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 excellent design education.  Design education at the College is closely tied to the cultural context of the Arab and Islamic society while simultaneously exposing students to the latest global trends and technologies.

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

The College prides itself in developing students' abilities to expand and develop their creative thought processes and means of expression.  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.

Since the establishment of the College of Design, it 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 for 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 was 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 Arts to become the College of Design.

Vision

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

Mission

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 community's needs.

Values

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

Vision

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

Mission

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.

Values

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

College of Design Strategic Goals

Approved by IAU council on 21/06/1443 – 24/01/2022
1. Enhance and expand high quality professional design education.
2. Foster a culture of scientific research and expand innovation and creativity.
3. Promote social responsibility and community partnerships.
4. Develop professional skills, values and wellbeing of the College affiliates.
5. Achieve a sustainable environment at the College.
6. Enhance quality management and administrative systems.
7. Diversify funding sources and sustain financial support.
8. Enhance information and communication technology systems.

Published on: 12 April 2014
Last update on: 30 November 2022
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