For Existing Students

A) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Animation
In Animation, students develop concepts and technical skills in three-dimensional computer modelling and animation, digital video, and web design using industry-standard software. Students explore all types of virtual visualizations including text animation and motion graphics, character animation, storytelling, and architectural modelling, rendering, and animation.

B) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design
In Graphic Design, students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in design and practice while developing a variety of skills in print and media design. Through their course work, students explore typography, packaging design, and web design. They also learn about project briefs, research, and client interaction, and how to pitch, develop, and finally implement design proposals. Through community engagement and team-directed and client-based projects, students are encouraged to understand the social and cultural dimension of any project in order to become innovative leaders in design.

C) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design
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.

D) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Art
In Visual Art, we believe that professional creative expression requires both technical and intellectual skills that are acquired through intensive studio work, research, professional exposure, and gallery practice. Students thus acquire a variety of visual art skills, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, while also developing their critical awareness of artistic issues, past, present, and future, within the region and internationally.

E) Bachelor of Sciences (B.S) in Multimedia Design (joint with the College of Communication and Media Sciences and the College of Technological Innovation):
This degree focuses on acquiring the knowledge and skills in IT, public media, and the arts to meet the growing demand of UAE employers for multimedia graduates with broad range of expertise. It prepares students for professional positions in managing and developing interactive multimedia systems.

F) Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Emirati Studies (joint with the College of Communication and Media Sciences and the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities):
This degree focuses on two fundamental areas of Emirati cultural resources: archaeological and historical knowledge, and heritage and cultural production. This degree also prepares students for professional careers in exhibition design and curatorship, and cultural tourism, all sectors that are expanding within the UAE.

ART 201: Principles of Design
ART 205: Art Foundations
ART 220: Introduction to Art History
ART 221: Research Methods for Artists and Designers
ART 223: Arts of the Modern World
ART 223AL: Arabic Lab I
ART 251: Basic Design
ART 279: CAD I
ART 287: Interior Design Studio I
ART 297: Social Topics in Art and Design: Intermediate
ART 310: Drawing I
ART 311: Drawing for Designers
ART 312: Painting I
ART 313: Drawing II
ART 314: Illustration and visual Narrative
ART 315: Sculpture I
ART 316: Ceramics I
ART 318: Three- Dimensional Design
ART 319: Introduction to Jewelry Design
ART 322: History of Islamic Art and Architecture
ART 324: Contemporary Islamic Art and Architecture
ART 325: History of Design
ART 326: Representation: Exhibition, Display, and Interpretation I
ART 327: Representation: Exhibition, Display, and Interpretation II
ART 328: Cross- Cultural Influences in Design
ART 330: Art Education
ART 336: Interior Design Studio II
ART 337: Color and Light Design
ART 340: Photography I
ART 341: Photography II
ART 345: Digital Video I
ART 346: Digital Video II
ART 351: Graphic Design I
ART 352: Graphic Design II
ART 355: Designing with Color
ART 356: Typography I
ART 357: Designing for the Web I
ART 359: Information Design
ART 360: Printmaking I
ART 363: Printmaking II
ART 365: Digital Printmaking
ART 366: Book Structures I
ART 375: 3D Modeling
ART 376: Animation I
ART 377: Animation II
ART 385: Interior Design Studio III
ART 387: Furniture Design
ART 388: Environmental Systems for Interior Design
ART 389: Basic Architecture
ART 391: Interior Design Methods of Construction
ART 395: Independent Study
ART 397: Special Topics in Art and Design
ART 405: The Professional Artist
ART 405L: Arabic Lab II
ART 410: Drawing III
ART 411: Painting II
ART 413: Painting III
ART 415: Mixed Media
ART 418: Installation
ART 420: Communities, Curatorial Practices, and Collections
ART 421: Material Culture of the U.A.E.
ART 422: Contemporary Art Theory
ART 425: History of Graphic Design
ART 426: History of Interior Design
ART 427: History of Animation
ART 430: Curatorial Practices
ART 440: Photography III
ART 451: Graphic Design III
ART 452: Packaging Design
ART 453: Graphic Design IV
ART 456: Typography II
ART 457: Designing for the Web II
ART 460: Printmaking III
ART 475: Game Design
ART 476: Animation III
ART 477: 3D Lighting and Rendering
ART 486: Interior Design Studio IV
ART 490: Internship
ART 492: Senior Research Seminar
ART 495: Independent Study
ART 496: Senior Project
ART 497: Special Topics in Art and Design

Students are able to apply what they have learned in their selected CACE major into real workplace situations. Depending on their chosen program, art and design students may intern at art galleries, museums, design firms, advertising agencies, architectural and interior design offices, elementary and high schools, and animation and new media studios.

A student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises. Students can consult with a College advisor on program and course requirements for graduation.

The Master of Arts in Design program is currently under review. For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at Zayed University.

The College has a long established record of encouraging our students to engage in multiple external communities, both professional and civic. Our graphic design students have worked with Tasmena—a community-based organization that uses design methodology to research and address social issues. Thanks to foundation support, our students have been able to do short travel-study trips with our faculty to other countries, most recently the UK, Japan and Italy. Our students have been very successful in receiving top honors in national competitions such as this year’s inaugural recipient of the Christo and Jean Claude Award, the ADMAF Creativity Award, Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award and the Lasvit Mubadala Tennis Trophy Award.

The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises considers all of its coursework as creative exploration/research. Each project is about a process of discovery where students are taught how to go beyond their preconceived ideas. The ability to suspend closure and to arrive at multiple possibilities is what the creative process is all about. We want our students to experience the act of doing creative research where they create work at the end of the process that they couldn’t have imagined or visualized at the beginning – that’s what art and design learning and discovery is all about.