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

Prestigious international architecture exhibition opens at AUS

An international exhibition of entries to the world’s most prestigious architectural education prize—the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President...
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CAAD faculty and students showcased at Dubai Design Week

From a hands-on green furniture design workshop to a showcase of exceptional architecture and furniture designs by faculty and students, the College of...
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AUS student wins international award for design management essay

Sharjah, UAE. October 28, 2018— A student from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) has won an...
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Student painting exhibition reveals new talent at AUS

A unique collection of portraits painted by students from across a wide range of disciplines at American University of Sharjah (AUS) is currently on display in...
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AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design invited to exhibit at celebration of Da Vinci-influenced castle

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been selected among the world’s leading architecture...
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Events

19
Nov

Karin Loglisci: Designing Experiences, Creating Brands...

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
November 19, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
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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
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14
Nov

Illustration, Concept Art and Animation

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
November 14, 2018
17:00 - 18:30
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12
Nov

CAAD @ Dubai Design Week

CAAD & D3
November 12, 2018
10:00 - 22:00
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11
Nov

RIBA President's Medals Awards Exhibition

CAAD Gallery AD2-123
November 11, 2018
17:00 - 18:00
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07
Nov

Modeling Objects for Cutting Based Operations

AD1-108 (Dell Computer Lab)
November 7, 2018
17:30 - 19:30
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