"Learn Nastaliq Calligraphy" Program - Frequently Asked Questions
Nastaliq calligraphy classes are usually one-to-one and therefore the class schedule is flexible. After filling in the application form you will be contacted to schedule your class based on your available times and the art instructors available times.
What is the registration process?
You fill in the application form and provide us with your name, email address and phone number. We contact you to coordinate for your class scheduling and walk you through the process of registration.
How much is the tuition fee and how can I pay?
Tuition fee is $240 for one semester that is weekly 12 sessions. Tuition fee will be due at the beginning of each semester and you can pay online along with your application or contact us if you prefer to send a check.
What if I do not speak Persian?
This program is designed for English speaking art students and both Persian (Farsi) speaking and English Speaking applicants will be admitted. Art instructors speak English and Persian in classes. Also, each of the weekly lessons taught in learn Nastaliq calligraphy classes includes a translation and a transliteration in English so that English speaking students can learn the meaning and pronunciation of the lessons.
Online classes or traditional classes?
Wherever you are we encourage you to sign up for online Nastaliq classes; it is convenient, effective, and pleasurable. We have online art students from all over the globe.
What do I expect to see in online Nastaliq calligraphy classes?
In Online Nastaliq Calligraphy Classes you will meet your instructor once a week through live video streaming :
• Pen movements and other details will be shown to you through webcam
• Your assignments will be sent to you via email
• You work on the assignment for a week and send your final work back
• Your art work will be evaluated to identify strengths/ areas of improvement
• Calligraphy reference books and supplies are available online at our online bookstore.
What is the number of students per class?
The classes are usually one-to-one. Some times the number of students per class is more than one; however, to make sure that the art instructor can spend enough time with every one the number of art students per class will not exceed three students per class.
Are there classes for different levels?
Yes. There are. The entire program covers three levels as follows:
First Year: "Beginners Level" Semester SA through Semester SD
Second Year: "Intermediate Level" Semester SE through Semester SH
Third Year: "Advanced Level" Semester SI through Semester SL
I have practiced calligraphy before. Is there an evaluation process to identify the appropriate level for me?
This is great! You just need to send us a few samples of your calligraphy writings. Your calligraphic skills will be evaluated and you will be placed in appropriate level.
What are the Semesters?
There are four Semesters offered each year and each semester is three months long, equal to 12 weeks.
What is the Theme of the Lessons?
The "Learn Nastaliq Calligraphy" program emphasizes on working on thoughtful poems from the very beginning and "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" is the theme for all of the Nastaliq calligraphy lessons. This way the art students not only learn the techniques of the art of Nastaliq calligraphy, but they also get introduced to Persian literature. To learn more about Hakim Omar Khayyam, the poet, philosopher, Astrologist, and mathematician, who lived about 900 years ago, watch this Documentary Video.
Will I receive a certificate?
Upon completion of "Learn Calligraphy Program" you will be granted the certification.
What happens after I graduate?
Many people choose to do calligraphy as a hobby, while the others choose to pursue this as a part-time or full-time career.
In general, as an authentic art, there is literally no end to the art of Nastaliq calligraphy. However, by the time that you complete the "Learn Nastaliq Calligraphy" program, you will have a solid understanding on the art of Nastaliq calligraphy and you can practice professionally.
As a graduate of "Learn Nastaliq Calligraphy" program, there are opportunities including:
- Art gallery: If you share your arts with us, we may have them on our exhibitions, events or on online galleries
- Collaboration in custom-made art orders: Join us in exciting and challenging world of custom-made art orders
- Teaching: Join the team of instructors and teach this great art in the online/offline classes
- Research, Study, Publication: There are unlimited number of opportunities for research, study, and publications about the art history, techniques, principles, translation, etc.