Every year, Nuqat provides the innovative people of Kuwait with a platform on which to expand their creative skills. In the upcoming 3-module 2016 Studio Nuqat program, participants have the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the most significant faces in the international arts and entrepreneurial scene. Between March 1st and May 31st, creatives from all backgrounds and levels of expertise will have the opportunity of refining their Photography, Design and Entrepreneurial skills. They will complete the course with tangible results, from improved software use to 3D designed products to utilize in their future careers.
The first module is called “Tasweer” and focuses on photography and street photography in particular. The course is led by photo gurus Djinane Al Suwayeh and the renowned Yvan Rode aka FaceHunter. No matter the technical skill, hobbyists or professionals alike will benefit from taking part in this course. The “Tasweer” module covers the Fundamentals of Photography. After this, participants are given an Initiation to Street Photography and are afforded the opportunity to learn about the history of the photography style, how to theoretically and practically implement it as well as properly curate their final shots. Finally, individuals take part in Portfolio Reveals, where they showcase their work and creative advancements to their peers. The respective parts of the course take will place between March 6-8, 10-12 and 14-16.
Secondly, the “Tasmeem” module, run by Raffi Tchakerian, The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy, Bashar Assaf and Lilian Abou Zaki centers on fashion, jewelry and product design in three 2-part courses. It consists of a course in the Fundamentals of Design (March 24-26), which will prepare participants for the transformation of an idea into a tangible product through use of 2D and 3D sketching and software use.
Once completing the introductory course and attaining consent from the instructor, participants would then be able to join the Introduction to Jewelry Design and the Jewelry Design I course. The same policy applies to the Introduction to Fashion Design (April 6-8) and Fashion Design I (April 10-12) courses. The Fashion Design courses give an overview of fashion as an industry and how it functions, from the design process to the final pricing and retailing. Participants will identify their defining aesthetic foundation and build upon that with carefully selected colors and brand-identification. Finally, a Creative Entrepreneurship course (April 17-19) equips those involved with the skills necessary to make their creative innovations a reality in the fashion market of our day and age.
The third – and last – module called “Tamkeen” concerns the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Program and is led by instructors Dr. Amar Behbehani, Vrouyr Jabounain, Sarah Thelwall and Raw Design Studio. The module is split into four different sections. Between April 17 and 29, the Developing the Entrepreneur Within course will be led by Dr. Behbehani who will focus on the importance of creative thinking as a springboard for the successful conception of ideas. In order to unlock their executive functioning skills, participants will additionally experience art and creative psychotherapy as a process. This is exceedingly important for the tailor-made experience that is creating and implementing a concept or business idea.
The second course is led by Vrouyr Jabounain and focuses on Design Thinking (May 2-7). Aptly named “The Road to Startup Success”, the course introduces some of the core pillars of creative and practical innovation necessary for the creation of a successful fashion brand, business idea or strategy through the study of case studies and practical activities. The Creative Entrepreneurship course (May 23-25) aims to equip participants with the skills necessary to define business success and identify potential customers. Sarah Thelwall will instruct individuals on the importance of knowing what success means to them as innovative creatives. Once that is established, tangible goals can be set in place such as financial targets. Perhaps the most important aspect of this course is the understanding of the role of money in a business and making sure the relationship one has with the monetary aspect of the concept remains healthy and sustainable.
Lastly, the Branding and Concept Strategy (May 29-31) course will allow participants to establish and build upon their brand. This will be run by the highly successful Kuwait-based design agency specializing in service design as well as branding.
For more information about the 2016 Studio Nuqat modules, visit www.nuqat.me, email [email protected] or call 2227 9325. You can follow them on Instagram @Nuqat, Twitter @Nuqatweets and Facebook: NuqatME.