College of Arts and Creative Enterprises

Dean’s Message.

Welcome to the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE).

Art and Design has never been more important than now as societies around the world are challenged by interconnected issues. Art has a major importance in the UAE and modern society in general as it defines us as individuals and as a society, making us better people. With design, policymakers and business leaders are increasingly understanding the significant value that design can bring with its ability to communicate and frame problems with different perspectives.

Within CACE, our students have an intensive, active and interactive, personal and collaborative learning experience. CACE utilizes the latest technology in the classrooms and labs, providing students with new and exciting possibilities in the creation of their works, as a means of promoting and disseminating their work and as new outlets for their creativity. Students learn by theory and by practice as well as fostering a strong collaboration with the UAE art, design and museum community at large. CACE students are trained to focus their talents not only on the appearance of things, but to question why things are as they are, and more importantly what they could be in the future.

 We prepare exceptional students and our alumni extend this ethos at graduate schools and in industry and government, impacting art and design around the world.

CACE offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with majors in Interior Design, Graphic Design, Visual Art and Animation Design..
It also offers a minor in Curatorial Studies, and a joint degree program a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Design with the College of Communication and Media Sciences and the College of Technological Innovation. 

CACE graduates have demonstrated their exceptional level of ability and achievement by winning many awards including the Christo Award, the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award, the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship program and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority's Qasr al Hosn Cultural District Mosque Competition. Graduate work has received broad recognition and acknowledgement through inclusion in many local and international exhibitions including Emirati Expressions 2013 and 2015, the A.i.R Dubai Residency Program, SIKKA Dubai, The Lab Gallery in New York, Venice Art Biennale, ARC Biennial of Art in Brisbane, Australia and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Washington D.C. CACE graduates have secured positions within both the public and private sector in the UAE as project managers, directors, curators and more, and at prominent institutions such as the 1971 Design Space, Sharjah Museum, Sharjah Art Foundation, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and various federal and municipal ministries throughout the Emirates. Many Interior and Graphic Designers have pursued an entrepreneurial path by establishing their own design firms and businesses such as the food truck SALT, Xpoze Idea Factory, FN Design and the creative hub Tashkeel.

We look forward to welcoming you to CACE and partnering with us for your future.

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