About us

UCSI University’s De Institute of Creative Arts and Design - or better known by its acronym ICAD - is an exceptional place to learn and explore the visual arts, art history, and art education.

Catering to the needs of the rapidly changing creative industry, ICAD offers unique art and design programmes that seek to equip students with fundamental knowledge, creativity and competencies needed in today’s dynamic marketplace. Under the tutelage of experienced academics, students are schooled in industry know-how and continue to hone their creative growth and expression, as well as, intellectual challenge.

ICAD prides itself as an institution that is tenacious in its commitment to design excellence and has established a strong reputation for tie-ups with the industry. In line with the University’s Praxis® model – an approach that advocates the application of theory to practice, ICAD makes industry learning its central priority through internships, international programs and competitions, curriculum and workshops in order to prepare students for future careers in the arts.


Our Vision

As an institute, we aspire to develop visual thinkers and competent practitioners in the art and design sphere.


Our Mission

We are committed to become a leader in art and design education by:

  • Designing unique, industry-centric curricula
  • Collaborating with both the industry and academia to keep abreast of the latest trends
  • Cultivating a learning environment that promotes creativity and innovation
  • Advocating social design


Our Values

  • Creativity
  • Authenticity
  • Passion for art
  • Innovation
  • Freedom of expression