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.


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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)

    3,150 AED

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A: English Language

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 courses) from the list below

This course is designed to enable students to experience and develop learning and academic skills appropriate for university context. It aims to facilitate the process of orientation and transition into academic excellence and learning culture. Furthermore, it aims to develop confidence in students’ ability to succeed in university requirements.

This course focuses on improving students’ basic critical reading and writing skills in English so that they can successfully write free-error varied sentences and paragraphs. The course also focuses on contextualized mechanics instructions and sentence skills.

This course provides students with advanced writing skills in English so that they can successfully pursue their studies in various academic specializations. It helps students improve their writing and structure skills as the focus is on writing long argumentative, academic essays, and brief research methods which are applied in student projects and assignments.

The intent of this course is three-fold. First it introduces students with the basic research terminologies. Second, it familiarizes them with the process of research from choosing a topic to writing the report. Third, it equips the students with the skills to utilize and conduct scientific research. During the course of the study students will be immersed in hands on experience where they will be introduced to research concepts that will help them understand, interpret, and critique scientific research and ultimately provide foundational skills to be able to conduct original research. Contents to be covered include the language of research, types of research, elements of scientific research proposal, writing academic research using APA style, research ethics, crafting data collection instruments, and making meaning of data.

B: Arabic Language

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

صمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب الناطق باللغة العربية من المهارات اللغوية الضرورية، وخاصة التركيز على خطوات كتابة التقارير والرسائل اإلدارية والبحوث المنهجية؛ ولتحقيق ذلك جاءت المهارات متنوعة ومتدرجة، لتنمية قدرات الطالب على الفهم الصحيح واألداء المتميز لما يقرأ ويسمع، وليكتسب القدرة على كتابة المقاالت والتقارير ومحاضر االجتماعات وتوصيات المؤتمرات والندوات بصورة سليمة، لذا ُ عني المساق بتدريب الطالب على المهارات األساسية للكتابة؛ كقواعد اإلمالء المتعددة وعالمات الترقيم ونظام الفقرة وكتابة المقال على نحو متدرج.

نبذة عامة: يرتكز المساق على محورين أساسيين: 1 .تدريب الطلبة على مهارات الكتابة الوظيفية ذات الصلة بتخصصاتهم الجامعية واهتماماتهم الثقافية. 2 .مجموعة من المقاالت المتنوعة مضموناً، ويغلب عليها طابع التخصص، إذ إنها تتناول موضوعات متعددة تقارب إلى حد ما تخصصات الطالب المستقبلية.

ُصمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب من تحليل نصوص متعددة في حقول معرفية متنوعة؛ ليصبح قادراً على التمييز بين النصوص على اختالف مضامينها ومحتوياتها، كما يمكنه بعد ذلك من محاكاة تلك النصوص بطريقة صحيحة، وتحويل المعلومة إلى مهارة وسلوك. وبما ّ أن ّ الكتابة عملية بناء متكاملة، وأن البناء يتأثر بأجزائه؛ لذا يحتاج إلى نماذج، وقوانين سالمة لغوية، وتخطيط وتماسك وأهداف منها: اإلخبار واالستعالم، والطلب، والتأثير بالمتلقي.

C: The Natural sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The natural science course incorporates a wide range of subjects of sciences such as astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. The course will present the scientific facts of astronomy, the Earth and its weather, water, and environment, biology, and nutrition with the chemicals of life. The course emphasizes understanding the core principles of different branches of science and their effects on our lives. Moreover, the course explores the scope of natural phenomena, changing environment conditions, general health rules of nutrition, and the variety of living organisms. The course helps the students to acquire skills in observation, critical thinking, analysing, interpreting, understanding and discussing scientific terminology and facts.

This course provides an introduction to sustainable energy, conservation, and energy efficiency within the UAE and the world. It will explore the relationship between energy, environment, economy and ecological well-being. It will discuss energy production from the biology, natural science, environmental science and social sciences perspectives.

Students will be introduced to a variety of topics including global warming, climate change, sustainable food production, solid waste management, environmental and natural resources laws. The course includes the growing challenges of climate change and energy crisis and proposes solutions to overcome them.

The ‘Principles of Environmental Science’ course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of Environmental Science to undergraduate students. It includes topics from different areas of study such as ecology, biology, soil science and atmospheric science. The course aims at raising environmental awareness among students and providing them with the scientific knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve environmental problems. Additionally, it deals with ecological concepts, organism interactions, communities and ecosystems. The course focuses on key areas of population dynamics, biodiversity, human activities and the environment managed ecosystems, air quality, water and solid waste management.

D: The social or behavioral sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

An introduction to the science of psychology, its theories and foundations. The course is focused on principles and research methodologies, including the following topics: history of psychology, the biology of mind, memory, learning, child and personality development, psychological disorders and therapy. The aim of the course is to introduce the basis of psychology, provide the foundational knowledge to pursue the subject in more depth in the future, and build an ongoing interest in the application of psychology in everyday life.

This course serves as an introduction into the interdisciplinary and multifaceted social sciences. The content on the course covers the range of different disciplines that social sciences consists of, namely: anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and to a lesser extent also history and geography. The secondary aim of the course is moreover for students to develop their critical thinking skills by engaging actively with material about social issues, social change and social institutions.

This course will examine how women participate and effect political change in a global context. Through a focus on the status of women in society, this course will introduce students to contemporary issues surrounding women’s political participation, representation, and citizenship. Students will develop the ability to think critically about the relationship between sex and gender and the intersections of race, class, religion, law and nation. This course will explore women’s diverse histories, movements, and feminist activism. Students will evaluate whether women’s efforts to achieve equal political rights have worked and what obstacles women still face in accessing political institutions. In addition, students will reflect on a wide-range of policy issues related to violence against women, employment, family values, and reproductive health. This course will also ask what possibilities are available for individuals to take action to improve society and enable women’s full participation as citizens, activists, voters, and politicians.

This course introduces the science of Sociology. Students will examine Society, Institutions and the relationships that make up a social context. The scientific methodology used to study social interactions, stratification and other elements of sociological enquiry will be discussed to emphasize the core concept of sociology as a systematic study of societies and social structures.

 This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of philosophy and its principle tools. The course will discuss major thinkers and different schools of philosophical thought, and will apply philosophical analysis to the topics of knowledge, religion, mind, freedom, responsibility, and ethics.

E: The humanities or arts

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 courses) from the list below

Innovation is the engine of opportunity and, acting as a catalyst, this course is intended to ignite an interest in innovation and inspire entrepreneurial action. At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a commitment to experiential learning that will encourage students to engage in critical thinking, creative problem-solving while also equipping them with the soft skills needed in their pursuit of academic and professional endeavors. Students will discuss the relevance and role of innovation and entrepreneurship in work and life situations; determine opportunities for creative disruption and design a strategy for its implementation; develop a practical understanding of innovation through thoughtful debate and exercises; and demonstrate critical thinking and individual insight with a personal mastery portfolio.

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of Political Science and its principle tools. The course will discuss the role of main political actors in the field of politics and their function.

This course will provide the students with a comprehensive overview of English literature in the United States. It will familiarize the students primarily with early Anglo-American writers and the different literary movements that took place in the United States. Today American literature includes many minority literary works, but the historical matrix remains Anglo-Saxon if we are to consider the dominant culture as the starting historical point.

F: Islamic Studies, History or Culture

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

This course will offer students’ 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.

The course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the Islamic civilization. It deals with the universal principles that went into the making of the Islamic civilization. It examines the basic ideas of Islamic civilization besides exploring their contemporary relevance and challenges. The course seeks to effectively address the notion of the ‘clash of civilizations.’

This course aims to focus on the evolution of Islamic Art through a chronological overview of various trends and approaches throughout history. Students will explore and analyze the rise and influence of Islam leading to the formation of a new artistic culture the world over.

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of Political Science and its principle tools. It will discuss the role of main political actors in the field of politics and their function.

G: UAE Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The course is designed to introduce the UAE and GCC society with its historical background and uniqueness. It is aimed at enabling students to understand the specific features of the society along with its customs, traditions and lifestyle. The course will introduce the processes and the challenges of development as well as the future aspirations of the UAE and GCC Society.



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 sectors of the industry are examined. The students will gain insights into the working processes and interrelationships in the international fashion industry, as well as understand relevant areas for design practice and career opportunities.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction. They develop skills in the operation and maintenance of professional sewing equipment and learn to apply various hand and machine techniques for the construction and appropriate finishing of garments. They explore the variation in sewing techniques for differ.ent types of materials and execute an outfit in fashion fabric with manual dexterity.

In this course, students will learn to adapt garment construction principles, techniques and skills based on the lean methodology of “learn, build, test and repeat”. They will create prototypes that will be tested and recreated to achieve new outcomes per prevailing industry standards and requirements.

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.

This course deals with the fundamentals of fashion buying with sound knowledge in planning, pricing, and purchasing retail fashion inventories. Identification of wholesale merchandise and media resources are covered. The prerequisite is FSD 301.

The course introduces fashion illustration 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 industry-standard software to create and enhance digital designs including concept boards, storyboards, illustrations and flats. They will develop a portfolio of creative responses through trend research and analysis for effective visual communication.

The course builds upon previously learnt apparel construction principles, techniques and skills to apply them in the production of various garments. The focus will be on integrating research and design to plan and construct complex outfits from muslin and subsequently with fashion fabric. The students will execute the construction using advanced tailoring techniques and develop their ability to achieve precision in fitting and adjustments.

This course is aimed at providing students the knowledge and skills of the principles and techniques of flat pattern making 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.
Students of fashion design are expected to create a minimum of five original pieces for a clothing line with the integration of trend research and creative response. 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. Various silhouettes and garment style features are explored through draping 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


Student can join at the beginning of any semester