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NIAAD offers the following diploma and certificate courses; painting, sculpture, photography, printing, textile design, graphic design, drawing, fashion design, history of art and design. The different courses at the academy are pursued under the following departments; Department of Fine Art, Department of Design and Department of Art Education.

Department of Fine Art
The following programmes are offered:

  • Diploma in Fine Art - (2 years programme)
  • Certificate in Art and Design - (2 year programme)
  • Certificate in Art and Design - (1 year programme)

2. Department of Design
The following programmes are offered:

  • Diploma in Communication Design - (2 years programme)
  • Diploma in Textile and Jewelry  Design - (2 years programme)
  • Diploma in Fashion Design - (2 years programme)
  • Certificate in Product Design - (2 years programme)

3. Department of Art Education

  • Diploma in Art Education - (2 years programme)

Justification of the courses

1. Design Courses

The design course at NIAAD recognizes design's wide-ranging and ever growing importance to a number of fields of work and study, including the fine arts (theatre, film, dance, and others) business, advertising and marketing, communications, engineering, and many more. The Institution is aware that design improves the quality of everyday living, enriches our surroundings and gives a sense of identity and visual expression. Therefore the design department at NIAAD strives to establish in each student a strong foundation of design fundamentals and visual literacy from which to develop excellence in creative problem solving.

2. Fine Art Courses

At NIAAD, the Fine Art course offers a unique opportunity for students to follow their own path through a range of subject areas. The courses are centered on the individual student’s potential and imagination. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop visual awareness, artistic analysis, acquiring skills in the use of both traditional and new materials.

3. Art Education Courses

The Art Education courses are  designed for students who wish to pursue professional training as artist-teachers in public and private schools, museums, community-based programs, and other alternative educational sites. The courses offered in the Department expose learners to the challenges of teaching art and design in Secondary and primary Schools. Through various courses, the learners are introduced to the concepts of art and education, and how individuals are able to learn through art with great improvisation of materials and techniques. Students are prepared to be innovative researchers and strong advocates for the arts in schools.

The programmes are on a full time basis with continuous studio practice and industrial training. At the end of each semester, an exhibition of all the studio works done during the semester is scheduled and examinations in all programmes are conducted. Individual studio research projects are carried out in year two semester two.


In these short courses, students from all walks of life explore art, design, business, culture, and language in a pleasant working/ learning natural environment that fosters creativity among individuals/groups working on new ideas.  The aim of the summer programs is promote Art and provide opportunities for Artists to work and develop new concepts through interactions with other Artists all over Uganda and the learners at the institute. Through field trips to museums, galleries, studios, boutiques, and design organizations, students take advantage of the abundant resources the Country has to offer


The Institution has International guest house located on our safe campus with convenient neighborhoods. The guest house has a fully-equipped kitchen (oven, toaster, kettle, fridge, sink, dishes, cutlery, etc), there is a TV with international channels, a telephone, and desk top computers. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops, towels and bed sheets and other personal effects.

Get in touch with the Academic registrar to make your booking.
E-mail address: niaadacademy@gmail.com
All courses are taught in English and students must be 16 years old and above at the start of the program.

Travel, Visas and Health Insurance.

Citizens of the East African Community do not need visas. All the other citizens will need to obtain Visas. Students are also responsible for their own travel arrangements and Health Insurance while at the Institution.

Contact Us

The Office of the Principle NIAAD
Tel: +256 772 498684, +256 701 053512

Admission Office:
Tel:  +256 772 472339, +256 703 912613, +256 774 029476
Email: niaadacademy@gmail.com

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