In 1991, the Faculty of Architecture and Design was established at the University of Petra with two departments: Architecture and Interior Design. The Graphic Design Department was added in 2003, the Amination and Multimedia Department was added in 2016, and recently in 2022, Digital Film Design Technology Department was added. The study plan is based on the system of credit hours and semesters. The Faculty offers the Bachelor's Degree in the five majors.
Due to the great importance of the infrastructure and equipment needed for teaching the theoretical and practical academic requirements of the five specializations, the Faculty has provided a laboratory for learning resources to help students study, in addition to 23 studios, seven computer labs, an acoustics lab, a silkscreen lab, a ceramics workshop, a photography lab and a model making lab, a large studio for fine arts, a carpentry and metal workshop and a permanent exhibition hall for students' projects.
The Faculty encourages the teaching staff towards scientific research including attending international conferences. It also offers scholarships to distinguished graduates for further studies in distinguish universities internationally. The Faculty has been engaged in international research projects with UCL, Oxford, Reading, Berlin and Brighton universities to name a few, and received the Newton Fund Prize 2020, another testament to the commitment we show to our work. Also, students from the five departments have constantly won national and international prizes, which also indicates the high standards held at our university.
The Faculty is open to the local community through students' projects that are mainly related to are directed to satisfy the present and futuristic needs and aspirations of the society. It also forms assessment committees (Juries) composed of highly specialized people in their fields, from within and outside the Faculty to evaluate students' proposed projects objectively and impartially.
The Faculty holds art exhibitions for its students, academic members reflecting their diverse schools of art. This would present a clear picture of the cultural variety and the artistic richness of the Faculty.
To excel in developing the design profession through developing the creative thinking and preparing our graduates to positively contribute in serving the communities.
To provide an educational, cultural and social environment to facilitate creative and innovative thinking that will enhance students’ skills in serving the communities toward a meaningful positive change in a competitive job market.
The duration of study in this specialization is four years with 143 credit hours (cr) distributed as follows: