Sportswear Design BA(Hons)
Be a part of this exciting, future-focused degree and graduate with excellent career prospects and industry connections. On this course, you’ll apply your love of sport to creative design work, and get hands-on with live briefs from well-known brands.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll develop your design skills through a mixture of group and individual tutorials, as well as regular lectures from visiting industry practitioners. From professional athletes’ technical wear to health and wellbeing clothing, you’ll explore the applied nature of your products – and how they’ll be used in the real world.
- Work on live briefs with companies such as Adidas, Finisterre and Performance Days (Munich), 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.
- Build technical, creative product design and development skills.
- Connect with alumni in the industry.
- Share a common first year with Fashion Design students, where you’ll select a specialist pathway as you move into your second year.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and made changes to our courses to provide flexible, blended delivery that offers high-quality digital engagement and access to face-to-face teaching in our facilities. You can see how your course may be adjusted by viewing the changes for the current academic year by visiting our welcome letters & latest course updates pages
What our students do
Student Reports on Royal Visit
Sportswear Design Student Lands Dream Job
Product Storytelling with Paul Tudor
Sportswear Design Student Wins International Award
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
As part of this targeted sportswear design course, you’ll build conceptual and 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 research, idea and concept development, drawing and using materials. We’ll also cover sportswear-relevant subjects like psychology and anthropology, and concepts like critical thinking and reflection.
Research and Development
During this module, you’ll develop core skills in research within the context of a sportswear design brief. You’ll become familiar with methods of research and sportswear vocabulary and explore traditional mark making in the form of drawing, as well as gaining digital communication skills.
This module will assist you in the development of core garment construction techniques. In-depth analysis of specific techniques and processes will inform your knowledge of the pattern and construction process and their application in the sportswear industry.
Through design project briefs, you’ll build upon the techniques explored in previous modules to hone your production skills, research skills and 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
During this module, you’ll contextualise your design and production knowledge and learn to effectively articulate your ideas by developing research, presentation and communication skills.
You’ll explore modern materials, colour, design processes and sportswear-specific construction techniques. You’ll also learn digital design skills including CLO3D (with an Adobe accreditation option), and have the chance to study abroad with one of our partner institutions.
You will research, interrogate and form a defensible viewpoint of the contemporary sportswear industry based on up-to-date design practices, futurology and ethical considerations. Alongside this philosophical investigation, you’ll also learn how clothing brands are formulated. Working in groups, you will experience team dynamics, be encouraged to present your ideas in open forums, where you’ll discuss, negotiate and defend them.
Sportswear Industry Practice
You’ll actively work on projects, which may be live or may simulate industry working practices and timescales to allow for a “real world” experience. You will explore the synergies and tensions that take place between the creative and professional contexts of the sportswear industry and develop skills to creatively direct a brand-specific clothing collection and present design ideas to be carried through into garment realisation.
Following introductory workshops in advanced garment production techniques such as welding, print and advanced cutting, you will integrate these new skills to enhance your own fashion design voice. You will produce innovative and progressive new ideas for clothing in both 2D and 3D, where embracing the unexpected and rejecting the obvious will be integral to success.
Theories of Culture
This module delves deeper into the historical, social, cultural and global contexts in which contemporary sportswear design practice occurs.
It introduces theoretical perspectives that will aid you in discussing your own and others’ practice in an academic framework.
In the final year of your Sportswear Design degree, you’ll create a graduate collection by intensively researching, developing and exploring 2D and 3D concepts. Alongside this, you will produce your dissertation, portfolio and look book to help launch your career.
Advanced Research and Development
You will develop and collate the concept, market, colour, materials research, and so on, that you will use to inform your pre- and graduate collections. Your research will be meaningful, and will also explore the ethical and sustainability considerations of your chosen sportswear direction.
Sportswear 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 on areas of strength and weakness within your research before committing to a final decision on your graduate collection.
In this module, you’ll complete a dissertation arising out of agreed individual interests relating to practice. You will reflect on personal research strengths and practice, and engage in considered debate and detailed discussion of the chosen topic.
Sportswear Collection Production
In this module, you will complete your graduate sportswear 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.
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 further post-graduate study.
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 highly experienced academic and technical teams, you will collaborate with colleagues and students from different courses, engage with 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. You will also have the chance to study abroad for a term through our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad partnerships.* There’ll also be opportunities to gain self-directed work experience with contemporary sportswear brands like Sweaty Betty, Hurley and Umbro.
* Due to ongoing restrictions on travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty over the future of the UK's participation in Erasmus+ due to Brexit, we cannot guarantee study exchanges as a part of this course.
How you'll spend your time
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 Art...
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 Design...
I grew up near Helston in Cornwall and after leaving school spent 30 years working in the garment...
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 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/EU applications: 29 January 2021 (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.
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 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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