Founded in North Cyprus in 2017, Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) is a thematic art university that is wholly dedicated to the fields of art, design and communication. ARUCAD’s goal is to become one of the most reputable universities in art education, whereby its students continuously improve their creative productivity through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural programmes based on traditional, modern and contemporary art teaching and learning, whilst adhering to the inseparable link of theory and practice.

Respect for ecological, recycling and health and safety issues, in addition to equality in gender, racial and religious values will be practiced throughout the teaching/learning environment. ‘Learning whilst producing, producing whilst learning’ is an education model that aims to connect experience, critical thinking and practice in order to generate greater- thinking artists and designers.

ARUCAD aims to fill the perceived absence of world-class art and design education in Cyprus and the Mediterranean region, thereby fulfilling contemporary needs and requirements. Through its interdisciplinary, cross-cultural programmes the University raises the bar in standards in the fields of art, design and communication, with the intention of contributing to cultural and intellectual life, locally, regionally and globally. Its approach highlights the fluid, transitive and hybrid nature of art, design and communication today.

ARUCAD is an ambitious incubator of teaching and learning excellence where students will be trained to conduct high-level research; articulate theories and practice of visual production; recognise and appreciate creative excellence of the past and present; become sensitive to gender, racial and religious difference; comprehend issues of ecological, environmental and ethical visual art production in the hope of generating quality, original works. To this end, ARUCAD provides state-of-the-art facilities, a world-class library and esteemed artist-designer educators.

ARUCAD is committed to bringing the University and the wider public together. Collaborative projects between academia and art businesses such as art galleries, museums and production houses, will be on-going throughout the student’s programme. These will be monitored and organized by the institution’s Lifelong Learning Centre, which will inform the public in the fields of art, design and communication through its Certificate and Outreach Programmes.

ARUCAD’s vision is to become the educational hub of assorted cultures in Cyprus and the Mediterranean region, which will transcend the historical local bias favoring scientific knowledge over visual, creative thinking. It had long been an objective of the founder to establish a private university whereby the establishment of concepts of artistic quality and competence and the works of art-design-communication would impact those living in Cyprus and the Mediterranean region through high-quality education and research.

The underlying principle and the primary goals of higher education as envisaged by ARUCAD is to integrate the arts with modern life, blending art’s inter-disciplinary nature with concepts such as relational aesthetics, post-production, aesthetic activism and communication. This is a radicalization of conventional attitudes towards art’s role in society, as ARUCAD believes art and society are one.

Academic Faculties

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Communication


Undergraduate Programs

Annual Programs and Tuition Fees

Faculty Programs  Annual
Faculty of Arts Plastic Arts 7.800 €
Faculty of Arts Photograph and Video 7.800 €
Faculty of Communication Visaul Communication Design 7.800 €
Faculty of Communication New Media 7.800 €
Faculty of Design Industrial Design 7.800 €
School of Foreign Language Prep 7.800 €
  • All students who are eligible to enroll at ARUCAD will be offered the chance to receive a 100% and 50% scholarship towards tuition fees.
  • The Tuition Fees do not include 5% VAT, € 250 Registration Fee (one academic year), € 250 Academic and Cultural Activity Fee (one academic year) and € 60 Health Fee (one academic year).


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