Sportswear Design BA(Hons)

Sportswear Design_Main
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Take your place at the heart of one of the fastest-growing global industries. Through practical skills and experience, we'll help you prepare for an exciting, creative and successful career within the sports and active-wear industry. Inspired by doing what you love, you'll be given the opportunity to explore Sportswear Design in the areas of fashion, being active and clothing concepts.

This is all combined with our constant commitment to investing in and delivering the best teaching, curriculum, facilities, environment and industry links. At Falmouth, you will innovate across function and aesthetic. Sometimes working with some of our industry contacts including Finisterre and Adidas, you'll solve commercial problems and create lifestyle collections, all the while learning about new technology and materials processes, anatomy and the human factors that influence design. You'll develop essential skills, from advanced cutting to the use of colour through print, while your increasing awareness of design philosophies will enable you to produce conceptual and critically aware apparel. 


  • International work experience opportunities with brands such as Sweaty Betty, Hurley and Umbro
  • Acquire skills ranging from CAD and garment construction to concept development
  • Gain industry experience through work placements
  • Study trips and live projects


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)

£800-£1,200 - 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 W233

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.

Course-specific tasks

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


Entry Requirements

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.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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How the course is taught

This is a full-time, practical course that reflects the performance sportswear industry. Project work is supported by lectures, demonstrations, field trips, professional experience, 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
230%70% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
30%0% 100% 

Course outline

From the beginning of the degree we'll encourage you to innovate across function and aesthetic. You'll solve commercial problems and create lifestyle collections, all the while learning about new technology and materials processes, anatomy and the human factors that influence design.

We'll encourage you to explore essential skills, from advanced cutting to the use of colour through print, while your increasing awareness of design philosophies will enable you to produce conceptual and critically aware apparel. The emphasis at Falmouth is on defining your personal aspiration, allowing more choice over the direction of your study and your career path.

What you'll do

Year one

In your first year you'll work alongside the BA(Hons) Fashion Design students to maximise your fashion experience in our authentic 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.

  • Unpicking preconceived perceptions of 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, materials and colour
  • Introduction to movement, anatomy and human factors

Year two

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 the technical construction machinery used in the sportswear industry.

During year 2, students have the opportunity to experience studying overseas at one of our approved partner institutions through Erasmus+ and Study Abroad.

  • Advanced pattern cutting
  • Innovative construction techniques
  • 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 at a London exhibition. You'll also create your professional portfolio, ready to launch your fashion career on graduation.

  • Deep exploration of collection/activity/sport specific research
  • Development of 2 pre-collections
  • Production of 4 outfit activity-specific 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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


Our Sportswear Design 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.


We assess progress through a combination of visual, verbal and written assignments. The course culminates in two final year exhibitions and a dissertation.


  • Clothing label founder
  • Working with a design team or freelance
  • Journalist, Stylist or Fashion Forecaster
  • Retail and merchandising
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Careers in brand

Graduate destinations

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

  • Nike Innovation Lab
  • Adidas
  • Reebok
  • Lucas Hugh
  • Sweaty Betty
  • Musto
  • Griffin Studios

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 Sportswear Design BA(Hons) 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 LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational 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