The course

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Full-time: 3 years (BA) / 4 years (BA Hons - available in UK)
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Our Fashion Design programme confidently prepares students for a career within the fashion industry. As well as learning the fundamentals of fashion design, students are taught about key elements of the fashion business, to enable their success in the fashion industry, and acquire creative, critical and communication skills. Extensive links and collaborations with our industrial partners help students to gain a ‘live’ learning experience.

Applicants should have a keen desire and aptitude in art and design areas. Students are taught about the primary needs of the client, the focal point of the design and its appeal to customers/consumers, along with marketing skills and trends analysis to support the product.

Ordinary degree students wishing to progress to the Honours 4h year will need to continue their studies in the UK.

Why study Fashion Design at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • Strong links and support from a variety of industrial partners both in Dubai and within our global network.
  • Practical based programme with a strong emphasis on academic standards and ‘live’ collaborations.
  • Unique British fashion education where students are involved in the global design process and techniques.
  • Praised highly for considerable active press and media coverage received since launching in Dubai.
  • The School of Textiles and Design in Scotland came 1st in the UK for industry and society ‘impact’, scoring 100% in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.


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.

Go Global

This Dubai-based course has the following 'Go Global' options:

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

First year

A broad common first year for all Fashion students, which provides a strong skills base for the fashion industry. As well as studying the specific pathways, students will undertake Creative and Contemporary Studies to put their work in context. Subject areas include: Marketing and Retailing, Fashion Communication, Consumer Behaviour, Textiles, Contemporary and Contextual Studies, Fashion Advertising and PR, CAD and Presentation Skills, and Production and Assembly Knowledge.

Second year

Students explore current ideas, issues and innovations related to fashion design and acquire further knowledge and skills in their field. Fashion students engage in a higher level of learning in production and assembly as well as design at this stage. Presentation skills are enhanced with the use of CAD and the exploration of various media and website development via Digital Application. A greater understanding of market and consumer is delivered alongside core trends analysis. Students develop higher-level skills via courses in Pattern Experimentation, Knitwear and Tailoring.

Third year

Focuses on students’ development of mini collections and a portfolio. A further emphasis on contextualisation of fashion design practice is required at this level to help prepare students for a career in the fashion industry. Courses include Design Process and Research, Portfolio Building and advanced Pattern Drafting.

Fourth year

Available at Heriot-Watt University in the UK.


Upon graduation, students pursue a range of careers and roles within the fashion industry and its related areas of design, including:

  • fashion design
  • production and assembly
  • pattern drafting
  • product development
  • trend and colour analysis
  • quality and technical assurance
  • sourcing
  • pattern grading
  • fashion illustrator.


Entry requirements

Our normal entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCD (or BBBB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE or equivalent 65%
  • American High School Diploma + SAT1s - 1000.
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points or above.
  • African WAEC / NECO / WASSCE B2s
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent 70%
  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Design Studies) with a BBBB. Degree Entry Programme (Management / Psychology) will also be considered.
  • A mix of A-Levels and AS-Levels are accepted as long as there are no duplicate subjects in each of the levels

Second year entry

  • Successful completion of first year of a recognized degree programme in related field with a strong portfolio of work. Please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office to discuss further.
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, kindly call +971 4 4358700 or please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).


  • AED 65100 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Additional studio fees

Studio fees of 682.50 AED per academic year apply for all years of study. The fee contributes towards the cost of drafting paper and card as well as muslin and thread used for prototype garments. The fee does not cover the cost of printing, sketchbooks, fabric for final garments, production equipment, art supplies or other materials.

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.