- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 254350
Develop the creative edge to design unique and imaginative collections. We'll help you prepare for a career in fashion by carefully nurturing your growth through the research, design, development and making of progressive and innovative clothing.
Mirroring industry processes from the outset, this course has a focus on developing the skills used to gather original and inspiring research. Alongside colleagues within the Fashion & Textiles Institute, you'll work in an authentic studio setup, exactly as you would after graduation. You'll explore concept development, drawing, fashion illustration, pattern cutting and construction, with visiting industry specialists supporting your commercial awareness.
- Live projects with leading brands
- Optional study trip to a fashion capital
- Gain industry experience through work placements
- Acquire skills ranging from pattern cutting and garment construction to concept development
Fees, Costs and Funding
Tuition fees 2018-19
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
£200-£400 - Recurring annual costs
£100-£400 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
£1,350 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
How to Apply
You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W232
Find out what we are looking for in a successful applicant for this course.
All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.
International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.
This course requires all eligible applicants to submit an online portfolio to be considered for a place on the course.
Once you've applied we'll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements
If you receive an offer then you will be invited to attend a post offer visit day.
A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
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How the course is taught
BA(Hons) Fashion Design allows you to develop the technical and creative edge to design original, inspiring collections. It is a full-time, practice-based course supported by a range of lectures, demonstrations, professional experience, field trips, seminars and tutorials.
How you'll spend your time
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How you'll be assessed
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Fashion at Falmouth reflects industry from the very outset. You’ll be working alongside colleagues at the Fashion & Textiles Institute in an authentic studio setup, exactly as you would after graduation.
During the degree you’ll engage in essential skills training that spans drawing, concept development, research, fashion illustration, fabric technology, pattern cutting, construction, as well as design thinking, market research and business modelling. It is an intensive and practical course, which encourages professional identity and prepares you for the workplace.
What you'll do
The 1st year sees you work alongside the BA(Hons) Performance Sportswear Design students in our professionally equipped fashion studios. You’ll be supported by the course team to develop fundamental skills in fashion design, which include concept, design, cut and construction.
Lectures in the theories surrounding fashion and writing will offer the chance to explore industrial, professional and global contexts of the field.
- Unpicking preconceived perceptions - fashion and clothing codes
- Critical and analytical thinking
- Core skills - pattern cutting and construction
- Drawing, research, concept development and CAD
- 2D to 3D processes
- Fabrics and materials
- Use of colour
In your 2nd year you'll start shaping your identity as a fashion designer with an increased focus on professional practice. Live and simulated industry briefs focus on brand, market awareness and designing real clothes for real people. You'll also be introduced to embellishment, hand and machine knit, and Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for a fashion context.
There are opportunities in the 2nd year to take self-funded study trips to a global fashion capital like New York or Barcelona, complete an industry placement and be supported to develop an impactful fashion CV. All students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term through our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad partnerships.
- Knit, print, advanced pattern cutting
- Brand/market awareness
- Live industry design project
- Contemporary business modelling
- Development of innovation and progressive thinking
Your final year focuses on professional design practice, your dissertation and the production of your final project, showcased using a progressive industry standard format. You'll also create your professional portfolio, ready to launch your fashion career on graduation.
- Deep exploration of collection-specific research
- Development of 2 pre-collections
- Production of 6 outfit capsule collection
- Self-branding assignment
- Production of graduate portfolio & exit materials
You'll be based at the Fashion & Textiles Institute on our Penryn Campus. The purpose built fashion studios feature professional technology and equipment, including:
- Cutting tables
- Fitting stands
- Laser cutting equipment
- Silicon taping machine
- Ultrasonic welder
- Designated wet processes room
- Industrial overlockers
- Blind-stitching machines
- Knitting machines
- Online access to WGSN and LS:N Global
Staff have held coveted roles working for iconic designers such as Alexander McQueen. Their in-depth knowledge, from running their own labels to working as film, TV and costume designers, gives an added edge to the student learning experience. With rich specialist interests in identity, subculture and style, they prioritise a responsible and sustainable ethos.
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final year dissertation and two final year exhibitions
- Clothing label founder
- Working with a design team or freelance
- Journalist, stylist or fashion forecaster
- Retail and merchandising
- Fashion buyer
Our students have undertaken work placements with the following companies:
- Christopher Kane (London)
- Brooklyn Tailors (New York)
- Christian Dior (Paris)
- Maison Martin Margiela (Paris)
- Mary Katrantzou (London)
- Jonathan Saunders (London)
- Topshop (London)
- H&M (Stockholm)
- Peter Jensen (London)
- JW Anderson (London)
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 mentors can be reached on the fashion courses Facebook group.
They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.
You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to email@example.com