Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal - YSL

From the sophisticated design studios, as well as being inspired by international fashion leaders in Paris, London, Milan and New York, AUE young designers will find that the Fashion Design program offers the ideal platform towards achieving international fashion fame. AUE provides a secure and stimulating environment, where students learn professional techniques, as well as fashion theories. These are balanced with practice by utilizing the latest fashion design computer programs and laboratories to create garments for the students to compete in local and international fashion shows. Students will learn all the aspects of the fashion industry, including design, marketing, merchandising, manufacturing, draping, textiles, retailing and the business of fashion.


The program offers students the ideal setting for creativity with large design studios, which include dress forms, sewing machines, garment cutting tables, as well as apparel construction rooms and textile labs. We also provide state-of-the-art computer labs using the latest fashion design computer programs and printing facilities, as well as an extensive library with the latest fashion and textile books and resources. All these facilities are available for students on the premises to use in a professional and engaging learning environment.


Working under the direction of experienced practitioners, students are encouraged to be creative thinkers who seek to implement their design ideas to foster innovation and a uniqueness in their style. The College of Fine Arts and Design has wide range of connections with the local and international fashion scenes. Through this, it creates a learning environment of creative problem-solving with a thorough understanding of student specializations and an in-depth knowledge of the changing factors that affect their industry.


  • Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with minimum average of 60% | for scientific and literary streams. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% equivalency and a letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE.
  • English Proficiency
    PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS ACA. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154
  • Letter of Interest & Interview


The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education |


  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 20,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,000 AED

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This course is designed to assist Arabic Speaking students to use language skills correctly with the focus on how to write research papers and business letters. In order to achieve this goal different and integrated types of skills are implemented to assist in the development of the students comprehension of what he/she listens to or reads in addition to writing papers, reporting, writing recommendations, seminars and symposiums. The course also provides the basic skills of good and coherent writing such as, spelling, digitals, correct paragraph structure and writing essays.

This course provides students with advanced English-language skills to pursue successfully their Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 36 studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure skills. This course also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent.

This course covers the needed language areas such as organizational structures, instructions job lexis, processes and operating systems, health and safety, and customer relations which are common to the majority of different vocations to provide the functional language the students will need in their specialization and place of work. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent

This course will begin with a review of selected arithmetic topics: fractions, decimals, and percentages, followed by a brief review of signed number operations. The course will cover topics of Basic Algebra such as variable expressions, linear equations, inequalities and applications, and graphing points and lines

This course presents the use of computers in everyday life. The students will learn to organize electronic filing systems as well as to communicate ideas effectively using a variety of software tools. The course discusses some of the ethical and moral issues raised by the use of Internet and email. Towards the end of the course, the students in groups will work to select a topic, search for the information, analyze and organize it incorporating a software tool they learned and present it publicly.

This course will offer students the knowledge to enable them understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world

This course designed to help students to do well at their studies at university through the development of effective study skills and strategies. Studying at university is very different from previous study students may have done, and therefore the course aims to apply new studying and learning strategies, and identify, develop, and enhance the study and learning skills of students. These skills include time management, taking notes, planning assignments, exam preparation and revision, preparing a presentation, memory techniques, and methods for using course materials including syllabi and textbooks, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop a focused project specific to their interests and study needs.

This course introduces students to the broad, complex and influential field of the social sciences. The course tends to focus on the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and sometimes history and geography. This course will also enable students to sharpen their critical analysis skills as they evaluate changes in important social issues and institutions.

An introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of psychology, including theories and methods, biological factors influencing behavior, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, human development and personality

Courses in the Natural Sciences introduce students to the basic concepts of Sciences and the scientific method and enhance awareness of scientific developments and their impact on society and the environment. This area provides students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts and theories, and the ability to formulate empirically testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes and living things.

This course is designed to introduce, first, the concepts, measurements, and theories of broad-based sustainable development as well as the relationships between economic development, human development, and environment. Students will also be familiar with several theories of development. Then, the characteristics and the quality of life in GCC will be investigated and compared to those in other countries. The focus would be on the causes, problems and challenges associated with the development of GCC countries such as population structure and localization policies, the feasibility of GCC States integration, the impact of oil and non-oil production on development. The students will work on a project in groups by gathering information from public libraries and by interviewing public officials. The students will be given the latitude of choosing a topic to write about. The prerequisite is ASC 110.



This course examines color theory as an aid to communication, control and expression in traditional and contemporary design. The fundamental course allows students to explore color topics including color theory, color interaction, and color psychology. Students will study a wide range of creative and technical aspects of color and its use in design, experimenting with traditional mediums and digital applications.

This course provides a core introduction to drawing, covering a wide range of basic and intermediate practical and technical skills. Students will explore approaches and concepts to the subject through manual practice using a comprehensive range of media and with reference to great masters in the field. Traditional and objective drawing skills in the use of line, tone, form and perspective provide the foundation for learning in this course. Students are required to develop their ability to observe, perceive and interpret through drawing the world around them, reflecting their understanding of 2D and 3D space.

This course is one of the fundamental courses in which the students will be introduced to the visual elements of design comprising of: point and line; shape and form; surface and texture; color and value; light and shadow; negative and positive space. The students will practice design principles: unity and variety; similarity; emphasis and point of interest; scale; proportion; and balance. This course is designed to give the students a strong understanding of 2D and 3D visual communications.

Fundamentals of Graphic Illustration and Digital Imaging introduces students to the use of a computer as a powerful digital drawing and imaging tool. The focus of the course is on basic computer skills and use, mastering fundamental digital illustration and imaging skills, and developing efficient working styles. The course learning experience incorporates a variety of visual artwork strategies including but not limited to, color/ texture enhancements, typography, pen/ brush tools, , perspective tool, using different color schemes. This course involves considerable hands-on instruction and multiple projects using Adobe Photoshop/ Illustrator.

This course is a chronological survey of art and design offering students an in-depth understanding of the role of art throughout history with a strong focus on aesthetic values, socio-cultural influences and technical terminology. Architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts, prehistoric art, design of the ancient world, the world beyond Europe, early Christian and Islamic art and the art of the Middle-Ages and Gothic period form the foundation of the course material spanning a period from 40,000 BC to 1300 AD.

This course covers the extensive cultural shifts from the early Renaissance through to the 20th century.  Students will study painting, sculpture, furniture architecture as individual works in relation to their geographical, social, political, and religious environments. Also, analysis and comparative study of periodic decorative elements, strong designs and architectural features will be conducted.

Students will investigate a variety of drawing concepts and training in freehand drawing through deep observational practice and exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums. The development of personal expression and problem solving skills is key to this course and it builds on the vocabulary, skills, and concepts learned in Drawing I. The course requires students to explore approaches to portraiture, figure and landscape drawing, advanced composition, drawing in relation to specialized design and color theory in great depth. Critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed improvement are the keys to success in this course.

In this course, students will learn various techniques to construct objects in digital 3D space, as well as physical 3D solutions. Students will follow a concept development process of research and sketching, to generate designs for 3D production. A final original design, related to each student’s major, will be constructed using industry-standard 3D software.

The college considers students’ internship as an essential channel that brings together the college, the students, and the job marketplace. Furthermore, internship is a method that integrates the instructional theoretical backgrounds to real existing practice. The training allows them to work under the observation and guidance of the field supervisor without replacing any regular employee. The internship is closely monitored by a college faculty member as an academic supervisor.



This course studies the historic development of Western and Asian fashion design and costumes. The evolution of clothing from the ancient times to the present day will be examined in detail, with an understanding of the social, technological and artistic influences. Students will study the significant fashion designers and their contribution to the field of fashion. They will comprehend and explore extensive design possibilities and apply them in contemporary fashion design.

The course explores the concept of the fashion design cycle from trend research and production to fashion retailing. The processes involved in conceptualizing, designing and creating a collection for various segments of the industry are examined. The students will gain also insights into the working processes and inter-relationships in the international fashion industry, as well as understand relevant areas for design practice and career opportunities.

This course is designed to deliver the fundamentals of garment construction based on wardrobe planning, purchase and use of fabrics. The focus is on intellectual reasoning and problem-solving to apply the techniques with manual dexterity. This course also introduces the students to the basic sewing and construction skills. Students will learn hand sewing and finishing, machine operation and maintenance.

In this course, students will learn to adapt construction principles, techniques and skills in apparel construction. They will learn through demonstrations and hands-on practical experience to develop the skills required to plan and construct four garments during this class.

This course introduces students to textile materials and their application in fashion design. It explores various textile processes, techniques, materials and their performance, serviceability, identification and selection of suitable fabrics. Environmental and sustainability issues associated with textiles practice are also examined to provide a comprehensive view of the textile industry and its relation to fashion design.

The course deals with merchandising and buying functions in the fashion retail industry with sound knowledge in planning, pricing, and purchasing retail fashion inventories. Identification of wholesale merchandise and media resources are covered.

The course introduces fashion illustration basics, styles and techniques. The focus is on the development process of the fashion figure, design details, fabric rendering, flats, customer profile analysis, and collection development. The students will also discover and compare the work of famous fashion illustrators and consequently develop their individual style that will be demonstrated in the portfolio.

This course explores the application of computer-aided design (CAD) in the fashion industry. The students will be using digital software that are generally used in visual communication for fashion, to create and enhance digital fashion designs including trend and concept boards, storyboards, illustrations and flats.

The course builds upon previously learnt apparel construction principles, techniques and skills to apply them in the production of various garments. There will be focus on the planning and construction of an ensemble of intermediate complexity made from muslin and subsequently with fashion fabric, with emphasis on precision in fitting and execution of alterations where required.

This course is aimed at providing students the knowledge and skills of the principles and techniques of flat patternmaking to produce drafts according to standard and individual measurements. The students will prepare paper patterns for different types of garments and garment parts and use their sewing skills to execute the pattern for an original design into an outfit. Students learn the importance of fit and balance in patterns to get a well finished garment

The capstone graduation project is the representation of the students’ in-depth learning and understanding of their field of specialization through a long-term project accomplished in a professional manner.  They are evaluated on their ability to complete this project with originality and quality, applying the skills, techniques and methodologies they have learnt during their course of study.

The student is assigned to research and identify a topic, and develop a detailed research proposal highlighting the goals, objectives, tasks, methodology and time plan. The topic could range from an academic research to school/ community service, student-developed business or any other area of personal interest. The student communicates regularly with his/ her academic-capstone advisor for review, while working constantly to improve the outcome by building upon previously gained expertise. The academic-capstone advisor contributes through meaningful feedback and setting expectations of standards, offering an opportunity for open-ended learning through self-reflection and improvement.

The process is documented, findings are compiled and presented orally as well as in writing through a capstone report.

The project is divided into three dis­tinct phases:

  1. Research and topic selection
  2. Conceptual and design development
  3. Design execution/ design presentation, with necessary documentation and a comprehensive report

This course is a study of three dimensional fashion design through the technique of draping directly on a body form. Basic silhouettes and garment style features are draped and fitted in muslin, and then converted to flat patterns to have an integrated design approach. Students use the principles of draping to create original apparel designs in fashion fabric for specified target markets.



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Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM