Performance Sportswear Design BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Studying Performance Sportswear Design (PSD) will put you at the heart of one of the fastest growing areas of fashion design. Design companies, manufacturers and retailers are expanding into the sports apparel area and PSD is one of very few courses offering specialised sportswear design training to address this ever-expanding market.

You'll learn problem solving to create innovation in function and aesthetic, learning about new developments in materials and technologies, anatomy and human factors alongside creating collections with a lifestyle aesthetic. The industry is as wide as it is deep and the emphasis at Falmouth is on defining your personal aspiration; allowing more choice over the direction of your study and your chosen career path.

We are excited to welcome students from diverse educational backgrounds - students with a passion for technical problem solving, a love of extreme and recreational sports, students who are excited by collaboration and experimentation and want to be part of this growing industry ... could this be you?

How is the course taught

This is a full-time, practical course that reflects the real-world fashion industry. Project work is supported by lectures, demonstrations, field trips, professional experience and focus groups, seminars and tutorials. You'll also be asked to develop peer and self-evaluation skills, which will be used in critical, conceptual, productive and professional capacities.

What you'll do

Year 1

In your first year you'll work alongside the BA(Hons) Fashion Design students to maximise your fashion experience in our authentic industry studio setting. Supported by your course team, you'll build up the fundamental skills of performance sportswear design and have 'In Conversation With' fashion industry specialists. Your work is underpinned throughout by a series of lectures and seminars that provide an introduction to the history of design.

Year 2

During your second year you will be introduced to advancement in materials and the processes of sport and performance sportswear design. Complementing your design work is a series of practical computer-aided design workshops using Adobe package software for sportswear design. A live branding project will give you the ability to design a coherent collection for a specified target audience. A further collection design brief is set for a water-based sport. You'll begin to shift from staff-directed to self-directed study, and enjoy inspiration through study trips to global fashion capitals.

Year 3

In the third year you'll be introduced to a number of business concepts used within the performance sportswear industry and tasked with producing an experimental portfolio. Your dissertation, or equivalent, is also completed along with your final major collection: an agreed design proposal and full collection of four finished outfits supported by a professional industry-standard portfolio.


Our world-class, internationally connected Fashion Studio includes:

  • Cutting tables
  • Professional fitting stands
  • Laser cutter
  • Silicon taping machine
  • Ultrasonic welder
  • Designated wet processes room
  • Industrial overlockers
  • Blind stitching machines


Our dedicated Performance Sportswear team offer the very best of professional experience to share with you. Their extensive knowledge of the American sportswear market and first-hand experience of working in design and merchandising for companies such as Urban Outfitters, Saks, Nordstrom and Macy's is first class.

Experience you'll get

  • Study trips, international work experience and live projects with industry partners
  • Final year fashion show
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Fashion website design 


  • Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
  • Final year dissertation, project and exhibition


  • Career as an assistant designer/designer of a sportswear label
  • Work as a buyer or merchandiser
  • Becoming a proprietor of a clothing label
  • Career as a stylist
  • Work as a production manager
  • Sportswear retail

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have a high employment rate and have gone on to work at

  • Nike Innovation Lab
  • Adidas Outdoor
  • Sweaty Betty
  • Musto
  • Griffin Studios to name a few

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Fashion courses group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: