Department head's message

Our students are trained to be design leaders. They learn to design for the needs and aspirations of people and communities by embedding themselves in the regional, social and cultural context of the region.
Anijo Mathew

Design is continually transforming the world around us. Some we see—compelling brand narratives, storytelling through film and animation, and engaging visual stories; some we touch—websites, kiosks, augmented and virtual reality interfaces; and some we feel—excellent service experiences, innovative organizational strategies and beautiful products.

Designers approach the world from a creative perspective centered on the human experience. They are and will continue to be among the most in-demand professionals as organizations deal with changing needs of the consumer in a highly technical and business-oriented world.

The Department of Art and Design offers some of the best design programs in the region in visual communication, multimedia design and design management. We have one mission: to educate students who will become change agents of the future, not just in the region but globally.

Our award-winning and globally recognized faculty are leaders in their respective fields. We work on creative teaching methods, impactful scholarship and exploratory projects to ensure that our classrooms are filled with both the critical thinking and tactical tools required for a career in design.

Our students are trained to be design leaders. They learn to design for the needs and aspirations of people and communities by embedding themselves in the regional, social and cultural context of the region. Most importantly, our students are prepared for a life filled with curiosity, creativity and experimentation.

Our alumni impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people through their work in the region and around the world. They are creatives and thought leaders, planners and strategists, entrepreneurs and innovators. They work in agencies, companies and government; have started many successful companies and ventures; and go on to study at the most prestigious graduate schools.

In the future, design will have an impact on our world in ways we cannot even imagine today, and one day you will be the architect of such change. Come join the Art and Design family at CAAD and take the first steps towards this goal.

Anijo Mathew, Head of Department, Art and Design

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Dina Khorchid

This clarity is what CAAD gave me, along with a great network of friends and colleagues, a curiosity to always search for inspiration and to value the importance of the creative process, even in our fast-paced work environment.

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
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Mahya Soltani

Dubai design firms are always looking for CAAD graduates. This is because they are usually equipped with great portfolios, an exceptional sense of dedication and enthusiasm and a broad skill-set.

 

Bachelor of Science in Design Management
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Rawan Mahmoud

The design management program focuses on every aspect of the interaction with a product, service or market as it defines user experiences. This gave me ability to develop skills and knowledge in management and leadership within design disciplines.

 

Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Lujain Abulfaraj

I think one of the main things that CAAD instills in you as a designer is to be a doer, to trust your gut feeling and to forever stay curious. The professors’ support has continued even after graduating. To this day they are available to help in every way possible. I’m extremely grateful to all of them.

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
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Jomard Jamil

After experiencing the variety of art and creativity that AUS had to offer, I knew I wanted to continue pursuing video making. CAAD has provided me not only the tools to further follow my passions, but also the luxury of time: to be able to figure out what I would like to pursue in life.