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 and Karen Millen, 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 are available to study at the following locations:
We also offer BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art which is based at the Royal School of Needlework.
Our partner the Open College of the Arts offers BA (Hons) Textiles as a distance learning course.
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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:
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:
Find out where our Fashion & Textiles courses have taken some of our students
"Fashion Buying Retail Management was the perfect opportunity for me because it offers modules that I’m interested in such as fashion retail logistics, organisation behaviour, and financial management. This course has so much to offer and with hard work and support from my tutors I seized the opportunity to study abroad with Erasmus Exchange in Turkey. "
"A valuable lesson from the course was practising new ways to discover my aesthetic. We took part in art classes, in which we were free to explore and express our individuality. Tutors encouraged us to broaden our sources of inspiration, to encourage new ways of thinking and initiate innovative concepts for design."