Admission Requirements and Criteria

Candidates applying to The College of Fashion and Design are considered for admission based on their qualifications regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, disabilities, age or national origin.

Courses at The College of Fashion and Design are taught in English and a good command of the language, both written and oral, is necessary for success.

In order to be admitted to the degree programs, the students need to go through the following steps:

Regular Admissions

Curriculum Qualification Minimum Score Required
UAE/GCC Curriculum General Secondary School Certificate 60%
Indian Curriculum Indian School Certificate awarded by ICSE or CBSE 60%
British At least 7 GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects
A combination of GCSE (O level) and AS/A levels is
acceptable provided that the subjects cover at least four
of the following fields:
– Math
– Science
– Languages
– Humanities and Social Sciences
– Arts and Design
Students must complete a minimum 11 years of
schooling and a School Leaving Certificate must be
The minimum grade for each level is:
C for the O level
D for the AS level
E for the A level
American Curriculum American High School Diploma providing grade 10, 11
and 12 Mark Sheets
Overall average
of Grade “C-”
(65% or 2.0/4.0)
IB International Baccalaureate Diploma (24 Points)

Notes: Students with qualifications other than those listed above are advised to contact the student recruitment and admissions representatives at CFD to determine their eligibility, or you may visit the World Education Services webpage and find the equivalency for your country’s grade to make sure it represents atleast a “C” in the US grading system.

Standardized Tests Score
IELTS (Academic) 5.0 overall
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 61
Computer-based TOEFL 173
Institutional paper-based TOEFL (PBT) 500

If you do not have the required English language proficiency score, you may take the English placement test to determine your language level (ITP TOEFL). The test is conducted on a regular basis.

* Kindly note that passing the English placement test will not exempt you from providing the
official English language proficiency score during the first semester.If you fail the English placement test, you will be requested to register in the English language
program for TOEFL preparation, in addition to a maximum of one course

A student’s portfolio should demonstrate creative development, whether for an institutional project or for personal work. Creative development refers to own ideas that have resulted in research and progressed towards potential visual and/or three-dimensional proposals or finished design solutions. It’s important that the creative work in the portfolio includes, reflects and demonstrates initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea. Applicants will be selected according to the potential and current ability where the:

  • Portfolio exhibits imaginative and creative 2D and/or 3D visual and material presentations.
  • Portfolio demonstrates a range of skills and technical abilities to develop, design and progressto finished solutions.
  • The individual demonstrates commitment and motivation.

Both in terms of writing personal statement and interview CFD is interested in enrolling a creative and enquiring individual. Personal interests, motivation, creativity and initiative in developing an awareness of fashion, art and design are significant. For international student video interview can be organized.

Attestation of Documents and Equivalency Letter

All applicants for admission are required to obtain an Equivalency Certificate for their secondary school leaving qualifications from the Ministry of Education – UAE. The attestation/ratification process is dependent upon whether you completed your secondary schooling within the UAE or outside the UAE.

Applicants who hold certificates from the UAE

All applicants who have completed schooling within the UAE and who hold certificates other than the UAE General Secondary School Certificate are required to get their certificates attested/ratified by the educational authority in the city where they did their final year of studies. For example, if you did your final year in Dubai, you are advised to go to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to obtain the required attestations. If you did your final year in Sharjah, you are advised to go to Sharjah Education Zone, etc.

Applicants who hold certificates from outside the UAE

Applicants who obtained their secondary school certificates outside the UAE are required to ratify/attest their certificates for all secondary school levels/grades (e.g. grade 10, 11 and 12) and provide an Equivalency Certificate from the following:

  • The Ministry of Education or the educational authority in the country where studies were done.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where studies were done.
  • The UAE Embassy in the country where studies were done.
  • In case the attestations couldn’t be done, as in b. and c., certificates must be attested/ratified by the embassy of the country where studies were done in the UAE as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
  • After obtaining the above attestations/ratifications, the student must provide the Equivalency Certificate Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

If you are unable to provide the Equivalency Certificate as outlined above before the commencement of the semester, you will be asked to sign a “Declaration Letter” agreeing to provide the Equivalency Certificate. You will be permitted to begin your studies at CFD, but you will be given a maximum of one semester to get the Equivalency Certificate. The College of Fashion and Design reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot provide the appropriate documentation during this time period, which may include termination of the student’s enrolment at CFD.

Transfer Students

  • Students transferring from a federal or licensed institution in the UAE, or a foreign institution of higher learning based outside the UAE and accredited in its home country, are eligible for transfer admission;
  • Students should meet the English language proficiency requirements prior to commencing their study in the program they transfer to;
  • Transfer students cannot be granted provisional admission;
  • Transfer students are required to present valid certification (TOEFL or IELTS) demonstrating the required scores for full admission;
  • Submit official transcripts showing all post-secondary work attempted at all institutions attended;
  • Permit students who are not in good standing to transfer only to a program in a field different from the one from which the student is transferring;
  • Total transfer credits awarded must not exceed 50% of the credits required for the program concerned;
  • Transfer only credits which were offered at the post-secondary level and which have learning outcomes comparable to those of the accepting institution;
  • Credits taken at partner institutions with which articulation agreement has been established will be taken as transfer credit.
  • Transfer program credits only for courses relevant to the degree that provide equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade of C (i.e. Average GPA 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 s or better;
  • Provide for timely written notification of applications of the transferability of credit, the college will provide information on the mapped courses and how the accepted credit will be applied to the degree program;
  • Prohibit accepting credit twice for substantially the same course taken at two different institutions.