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Program Overview and Objectives

Delivery type Duration Language Intakes Study location
Day Full-time: 4 years English Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Available at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain,
Al Dhafra Region and Abu Dhabi Downtown (Subject to CAA approval)

The design of interiors can have a fundamental effect on our everyday lives, from where we work to how we live. If you have a passion for interiors and blending function with beauty then this program is for you.

Interior design is a fast-moving discipline that aims to improve our experience of many different places, from the home to retail and commercial environments, exhibition spaces and places of leisure and hospitality. This program will provide you with an in-depth education that will help you to develop the creativity, knowledge and skills necessary for working as an interior designer.  The program combines aesthetics and technology such as computer aided design (CAD) and 3-D computer modelling to help you create amazing indoor spaces.

You will learn to prepare a comprehensive program for an interior design project including assessment of client and user needs and critical review of appropriate precedents, as well as technical elements such as an inventory of space requirements, analysis of site conditions, review of relevant codes, laws and standards, and creatively integrating lighting, color schemes, furniture, safety provisions and the principles of sustainability. 

Accreditation 

This program is nationally accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation at the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. Additionally, the program is internationally recognized and accredited by the following bodies.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of the most prestigious academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public & private universities, colleges, secondary & elementary schools in the USA & foreign institutions 

  • Career Prospects

    Both private companies and public agencies seek interior designers for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting firms or construction companies as interior designers and interior project managers. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of architecture and design. 

    Graduates of this program have gone on to work in a wide range of companies including 4 Style Interiors, Aldar Properties, All Black Interiors, Arco Interiors, Bayaty Architecture, CGI, Creative Concepts, Emirates Tents, El Diar Furniture & Design, Natuzzi, OVI Interiors and Perla Lichi Design.

  • Entry Requirements

    Abu Dhabi University accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, with intakes in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

    Entry Requirements for Direct Admission


    1. Secondary School Certificate:

    Type of Secondary School Certificate Requirements
    Ministry of Education Schools- General Track

    Ministry of Education Schools- Advanced Track

    Abu Dhabi Education Council Track
    • Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 
    Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE
    • Achieving the minimum average of 50% on completing grade 12
    British System (IGCSE & GCE)
    • Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design; with a minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects.
    • Successfully provide evidence / certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling.
    Canadian & American High School Diplomas
    • Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points.
    2. English Language Proficiency Requirements: for programs taught in English, a minimum score range of 1100 - 1225 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 173 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 61 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 500 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 5.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast), or their equivalent.

    We also welcome applications from international students with a variety of secondary school certificates, and grades from other educational systems across the world, so long as they are recognized, and meet the conditions stipulated by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs. For more information on the entry requirements for international students, please visit Undergraduate International Admission.

    For the complete list of accepted secondary school certificates download Recognized Secondary School Certificates.

    Applicants with grades and English Language Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission, dependent on their successful completion of required coursework or meeting specified criteria. For further guidance on conditional admission to any of ADU’s undergraduate programs, visit Undergraduate Conditional Admission.

    Undergraduate students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Undergraduate Transfer Students.

    or call toll free +9712 800 ADYOU (23968)

    or email admissions@adu.ac.ae for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses

    or click here to download ADU’s undergraduate programs catalogue

  • Curriculum

    TOTAL CREDITS: 132 Credit Hours

    Degree Requirements Total Credit Hours: 132
    General Education Requirements 33 credit hours
    Major Requirements 93 credit hours
    Open Electives 6 credit hours
    General Education Requirements 33 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3
    ENG 200 English II English Proficiency Specified Score/ENG100(C grade)+ (Co) UNS102 3
    ENG305 Technical Communications for Eng.& Science ENG 200 3
    INE 300 Fundamentals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship ENG200 + Completion of 60 chrs 3
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3
    STT 100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3
    MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology C grade in MTG100 or Math Placement Test 3
    NSC 201 Natural Sciences No Prerequisite 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology ENG 100 + (Co) UNS 102  3
    SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society ENG 100 + (Co) UNS 102  3
    UNS 102 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 1
    CRT301 Critical Thinking UNS 102 + ENG 200 2

     

    Major Requirements 93 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    IND 100 Introduction to Interior Design No Prerequisite 3 (3+0)
    DES 100 Graphic Thinking and Freehand Drawing No Prerequisite 3 (1+4)
    DES 110 Design Communication I No Prerequisite 3 (1+4)
    DES 120 Design Communication II DES 110 3 (1+4)
    DES 130 Design Foundations DES 100 3 (1+4)
    DES 210 Computer Aided Design DES 120 3 (1+4)
    IND 215 Interior Design Studio I DES 120 + DES 130 + IND 100 3 (1+4)
    DES 220 Architectural History I ENG 200 3 (3+0)
    IND 235 Building Technology I DES 120 3 (2+2)
    IND 255 Building Technology II IND 235 3 (2+2)
    IND 240 Color Theory in Design Applications No Prerequisite 3 (2+2)
    IND 280 History of Interior Design DES 220 3 (3+0)
    IND 260 Interior Construction IND 235 + DES 210 3 (2+2)
    IND 275 Interior Design Studio II IND 215 + IND 240 3 (1+4)
    IND 290 Furniture Design IND 215 or DES 210 3 (1+4)
    IND 315 Interior Design Studio III IND 275 or ARC 250 3 (1+4)
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics IND 260 or ARC 210 3 (2+2)
    IND 335 Textiles IND 290 3 (2+2)
    IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV IND 315 + IND 335 3 (1+4)
    IND 350 Materials and Specifications IND 255 3 (3+0)
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems ARC 320 or (ARC 240 + ARC 270) 3 (2+2)
    DES 410 Research Methods & Programming IND 315 3 (3+0)
    IND 390 Professional Practice & Ethics IND 315 3 (3+0)
    IND 399 Internship 90 Credit Hours + IND 390 3
    IND 415 Interior Design Studio V IND 340 + Senior Status 3 (1+4)
    IND 430 Graduation Project I DES 410 + IND 280 3 (2+2)
    IND 460 Working Drawings IND 350 + ARC 420 3 (1+4)
    IND 470 Graduation Project II IND 430 + IND 415 6 (2+8)
    PRE001 Professional Elective 1 - 3
    PRE002 Professional Elective 2 - 3

     

    Open Electives 6 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    OPE001 Open Elective I - 3
    OPE002 Open Elective II - 3

    Students choose PRE 001 and PRE 002 from the following list of proposed professional electives

    Professional Electives
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    IND 581 Advanced Furniture Design and Detailing IND 290 3 (2+2)
    IND 582 Islamic Interiors DES 220 3 (3+0)
    DES 580 Architectural Photography DES 220 or LAR 230 3 (3+0)
    ARC 540 Sustainable Design ARC 420 or ARC 410 3 (3+0)
    ARC 582 3D Modeling DES 210 or ARC 280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 583 Building Information Modeling DES 210 or ARC 280 3 (1+4)
    ARC 590 Building Economics IND 460 or ARC 340 3 (2+2)
    Note: English Proficiency Specified Score: Score of 1250+ & B2 (CEFR) in Writing Component for EmSat or/ 5.5 overall average & 5.5 specific score in Writing Component for IELTS, equivalent in other English Proficiency Test
  • Study Plan

    Study Plan

    First Year
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 1 ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I 3 No Prerequisite
    ENG 200 English II 3 *EPSS / ENG100(C grade) + (Co) UNS102
    UNS 102 University Study Skills 1 No Prerequisite
    IND 100 Introduction to Interior Design 3 No Prerequisite
    DES 100 Graphic Thinking and Freehand Drawing 3 No Prerequisite
    DES 110 Design Communication I 3 No Prerequisite
    Total Credit Hours 16
    Semester 2 MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology 3 C grade in MTG100 or MPT
    SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society 3 ENG100 + (Co) UNS102
    STT 100 General Statistics 3 No Prerequisite
    PSY 201 General Psychology 3 ENG100 + (Co) UNS102
    DES 120 Design Communication II 3 DES 110
    DES 130 Design Foundations 3 DES 100
    Total Credit Hours 18
    Second Year (Sophomore)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 3 IND 215 Interior Design Studio I 3 DES 120 + DES 130 + IND 100
    IND 235 Building Technology I 3 DES 120
    DES 210 Computer Aided Design 3 DES 120
    DES 220 Architectural History I 3 ENG 200
    IND 240 Color Theory In Design Applications 3 No Prerequisite
    CRT301 Critical Thinking 2 UNS102 + ENG200
    Total Credit Hours 17
    Semester 4 IND 275 Interior Design Studio II 3 IND 215 + IND 240
    IND 255 Building Technology II 3 IND 235
    IND 260 Interior Construction 3 IND 235 + DES 210
    IND 280 History of Interior Design 3 DES 220
    IND 290 Furniture Design 3 IND 215 or DES 210
    ENG 305 Technical Communications for Eng. & Science 3 ENG200
    Total Credit Hours 18

     

    Third Year (Junior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 5 IND 315 Interior Design Studio III 3 IND 275 or ARC 250
    IND 350 Materials and Specifications 3 IND 255
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics 3 IND 260 or ARC 210
    IND 335 Textiles 3 IND 290
    OPE 001 Open Elective I 3 -
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Semester 6 IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV 3 IND 315 + IND 335
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems 3 ARC 320 or (ARC 240 + ARC 270)
    DES 410 Research Methods & Programming 3 IND 315
    IND 390 Professional Practice & Ethics 3 IND 315
    NSC 201 Natural Sciences 3 No Prerequisite
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Summer Semester IND 399 Internship 3 90 Credit Hours +IND 390
    Fourth Year (Senior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Semester 7 IND 415 Design Studio V 3 IND 340 + Senior Status
    IND 430 Graduation Project I 3 DES 410 + IND 280
    IND 460 Working Drawings 3 IND 350 + ARC 420
    PRE 001 Professional Elective I 3  
    INE 300 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3 ENG200 + Completion of 60 chrs
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Semester 8 IND 470 Graduation Project II 6 IND 430 + IND 415
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture 3 No Prerequisite
    PRE 002 Professional Elective 2 3  
    OPE 002 Open Elective 2 3  
    Total Credit Hours 15

    *Note: English Proficiency Specified Score: Score of 1250+ & B2 (CEFR) in Writing Component for EmSat or/ 5.5 overall average & 5.5 specific score in Writing Component for IELTS, equivalent in other English Proficiency Test

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships (Abu Dhabi)

    ADU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid Fund offers Bachelor of Architecture students several types of scholarships of up to 45% in tuition fee waivers.  Examples of the potential applicable discounts are provided below.

     

    Program

    Total Credit Hours

    Estimated Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees

    Average Tuition Credit Hour Cost

    After 45% Discount

    After 30% Discount

    After 10% Discount

     

    Bachelor of Science

    In Interior Design

    132

    223,740

    1695

    123,057

    156,618

    201,366

    TUITION STRUCTURE

    AED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement

    College of Engineering

    AED 1,780

    University College

    AED 1,440

     

    For further details, or information on your eligibility for the above, please click here.

    * Terms and conditions apply

    Note: The costs of books and supplies are not included in the tuition fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University.  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and other fee rates at any time.  A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.  For more information, please click here to view the University's fee structure.

  • Fees

    UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEE RATES
    Academic Year 2017-2018

    TUITION STRUCTUREAED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement
    Arts & Sciences AED 1,440
    Business AED 1,620
    Engineering AED 1,780
    Other Engineering Programs (BSc in Aviation and BSc in Civil Engineering) AED 1,890
    Law AED 1,440
    University College AED 1,440
    FeesAED
    Admission Application Fee (Non-refundable) AED 300
    Registration Fee (Non-refundable; Paid once upon admission) AED 2,850
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Late Registration/Payment 500 500
    Student Services 350 175
    Healthcare Services 120 60
    Transportation - Door to Door (Optional) 3,700 1,850
    Transportation - Drop-Off Point (Optional) 2,400 1,200
    Institutional TOEFL+ Writeplacer (Optional) 585
    IELTS Exam (Optional) 945
    Accommodation FeesAED
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Private 12,500 3,800
    Semi-private 9200 2800
    Double 6700 2000
    Double with Shared-bath 5400 1700

    Note:  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to make changes affecting tuition and other fees during the fiscal year.



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