Dean's Welcome

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), a vibrant center fostering artistic creativity, imagination and innovation in a learning environment that promotes personal growth and develops knowledge. We are a congenial community of professional and dedicated faculty, highly motivated students, and a welcoming and supportive administrative staff.

Our mission is to provide our students with excellent and diverse learning opportunities to develop their artistic interests, inspire them to excellence and creativity, and help them realize their full potential. We offer supportive individualized and group training to empower our students to look at themselves as unique individuals, realize their true abilities, determine their professional goals, and be prepared for a successful career in the world of fine arts and design. Our teaching programs are geared towards fostering in our students the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills and techniques.

CFAD offers four-year full-time programs leading to Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts, Fashion Design with Textiles, Graphic Design and Multimedia, and Interior Architecture and Design. 

We are privileged to be part of the University of Sharjah, one of the prestigious and leading educational institutions in the Middle East and Gulf region. Located in the heart of the beautiful University City of Sharjah, CFAD has its own building, which houses many adequately equipped studios, and provides a rich infrastructure for printing, photography, wood, metal, paper, plastic, and modeling workshops. In addition to these up-to-date arts and design facilities, our students also enjoy easy access to a wide range of other learning materials and recreational activities including computer labs, galleries, libraries, amphitheaters, cafeterias, etc. A new extension to the college building is also underway to provide additional space for study, research and group work.

Throughout the ages, the fine arts have been a defining feature of human society. This is all the more so in the present day and age where arts education is increasingly seen as an essential element in every human being's life. We are glad and proud to provide our students with access to the richest experience of fine arts education in the region and beyond. This experience is further enriched by the frequent opportunities of cooperation and collaboration between CFAD and the community, opportunities that foster continuous learning in the fields of fine arts and design.

We look forward to welcoming you to our college and our university to enjoy a lifetime experience of learning, growth and development. 

With best wishes,


Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi Ali

Acting Dean, College of Fine Arts and Design