Fashion Design BA(Hons)

Fashion Design_Main
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 key focus on developing the skills used to gather original and inspiring research. 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

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 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

Course outline

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

Year One

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

Year Two

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

Year Three

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

Work placements

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.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

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