Sportswear Design BA(Hons)
Be part of this exciting, future-focussed course and graduate with excellent career prospects. On this course you’ll be able to apply your love of sport to design work.
|Course Duration||3 years|
From health and wellbeing clothing to professional athletes’ technical-wear, you’ll explore the applied nature of what you create - and how your products will be used in the real world. As well as developing your design skills, you’ll learn invaluable business skills too, putting you in the perfect place to launch your career.
- Work on live briefs with companies such as Adidas, Finisterre and LuLu Lemon, representing industry themes and needs.
- Develop 2D and 3D digital skills to support concept communication and prototyping.
- Attend specialist workshops and guest lectures from industry leaders.
- Have the opportunity to visit Germany for the industry leading Performance Days and ISPO trade fairs, where you’ll also have the option to attend masterclasses with industry experts.
- Build technical, creative product design and development skills.
- Get the chance to to connect with alumni in the industry.
What our students do
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have worked at Nike Innovation Lab, Adidas, Reebok, Lucas Hugh, Sweaty Betty, Musto, and Griffin Studios.
What you'll learn
You’ll build conceptual, critical thinking, and peer and self-evaluation skills as we encourage you to lead your studies and direct your career.
Working alongside BA(Hons) Fashion Design students, you’ll explore the industry’s history and build essential sportswear design skills like researching, coming up with ideas, drawing and using materials. We’ll also cover factors like psychology and anthropology, and concepts like critical thinking and reflection.
Research and Development
Themes in Culture
We’ll explore modern materials, processes and technical construction machinery, and build your skills in the use of colour and advanced cutting. You’ll also learn computer-aided design (CAD) with an Adobe accreditation option, and have the chance to study abroad with one of our partner institutions.
Sportswear Industry Practice
Theories of Culture
Focusing on professional design, you’ll work on your portfolio and dissertation, as well as your final project, which you’ll showcase at a London Exhibition.
Advanced Research and Development
Sportswear Pre- Collection
Sportswear Collection Production
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
You’ll work on live briefs and other projects, with supporting industry placements, field trips, demonstrations, lectures, seminars and tutorials. There’ll also be opportunities to gain work experience with brands like Sweaty Betty, Hurley and Umbro.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
We assess progress through a combination of visual, verbal and written assignments. The course culminates in two final year exhibitions and a dissertation.
You’ll be mentored and supported by industry professionals, offering international experience in design and merchandising.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
John studied fashion design, specialising in womenswear, at Central Saint Martins College of...
I went to Bunka Technical College in Tokyo for my degree in Fashion Studies. I joined fashion...
Dr Kate Strasdin
I joined Falmouth University in 2009 as an associate lecturer teaching histories and theories to...
Jill Weeks is the senior technician for garment construction on the Performance Sportswear...
I grew up near Helston in Cornwall and after leaving school spent 30 years working in the...
Sarah E.Braddock Clarke studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, University of...
- 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
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: W233
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
How to Apply
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Interview Information: Sportswear Design BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Sportswear Design interview.
After you apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Understands 3D working with experimentation.
- Demonstrates problem solving and development.
- Understands sportswear context.
- Has analytical and communication skills.
- Can draw or illustrate, and document development.
- Shows original thought, critical thinking and visual research skills.
- Appreciates contemporary sportswear.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time 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)
- £800-£1,200 - 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
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.
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