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The Department is a space for creativity and experimentation, a stage for self-expression and artistic impulses, for questions that evolve into producing and promoting new ideas.
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Jossef Krispel, Head of the Department

The formation of a creative artist is a complex process – its sources cannot be deciphered nor can its results be anticipated. Art constantly expands and breaks through boundaries – never resting on its laurels. It embraces new media and produces infinite connections and combinations; occasionally it abandons traditional tools only to revive them at unexpected times.

In a world of social media, reality TV and selfies, artists must navigate changing frontiers of self-expression. Functioning in complex environments, they must continuously determine what it means for art to reflect the world as it is or as it could be. 

The Department of Fine Arts presents students with all the tools to explore this new reality and its earlier iterations. Along with a sound technical, historic and theoretical foundation, the program seeks to help students hone their intuition and access their individual identity by examining the shifting geographic, political, cultural and technological world around them so they can truly capture unique moments in time. 

The Department is a space for creativity and experimentation, a stage for self-expression and artistic impulses, for questions that evolve into producing and promoting new ideas. Encouraging interdisciplinary conversations and intensive dialogues with other diverse professional disciplines, it is a site for the discussions and debates on social, communal, intellectual and geopolitical issues that formulate and advance the country’s discourse and artistic activity. 

The Department of Fine Arts was the inspiration for the founding of Bezalel – the first art school in Israel. It has been the heart of the Academy since the early 20th century, educating generations of artists, painters, sculptors, video artists and performers of national and international renown, shaping local creative culture and visual thinking and establishing glorious traditions associated with the name of Jerusalem, the people of Israel and the Middle East.

יוסף קריספל
Jossef Krispel, Head of the Department

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