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 announces recipient of inaugural Emaar CAAD Labs Fellowship

Award-winning AUS architecture graduate Ibrahim Ibrahim has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the Emaar CAAD Labs Fellowship by the College of...
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Architecture students win AIA award for desert shelter

Sharjah, UAE. December 18, 2018— Architecture students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) have...
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AUS faculty unveils artwork reflecting childhood in war-torn Sarajevo

Sharjah, UAE. December 5, 2018— Foundations instructor Selma Ćatović Hughes from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of...
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Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion Prize 2018 awarded to AUS architecture students

Sharjah, UAE. December 4, 2018— Students and graduates from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) took...
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AUS architecture students leverage world-class learning opportunities in Barcelona

Sharjah, UAE. November 25, 2018— A group of 15 undergraduate students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah...
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Events

06
Dec

My Island: VIS 405 Design Sudio V Exhibition

Fikra Campus, Gibca Building Office #2A, Al Ittihad Road, Sharjah
December 6, 2018
13:00 - 17:00
Open entry
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28
Nov

Typographic Tour Around The Arab World With Ali Almasri

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
November 28, 2018
11:30 - 12:30
Open entry
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24
Nov

Martin Giesen: Seeking Al Seef

Al Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai
November 24, 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Open entry
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19
Nov

Karin Loglisci: Designing Experiences, Creating Brands

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
November 19, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
Open entry
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19
Nov

Lars Harmsen – Slanted Magazine Dubai / UAE

AD1-103 CAAD Building
November 19, 2018
16:00 - 17:00
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15
Nov

International Exhibition of Illustrations | Loves Me Loves Me Not

AD1-106 CAAD Building
November 15, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
Open entry
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