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The Major Learning Outcomes of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (MALOs) are common to the international standards for art studies and relate to all of the specializations. Graduates in Art and Design will achieve a level of proficiency with the following learning outcomes:

• Theory and History of Art and Design: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will successfully utilize theories and ideas pertaining to contemporary issues in their artwork, as well as historical and conceptual analysis, They will also be knowledgeable of the historical progression of art, including the comprehension of art and design as a cultural system.

• Professional Art and Design Practice: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will be proficient in the practical and ethical use of art and design skills as a vehicle for self expression. They will accumulate capabilities for independent art and design work, and provide an informed response to global concepts that demonstrate social responsibility.

• Critical Thinking: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will be proficient in the use of visual media expressions and technologies. they will also display an integrated approach utilizing multiple art and design media expressions and technologies in their professional portfolio in an ethical manner.

• Visual Literacy: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will demonstrate the formulation of complex visual and spatial problems as well as responsive development of innovative solutions. They will engage in analysis and interpretation of visual culture, and demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes pertaining to visual art and design work.

• Information Technology: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will be proficient in the use of a number of technologies and will display an integrated approach utilizing multiple technologies in their portfolio in an ethical manner.

• Teamwork and Leadership: Graduates from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises will cooperate among group members while assuming responsibility for self and group outcomes. They will offer creative and constructive input to the group and accept similar feedback. They will also consider multiple perspectives of others prior to pursuing a stated goal.


The curriculum for the major in Art and Design has been developed to be consistent with the accreditation standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in the USA. Three culminating efforts provide the framework within which fourth- year students mature as artists or designers:

• The internship: provides a career-related, experience-centered professional work opportunity from which students gain skills training and professional life experience.

• The Senior Project: while taking on a variety of forms, records their culminating skills, process, and research. The goal of the process is for students to create a body of work that demonstrates growth as artists/designers, thinkers, and new members of the artistic and professional community.

• The Senior Exhibition: provides an opportunity for a group show in a public venue, which gives students public recognition for their work.

In addition to academic and studio work, art students participate in field trips to museums, galleries, archaeological and architectural sites and become involved in various University events and other activities which demonstrate their versatility and competence.


UAE National Applicants

To be considered for admission, all National applicants must possess a valid UAE passport, valid UAE National Identity Certificate and UAE ID.

Applicants from a high school following the UAE curriculum must have 12 years of school and an attested General School Leaving Certificate, a minimum 70% average in academic subjects, a minimum CEPA English score of 150, and a CEPA Mathematics score (no minimum score is currently required).

Applicants from a high school following an International curriculum must have 12 years of school: GCSE/IGCSE must complete five subjects at the ordinary level and two subjects at the GCE Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced level, with a passing grade in each subject. International Baccalaureate must successfully complete five subjects.

If you are currently in high school, or have completed high school this year: Submit a completed application form with all documentation attached and Zayed University selected as your primary choice of institution to the National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO). Applications are submitted online at

International Applicants

Zayed University also welcomes applications from International students. For more details about admission requirements and application forms for International students, please visit: international.aspx

The Academic Bridge Program (ABP): Success at Zayed University requires proficiency in both Arabic and English languages. Students admitted to the University are initially placed either directly into the baccalaureate program or into the Academic Bridge Program. This placement depends primarily upon each student’s proficiency in English as measured by the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) exam administered by the National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO) in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students initially placed into the ABP progress into University College and the baccalaureate program only once they successfully complete the Academic Bridge Program exit requirements and achieve the required level of English proficiency (overall band score of 5.0 or greater) as measured by the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exams.

University College (UC): University College is responsible for delivering Zayed University’s general education program, organized as the Colloquy on Integrated Learning, The Colloquy Program initiates the baccalaureate careers of all Zayed University students. University College offers the high quality foundational education, the Colloquy on Integrated Learning, to all Zayed University students. It prepares them for their future majors and eventual employment. The experience instills in them a desire for lifelong learning, fosters intellectual curiosity, and engenders critical thinking.


The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises requires that the applicant fulfill the following requirements for acceptance:

• Satisfactory completion of 42 semester credit hours or more;

• Attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher;

• Achievement of grades of C- or better in COL 140, COL 145, and COL 270; and

• Achievement of passing grades in COL 105, COL 110, COL 111, COL 120, COL 130, COL 135, COL 150, COL 155, COL 165, COL 230, COL 255, and COL 260.

(COL 260 and COL 270 may be scheduled for semester three, four, five or six)

The College also requires that entering students achieve a grade of C- or higher in one practical art course (ART 201 or ART 205).


Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (USA), which assures internationally recognized programs from a quality-assured university. The College of Arts and Creative Sciences programs are recognized as substantially equivalent by the National Association of Scools of Art and Design (USA).

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