Create a Space for Everyone

The Interior Design program aims to teach students how to analyze design factors based on understanding the project objectives, goals and end user requirements. The course work includes design, analysis, construction and job administration. Students will be expected to conduct a wide range of research and on-site examination of areas selected for project work.

The primary objective of the interior design courses in the American University in the Emirates is to equip students with creative awareness, professional attitudes, imagination and technical knowledge required for this profession. Interior Design is a multifaceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are adopted within the building to maintain and achieve an interior environment through  systematic design processes and techniques. The program objectives are as follows:

  • Create a wide variety of interior designs for any project from concept stage to completion.
  • Develop and implement designs through a variety of new and traditional design options.
  • To become able to apply effective design techniques, principles and theories within one's work.
  • Learn and apply appropriate design tool and terminology.
  • Use effective visual communication when completing projects and presentations.

The College has large design studios, state-of-the-art facilities provided with the latest electronic media and printing equipment and an extensive library filled with the latest tutorial educational resources relevant to interior design. They are all available for students to use in an engaged learning environment.

Students will be studying under the direction of experienced architects, engineers and tutors. Students will work towards projects in both commercial and residential interiors, developing a sense of how people function inside and outside these spaces. They will develop a range of live projects with themes including leisure and public interior spaces.


  • Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with minimum average of 60% | for scientific and literary streams. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% equivalency and a letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE.
  • English Proficiency
    PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS ACA. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154
  • Letter of Interest & Interview


The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education |


  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 20,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,000 AED

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This course is designed to assist Arabic Speaking students to use language skills correctly with the focus on how to write research papers and business letters. In order to achieve this goal different and integrated types of skills are implemented to assist in the development of the students comprehension of what he/she listens to or reads in addition to writing papers, reporting, writing recommendations, seminars and symposiums. The course also provides the basic skills of good and coherent writing such as, spelling, digitals, correct paragraph structure and writing essays.

This course provides students with advanced English-language skills to pursue successfully their Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 36 studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure skills. This course also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent.

This course covers the needed language areas such as organizational structures, instructions job lexis, processes and operating systems, health and safety, and customer relations which are common to the majority of different vocations to provide the functional language the students will need in their specialization and place of work. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent

This course will begin with a review of selected arithmetic topics: fractions, decimals, and percentages, followed by a brief review of signed number operations. The course will cover topics of Basic Algebra such as variable expressions, linear equations, inequalities and applications, and graphing points and lines

This course presents the use of computers in everyday life. The students will learn to organize electronic filing systems as well as to communicate ideas effectively using a variety of software tools. The course discusses some of the ethical and moral issues raised by the use of Internet and email. Towards the end of the course, the students in groups will work to select a topic, search for the information, analyze and organize it incorporating a software tool they learned and present it publicly.

This course will offer students the knowledge to enable them understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world

This course designed to help students to do well at their studies at university through the development of effective study skills and strategies. Studying at university is very different from previous study students may have done, and therefore the course aims to apply new studying and learning strategies, and identify, develop, and enhance the study and learning skills of students. These skills include time management, taking notes, planning assignments, exam preparation and revision, preparing a presentation, memory techniques, and methods for using course materials including syllabi and textbooks, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop a focused project specific to their interests and study needs.

This course introduces students to the broad, complex and influential field of the social sciences. The course tends to focus on the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and sometimes history and geography. This course will also enable students to sharpen their critical analysis skills as they evaluate changes in important social issues and institutions.

An introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of psychology, including theories and methods, biological factors influencing behavior, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, human development and personality

Courses in the Natural Sciences introduce students to the basic concepts of Sciences and the scientific method and enhance awareness of scientific developments and their impact on society and the environment. This area provides students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts and theories, and the ability to formulate empirically testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes and living things.

This course is designed to introduce, first, the concepts, measurements, and theories of broad-based sustainable development as well as the relationships between economic development, human development, and environment. Students will also be familiar with several theories of development. Then, the characteristics and the quality of life in GCC will be investigated and compared to those in other countries. The focus would be on the causes, problems and challenges associated with the development of GCC countries such as population structure and localization policies, the feasibility of GCC States integration, the impact of oil and non-oil production on development. The students will work on a project in groups by gathering information from public libraries and by interviewing public officials. The students will be given the latitude of choosing a topic to write about. The prerequisite is ASC 110.



This course examines color theory as an element for communications and expression as applied to traditional and digital design in the visual communications field. This fundamental course covers several color topics including color theory, color interaction, and color psychology. This course covers creative and technical aspects of color design issues using digital illustration and traditional media manipulation.

This is an introductory course to drawing, and this course covers the practical or technical Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 96 basics of drawing. This course equips the student with a variety of basic drawing skills, approaches and concepts explored through a comprehensive range of media. The illusion of volume and space through the use of perspective, line, and value is stressed. From this course, students are expected to develop practical skills in drawing, to sharpen their powers of perception, and to gain an awareness of drawing’s historic and contemporary context and expressive potential.

This is an introduction to design concepts with an emphasis on traditional compositional theory, design principles and elements. This course is designed to give students a strong understanding of two-dimensional visual communications.

This course covers fundamental principles of digital imaging using Photoshop as well as use of vector graphic techniques to create images for use in print, multimedia, or web design. Topics for digital imaging include acquisition, manipulation, and output of digital images. Students will generate effective typography, master basic drawing tools, develop unique brushes and patterns, and utilize a variety of color palettes and libraries to achieve transparency and special effects. Transformation of objects to manipulate perspective, use of blends and gradients to produce airbrush effects, and the application of advanced path tools will be covered. This course involves considerable hands-on instruction and multiple projects using Adobe Illustrator CS3.

This is an introductory level course designed to help students achieve a better understanding history, the aesthetic categories, specialized categories, and terms of art history. This course deals primarily with architecture, sculpture, painting, related arts, the ancient world, the Middle- Ages, and the world beyond Europe. Incorporated into this course are the Renaissance, baroque, rococo, modern and post-modern periods.

This course surveys the artistic styles from the Renaissance through the present. Pictures, sculpture and architecture are studied as individual works in relationship to their social, political, and religious backgrounds. The prerequisite is FAD 201.

Drawing II includes discussion of drawing concepts and related vocabulary, training in freehand drawing, exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums, and growth of personal expression and problem solving. This course builds on the vocabulary, skills and concepts learned in Drawing I. Also, the course includes color theory, figure drawing, and advanced composition. The prerequisite is FAD 105.

This is a basic three-dimensional design course. The main objective of this course is to give the students an understanding of the components used in threedimensional formats and how these components are used to achieve a particular effect or feeling. This course also provides a great deal of technical information on structure, color usage, composition, and theory. The prerequisites are FAD 105 & FAD 110.

The College considers student internship as one of the most important channels that brings together the college, the students, and the job market. Moreover, internship is a means that integrates the academic theoretical environment to real life practice. The training, although it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer and is similar to an on-the-job- training. The training is for the benefit of the students. The students do not displace regular employees, but work under the close observation of a regular employee or supervisor and could be guided by an AUE faculty member. The prerequisite is the completion of 90CH.



This course introduces the interior design profession and its role in shaping the environment. Students are introduced to the design process as it is followed in a professional office. The elements, vocabulary and principles of design are applied to a series of simple interior design projects, including both residential and commercial space interior design. In addition, students are introduced to life safety codes and accessibility guidelines.

This course introduces the principles of interior design, including unity, balance, proportion, scale, rhythm, and emphasis. Students learn about their definition and practical application through related assignments. In addition, students are introduced to basic color psychology, client analysis, selection of finishes, and mood and sample board presentation techniques. Anthropometrics and ergonomics will be reviewed and an orientation to the profession at local and national levels will be achieved. The prerequisite is FAD 110.

This course is a survey of materials used by interior designers for architectural elements and finishes for both residential and non-residential design. The student will learn to evaluate and select the appropriate materials for a design project, and will be introduced to life safety ratings for finish materials. The student will be introduced to writing specifications for interior design materials. The prerequisite is IND 300

Students will learn to identify fiber content, yarn construction, weave and finish, and will understand the effect of these components on the performance of textile products. Student will apply knowledge of textile component properties to the various end uses to which textile products are applied with emphasis on textiles used for finishes, furnishings and soft goods. Students will understand life safety ratings for textile products in various applications.

In this course the student develops a residential interior. The student will accomplish projects and learn essential skills such as client analysis, programming, space planning, code analysis, furniture and finish selection. In addition, electrical, lighting, and plumbing requirements are introduced. The prerequisites are IND 300 & IND 301 & IND 303.

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drafting and geometric Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 99 construction. Students will become familiar with drafting equipment and methodology used in architecture. This course will provide basic understanding of drafting techniques necessary to allow students to progress to CAD.

In this course, the student is introduced to interior construction and servicing systems and to the codes and regulations which affect Interior designers. Emphasis is placed on the development of a related vocabulary and a critical understanding of the interaction between the design, construction, services, and codes.

This course is an introduction to the two dimensional methods of graphic communication used by architects and interior designers, with an emphasis on orthographic drawings used for construction drawings. Students will use tools and techniques to hone hand-drafting skills as well as be introduced to computer aided drafting using AutoCAD. Students will learn to read, organize and produce a set of construction drawings. The prerequisites are FAD 210 & FAD 215 & IND 305.

In this course the students will design furniture as well as incorporate furniture selection and design into both residential and public space design projects. The design process will be the framework for all project development. The prerequisites are IND 302 & IND 310.

This is a fundamental course in the design of business environments. Through studio projects, lectures and field trips, the student develops a commercial interior that includes critical client analysis, complex programming, space planning, and the use of openoffice systems. The student is also introduced to relevant accessibility codes/legislation and standard building and fire safety codes as they pertain to commercial design. The prerequisites are IND 303 & IND 310 & IND 315.

Students will study the technical, aesthetic and psychological aspects of lighting in an environment. Principles of lighting design and selection will be applied to the selection of luminaries and lighting sources. The prerequisite is FAD 100

This course emphasizes in programming and space planning for a complex office design. Students will become familiar with several office furniture systems and choose one for use in their office design. The prerequisite is IND 400

This course examines the advanced drafting techniques and functions of Autodesk and other applications, applying the concepts to general and advanced interior drafting. Students learn advanced computer graphic communication techniques in interior design for the development of technical and perspective drawings created in presentation formats using 3D modeling and images. The prerequisite is IND 310.

This course builds on the concepts introduced in CAD, with emphasis on architectural detailing, including millwork, furniture and cabinetry. Computer aided drafting using AutoCAD will be the primary method of graphic communication in this course. The prerequisite is IND 403.

In this course, students are exposed to the range of career possibilities in the interior design profession through personal exploration, speakers, lectures, and discussions. Students will apply this knowledge to an evaluation of personal career goals and preparation of a cover letter and resume. Students will be exposed to the business structure and internal organization, marketing techniques, fee structures, and project management procedures of both residential and contract/commercial interior and architectural design firms. Class will include discussions of ethics, education and professional organizations. The prerequisites are IND 300 & IND 200.

The Capstone Graduation Project is designed to give students a constructive working understanding of the requirements and expectations needed to graduate from AUE. The purpose of the graduation project is to evaluate the students’ ability to complete a project in their chosen field. It is the responsibility of the student to identify a topic, find a faculty member willing to act as an advisor, develop a proposal for their project that clearly identifies their project goals, objectives, tasks, milestones, and time and budgets. They must communicate their findings by written thesis and an oral presentation. The content of the course will be highly variable depending on the project undertaken by the student. The prerequisites are IND 304 & IND 400 & IND 403.

This course aims to focus on the evolution of interiors through a chronological overview of various trends and approaches to interior and furniture design in different cultures throughout history. Covering different cultural periods from pre-history to late modernism of the early 21st century, the course also aims to explore and discuss the evolution of the act of designing, and the changing role of the designer, from the builder and craftsman to the cultural actor. The prerequisite is FAD 202. Fashion Design Specialization Courses:



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Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM