Sportswear Design BA(Hons)
Through practical skills and experience, we'll help you prepare for an exciting, creative and successful career in one of the fastest-growing global industries.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll innovate across function and aesthetic. Sometimes working with our industry contacts like Finisterre and Adidas, you'll solve commercial problems and create lifestyle collections, while learning about new technology and materials processes, anatomy, and the human factors influencing 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.
What our students do
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.
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
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
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
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).
Apply via UCAS
- University code F33
- Course code W233
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
You’ll need to submit an online portfolio to be considered, and if you receive an offer you’ll be invited to a post-offer visit day. Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
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 2019-20
£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
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