Arabic CalligraphyIslamic ArchitectureIslamic CoinsOriental RugsSearchHOME
Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization

UK :: England

Oxford University
Department The Oriental Institute
Language English
Mailing Address The Oriental Institute
Pusey Lane
Phone 44 (0) 1865 278200
Fax 44 (0) 1865 278190

Oxford has a world reputation for research in Islamic art and architecture, and the University in the last few years has created posts in Islamic archaeology and Islamic numismatics. The University also has rich collections of Islamic culture. The Ashmolean Museum exhibits only part of its superb holdings in Islamic art and archaeology, and far more is available for study in the Museum's stores. The Museum of the History of Science houses the world's most important collection of Islamic scientific and astronomical instruments. The Bodleian Library holds thousands of manuscripts from all corners of the Islamic world, and is famous for its collection of Arab and Persian illustrated manuscripts.

The University of Oxford has an ancient tradition of scholarship and teaching in Islamic languages (Arabic, Persian, and Turkish), Islamic history, and the intellectual culture of Islam. The University is also famous for other related disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology and archaeological science, Byzantine studies, and medieval history. These resources are brought together for the teaching of the B.A. degree in Islamic languages with Islamic art and archaeology.




The Prince's Foundation
Department Visual Islamic & Traditional Arts Programme
Language English
Mailing Address 19-22 Charlotte Road
London  EC2A 3SG
Phone 44 (0) 20 7613 8500
Fax 44 (0) 20 7613 8599

V.I.T.A. was founded to specialise in the arts and architecture of Islam in particular, but has extended its interests to include the traditional arts of other civilisations. One of the principal aims of V.I.T.A. is to encourage an appreciation of the universal values that are fundamental to the art of the great traditions of the world. V.I.T.A. encourages an awareness amongst its students that the beauty of form, pattern and colour as manifested in the various branches of Islamic art (or indeed in any traditional art), are not simply aesthetically pleasing or demonstrations of good design but are representatives of a more profound universal order.

The Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts programme (V.I.T.A.) is now in its sixteenth year of existence. Starting at the Royal College of Art it was responsible for awarding the first doctoral degrees at that institution. V.I.T.A., since its inception, has pioneered practical post-graduate degrees; these are undertaken at Masters degree level and at Doctoral level. On its transfer to The Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture in 1993, the VITA programme was awarded validation for its degrees from The University of Wales. VITA has continued to flourish under the auspices of The Prince's Foundation, taking not only more students but also more specialised staff and winning wide recognition for its work.

V.I.T.A. is unique in offering a programme which integrates a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and practical skills of craftsmanship at post-graduate level. The students thus study art from 'within': for instance through learning the practical skills of geometry, and simultaneously learning its significance as the language underpinning the sacred and traditional arts of the world, the student is offered the opportunity to participate in the contemplative nature of art, and to realise through activity and participation - rather than observation and theoretical study - that the intricate and subtle patterns transcend the purely decorative realm and embody a profound and timeless beauty.

We welcome students who are of the same spirit and who chose to reinforce the vision of the Prince of Wales - not only by relearning the values of the traditional arts, but also by making a practical contribution to their survival.

  Add A School
  Victoria - BC
  Saudi Arabia
  United Arab Emirates