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

CAAD conference highlights the evolution of representational methodologies in the visual arts

More than 50 students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) participated in a special conference held...
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AUS professor to curate the Egyptian pavilion at the Venice Biennale di Architettura 2018

AUS faculty member Cristiano Luchetti has been selected to curate the Egyptian pavilion at the Venice Biennale di Architettura 2018. One of the most...
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AUS multimedia design students exhibit work at ECHO Dubai

Work done by 20 multimedia design majors from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) was exhibited at ECHO...
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AUS professor exhibits work on human–machine interactions

The results of an experiment conducted by Frederic Gmeiner, a faculty member from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of...
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AUS professors conduct Green Designers Workshop at Dubai Design Week

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) and Office of Sustainability at American University of Sharjah (AUS) conducted the Green Designers Workshop...
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Japan trip inspires artwork by CAAD students

An exhibition of work done by students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) as part of the college’s...
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Events

04
Mar

Lecture by Marlon Blackwell: Abstraction in a Landscape of Unholy Unions

Main Building, Lecture Hall A
March 4, 2018
17:00 - 17:00
Free
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15
Feb

Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD)

CAAD Building
February 15, 2018
15:00 - 19:00
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15
Feb

Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD)

CAAD Building
February 15, 2018
15:00 - 19:00
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15
Feb

Representation: Process and Practice Across Design Disciplines (PPADD)

CAAD Building
February 15, 2018
15:00 - 19:00
Check Conference Website
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28
Oct

Join CAAD at The Noon Arts Award “Huwiyyati"

Collage Talent Centre, Sharjah Ladies Club
October 28, 2017
14:00 - 18:30
Open to ladies only. Boys under 9 years of age are welcome.
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08
Oct

ADMAF Roadshow 2017

AD1-102, CAAD Auditorium
October 8, 2017
11:30 - 00:00
Free
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