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

CAAD seniors ready for career success following graduate show

Graduating students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (CAAD) showcased an impressive collection of...
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Student murals will be a “beacon in the desert” in Fujairah

The mountainous Fujairah landscape will soon feature a series of original murals created by students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at...
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Dubai property developer showcases designs by AUS interior design students

A bespoke installation created by interior design students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) and...
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AUS student architecture designs selected for Expo 2020

Visitors to the highly anticipated Expo 2020 will be able to interact with and explore the work of three students from the College of Architecture, Art and...
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AUS graduates achieving high honors in global architecture and design arena

From being shortlisted in one of the world’s most prestigious architecture competitions to designing high-fashion pieces for international celebrities,...
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Events

23
May

Six Degrees

Dubai Design District, Building 6
May 23, 2019
21:00 - 02:00
Open Entry
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16
Apr

Absent by Professor Brian Dougan

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
April 16, 2019
17:00 - 18:00
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09
Apr

Painting Exhibition

CAAD Gallery, AD2-123
April 9, 2019
18:00 - 19:00
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24
Mar

Barcelona: Exhibition of Fall 2018 Semester Abroad

CAAD Gallery, AD2-123
March 24, 2019
17:00 - 18:00
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24
Mar

Design Theory to Design Practice

CAAD AD1-107
March 24, 2019
17:00 - 18:00
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20
Mar

Panel Discussion: 100 Best Arabic Posters

CAAD AD1-107
March 20, 2019
16:00 - 17:00
Open entry
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