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Degree Entry (Foundation) Programme Design Studies

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
1 year
Start date

This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree programme in the School of Textiles and Design and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at the Dubai Campus.

It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will help students to bridge the gap between their school qualifications and the demands of a university degree. Students who complete the programme successfully will be able to progress directly into the first year of their chosen degree.

The programme will help students to develop their subject knowledge while providing a firm foundation in IT, research and writing skills, academic English, and assessment and examination techniques.


Upon successful completion of this DEP, students will be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes, all of which are offered at the Dubai Campus:

Your student experience

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

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Course content

September Intake - Dubai

Students study the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Design Studies
  • Academic English
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Business Management

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams and must attain a minimum overall grade of C (50%) in each course to ensure guaranteed transfer onto the undergraduate programmes listed above.

Mandatory AY

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Business Management
  • Academic English for Management
  • Introduction to Design Studies

Fees and funding

AED 51,514 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • British GCE/IGCSE Five Cs (4s)
  • Indian CBSE/CISCE/NIOS Minimum score of 50%
  • HSSC Minimum score of 55%
  • UAE Tawjihiyya Minimum of 68%
  • US American High School Diploma Minimum of 68%
  • Africa WASSC (WAEC/NECO) Five C6s
  • Philippine High School Minimum of 70%
  • National Curriculum Russian / Kazakhstan (Attestat) Grades of 3
  • IB – MYP year 11 Grades of 4
  • IBCP - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Pass + SL grades of 4 or IGCSE grades of C (4)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma – Pass
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – Pass

All of the above require English as a mandatory subject.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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