Department of Art and Design | American University of Sharjah

The UAE's #1 Programs for Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at AUS is home to the UAE's #1 programs for art and design. 

Our three programs in visual communication, multimedia design and design management prepare students to contribute to the public discourse on design and take part in shaping the rapidly growing discipline. Our students become creative leaders, unlocking new worlds of potential through mastery of design thinking, innovation, communication design and digital technologies.

The world needs your creativity. Join the Department of Art and Design family and learn alongside the best in practice. Build your knowledge and develop your craft together with other incredible students, and prepare to become a leader in one of the exciting career paths you can choose after completing the programs.

Dr. Zinka Bejtic | Head of Department of Art and Design


Bachelor of Science in Design Management
Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication

Minor Programs

What is a minor?

A minor is a group of courses in a particular subject or theme that complements your major (your main area of study).

There are 45 minors offered at AUS. Minors are optional and can be related or unrelated to your major.

The following minors are offered by the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Minor in Design Management
Minor in Film
Minor in Illustration and Animation
Minor in Photography
Minor in Product Design

Program Spotlight

Bachelor of Science in Design Management 

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey where creativity meets business? Do you dream of being at the forefront of impactful projects, leading the way with your innovative ideas? If you have a passion for design and a knack for strategic thinking, then the Bachelor of Science in Design Management is the perfect path for you!

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design

Are you ready to explore the exciting intersection of art and technology? Look no further than our Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design program. Our program aims to prepare you for leadership roles in new media design with a focus on creative content production using time-based and immersive media. You will learn to combine practical and theoretical knowledge of art, design and technology, as you prepare to become skilled professionals and creative problem-solvers ready to practice within traditional and emerging social and cultural contexts.


Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication

Are you ready to embark on a journey of design? Look no further than our four-year BS in Visual Communication program. This exciting program will help you build a solid foundation in graphic design, communication theories and visual problem-solving strategies, preparing you for real-world design opportunities.

Meet Our Faculty

Our internationally acclaimed faculty mentors inspire the discoveries and growth of their students, empowering them to gain hands-on experience with the kind of projects they would encounter in the real world. 

Click on the images below to hear from our faculty as they explain more about the subjects they teach and why you should consider studying design at CAAD.

Dr. Zinka Bejtic

Multimedia Design


Art History


Multimedia Design


Design Management


Multimedia Design


Visual Communication


Multimedia Design






Design Management

Naz Naddaf

Visual Communication

Dr. Marina Peres

Design Management

Hala Al Ani

Visual Communication

Majd Alloush

Visual Communication


Dr. Zinka Bejtic
PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr. Christianna Bonin
Assistant Professor
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Mr. Zlatan Filipovic
Associate Professor
MFA, Alfred University, NYSCC, United States
Dr. Joseph Robert Graham
Assistant Professor
PhD, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Studio Culture at CAAD

At CAAD, we are people-centered. Close interaction between our faculty and students and with other classmates is an essential part of the creative process of our programs. Our students and faculty work alongside one another and the line between teacher and students becomes progressively blurred as the studies progress. This approach results in a close relationship between faculty and students, and fosters a variety of creative expressions and aesthetic directions.


Alumni Unscripted

Explore the firsthand accounts of our graduates in Alumni Unscripted, where they share valuable insights into their time with us. From memorable moments to transformative experiences, discover how our university shaped their paths and prepared them for success beyond the AUS campus.

How has your major changed you?

What was it like to study at CAAD?

How did AUS stand out from other universities?

Share a fun highlight from your time at AUS

Student Work

Mahra Alblooshi

Marwa El-Emam

Hana Al Ali

VIS201 Students

Senior Multimedia Design Students

Senior Multimedia Design Students

Alumni Spotlight

Because our programs build on strong traditions of visual experimentation and professional preparation and focuses on the complexities of design process and strategic thinking, CAAD graduates have a solid foundation in design and are well prepared for contemporary practice.

Our alumni are leaders who are re-imagining the future, addressing global challenges and generating tangible changes through creative practice. They are in great demand and work in prestigious agencies, companies and government. Many have started successful companies and ventures or are studying at the most prestigious graduate schools.

Click on the images below to meet some of our alumni and learn where a degree from CAAD could take you. 

Layal Mooti

AUS Alumna | Multimedia Design

Dana Alhanbali

AUS Alumna | Visual Communication

Heba Alnabusi

AUS Alumna | Design Management

CAAD on Instagram

Contact Us

General inquiries
[email protected]

Dr. Zinka Bejtic
Head of Department
Tel +971 6 515 2809
[email protected]

Sunitha Kallai
Administrative Assistant
Tel +971 6 515 2850
[email protected]  

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