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Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

By on June 18, 2017

Graduate Program in Urban Design


Mount Scopus
POB 24046
Jerusalem 91240

+972 (0)2 5893302

Official Focal Point
Dr. Arch. Els Verbakel

Alternate Focal Point
Professor Michael Turner

Authority approving the partnership
Professor Adi Stern, President


Established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”, Bezalel has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious art schools.

The name Bezalel is synonymous with more than 100 years of Israeli art, innovation
and academic excellence. Bezalel’s unique strength stems from the numerous
breakthroughs it has been responsible for and its ability to respond and adapt to
cultural changes. It takes pride in its numerous generations of graduates – the
spearhead of Israeli artists, designers and architects, in Israel and around the globe.

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is, first and foremost, a group of talented,
inspired and motivated artists and professionals. Both faculty and students are
driven by a passion to create and by their dedication to quality and excellence.
These two pillars of the Academy have placed Bezalel at the epicenter of Israel’s
cultural discourse and at the forefront of its artistic scene, making it instrumental
in shaping the country’s cultural identity.

Bezalel has over 2000 students studying towards undergraduate degrees in the
following departments: Fine Arts, Screen Based Arts, Architecture, Ceramics and
Glass Design, Industrial Design, Jewelry and Fashion Design, Photography and
Visual Communication. In addition, Bezalel offers graduate degrees in the fields of
Fine Arts, Urban Design, Industrial Design and Policy and Theory of the Arts. Each
department preserves the traditional knowledge, tools, materials and workshops
collected over many decades, while using state-of-the-art software and cutting-edge

Bezalel trains and prepares its students for a life of achievement and excellence. Our students receive a practical education of the highest order, along with a broad-based intellectual foundation in history, literature and philosophy, social studies and the fundamentals of scientific and technological thought. Through interdisciplinary, inter-departmental and ‘basics’ courses and the option of enrolling in courses in all of Bezalel’s departments, our students are introduced to additional fields, outside of their specialized field, thereby enriching their artistic-design understanding.

The Bezalel Academy has an outstanding faculty as well as an extensive variety of
expressive tools, providing our students with total freedom of choice and creative
liberty. By the time they graduate, they are able to effectively cope with the challenges presented by the global world of the 21st century and succeed in blazing their own unique and individual trails through the magical – yet demanding – fields of art, architecture and design.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
With the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies, the graduate program is developing activities within the framework of the UNESCO Global Report Culture | Urban Future, as presented to UNHabitat III in three strands:
The application of ‘culture as an enabler for sustainable development’ and the monitoring of relevant case-studies within the New Urban Agenda and the UNESCO Recommendation on the
Collaboration as part of the UNESCO UNITWIN network of universities in the Mediterranean (MUNCH – Mediterranean UNESCO Chair) to evaluate issues of migrations, mobility and urban social transformation;
Researching case-studies integrating the UNISDR programme on Resilient Cities and their support for the Culture of Resilience and the Resilience of Culture.
Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Social Inclusion
  • Safety
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Evaluation
  • Environment
  • Capacity Development

Collaborations, Programmes & Produced Materials


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