The College of Arts was opened in Dammam under the supervision of the General Presidency for Women’s Education in 1399 AH/1979 CE and was one of the first academic institutions available to women in the Eastern Province.  The College began with five departments:  Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, English Language, History and Geography and quickly expanded in 1984 in order to accommodate both master and PhD candidates, who would later go on to become not only faculty members, but administrators at the College of Arts.

In 2002 the College of Arts began the process of collaboration with the Ministry of Education.  In 2004 it came under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education when it became part of King Faisal University, which in 2009 became known as the University of Dammam.

The College of Arts has recently expanded to include several new departments.  In  2010 the Department of Information Science was opened and in 2011 the Department of Sociology and Social Service was established.  In 2013 the Department of Communication and Information Technology got its start. The administration at the College of Arts looks forward to continuing its role in educating the women of Saudi Arabia, by continually developing, assessing and improving the curricula, expanding its programs and inspiring its students.


Excellence in Humanities Nationally, Regionally, and Internationally.


Offering Academic Programs and Developing Research Capabilities as per Quality Standards along with Adherence to Values and Pride of Identity within Community Partnership.


  • Develop rigorous academic programs and prepare qualified professionals equipped with the skills and knowledge in order to effectively compete in their fields of specialization.
  • Encourage scientific research and continually assess and update priorities according to the needs of the community and emergent requirements.
  • Foster and develop an Islamic and Arab identity through various programs and activities.
  • Initiate community partnerships relevant to the College’s academic disciplines


College of Arts Adheres to the Values of IAU, namely: Belongingness, Proficiency, Teamwork, Transparency, Diversification, Creativity, and Social Responsibility.

Published on: 07 April 2014
Last update on: 21 May 2023
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