This program leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design with Textiles.
The program goals are to:
1. Provide a specialist education that develops individual creative identity through the synthesis
of research with design and conceptual development in the creation of Fashion Design with Textiles (Identity Development)
2. Achieve an appropriate balance between imaginative ideas and professional considerations that pursue explora- tion and experimentation to challenge conventions with innovative design (Idea Development)
3. Deliver technical skill learning and knowledge of materials combining traditional methods and
new technology in the realization of creative Fashion Design with Textiles (Technical Skills)
4. Enable students to understand the historical, social, ethical and cultural contexts for the
practice of Fashion and Textile Design in order to inform the origination and development of design solutions (Contexts and Cultural Domain)
5. Empower students to develop independent learning skills through creative and critical
development (Self Devel- opment and Expression)
6. Establish and understand the mix of cultural influences in creative design in the international
Fashion and Textile Industry of today and beyond (Cultural Understanding)
7. Promote an awareness of commercial practice and consideration in preparation for a career in the Fashion and Textile Design Industry (Professional Interaction)
8. Develop dynamic individuals who can confidently respond to professional opportunities or
undertake further study of research (Personal Development)
On successful completion of the Program students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate independent learning ability and creative thought through the capacity to set tasks in response to research and design briefs
2. Evaluate different concepts and trends of style, fashion and textile design in the process of
creating unique fash- ion and textile design work
3. Combine a range of analytical, problem-solving skills to generate critical design ideas and
4. Synthesize the varied design, commercial and cultural resources available to justify concepts
5. Articulate the role and practice of fashion and textile design from contemporary, historical,
social and ethical perspectiveA6.Critically analyze the relevant professional, cultural and
educational contexts in which creative practice and personal strengths are applied and developed
6. Apply innovative design practices to achieve appropriate commercial or conceptual outcomes
7. Define the contextual setting of a subject through cultural and theoretical studies
8. Interpret the relevant social and cultural contexts in the discourse of are and design trends
1. Initiate design idea development through a range of methods, including drawings,
experimentation and proto-types that are challenging and creative
2. Illustrate dynamically design concepts and ideas using a range of visual communication and
3. Construct creative fashion garments using innovative and appropriate textile solutions
4. Originate creative fashion and textile work using professional technical making skills
5. Apply research skills to the production of written texts
1. Express informed ideas, concepts and solutions confidently in verbal, written and visual
2. Manage projects professionally within deadlines
3. Collaborate effectively in team and/or group work
4. Articulate awareness of personal and professional ethics
The Fashion Design with Textiles program prepares students for careers in: fashion design, creative direction, brand development, styling, consultancy, fashion textile development, garment production, technical management, and en- trepreneurship. Graduates may also pursue careers as fashion press relation officers, fashion journalists, retail buyers and managers, film and theatrical costume designers and fashion event producers. The international nature and struc- ture of the programme enables graduates to pursue further studies.
The Fashion Design with Textiles program equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes
to become innova- tive professional fashion designers. The program emphasis is on fashion design with fashion textiles as a complemen- tary component Students acquire knowledge, skills and understanding of the processes of print, dye, manipulation and embellishment, and will be able to apply these skills to their fashion design work in an imaginative and professional manner.
Combining fashion design with textile design allows students to develop a unique identity, in line
with contem- porary professional fashion designers. The program prepares students for careers in fashion design, creative direction and brand development, styling, consultancy, fashion textile development, garment production and technical manage- ment and entrepreneurship. Students may through further training pursue careers as fashion press relation officers, fashion journalists, retail buyers and managers, film and theatrical costume designers and fashion event producers. The inntteerrnnaattiioonnaall nature and structure of the program enables students to pursue further studies.
Course # Course Title Theme UKCreditRating US Credit Rating
0702201 Unit 1: Research, Creative Development,
Technical Skills I 30 6
0702204 Unit 2 : Personal and Professional III 10 2
Development - Emirates
0702202 Unit 3 : Research, Creative Application, I 30 6
0710201 Unit 4 : Cultural Studies II 20 4
0702203 Unit 5 : Self Directed Creative Practice and I 30 6
Total 120 24
0702301 Unit 6 : Creative Application of Design I 30 6
and Technical Skills
0710301 Unit 7 : Cultural Studies Elective II 10 2
0702302 Unit 8 : Design Research and Creative I 30 6
0710302 Unit 9 : Cultural Studies Research Project II 10 2
0702303 Unit 10 : Creative and Collaborative I 30 6
0702304 Unit 11A: Personal and Professional III 10 2
Total 120 24
0705305 Unit 11B : (Internship counts for 3 credits III 15 3
towards Stage Four)
0710401 Unit 12 : Cultural Studies Dissertation II 20 4
0702401 Unit 13: Major Project, Research, Design I 40 8
and Devel- opment
0702402 Unit 14: Completion and presentation of Major I 45 9
Project, Project Degree Collection
Total 120 24
The BA Fashion Design with Textiles program framework comprises a four-year full time mode of study including a common year of Foundation in Art and Design during the first stage of the program together with 30 credit hours to fulfill general University requirements and electives.
Stage One: Stage I is structured around three core units in Art and Design studio practice and two units in Cultural Studies comprising lectures and seminars as described in the College Requirement section above.
Stages Two, Three and Four: After successful completion of Stage One - Foundation in Art and
Design, the program is distributed across three broad learning areas, referred to as Themes, which run throughout and across Stages Two, Three and Four of the program. The themes are:
Theme VII. Design Practice
Theme VIII. Contextual and Cultural Studies
Theme IX. Personal and Professional Development Description of those themes follows.
THEME I: Design Practice
Theme I involves Design Practice and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the following table.
Theme I Design Practice
Stage Two Units 1, 3 and 5
Stage Three Units 6, 8, and 10
Stage Four Units 13 and 14
Theme I units are described below.
0702201: Unit 1 - Research, Creative Development, Technical Skills
This unit introduces students to the main technical skills of basic pattern cutting, garment
construction, textile print, dye techniques and the use of studio machinery that will enable them
to begin to translate their design ideas into working garments, The main vehicle for this is a
fashion design and cut/make project which has a common theme.
0702202: Unit 3 - Research, Creative Application, Technical Skills
The aim of this unit is to build on basic skills through project(s) that require students to
undertake research to inform creative design solutions. Students also develop their pattern-cutting and garment construction skills. Workshop/ proj- ect based work in computer aided design (CAD) enhance their textile print design work. In addition there are illustration classes and a portfolio presentation workshop.
0702203: Unit 5 - Self Directed Creative Practice and Portfolio Presentation
In this unit students work becomes more self-directed. Students continue to develop their design,
print and textile manipulation skills through workshop orientated project work. Seminars introduce them to a wide range of fabrics and fibers and their potential uses in fashion. The main design project encourages them to combine their creativity in both textiles and fashion design. The focus is on presentation skills through the medium of portfolio development. Final year students will be assisted in the preparation of their degree show.
0702301: Unit 6 - Creative Application of Design and Technical Skills
The unit introduces students to different ways of developing concepts through experimental
exploration and traditional technical skills. Workshops include tailoring and the jacket; and an
introduction to digital printing, where the emphasis is on generation of dynamic ideas and students will be able to print the fabric(s) for their fashion design work. There will also be opportunity to concentrate on the enhancement of their portfolio presentation skills. Students will also begin to define their individual creative identities as designers.
0702302: Unit 8 - Design Research and Creative Interpretation
This unit further encourages self-directed work. The first five weeks of the unit will focus on a
design brief that encour- ages creative and technical exploration in both fashion and textile
design. The second five weeks introduces students to range planning and the building of themes to create collections. There are seminars on marketing and promotion. Students will be able to enhance their digital presentation skills.
0702303: Unit 10 - Creative and Collaborative Practice
Whilst continuing to develop and refine your knowledge and expertise in fashion and textile design, students will par- ticipate in a live team project set by a fashion company or retailer, which requires designing and presenting a capsule collection. In small teams students undertake market research, creative research, design development and the making of both textile designs and garments. For the final presentation, the teams present their concept and finished garments to the visiting professionals. Further use of digital design software applications will allow students to present their ideas in a professional and innovative way.
0702401: Unit 13 - Major Project, Research, Design and Development
This fifteen week long unit provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to
self-manage their own learning. Students begin to define and develop their individual creative
identity as designers. There are two main projects, which provide the opportunity to practice a
number of the creative design and technical skills associated with planning their final collection
work. Students will develop presentation skills prior to determining, through research, the design
criteria, rationale and the market for their degree collections. The second project will take the
form of a self-structured learning contract and will allow each student to explore a skill area
which will compliment research and design base for his/her degree collection.
0702402: Unit 14 - Completion and Presentation of Major Project
This unit is the culmination of the program work to date. In translating designs into finished
garments students greatly increase their print, pattern-cutting and making skills. They will also
do extensive fabric research, making contact with potential sponsors from the fashion and textiles
industries. The end result will be the presentation of four to six finished outfits on the catwalk.
This will be supported and contextualized by evidence of research and design development and a portfolio presentation of the degree collection for a final assessment at the end of the spring semester.
THEME II: Contextual and Cultural Studies
Theme II involves Contextual and Cultural Studies and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the following table.
Theme II - Contextual and Cultural Studies
Stage Two Units 4
Stage Three Units 7 and
Stage Four Unit 12
Theme II units are described below.
0710201: Unit 4 - Cultural Studies
In Unit four students are introduced to the history of fashion design from the second half of the
19th century to present. Through a historical survey of modern and post-modern fashion design the correspondences between fashion and other art and design fields will be discussed in their social, cultural, historical and political contexts. Finally, this unit investigates the exceptional role of fashion design as a sensitive indicator for socio-cultural change.
0710301: Unit 7 - Cultural Studies Elective
The cultural studies elective is a unit that gives students the opportunity to complement and
underpin their main area of study. It is situated at the start of Stage Three in order to build
upon the program specific contextual studies in Stage Two and help prepare students for the
critical interrogation and positioning of their practice in Stage Four. Students have the
opportunity to engage with students from other programs and to engage in debate and discussion of the cultural issues. The unit 7 elective subjects enable students to develop in-depth awareness in one chosen area. Each elective option offers opportunities for the acquisition of a range of conceptual tools in the analysis of cultural products, whether arts, design, or popular culture.
0710302: Unit 9 - Cultural Studies Research Project
This unit offers an opportunity for students to carry out an extended body of research on a topic
of their choice in nego- tiation with faculty. Students identify a research problem and apply
research instruments and methodologies in the de- velopment of self-directed research project.
Students develop a proposal relevant to fine arts and/or design that defines a research problem and produce a preliminary structure that informs the final dissertation (Stage Four, Unit Twelve). This unit provides students with an understanding of what research entails and examines a range of research methods, primary/secondary sources and writing styles. Building on previous Cultural Studies units, students chosen topics are discussed and debated in a peer learning environment. This encourages students to think critically and develop their own ideas from an informed, well researched position. The work in this unit requires students to further refine previously acquired knowledge in academic protocols through written assignments.
0710401: Unit 12 - Cultural Studies Dissertation
Following on from Unit Nine where students complete an initial body of research and identify key
research questions, this unit facilitates the development of the major research dissertation.
Students are expected to refine their research questions and to develop a coherent and reasoned
argument of cultural, social or historical relevance to fine arts and/ or design. The dissertation
project is a significant body of self-directed research, presented in an appropriate style, sup-
ported by a bibliography and correct citation of sources. The dissertation can be supported by
visual material. In this unit students apply their understanding of research and research
methodologies in the development of the dissertation. The emphasis is on writing a well-structured and coherent outcome, involving critical analysis. This unit consolidates the development of students as thinking practitioners and prepares them to undertake studies at postgraduate level.
THEME III: Personal and Professional
Theme III involves Personal and Professional and encompasses the stages and units summarized in the following table.
Theme III - Personal and Professional
Stage Two Units 2
Stage Three Units 11A and 11B
Theme III units are described below.
0702204: Unit 2 - Personal and Professional Development-Emirates Project
In Unit Two students are introduced to a wide range of venues, practitioners organizations, and
other resources that facilitate research, personal development and professional opportunities
existing in Sharjah and the United Arab Emir- ates. Students are introduced to topics, workshops
and writing exercises dealing with the relevant local cultural resourc- es, media and publicity,
heritage and contemporary art/design appreciation. Students acquire and improve basic skills and approaches to learning that include teamwork, professional ethics, communication and
resourcefulness strength- ening and supporting their studies throughout Stage Two and their program as a whole.
0705304: Unit 11 A - Personal and Professional Development
This Personal and Professional Development Unit (PPD) compliments students’ design studies across the programs. This unit is split into two sections with the first section focusing on particular aspects of subject based professional practice(s), career development and life-long learning. The second part is structured in a cross disciplinary way and involves teamwork (mixed discipline) to generate conceptual development to a common brief. The purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for a professional environment and to reflect on their current skills and abilities, including collaboration, time management, team skills, presentation skills, and communication. The objective of the Unit is to facilitate knowledge and skills that can support student career paths in the future.
0705305: Unit 11B - Internship (During summer between Years Three and Four)
Internship (for 8-12 weeks) gives you an excellent opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills
gained through the curriculum to professional practice. In turn this will help you decide career
and further learning paths. Experiences will vary depending on the individual student but could
include fashion and textile design studios, manufacturing operations,
retail buying offices, events organizing and press relation activities, media and styling related