Department head'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 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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Six Degrees showcases outstanding work by graduating AUS designers and architects

Exciting, original work by graduating students of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) went on display at...
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International scholars and industry experts attend first AUS MSERI workshop

Renowned international scholars and industry professionals, gathered at American University of Sharjah (AUS) recently, to participate in the first workshop...
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International exhibition "Tolerance" opens at AUS

Featuring the work of renowned graphic designers from around the world, Tolerance , a travelling poster exhibition, was inaugurated today at the American...
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Exhibition unveils a successful semester abroad in Barcelona

On April 8, 2018, an exhibition detailing a unique educational experience opened in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at American University of...
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AUS student to intern with EMAAR

College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) student Hudda Roshan was recently announced as the winner of a special internship with real estate development...
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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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