Professor Thomass Atkinson

Professor of Fashion Education, Head of the School Fashion, All campuses

Academic, School of Fashion

Head of the School Fashion, Thomass Atkinson graduated from St Martins School of Art (CSM) Fashion/Textiles course before gaining his Master of Design Degree in Fashion from the Royal College of Art.

This was followed by a career in the fashion industry – as a freelance consultant; menswear, womenswear designer and pattern cutter responsible for a range of products across a range of market levels of the fashion industry, both in the UK and in Italy.

During his time in the industry, Thomass worked with a number of projects with companies and designer labels before going into a higher education career.

Thomass first moved into education as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Product Development in 1994 at the Kent Institute of Art and Design. He went on to work in a variety of roles within the institution, including Course Leader Fashion Design, Director of Studies Fashion, Associate Dean Fashion, before becoming the Acting Dean Fashion Design Media and Culture, Strategic Academic Planner (Dean Level role) through to his current role of Head of School Fashion (UCA Epsom and Rochester).

During his time in fashion education he has been a member of a highly successful team that led the development of the subject of fashion portfolio to a significant specialist institution with studies within higher education.

Thomass has led development of a number of innovative and highly successful courses relevant to the fashion and related creative industries and developed and managed large-scale projects funded by the Kent Life Long Learning Network - ‘Tonic’ Creative Business Project; in CPD, Business Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Creative Thinking, Creative IT and Marketing.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Current Executive Committee member for Graduate Fashion Week.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2005.

Thomass has been an active member of a number of professional bodies:

  • Association of Fashion & Textiles
  • British Fashion Council.


External examination:

Thomass has been an external examiner for a number of fashion courses at universities, including:

  • Lasalle-Sia College of Arts Singapore
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • London College of Fashion (UAL)
  • Pearl Academy, IndiaVerifier for the Council of Education Evaluation & Accreditation in Cyprus.