th grade in a religious institution with a Haredi worldview which is supervised by the Ministry of Education.
During the first stage, a preparatory program will be opened in the second semester of the academic year 2012-2013. The opening of the preparatory program for the students is essential in order to bridge the gaps the in students' knowledge and skills. The three-month studies in the preparatory program will be followed by selection tests.
The first year in both of the departments will commence in the academic year 2013-2014. According to our estimations, in the first stage about 25 students will begin their studies in each department.
Since the recent advertisement of the new program in the press, there has been great interest in the program, indicating the current lack and the real desire within the Haredi community for an academic program in the fields of fine arts and architecture.
We ascribe major importance to the opening of the Haredi Centre in cooperation with Oman. We have no doubt that this will be a significant breakthrough for both Bezalel and the Haredi community and education.

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