History of the College
The first stage: At the beginning of its inception, back in 1416/1417 A.H., the College was named “College of Education for Home Economics,” including three departments: Department of Housing and Home Management, Department of Clothing and Textile, and Department of Nutrition and Food Science.
The second stage: The college, in its three departments, was annexed to Umm Al-Qura University in 1428 A.H. After it had been under the administration of the Ministry of Knowledge, then transferred to the Ministry of Education, then to Umm Al-Qura University, an executive decree was issued by the Higher Education Council to transfer all independent colleges to universities.
The third stage: The name of the college was changed to "College of Arts and Interior Design for Girls" in implementation of the decision of the Higher Education Council dated 1430 A.H., to restructure the colleges attached to universities.
Accordingly, the college had four departments: Housing and Home Management - Fashion Design - Interior Design - Drawing and Arts.
The fourth stage: The name of the College was modified from “College of Arts and Interior Design” to “College of Designs” in 1435 A.H.; it included three scientific departments: Department of Housing and Home Management (female students), Department of Fashion Design (female students), and Department of Interior Design (male and female students), which includes Interior Design Print and Advertising (graphic) programs.
The fifth stage:
- Amending the status of the ‘Printed Designs and Advertisements’ program to be a separate a department under the name: ‘Graphic Design’.
- Transferring the Department of Visual Arts to the college.
- Changing the name to the College of Designs and Arts, following the example of national and international universities.
- The college will continue to develop on an ongoing basis in a manner that is in line with the future national aspirations, projects, and visions, which the college seeks to implement within the framework of its strategic plan. This is in order to achieve its mission and vision which aim to develop the field of designs and arts with its different types. Moreover, the college aspires to introduce new study programs that meet the needs of the labor market.
The sixth stage:
- Changing the name of the College of Designs to the College of Designs and Arts on 18 Dhul-Hijjah, 1441 A.H.
- Creating the Department of Graphic Design on 18 Dhul-Hijjah, 1441 A.H.
- Transferring the Department of Art Education from the College of Education to the College of Designs and Arts with a new name: "Department of Visual Arts".
Vision of the College
To be an academic beacon in the field of designs regionally, and a reference for training and qualification locally.
Mission of the College
To offer professional educational programs and original and innovative scientific research, consistent with the labor market in the field of design, and fulfill the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
Objectives of the College
- Providing an educational environment supporting academic programs in art and design and developing the students to build the knowledge economy.
- Providing high-quality academic programs in art and design and working to academically accrediting them to enrich the knowledge and creativity outcome.
- Encouraging innovation and excellence in scientific research and harmonizing knowledge development with the labor market and community requirements.
- Providing outstanding postgraduate studies programs supporting scientific research, publication, and innovation to achieve competitive outcomes at the internal and external levels.
- Applying a quality standards system and providing an administrative and academic environment that contribute to developing and increasing the productivity of the college affiliates.
- Qualifying graduates capable of achievement and innovation with high professionalism in the labor market.
- Providing an advanced level contributing to the formulation of integrated student personalities through the internal and external participation in events, activities, and art exhibitions.