Fashion Design BA(Hons)

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Create original, responsible and inspiring fashion, making your unique footprint in the industry. This creative and industry-focused Fashion Design degree is taught by a range of expert staff and visiting specialists who will nurture your growth in an inclusive environment.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course duration 3 years / 4 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code W232/FY13

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Course overview

On this Fashion Design degree, you’ll experience real-world challenges, embrace practices and use a wealth of resources to help you grow into a curious, reflective, confident and specialised creative practitioner. By challenging the status quo, you’ll develop innovative fashion concepts to remain at the forefront of an ever-changing global industry.

You will:

  • Raise your awareness through learning that’s driven by the environmental, ethical and moral challenges of our time
  • Take your place at the forefront of the fashion industry, with access to resources ranging from specialist industrial sewing and knit machines and ultrasonic welding equipment to screen printing and a natural dye garden
  • Learn to use the latest digital design technologies, including Clo3D
  • Thrive by working together on collaborative, challenge-based projects
  • Tackle live briefs with leading brands such as Fred Perry, Lou Dalton, O’Neill and New York-based Ryan Roche

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

Course details

On this Fashion Design degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Fashion Design BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year.

Reflecting professional life from day one, this practical fashion degree teaches technical and creative design skills across womenswear and menswear – helping you stand out in the industry as you create original, responsible and inspiring fashion proposals. You'll gain a working knowledge of core fashion design skills such as 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.

BA(Hons) Fashion Design course video

You'll develop your practice in our professionally equipped fashion studios. Supported by the academic and technical course teams, you'll learn essential skills like concept development, 2D and 3D design, fashion illustration and colour and material development. You'll also learn technical skills like pattern cutting and garment construction. While studying the theories surrounding fashion and writing, you'll explore cultural, historical and ethical issues.

Modules

Research

In this module, you'll begin to acquire core skills in research within the context of a fashion design brief. You'll become familiar with methods of research and the fashion vocabulary, and explore traditional mark making in the form of drawing, while also developing digital communication skills.

Cut and Construct

This module will help you to grow core garment production techniques. In-depth analysis of specific techniques and processes will inform your knowledge of the pattern/construction process and their application in the fashion industry.

Discovery

Through design project briefs, you'll build upon the techniques explored in previous modules to enhance your production and research skills, and your own emerging design voice. You'll engage with concepts of risk-taking, play and curiosity to develop original and progressive design ideas in both 2D and 3D formats.

Themes in Culture

This module helps you to contextualise your design and production skills. You'll work on developing appropriate research, presentation, and communication skills to enable you to effectively articulate your ideas.

With a focus on professional practice, this year will see you begin to shape your identity as a fashion designer, as you develop a confident personal perspective. Through live and simulated industry briefs, you'll apply your skills to areas like brand and market awareness, sustainability, ethical and moral issues, and ideas presentation. 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.

Modules

Fashion Thinking

You will research, interrogate and form a defensible viewpoint of the contemporary fashion industry based on up-to-date design practices, futurology and ethical considerations. Alongside this philosophical investigation, you will also learn how clothing brands are formulated. Working as part of a group, you will experience team dynamics and be encouraged to present your ideas in open forums, where you'll discuss, negotiate and defend them.

Fashion Industry Practice

In this module, you'll gain a "Real World" experience, working on live projects or those simulating industry working practices and timescales. You will explore the synergies and tensions that take place between the creative and professional contexts of the fashion industry and develop skills to creatively direct a brand-specific clothing collection and present design ideas to be carried through into garment realisation.

Innovation

Following introductory workshops in advanced garment production techniques such as knit, print and advanced cutting, you will harness these new skills to enhance your own fashion design voice. You'll produce innovative and progressive new ideas for clothing in both 2D and 3D, while being encouraged to embrace the unexpected and reject the obvious.

Theories of Culture

This module delves deeper into the historical, social, cultural and global contexts in which contemporary fashion design practice occurs. It introduces theoretical perspectives in order to develop your ability to discuss your own and others' practice in an academic framework.

In the final year of your Fashion Design degree, you'll develop a graduate collection by intensively researching, developing and exploring 2D and 3D concepts. Alongside this, you will produce a dissertation, portfolio and look book to help launch your career. There will be opportunities to promote yourself by participating in industry live competition briefs set by the British Fashion Council and the Graduate Fashion Foundation.

Modules

Collection Research

You'll develop and collate the concept, market/customer, colour, materials research, and so on, that you will use to inform your pre- and graduate collections. Research will be meaningful and also explore the ethical and sustainability considerations of your chosen fashion message.

Pre-Collection

You will investigate, develop and present a pre-collection which fully integrates your research materials. This process will allow you to make informed decisions about areas of strength and weakness within your research before committing to a final decision on your graduate collection.

Dissertation

In this module, you will complete a dissertation on an agreed subject relating to your individual interests and practice. You will reflect on personal research strengths and practice and engage in considered debate and detailed discussion of the chosen topic.

Collection

In this module, you will complete your graduate fashion collection, based on preparation completed in previous Year Three modules. This will culminate in the delivery of an assigned number of fully realised garments collated as coherent outfits, ready for presentation at a fashion show or equivalent.  

Professional Strategies

This module will support you in developing a range of self-promotional materials relevant to your individual ambitions following graduation. Industry guests and careers/employability specialists will share advice and guidance regarding interviews, placements, contacting potential employers, and postgraduate study.

Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?

If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.

What you'll learn

If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.

Modules

Explore

You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.

Technique

You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.

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You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.

Industry

You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.

Launch

You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.

After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

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.

We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.

This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.

How you'll learn

Working with our team of highly experienced academic and technical teams, you will collaborate with colleagues and students from different courses, learn from industry guest lecturers, take on live projects with brands 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.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time

Year Timetabled teaching and learning activity Guided independent study

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning Digitally enhanced learning
1 35% 65%
2 30% 70%
3 22% 78%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

 0% 0%  100% 

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

0%

100%

3

0%

0%

100%

The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

  • Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
  • Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments.
  • Final-year dissertation and two final-year exhibitions.

What our students do

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Why I chose to study Fashion Design

27 January 2021

When I was a child, I spent hours cutting up my clothes and trying to turn them into something else....

Why I chose to study Fashion Design
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£6000 up for grabs as students enter the Dragons' Den

04 April 2022

RealWORKS' second annual Dragons’ Den event took place in March, and saw students compete for a sh...

£6000 up for grabs as students enter the Dragons' Den
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Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement

04 February 2022

Falmouth’s Fashion & Textiles Institute has joined forces with key leaders across the fashion ...

Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement
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Fashion & Textiles Institute hosts ‘Black cultural conversations’ guest lecture series

12 October 2021

The Fashion & Textiles Institute is hosting a specialist guest lecture series for its students. ...

Fashion & Textiles Institute hosts ‘Black cultural conversations’ guest lecture series
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Students stun judges at Graduate Fashion Week

21 June 2021

BA(Hons) Fashion Photography student Layna Miyazaki has won the Fashion Communication Digital Portfo...

Students stun judges at Graduate Fashion Week
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Collaboration Explores the Future of Retail

02 July 2019

Fashion Marketing and Interior Design students have joined forces to tackle the 'future of retail' i...

Collaboration Explores the Future of Retail
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Outstanding Award for Fashion Design

13 June 2018

The Fashion Design course has won the accolade of Outstanding Portfolio at the British Fashion Counc...

Outstanding Award for Fashion Design
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23 May 2018

Fashion students Fadzai Kadzatsa and Angela Farrell have been featured in Vogue Italia's online...

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Staff

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.

John Boddy

Head of Fashion Design

John studied fashion design, specialising in womenswear, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and...

John Boddy

Claire Barker-Phillips

Course Leader, Fashion Design BA(Hons)

Claire studied Textiles at Buckinghamshire before undertaking a Masters degree at the Royal College ...

Claire Barker-Phillips

Sarah Braddock-Clarke

Senior Lecturer

Sarah E.Braddock Clarke studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampto...

Sarah Braddock-Clarke

Camilla Dixon

Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design

After graduating from Central St Martins with a first class hons degree in Fashion Design in 1993, I...

Camilla Dixon

Geertje Dreijerink

Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design

In 2005 I graduated from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts’ BA Fashion Design in Arnhem, the Netherlands...

Geertje Dreijerink
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Chihoko Jones

Lecturer

I went to Bunka Technical College in Tokyo for my degree in Fashion Studies. I joined fashion design...

Chihoko Jones

Jo Julian

Technician

I grew up near Helston in Cornwall and after leaving school spent 30 years working in the garment ma...

Jo Julian

Freya Moses

Senior Technician, Printed Textiles

I work as a senior technician within the Fashion & Textiles Institute. I specialise in printed t...

Freya Moses

Julie Ripley

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Textile Design

Julie Ripley studied history of modern art, design and film at Northumbria University, where she wen...

Julie Ripley

Dr Kate Strasdin

Senior Lecturer

I joined Falmouth University in 2009 as an associate lecturer teaching histories and theories to stu...

Dr Kate Strasdin

Jill Weeks

Senior Technician

Jill Weeks is the senior technician for garment construction on the Performance Sportswear Design co...

Jill Weeks

Kathryn Broad

An artist and educator who traverses the applied and fine art genres driven by a fascination with an...

Kathryn Broad

Facilities

  • 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.
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Fashion & Textiles Facilities

Centred around studio spaces that cater for solo and group working, our Fashion & Textiles Insti...

Fashion & Textiles Facilities
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Library Facilities

Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...

Library Facilities
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Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...

Sports Centre

Careers

Our Fashion Design graduates have worked as:

  • Product Developer at Palmer//Harding
  • Pattern Cutter at COS
  • Design Assistant at Liam Hodges
  • Senior Designer at Adidas Outdoor
  • Tailoring Assistant at The Tailoring Academy
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Fashion Graduate Selected to Open International Conference


Michelle Facey, graduate from BA(Hons) Fashion Design, was recently selected to showcase her work at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institute's (IFFTI) annual conference.

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How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through Clearing or for September 2023 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply through Clearing 2022

Apply for 2023

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Fashion Design BA(Hons) three year degree W232
Fashion Design BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year (new for entry year 2023) FY13

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.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

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

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£TBC per year Full-time UK
£TBC per year Full-time EU/international

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. 

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.

Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway

  • £250 for materials
  • A laptop/desktop computer
  • Adobe Creative Suite

In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your specialism, you may need a specific type of computer. You can find out more about the type of machine you'll need on your course specialism page. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

 

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What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students? 

From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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