Performance Sportswear Design BA(Hons)

Penryn 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.


  • Study trips, and live projects with industry partners
  • Opportunities for international work experience with the likes of Sweaty Betty, Hurley, and Umbro
  • Final year fashion show
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Fashion website design

How the course is 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 sportswear design. 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 relevant to the sportswear industry, processes of sport and sportswear design. You will build on the skills learnt during year 1 to include, CAD with Adobe accreditation option, advanced cutting and the use of colour through print. You will also be introduced to knit and the technical construction machinery used in the sportswear industry.

Year 3

Your final year focuses on professional design practice, your dissertation and the production of your final project, a 4 outfit collection showcased during the Falmouth Fashion Show and in a London exhibition. You'll also create your industry-standard portfolio, ready to launch your sportswear 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


Our Performance Sportswear team offer the very best of professional experience to share with you. They have extensive knowledge of the global sportswear market and first-hand experience of working in design and merchandising in International companies and manufacturing.


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


  • Creative degree gives vast career options using Design Thinking
  • Work in brand innovation teams
  • Career as an assistant designer/designer of a sportswear label
  • Develop own brand
  • 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.

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