The Faculty of Arts began its activities in 2002 by admitting 25 students in the field of Urban Engineering which was within the Faculty of Engineering. In 2004 with the approval of honorable authorities and former minister of Housing and Urban Development, Hedayat School Building which is of historical significance was awarded to Urmia University in order to establish the faculty. The Faculty of Arts was established in this historical building and started running two undergraduate programs, namely Architecture and Urban Engineering.
Then in 2007, the faculty was transferred to its new premise with 7000-square-meter space at the beginning of Urmia-Sero Road. At present, the faculty admits students in three bachelor programs of Architecture, Urban Engineering, and Monument Renovation. At Master’s level, Urban Planning is offered. Moreover, there is an associate-degree (A.A.) program in Painting. The faculty is well equipped amenities such as workshops, studios, libraries, computer site, monographs, assembly halls, restaurants, and etc.
The faculty hosts 35 full-time and part-time faculty members. The faculty offers programs in different fields of Architecture, Urban Engineering, Monument Renovation, and Painting. Currently, the faculty has about 465 BA, 23 MA, and 21 A.A. students.