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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

ACCREDITATION

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

FEE STRUCTURE - 2016/17

  • Tuition (One Semester)

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

    3,000 AED

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GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

11 COURSES | 33 CREDIT HOURS

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.

CORE COURSES

9 COURSES | 27 CREDIT HOURS

This course examines color theory as an aid to communication, control and expression in traditional and contemporary design. The fundamental course allows students to explore color topics including color theory, color interaction, and color psychology. Students will study a wide range of creative and technical aspects of color and its use in design, experimenting with traditional mediums and digital applications.

This course provides a core introduction to drawing, covering a wide range of basic and intermediate practical and technical skills. Students will explore approaches and concepts to the subject through manual practice using a comprehensive range of media and with reference to great masters in the field. Traditional and objective drawing skills in the use of line, tone, form and perspective provide the foundation for learning in this course. Students are required to develop their ability to observe, perceive and interpret through drawing the world around them, reflecting their understanding of 2D and 3D space.

This course is one of the fundamental courses in which the students will be introduced to the visual elements of design comprising of: point and line; shape and form; surface and texture; color and value; light and shadow; negative and positive space. The students will practice design principles: unity and variety; similarity; emphasis and point of interest; scale; proportion; and balance. This course is designed to give the students a strong understanding of 2D and 3D visual communications.

Fundamentals of Graphic Illustration and Digital Imaging introduces students to the use of a computer as a powerful digital drawing and imaging tool. The focus of the course is on basic computer skills and use, mastering fundamental digital illustration and imaging skills, and developing efficient working styles. The course learning experience incorporates a variety of visual artwork strategies including but not limited to, color/ texture enhancements, typography, pen/ brush tools, , perspective tool, using different color schemes. This course involves considerable hands-on instruction and multiple projects using Adobe Photoshop/ Illustrator.

This course is a chronological survey of art and design offering students an in-depth understanding of the role of art throughout history with a strong focus on aesthetic values, socio-cultural influences and technical terminology. Architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts, prehistoric art, design of the ancient world, the world beyond Europe, early Christian and Islamic art and the art of the Middle-Ages and Gothic period form the foundation of the course material spanning a period from 40,000 BC to 1300 AD.

This course covers the extensive cultural shifts from the early Renaissance through to the 20th century.  Students will study painting, sculpture, furniture architecture as individual works in relation to their geographical, social, political, and religious environments. Also, analysis and comparative study of periodic decorative elements, strong designs and architectural features will be conducted.

Students will investigate a variety of drawing concepts and training in freehand drawing through deep observational practice and exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums. The development of personal expression and problem solving skills is key to this course and it builds on the vocabulary, skills, and concepts learned in Drawing I. The course requires students to explore approaches to portraiture, figure and landscape drawing, advanced composition, drawing in relation to specialized design and color theory in great depth. Critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed improvement are the keys to success in this course.

In this course, students will learn various techniques to construct objects in digital 3D space, as well as physical 3D solutions. Students will follow a concept development process of research and sketching, to generate designs for 3D production. A final original design, related to each student’s major, will be constructed using industry-standard 3D software.

The college considers students’ internship as an essential channel that brings together the college, the students, and the job marketplace. Furthermore, internship is a method that integrates the instructional theoretical backgrounds to real existing practice. The training allows them to work under the observation and guidance of the field supervisor without replacing any regular employee. The internship is closely monitored by a college faculty member as an academic supervisor.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

17 COURSES | 57 CREDIT HOURS

This course introduces students to the elements that shape interior environments. Students will learn fundamental skills and principles in the design process as it is followed in designing interior design spaces. In addition, students will be introduced to building codes, accessibility and construction codes of inhabiting and accessing spaces.

This course will introduce students to the definition and practice application of the principles of interior design. Students will learn to research apply ergonomics, brief materiality and special atmospheric quality on an interior design project. Anthropometrics and ergonomics will be reviewed and an orientation to the profession at local and national levels will be achieved.

This course will introduce students to the definition and practice application of the principles of interior design. Students will learn to research apply ergonomics, brief materiality and special atmospheric quality on an interior design project. Anthropometrics and ergonomics will be reviewed and an orientation to the profession at local and national levels will be achieved.

Students will research different fiber qualities and properties, which affect the performance of textile products and rating applications. Students will then be able to apply this knowledge to the various uses and applications with emphasis on textiles used for furnishings and soft products.

In this course students, will learn essential skills to design and develop a residential interior design project. At the end of this course students will be able to analyze a client’s brief, space planning and programming, materiality, lighting and building facilities.

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drafting, orthographic drawings and geometric construction. Students will be able to produce a consistent set of architectural drawings to represent a 3-Dimensional space and to develop the basic technical language and skills of Interior design.

In this course students, will be introduced to interior design construction and servicing systems, according to the building codes and regulations as they affect interior design. Students will learn architectural and interior design terminology and the relationship between construction, services and codes.

This course will introduce students to the communication methods used by Interior Designers and other professionals with the use of different orthographic drawings. The student will be able to draft these drawings by the help of Computer Aided Design Software “AutoCAD” and develop new computer skills in order to produce a complete set of drawings.

In this course, students will learn to research and design furniture for different applications. Students will be exposed to the design and construction processes and development of furniture.

Students will be introduced to commercial design and its technical requirements. They will use their acquired skills to design and develop different commercial spaces for specific clients, enhancing the space with their innovativeness and creativity while maintaining the identity of the client/brand. Students will critically analyze the workspace requirements, then apply the commercial layout techniques, international building codes, and the relevant accessibility codes to come up with a strong functional output offering an attractive and pleasant environment.

Research the technical and aesthetic principles of lighting design to produce atmospheric and spatial qualities of an interior space. Students will then use these principles to design a lighting layout, a light or a lighting source for an interior.

Students will use their acquired skills to design a commercial space using critical design thinking. Students will research and apply various commercial design principles and systems to use in their interior design project.

Students will learn and apply the advanced drafting techniques and functions using industry relevant Building Information & Modeling software. They will be able to model a full project in 3D and produce the complete set of that project including the architectural technical drawings, Isometrics and rendered perspectives.

This course will help the students to produce a set of detailed construction drawings for the execution phase of an interior design project. Students will learn the industry codes and requirements including joinery, custom furniture, architectural elements, and frameworks and detailing.

This course will introduce students to interior design professional practice and entrepreneurship. By the end of the course students should be able to apply these principles to evaluate and establish their career goals and objectives. Students will also learn project management and fundamental business skills in preparation for the industry.

The capstone graduation project is the representation of the students’ in-depth learning and understanding of their field of specialization through a long-term project accomplished in a professional manner.  They are evaluated on their ability to complete this project with originality and quality, applying the skills, techniques and methodologies they have learnt during their course of study.

The student is assigned to research and identify a topic, and develop a detailed research proposal highlighting the goals, objectives, tasks, methodology and time plan. The topic could range from an academic research to school/ community service, student-developed business or any other area of personal interest. The student communicates regularly with his/ her academic-capstone advisor for review, while working constantly to improve the outcome by building upon previously gained expertise. The academic-capstone advisor contributes through meaningful feedback and setting expectations of standards, offering an opportunity for open-ended learning through self-reflection and improvement.

The process is documented, findings are compiled and presented orally as well as in writing through a capstone report.

The project is divided into three dis­tinct phases:

  1. Research and topic selection
  2. Conceptual and design development
  3. Design execution/ design presentation, with necessary documentation and a comprehensive report

This course examines the evolution of interior design through a chronological order of different cultures throughout history staring from the pre-historical period until the late modernism of the early 21st century. It also aims to explore and discuss the evolution of designing, and the changing role of the designer.

FREE ELECTIVES

3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS

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ATTENDANCE

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

WHEN CAN I JOIN

STUDENT CAN JOIN THE BEGINNING OF ANY SEMESTER

SEPTEMBER

FALL SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

JANUARY

SPRING SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

MAY

SUMMER SEMESTER

MAX 3 COURSES
9 CREDIT HOURS

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