- UCAS Code
- Falmouth Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Performance sportswear is a booming specialism, with forward-thinking designers creating new materials, products and styles every day. We'll give you everything you need to become one of those designers, encouraging you to experiment, create and innovate so you can discover your unique design identity. With our support, you'll design cutting-edge apparel that’s practical, functional and aesthetically pleasing, producing wearable designs to launch your career in this fast-paced exciting industry.
Surfing, snowboarding, running, climbing, mountain biking; performance sportswear is a huge industry that is driven by creative and scientific exploration. Shaped in response to industry needs, this course offers an opportunity to develop your intellectual, technical and creative skills, enabling you to design and create clothing specific to a variety of action sports.
From ultrasonic welding to bonding, laser cutting to digital printing, you'll experiment with the latest fabrics and construction methods and, using both hand drawing and digital technology, develop designs that meet the needs of this most demanding of sectors. You'll also study trends, computer-aided design (CAD) and branding to ensure your practical skills are balanced with an appreciation of aesthetics and marketing.
You'll put your skills into practice on live projects and undertake work placements with recognised brands – including Decathlon, Finisterre, Rip Curl and howies – to gain a thorough insight into the industry. Visiting speakers will inspire you to create original, exciting and progressive designs, so you graduate primed to launch into the industry.
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
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, have 'In Conversation With' workshops with fashion industry specialists, and take a study trip to London to do store reports and attend international fashion trade shows.
An increased focus on professional practice, in your second year you'll start shaping your identity as a designer with more live briefs and assignments, experimenting with new technologies and mastering different techniques. You'll begin to shift from staff-directed to student-led study, take another study trip to a global fashion capital like New York or Barcelona, complete an industry placement and be supported to develop an impactful fashion CV.
Comfortable with independent creative learning, in your final year you'll produce your dissertation and final project, showing in the Falmouth Fashion Show in June. You'll also create your industry-standard portfolio, ready to launch your fashion career on graduation.
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
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, as well as a dissertation, final year project and exhibition.
- Career as an assistant designer/designer with a performance sportswear company
- Work as a buyer or merchandiser
- Becoming a proprietor of a clothing label
- Career as a stylist
- Work as a production manager
Interview and selection process
Interviews will be held on:
- 4 December 2013
- 15 January 2014
- 12, 19, 21 February 2014
- 5, 7 March 2014
Student mentor scheme
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 group. You need to join the group before you can post. Our student mentors have already done the first year of the course ... so ask them anything you like!
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