BA (Hons) in Fashion


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Program Description


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.

Course content

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 the 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

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).

Application deadline

Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.

Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Pioneering British education in Dubai, with highly acclaimed degree programmes that meet the specific demands of local business and industry.

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