Ever read a fashion magazine in your teenage years and been impressed by the elaborate shoots and in-depth interviews with highly-reputable designers? With a plethora of universities in Dubai now offering the same, you can kickstart your career at ease.

Pursuing a career in fashion can be exciting and rewarding, however it comes with work and long hours behind-the-scenes.

If this is a field you’re interested in, then ensuring that the groundwork is done can be helpful in understanding the qualifications and requirements for each role. From internships to practical lessons on set, universities can help ease you into this world.

With Dubai now becoming a hub in the fashion world with various publishing houses and fashion weeks taking place here, you can now focus on building your career here and building a network of experts in the industry, by enrolling in one of the notable universities.

Whether you wish to be a fashion stylist or a jewellery editor, the options are endless and can begin with simply an interest in the field.

To start with this, Emirates Woman has curated a guide of notable universities where you can enroll in short courses or a bachelor’s to kickstart your passion and convert it into a full-time role.


Established since 2006 and is dedicated to providing students with fashion education from the industry’s leading experts. With over 70 different nationalities, students can interact with various cultures and work at notable companies upon competition. It’s the first fashion institute established in Dubai. The courses include Fashion Business, Digital Design for fashion, Footwear Design, Sustainable Fashion, a Bachelor’s in Fashion Design and Creation and more. Designers such as Lilian Afshar, Mariam Yeya and more are now Alumni from the school.

For more information visit esmod-dubai.com/

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)

This notable homegrown institute offers a four-year degree known as DIDI’s Bachelor of Design (BDes) making it the first multidisciplinary curriculum in the region offering four disciplines which include Product Design, Multimedia Design, Fashion Design and Strategic Design Management. It begins with an immersive year exposing students to basic visual, digital and entrepreneurship skills. Then the second year focuses on allowing the students to pave their own journey by combining two disciplines and eventually adapt flexible skills to work in the job landscape. The BDes program is CAA accredited with the tuition fees at Dhs98,000 annually and is subject to change accordingly. Located in Dubai Design District (D3), this university is in the city’s creative hub making it driven space for students to learn.

For more information visit didi.ac.ae

Istituto Marangoni

The institute blends an innovative learning experience with Italian expertise to enhance local talent and shape the future of the UAE fashion, design and creative industry. With a diverse rand of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, students can choose from Fashion Design, Fashion Styling, Fashion Business and other short courses to thrive in a reputed environment. With branches all around the world including Milan, Paris and London. The courses and degree falls under the CAA Accreditation with a notable reputation globally.

For more information visit istitutomarangoni.com

FAD Institute


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Whether fashion styling or fashion design, students have an opportunity to opt for one week to three-month courses and have hands-on experience for what it’s like to work in the industry. Students will learn from all the leading stylists, photographers and editors to develop a professional portfolio across various fields. With practical experience to work on photoshoots and projects, they’re able to learn and explore different modules to have an overarching insight into to each element. The short courses include Fashion Design Level 1, Fashion Design Level 2, Fashion Design Level 3, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Styling, Advance Editorial Styling, Personal Styling and Shopping, Celebrity Styling, Luxury Brand Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Buying and Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship. Students can expect to potentially work with companies such as Bloomingdales, Arab Fashion Council, Fashion Forward, Dior, Al Tayer and more.

For more information visit faddubai.com

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