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Interior Design






Program Duration


Credit Hours

Cost Per Credit Hour

9 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi or Dubai



In Interior Design, students acquire the appropriate technical skills and conceptual knowledge to design functional, safe, and aesthetically appealing interior architectural spaces for their clients. Students work on small residential to large commercial projects and learn about soft and hard decorative finishes, illumination, and the interplay between social and natural environments. Through research, problem solving, and applied practice, students understand the complexities of the built environment while developing creative solutions.

Program level: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Chair: Lina Ahmed

CACE programs have local accreditation with the CAA.

Via the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the leading accrediting body for Art and Design schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises achieved substantial equivalency accreditation in May 2015. The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts have all been accredited. As part of this accreditation, curriculum modifications were implemented, facilities were upgraded that included a ventilation system, specialized equipment acquired, and a major program of learner assessment was launched.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Theory and History of Art and Interior Design: Comprehend and employ historical cases and theoretical analysis as platform to initiate research design development in the context of human habitation in interior spaces.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  2. Professional Interior Design Practice: Exhibit the ability to develop interior design assignments in the context of design practice fundamentals supported by internship to test their academic knowledge in the real practice scenarios.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  3. Critical Thinking: Define and analyze a given design problem, evaluate and test potential solutions, develop the project through a rigorous process, and defend the outcome (orally and graphically) to an informed audience.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  4. Interior Design Literacy: Demonstrate the proper design skills to formulate complex spatial problems and provide responsive and innovative solutions, while considering the social, behavioral, technical, and physical constraints.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  5. Information Technology: Understand the limitations of technology to select the appropriate digital media for interior design developments, and demonstrate an integrated approach by utilizing multiple technologies in their design projects and portfolios.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  6. Teamwork and Leadership: Exhibit character of supportive, flexible, trust, and self- reliance in a group setting to engage in the development of a successful outcome.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)

Initially, the major in Art and Design requires a solid grounding in the foundations of the creative disciplines. As part of the core curriculum program, students are encouraged to take courses which will establish their interest in and dedication to the pursuit of the major before they apply to enter the major.
All majors in Art and Design complete courses that provide the foundation for all specializations. From these foundation courses, students branch into the specialization of their choice. Students from all specializations intermingle in courses, providing a rich learning environment as their projects are developed, critiqued, and exhibited.
In addition to academic and studio work, art students participate in field trips to museums, galleries, and archeological and architectural sites and become involved in various University events and other activities which demonstrate their versatility and competence.

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Program Delivery

Program Duration

The program is delivered in English over 9 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi or Dubai

Course Delivery Format

Courses are delivered in 8-week terms. Classes are generally scheduled on sunday, monday, wednesday, thursday from: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Marco Vinicio Sosa, Master of Arts in Architecture - Studio Based, London Metropolitan University
Lina Ahmad, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Architectural Association School of Architecture
Adina Hempel, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A), Dresden University of Technology
Thorsten Lomker, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Bauhaus-University Weimar
Asma Bukhammas, Master of Arts (M.A), Goldsmiths, University of London
Azza Aboualam, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Yale University, Master Degree in Architecture (MArch) from IUAV University of Venice
Rund Hiyasat, Master of Science (M.S.), University of Jordan
Karim Musfy, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Columbia University
Mehdi Sabet, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Basem Mohamed, PhD in Architecture, McGill University.
Nahed Chakouf,  PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett school of Architecture, UCL.
Katarzyna Tracz, Master in Architecture and Urban Design at Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Riyad Al Joucka, MArch Master of Architecture (Distinction), AA Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK)
Roberto Fabbri, PhD in Architectural Composition, University of Bologna, Italy, 2009.
Maruan Halabi, Ph.D., Architecture and Technology, 2008, Superior School of Architecture of Barcelona
Oorvi Sharma, M.Arch, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Rock Galpin, MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martin, University of The Arts London
Other Courses in the program are taught by select professors from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Knowledge gained during classes is further enhanced by sharing real-world experience with other students, guest lecturers, top professionals and leaders in the field of business.

Program Cost

Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum ( 120 Credit Hours ) as the following:

General Education 39 CHs
Required Program Courses 66 CHs
Electives 15 CHs

Abu Dhabi Campus:
College of Arts and Creative Enterprises
Zayed University, P.O. Box 144534
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971-2-599 3111
Fax: +971-2-443 4847

Dubai Campus:
College of Arts and Creative Enterprises
Zayed University, P.O. Box 19282
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971-4-402 1111 #1354
Fax: +971-4-402 1008
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