The School of Architecture, Art and Design offers a five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), and a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication. All three degree programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year program, which offers a strong core mainly in technology, history and theory, professional practice and digital media, as well as a wide range of professional courses addressing specific topics and aspects of Architecture.

The Interior Design program offers students the opportunity to specialize in design-related software, Integrated Computational Design (ICD), which includes Building Information Modeling (BIM). The School is the only academic institution in the region authorized to certify Autodesk® products.

The Visual Communication Department offers a choice of four (4) majors: Advertising, Digital Media, Graphic Design, and Studio Art. There is a central "core" to all of these options which ensures students' breadth of knowledge in Visual Communication.

Courses offered by the School of Architecture, Art and Design are taught by world-class faculty who have extensive experience in professional practices. Full and part-time faculty are available to provide one-on-one guidance as students complete course-specific projects. The facilities and technologies available to students in all areas of the School are state-of-the-art.

As with the overall student body at AUD, the students in the School of Architecture, Art and Design are as diverse as the population of Dubai. They are hardworking, dedicated, and highly competitive.

Students in all three degree programs are trained to think, analyze, and create in order to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive market. Graduates of the School of Architecture, Art and Design will be prepared to promote cultural diversity, professional ethics, and environmental sensitivity.

The mission of the School of Architecture, Art and Design at AUD is to prepare professionals in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, and Visual Communication to immerse themselves successfully into their profession while attaining international standards of excellence. This is achieved through delivering studio-based curricula that combine art and design theory, construction technology, digital media and the human sciences. The school is committed to promoting critical thinking, creativity, cultural diversity, professional ethics and environmental awareness.
To achieve its mission, the School of Architecture, Art and Design pursues the following goals:
  • Establish strong ties with the professional community;
  • Foster an educational environment conducive to creativity, competitiveness and excellence;
  • Promote cultural diversity and professional ethics;
  • Protect the environment;
  • Contribute to the advancement of society.