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  Design Program    


Program overview

The Bachelor of Design program at CAS offers a unique opportunity for Omani students to display ingenuity and innovation. It is a program that educates students in problem solving in the most inspired way, focusing on both the academic and applied aspects of design. Being closely linked with the local industry, the students are constantly being exposed to the latest trends and styles in design. In addition, the department enables them to keep abreast with the most current technical aspects in design in a variety of different mediums.
There are currently three design specialisations being offered at the Colleges of Applied Sciences. They are Graphic Design, Digital Design, and Spatial Design. These specialisations are being offered at the two Centers of Design in Ibri and Nizwa. They are four-year full-time degree programs leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Design.



The Design Program at Colleges of Applied Sciences aspires to be a leading design education provider, by providing world class design education that will significantly add to the economic, social and cultural well begin of the people in Oman.


The Design Program at Colleges of Applied Sciences will provide high-quality program which is innovative, responsive and inspiring. Graduates of the Design Program will possess the knowledge and demonstrate the abilities which meet national and regional employment needs and contribute to Oman s economy and society.



Entry Requirements


Minimum requirement: General Education Diploma , Royal Guard Technical College Diploma

with ( Not less than C)in:

  • English language.

  • Arts or engineering drawing.


And with (Not less than D) in:

  • Pure or Applied Mathematics or Mathematics.

  • Arabic language.


Program structure


To complete the degree, students must accumulate 128 credit hours during the four years of the programme including: 36Hours of college requirements, 47 Hours of programme requirements and 45 Hours of major requirements.
The first two years of study design students will be doing common design foundation courses regardless of which specialization they choose.
Students will begin studies within their majors starting in year 3 during semester 5. The subject Design for Specialization offered in semester 4 helps students make their selection.


Graduate Attributes


A graduate with a Bachelor of Design degree will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • The ability to assess and effectively engage relevant technologies in the development of solutions.

  • The ability to critically evaluate their own work and the work of other practitioners.

  • The ability to think laterally and develop creative ideas.

  • The ability to effectively utilise a variety of approaches, including self-directed, collaborative and self-reflective processes.

  • The ability to undertake research in the areas of digital design, graphic design, spatial design or in areas in which these disciplines integrate or converge.


In addition to the outcomes noted above, the intent of the Bachelor of Design is to develop academic and professional capabilities that are needed to participate effectively in a variety design professions.


Personal Attributes


  • The intellectual and cognitive skills appropriate for a career in design.

  • Information literacy and technology skills to gather, use and communicate data in various settings.

  • Inquiry and research skills.

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • A strong foundation for advanced study.


Interactive Attributes

  • Effective oral and written communication skills, which are responsive to different audiences.

  • The ability to interact with a range of people, from peers—both individually and in team situations—to designers, and to the wider community. A graduate of the program will be able to elucidate, analyse and discuss design and related issues in a manner that is clear and appropriate.


Graphic Design (IBRI- NIZWA)


The Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design program at CAS focuses on training students to generate new ideas, engage in creative problem solving, and provide innovative ideas that have real-world applications. The ability to visualize ideas and effectively communicate thoughts with potential clients is a crucial component of the program. Students are given extensive coaching in skill development and effective verbal training throughout the four-year program. Students are also trained to conduct research in the areas of design that will lead to creative solutions.


Career opportunities


Graphic designer, photographer, manual / digital illustrator, photo / image editor, print designer, layout artist, art director, design manager, packaging designer, creative director, art production manager, pre-press manager, brand identity designer / developer, visualiser, visual design journalist, information designer


Digital Design (IBRI- NIZWA)


The Bachelor of Design in Digital Design program at CAS is a program that emphasizes the technical and digital aspects of design production. A core team of locals as well as international full-time faculty develops the ideas students bring to the studio so that they can do the most creative and productive work possible. In addition to departmental faculty, students participate in various local and international design events and visits which broaden their awareness of the larger design world and offer varied models for critical practice.


Career opportunities


Interactive multimedia designer, web designer, interface designer, content developer, visual effects & motion graphics designer, design educator, 3D modeler, 2D/3D animator, flash designer, game art designer, desktop publisher, filmmaking and documentaries designer.


Spatial Design (NIZWA)


Spatial Design is a multifaceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structured framework to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhancing the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell, and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The spatial design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. Spatial Design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public.


Career opportunities


Interior designer, interior architecture, simulation & virtual environment designer, furniture designer, exhibition designer, visual merchandiser, visual display designer, events design, or design for theatre, film, television or digital environments.