The College of Design at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University is a college for women that is founded on supporting the educational and intellectual growth of Saudi women by equipping them with an excellent design education.  Design education at the College is closely tied to the cultural context of the Arab and Islamic society while simulatneously exposing students to the latest global trends and technologies.

Design influences all aspects of life, and given the close relationship that the Saudi Arabian community enjoys with its Islamic values and traditional roots, this relationship informs the design process and helps produce culturally appropriate designs for local and regional clients.

The College prides itself in developing the students’ abilities to expand and develop their creative thought processes and means of expression.  By fostering such skills it is hoped that they will reconnect to their rich Islamic heritage.  The College of Design’s methodology is strongly informed by research in all areas of design, and is guided by the practices of quality assurance in higher education.  Its graduates are well versed in the knowledge of design and expression that caters to not just the local marketplace,  but the regional and international marketplaces as well.

Since the establishment of the College of Design, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University has been able to accept an even greater number of qualified high school graduates than before.  This development is in line with the initiative of the Saudi Arabian government whose goal is to expand opportunities of higher education for women throughout the country.

College History

The College of Design began as a department within the College of Architecture and Planning, one of the four founding colleges of the university that were established in 1975.  This department was the first Interior Architecture Department in the Kingdom, not to mention the entire GCC.  The department later moved from the College of Architecture and joined forces with the departments of Graphic Design and Multimedia, Industrial Design and Applied Art to become the College of Design.


To be a leading college of design at the national, regional and international level.


To prepare creative, qualified graduates in various fields of design, capable of meeting the demands of the labor market and able to undertake scientific research and engage with the needs of the community.


  • Credibility
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Responsibility
  • Socio-cultural sensitivity
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism
  • Lifelong learning