BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    The catwalk, the models, the shows… the world of fashion is exhilarating, rewarding and hard work. This course can help you be a part of it, by taking you through the design process to produce catwalk-ready collections that showcase your talent and demonstrate your technical ability.

    You'll cover everything from designing, garment construction including fashion drawing and illustration, style forecasting and marketing. What's more, we encourage you to develop your own style right from the outset, meaning you can start carving your niche from the day you arrive in our purpose-built design studio.

    During the course, you will:

    • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the technical requirements and aesthetic appeal of the materials you work with.
    • Explore and manipulate fabric and construction techniques as a means of design expression.
    • Develop digital design skills. You will be able to access our digital workshop, which includes equipment for laser cutting, embroidery and fabric printing, as well as the print room and sewing room facilities. Photoshop and Illustrator are available to inform visual design communication.
    • Undertake live industry projects supported by people who live and breathe fashion.
    • Take up work placements to gain valuable first-hand experience of the fashion industry and establish your reputation.
    • Enter competitions to raise your profile. For example, our students have achieved Gold in EuroSkills and awards at UKSkills and WorldSkills.
    • Have your own work and display area in spacious, well-equipped studios.
    • Consider the wider cultural context to underpin your studio work.
    • Focus on your own personal design statement in your final year, which will culminate in your collection being shown at the Bridgwater & Taunton College show.

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  • Teaching and Assessment

    Most of your time will be spent in our first-rate studios and workshops, although your practical work will be complemented by a programme in Visual Culture during your first two years. Assessment is by 100% coursework with no exams. Your final Degree Show exhibition forms an essential part of your portfolio.

  • Career Progression

    We work with a panel of well-respected people from within the fashion and textiles industry to ensure that our course keeps up-to-date with the expectations of the workplace. As a result, our students are successful at securing employment upon completion of their studies, and often leave College with an enviable profile in their chosen sector.

    Recent graduates have gone on to jobs in design, retail management, buying and fashion promotion. They've worked with employers including Courtaulds, Abercrombie and Fitch, Sassi Holford, Fat Face, Debenhams Fashion Design team, Ashley Isham, Miss Selfridge, Next, New Look Design Team, Peacock's buying team and Vivienne Westwood.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma - DM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or Equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 12 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.