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Over the course of our Fashion Design degree, you will develop all of the design skills and technical knowledge you need to be successful in the fashion industry.
During your studies you will have the opportunity to use contemporary equipment and facilities in an exceptional and professional studio environment of the industry. A broad introduction to Fashion principles and characteristics will enable you to create your own collection or publication at the end of the final year of your studies.
With our strong industry links, guest speakers, live projects, work experience and internships, all an integral part of the course, you will have access to everything you need to develop a major collection at a professional catwalk standard in your final year.
You will also develop professional and entrepreneurial skills to help you find your way through the creative industries.
Our main and absolute objective is to create competent graduates, able to respond perfectly to any relevant industry requirements, but mostly to provide them with the appropriate skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field by creating exceptional results through their “dare full” expressive and aesthetically developed style.
Our Fashion course offers you a stimulating environment where we will encourage you to develop your own individual aesthetic signature. We will place an emphasis on technical finesse, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.
Over the first two years you will be introduced to the fashion industry requirements and opportunities, and you will develop appropriate clothes-making and designing skills, which will lead you to define your own area of specialization and style. In your third year you will be able to produce a portfolio of work and get prepared to produce your own impressive results inyour final year as a professional Fashion Designer presenting your own unique style.
STAGE 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
The 1st year of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. It will help you to better understand your course specifications and values, and you will be introduced technically and conceptually to the course and to industry expectations.
When you successfully complete our 1st year of study, you can proceed to the 2ndyear of our Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion.
Specialization Roles in the Industry and Design Development – Contextual Studies (60 credits)
Module Code: FA/AD01/01
Art & Design Techniques & Idea Processes (part set assignment) (60 credits)
Module Code: FA/AD01/02
During the 2nd year of your studies the emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills and on using CAD software applications so you can use technology for your own creative work, technical production, marketing and promotion. You will develop a range of skills in the fashion and textiles industry, through experimentation with material, surface, form and function and you will be introduced to contemporary fashion and innovative pattern cutting outcomes by employing skills of design interpretation and three-dimensional realization, fit alteration, pattern drafting and adaptation, construction and manufacture, leading design to actual clothing. By the end of the year you will have created your first cohesive fashion collection from the very beginning to the final presentation.
When you successfully complete our 2nd year of study, you can proceed to the 3rd year of our Bachelor’s Degree earning an HNC Diploma (Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design – Fashion & Textiles) as well. The HNC Diploma gives you the opportunity (a) to cash it in and earn a Diploma, (b), to continue for one more year and earn an HND (Higher National Diploma), (c) to continue your studies for two more years and earn a Bachelor’s Degree (from UON, University of Northampton) at our College.
During the 3rd year, the emphasis will be placed on your creative potential and individuality, with the opportunity for coordinated work experience. In order to give you a feel of what it’s like to work in the fashion industry, your projects will be set by external contacts and sponsors and some projects will include consultancy groups. The design management and marketing elements of the course will also include guest lectures from notable industry specialists.
During the 3rd year of your studies, you will have the opportunity to choose some of your projects to do them at the University of Northampton (UON) for a certain period of time (this is optional).
When you successfully complete our 3rd year of study, you can proceed to the 4th and final year of our Bachelor’s Degree.
Your final year encompasses the final major project, which is the design and production of a capsule collection, supported by academic research. This is a chance for you to focus on what you have found most interesting, working in collaboration with the industry and reflecting on what you have learned through the course, including pattern cutting, manufacturing, design research, portfolio presentation, photography and styling, leather/fabric/colour forecasting and CAD. Your final collection may be showcased at a Catwalk Fashion Show and/or at our Degree Show.
When you successfully complete the 4th (final year), you will earn a BA (Hons) Fashion Design. You will become a professional Fashion Designer and fully equipped to succeed in the related industries. You will be fully prepared to lead in the field since the main target of our course is to create graduates capable of developing and exploring their own unique and exceptional aesthetic style.
Year 1 entry:
To enter year 1 of the Fashion design course (of a 4-year course) applicants are expected to send an online portfolio and to have:
We also value professional experience and alternative qualifications accordingly, where necessary.
Year 2 or 3 entry:
Students with a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) or a relevant HND with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted into year two or three, accordingly.
A committee of specialist staff will review applications and might invite you for an interview (international students may be interviewed over Skype). A member of our academic team will discuss about your portfolio with you, your specialized skills, course details and your own expectations, and will also be ready to answer any questions you may have.
How to apply
Depending on what and how you would like to study, you can fill in an online application form.
If you would like to apply for a full-time or a part-time study, distance or online learning, for undergraduate study, BA, HND, HNC, Foundation, please apply directly to the College.
Supporting documents for undergraduate courses
Please include the following documents with your completed application form:
You can apply for any course at any time before the course starts. The normal closing date for applications is 15th of May. Late applications are accepted but are not guaranteed the same level of consideration as applications made before 15th of May.
Application Review and Decision
We will normally provide applicants with a decision within 30 days of the closing date. In case this should take longer, you will be notified.
If your application is successful and you are not required to attend an interview, you will receive a formal offer letter and further information about your course.
Changing my course once I have applied
You can change your course if you would like to, as long as you meet the entry requirements for the new course and there are places available. If the new course requires an interview you will need to attend this before being offered a place. You will have to submit your request to change your course in writing and send it by email to the admissions office.
If you have completed academic studies that are equivalent to the first or second year of the course you are applying for, it may be possible to enter the course at the second or third year. You will need to provide a transcript or list of modules including how many credits they are worth. The Admissions Tutor will then consider the application.
A lot of our courses can be completed part-time. Therefore, you can fit your studies around your life and we will make sure we shape your schedule based on your time availability. The majority of part-time courses start in October. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure we have your details before your course starts.
When considering applications for part-time study, we assess personal, professional and educational experience, preferably relevant, to ensure that the course is a good match for you. Entry requirements vary, so please check individual courses for details.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sex, marital status, age, responsibility for dependents, socio-economic status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
We work hard to ensure that, as far as possible, students with disabilities are able to study successfully with us. If you have additional needs, we advise that you contact the administration office or course tutor as early as possible, so that you can discuss your needs and visit the College to assess the facilities if necessary.
We care about equal opportunity in education, so mature students will be highly considered on equitable terms, as we realize that life might have directed you to other specialized paths. Let’s fix it!
We welcome applications from everyone and we know that relevant experience is just as valuable as qualifications. Whether experience is from your work, voluntary activities or independent study we still want to hear from you.
So, if you don’t meet all of the entry requirements for the course you would like to study, contact our Admissions team at the admissions email and let them know what other relevant experience you have.