Applications are now open for the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), with plans to enroll the first class of students in Fall 2018.
DIDI is the first design-focused university in the Middle East to offer a Bachelor of Design degree.
The curriculum has been created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons School of Design, with a program that encourages design-thinking and problem solving.
The course offers cross disciplinary cooursework based on the studio concept of learning by a focus on visual literacy and technological fluency. Students will be given the freedom to design their own degree by choosing from four concentrations including Product Design, Strategic Design Management, Multimedia Design and Fashion Design, working across two disciplines across the entirety of their four-year education.
“At DIDI we will nurture our students to use design as a tool to make a better world, with sustainability and ethics interwoven in everything we do. We will equip our graduates with the knowledge and skill to take today’s ideas and make them into tomorrow’s reality,” said Sass Brown, founding dean at DIDI.
According to the 2016 MENA Design Education Outlook report, the MENA region accounts for US$100 billion of the global design market, valued at about US$2.3 trillion and will require 30,000 new design graduates by 2019.
DIDI has recently announced the appointment of Mohamed Abdullah as the president of the private not-for-profit institution.
DIDI will be located at the centre of Dubai Design District, with a campus designed by UK architecture firm Foster + Partners.
With a capacity to accommodate 500 students, each student will be allocated their own dedicated desk to work from.