Fashion Design BA(Hons)
Work in a supportive environment where together, we’ll nurture your growth towards becoming a future facing designer.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll hone your creative edge, design unique and imaginative collections, and develop your knowledge of what fashion could be through your curiosity and ability to innovate.
- Work on live projects with leading brands like Fred Perry, Seasalt and New York based Ryan Roche.
- Be at the forefront of the industry with access to resources from traditional sewing machines to ultrasonic welding machines.
- Learn to use the latest 3D design technology, including CLO 3D.
- Take part in an intensive two-week multidisciplinary project, where you’ll learn essential work skills, as well as developing your practice.
- Have your third year portfolio showcased as part of the static show at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
What our students do
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have gone on to work with names like Calvin Klein, Margaret Howell, Victoria Beckham, Acne Studios, Burberry, Iris van Herpen, palmer//harding, Jigsaw, Whistles, H&M and Adidas.
In 2018 the course was presented with the British Fashion Council’s Outstanding Portfolio Award for our graduate portfolio presentations.
What you'll learn
Reflecting professional life from day one, you’ll practically and thoroughly learn technical and creative design skills - helping you stand out in the industry as you create original and inspiring collections. You’ll gain a working knowledge of core fashion design skills like research, analysis, translation, drawing, pattern cutting and construction, as well as innovation skills like risk-taking and experimenting with new technologies like clo3D and ultrasonic construction techniques.
You’ll develop your practice in our professionally-equipped fashion studios. Supported by the academic and technical course team, you’ll learn essential skills like creating concepts and 2D and 3D design. You’ll also learn technical skills like pattern cutting and garment construction. And by studying the theories surrounding fashion and writing, you’ll explore cultural, historical and ethical issues.
Cut and Construct
Themes in Culture
With more focus on professional practice, you’ll start shaping your identity as a fashion designer, and develop a confident personal perspective. Live and simulated industry briefs will apply your skills to areas like brand and market awareness, sustainability, and presenting your ideas. You’ll be introduced to digital and screen printing, machine knitting, advanced cutting techniques, tailoring and advanced CAD/digital design solutions. You can also choose to take on a self-directed industrial placement during the summer break. Students have undertaken work experience with brands like Maison Margiela, Dior, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, JW Anderson and palmer//harding.
Fashion Industry Practice
Theories of Culture
You’ll develop a graduate collection by intensively researching, developing and exploring 2D and 3D concepts. Alongside this you’ll produce your dissertation, portfolio and look book to help launch your career. There’ll also be opportunities to promote yourself and take part in the Graduate Fashion Week exhibition in London.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
How you'll learn
Working with our team of highly experienced academic and technical teams, you’ll collaborate with colleagues from different courses, take on live projects with brands like Ryan Roche in New York, and develop your own practice to an industry standard. Regular learning comes through tutorials - both one-to-one and in groups, lectures, seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations. You’ll also have the chance to study abroad for a term through our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad partnerships.
How you'll spend your time
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How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments.
- Final-year dissertation and two final-year exhibitions.
On top of working for iconic designers like Alexander McQueen, our tutors and support staff provide detailed knowledge in areas like styling subculture, business entrepreneurship, ethics, sustainability, and running their own labels.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
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- Cutting tables.
- Fitting stands.
- Industrial flatbed machines.
- Digital design solutions like clo3D, Gerber and Adobe.
- Digital and traditional printing equipment.
- Laser cutting equipment.
- Silicon taping equipment.
- Ultrasonic construction machines.
- Industrial overlockers.
- Blind-stitching machines.
- Knitting machines.
- Publication/portfolio production facilities.
- Online access to WGSN and LS:N Global.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: W232
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
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Interview Information: Fashion Design BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Fashion Design interview.
After You Apply
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What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is interested in contemporary fashion.
- Has problem solving and development skills.
- Shows an understanding of design context.
- Is interested in developing 3D communication skills.
- Has analytical and communication skills.
- Can draw or illustrate and document development.
- Shows original and critical thinking, and visual research skills.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - 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
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
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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