Fashion & Textiles


Our Fashion school is one of the largest in the UK. It encompasses all aspects of the industry from the design, cut and production of garments, fashion marketing, management and retail, right through to fashion promotion and journalism.

While our foundations are steeped in tradition, with alumni including Zandra Rhodes, we also anticipate industry trends. We do this by exploring the latest technology and enjoying links with professional contacts, global fashion brands and guest speakers. In this way, we ensure that our curriculum is up to date and you’re taught the techniques demanded by today’s fashion industry.

Our industry connections are further strengthened by our alumni, who create a network spanning the fashion houses of New York to the studios of companies such as Marc Jacobs in Paris. You’ll benefit from this through visiting lectures and work placement opportunities. We’ve placed students at Viktor & Rolf, Max Mara, Burberry, Balenciaga, Chanel, Topshop, Vogue, Elle and GQ, to name just a few.

By studying at UCA, you’ll be exposed to state-of-the-art equipment such as a computer aided manufacturing Gerber Suite, digital textile printing, and industry-standard photographic and multimedia suites. Traditional skills of creative pattern cutting, garment construction, drawing, illustration and silkscreen painting are also taught here.

You’ll produce a range of imaginative and exciting work, and national competitions such as Graduate Fashion Week are fantastic showcase opportunities. Once you’ve finished your degree, you’ll be able to pursue a career in menswear or womenswear design, design studio management, fashion illustration, fashion textile design, creative pattern cutting, and many more.

Fashion & Textiles courses

Fashion & Textiles courses are available to study at the following locations:

UCA Canterbury

    UCA Epsom

      UCA Farnham

        UCA Rochester

          Royal School of Needlework

          We also offer BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art which is based at the Royal School of Needlework.

          Distance learning

          Our partner the Open College of the Arts offers BA (Hons) Textiles as a distance learning course.

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          Explore our campuses, facilities and creative courses at a UCA Open Day.

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          Careers in fashion & textiles

          Our Fashion & Textiles courses will expose you to a world of opportunities

          All of our Fashion & Textiles courses have a strong track record of graduate employment across many areas of the fashion, textiles and creative industries. Our graduates have secured a host of career opportunities within design, retail management, tailoring, fashion marketing and public relations, and interiors, to name a few. Many have also found success in starting their own fashion, textiles and design businesses. Our graduates have gone on to work with:

          • Ralph Lauren
          • Givenchy
          • Alexander McQueen
          • New Look
          • Topman
          • Puma
          • Adidas
          • Savile Row tailoring houses as apprecntices
          • Alexander McQueen
          • Peter Pilotto
          • Jonathan Saunders
          • Erdem
          • WGSN
          • Preen and Westcott Studios
          • Eyefix Designs.
          • Jimmy Choo
          • Debenhams
          • Skinny Dip
          • The Collection
          • House of Fraser

          We have excellent relationships with a range of household name fashion brands, who regulalry provide our students with valuable work placement opportunities. Our industry connections also allow our students to work on live project briefs set by companies such as Red or Dead, Warehouse and Ralph Lauren. We have strong relationships with:

          • Alexander McQueen
          • Peter Pilotto
          • Jonathan Saunders
          • Erdem
          • Westcott Studios
          • Ted Baker
          • Hardy Amies
          • Comme des Garc╠žons
          • Marc Jacobs
          • Ann Demeulemeester
          • Aquascutum
          • Max Mara
          • Hussein Chalayan
          • Celine
          • Ade Ackerman
          • Arcadia
          • John Lewis
          • River Island Warehouse
          • Hugo Boss
          • Jigsaw
          • French Connection


          Case studies

          Find out where our Fashion & Textiles courses have taken some of our students

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