Foundations Director's message

Students will learn these things and more throughout their foundations year so that they are well-equipped with the technical and intellectual skills they need to succeed in the program of their choice.
Eirik Heintz

Foundations is a unique and rigorous program that introduces students to the fundamentals of design and prepares them for all fields of study that are offered in the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD).  Within the program, students are encouraged to develop a basic critical and practical understanding of design principals. Experimentation and exploration with materials, tools and techniques provides students with a strong background in basic design.

The program consists of two semesters of drawing studios that focus on free-hand observational drawing skills as well as measured, constructed drawing. In addition to drawing studios, students will take two semesters of design studios that explore ways of representing design ideas in two and three dimensions using compositional strategies and organizational explorations in a variety of both digital and analog media. In parallel to the studios, two semesters of architecture, art and design history provides students with a broad understanding of historical concepts and precedent that informs design ideas. Rounding out the foundations year with courses in writing and math, students are well prepared for their chosen major in design.

Eirik Heintz
Director of Foundations

News

AUS multimedia design students light up Brazil

The streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be lit up this month with a series of multimedia LED creations by students from the College of Architecture, Art and...
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AUS student and faculty photographers to feature in ‘Vantage Point Sharjah 6’

This year’s edition of Vantage Point Sharjah – an annual photography exhibition organized by Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) – will feature outstanding...
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AUS design students draw their way through Italy this summer

Design students from American University of Sharjah (AUS) drew their way around Italy this month as part of a 23-day study abroad course, which saw them tour...
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AUS re-creates a Raphaelite masterpiece

In a feat of creativity, organization and stamina, students from American University of Sharjah’s (AUS) College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) have...
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Beginnings, Middle and End

Exhibition showcases architecture at the crossroads of technology and culture UAE architecture enthusiasts were treated to a unique display of architectural...
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AUS architecture professor selected for prestigious Fulbright Program

Marcus Farr, a faculty member of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS), has been named a 2019 Fulbright...
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Events

13
May

Six Degrees Exhibition and CAAD Awards Ceremony

Dubai Design District, Building 6
May 13, 2018
18:00 - 19:00
Free
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25
Apr

Tolerance Exhibition

First Floor, Library Building
April 25, 2018
08:00 - 17:00
Free
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21
Apr

Doppelganger

Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
April 21, 2018
18:00 - 19:00
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19
Apr

Beginnings, Middle and End

Main Gallery, AUS CAAD AD2-123
April 19, 2018
17:00 - 17:00
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17
Apr

Urban Cool: Heat, Health and Habitat in the Anthropocene

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
April 17, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
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10
Apr

RCR SHARED CREATIVITY

AUS Main Building - Lecture Hall A
April 10, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
Free
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