American University of Sharjah

College of Architecture, Art and Design

College of Architecture Art and Design

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College of Architecture, Art, and Design

American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE

Fax +971 6 515 2800

College of Architecture, Art and Design

With world-class facilities and a dynamic and highly qualified faculty, it is no wonder that the reputation of the College of Architecture, Art and Design has spread far beyond the shores of the UAE.

In the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD), we offer five undergraduate programs-architecture, interior design, visual communication, multimedia design and design management-and a graduate program in urban planning. The curriculum in all programs is based on the North American model, which integrates liberal studies with professional education. All our undergraduate students begin their first-year studies in the college's highly effective foundations program. In the upper years, design studios form the core of our undergraduate programs.

We are committed to providing a comprehensive education that enables our graduates to make significant contributions to the Gulf region and the broader global community through conscientious participation in practice. We believe that good design results from a combination of three major elements: a deep understanding of culture, ethical engagement in society, and respect for the creative skills needed to establish a sustainable built environment.

Our college is dedicated to hands-on technical skills and competence in digital and other advanced media, to the pursuit of aesthetic investigations, and to fostering a regional and cultural awareness and the responsibility for creating humane environments. To see some samples of our student work click here.

We prepare our students for successful careers in the following fields:

  • architecture, interior design, town planning
  • graphic design, advertising, packaging design, illustration, animation, multimedia applications, computer simulations, video
  • heritage and culture management, exhibition design and publicity, general design consulting

Our truly international roster of faculty members have been selected on the basis of their high qualifications and their familiarity with a university education based on the American model. All our faculty members have terminal degrees in their respective fields and are practicing professionals who combine mastery in teaching with continuing growth in their respective disciplines.

Our commitment to our curriculum and our students has been acknowledged internationally with our architecture degree program becoming the first program of its kind outside North America to be given accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States.

If you are looking for programs that challenge and stimulate your creative faculties in a vibrant and dynamic environment, then CAAD is just the place for you.