The International Design Exchange is a collaborative programme de- veloped by university professors and designers in Graphic Design programmes at American University in the Emirates (AUE), Central Washington University (CWU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Syracuse University (SU), New York to promote design excel- lence and enhance students learning, professional practice and ex- perience.

The current edition of the design exchange evolves to showcase the work of students and their professors from four universitas. The work included in the show covers major areas of the creative practice from corporate, editorial, interactive to poster design.

The project is curated by Prof. (Assoc.) Dr Arafat Al-Naim, AUE, Prof. David Bieloh, CWU, Prof. Ben Dolezal, UTA and Prof. Rebecca D Kel- ly, SU, Prof. (Assist.) Wamidh Jamil, AUE.

Participating Universities

American University in the Emirates (AUE) The American University in the Emirates (AUE) is dedicated to be one of the leading higher educational institutions, providing an in- tegrated pathway for students to become creative, effective, and productive members of the community.

The American University in the Emirates (AUE) coeducational un- dergraduate and graduate degree granting institution of higher ed- ucation, is committed to preparing students as global citizens for successful employment and continuing education by offering stu- dent centred quality teaching, learning, research, and service op- portunities through multidisciplinary academic degree programs.

The College of Design is considered one of most dynamic Col- leges at the University AUE. It consists of four important programs that are unique, and very technical. The College of Design at AUE provides its students, a wide variety of educational and career op- portunities, and encourages creative minds for the students to be able to peruse professional careers in the industry. Students learn the theoretical knowledge, as well as learning the practical experi- ence to prepare them for challenging careers in any of the follow- ing programs.
Central Washington University (CWU) Central Washington University is a public university in Ellensburg, Washington founded in 1891. Central Washington University’s rank- ing in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West, #55.

The mission of the Department of Art + Design is to awaken the critical, creative, and analytical potential of students through the teaching and practice of the visual arts. Students in CWU’s Art + Design department have access to specialized studios, designed to foster their growth as artists and designers, no matter what the medium. Studio areas in the department include ceramics, draw- ing, graphic design, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photog- raphy, sculpture, and wood design. Art and design students work closely with award-winning, internationally acclaimed artists and designers.
University of Texas at Arlington UTA Founded in 1895, The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carne- gie Research 1 institution with more than 100 years of academic excellence and tradition. Situated in the center of two major metro- politan cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, UT Arlington is at the core of an internationally significant cultural community. The Department of Art and Art History extends and enhances its programs through co-sponsorship of projects with area museums and cultural sites, as well as off-campus courses and student internships with local, regional, and national professional studios and businesses. This unique blend of resources and programs provides graduates of the department with a distinctive point of view and better prepares them to make the transition into a challenging professional world.

One of the most well-known and active communities of the Art and Art History Department at UT Arlington is the Visual Communica- tion Design area. Year after year, Design students and graduates routinely receive local, state and national awards. With roughly 400 students in the program, the Design area continues to develop tal- ented young people who are employed by top design agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and throughout the nation.
Syracuse University, New York (SU) The School of Design is an inquisitive community of students and faculty that addresses firsthand the issues of the world around it. The School of design takes pride in professionally oriented pro- grams, many of which have a long history at Syracuse University. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in communications design, design studies, environmental and interior design, fashion design, and industrial and interaction design and graduate degree programs in design and museum studies. Concern for sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forms the core of the School of Design’s programs.