Fashion | Four Year

BA (Hons) - UCA Epsom - 2019, 2020

Our award-winning BA (Hons) Fashion course provides you with skills to equip you for employment in the fashion industry. 

Previous students have gone on to win the Womenswear and Trailblazer Awards at Graduate Fashion Week, as well as the British Fashion Council Education Sponsorship.

The Year 0 is a preparatory year as part of the four Year BA (Hons) Fashion degree and is aimed at students who want more time before Year 1 to further develop their portfolio skills. 

This offers you the opportunity to explore many areas of fashion, design, fashion drawing, illustration, print, and portfolio presentation. After Year 0, you’ll blend seamlessly with students who have come directly into Year 1 and start immediately with design and garment make projects.

With industry-standard facilities for design, illustration, pattern-cutting, pressing and sewing, you’ll be working on all aspects of garment making and construction. Illustration is taught by a professional fashion illustrator to help you communicate your ideas. 

In Year 2, you’ll take part in a work placement in, giving you the opportunity to put everything you’ve learned into practice before returning for the final year to work on your final collection.

Throughout the duration of the course, fashion history and theory is taught so you’ll learn about a range of contemporary fashion issues and understand how these relate to your own work and creative thinking. 

Above all, this highly creative course will develop you professionally and teach you a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a variety of roles from designer to head pattern cutter, product development manager to fashion illustrator. Our students have previously found employment at brands such as Burberry, Dr Martens, Temperley London and Louis Vuitton.

Length of study:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

64 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W236

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

E

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Course details

  • Year 0

    Year 0 is taken before the three-year BA (Hons) degree and is a preparatory year aimed at students who want more time before Year 1 to develop their creativity, drawing and portfolio skills. Introducing you to the fashion design process, Year 0 gives you a sound basis in fashion and is highly creative. Upon successful completion it will secure your place on the three-year degree without further application or interview.

    Introduction to Creative Practice
    You'll be introduced to a range of creative practices relevant to the discipline of fashion design, which will be used to form a solid foundation for further development throughout the course.

    Independent Practices 1
    This is the first of two independent practice units that you'll study on throughout the year, during which you'll be introduced to the purpose and value of independent practice. There are two aspects to this unit: the first aims to introduce you to, and engage you with, a broad range of visual and related practices common to fashion design. The second aspect asks you to identify, select and use these visual practices so you can begin to find the means to articulate your own personal aesthetic.

    Discovering Design
    Builds on the experience of the first term. This unit gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of key design principles and practices in greater depth. It's designed to help you to consolidate and develop principles encountered in term one and relate them to differing areas of design activity. You'll also be introduced to wider aspects of fashion design, including fashion communication and image creation.

    Independent Practices 2
    You'll build on the results of Independent practice 1 to further engage with a broad range of visual and related practices. This will enable you to find further means to articulate your own personal design aesthetic.

  • Year 1

    In year 1, you'll be introduced to a range of contemporary design practices used to stimulate creativity and innovation within the design process.

    Introduction to Design
    We'll introduce you to a range of contemporary design practices used to stimulate creativity and innovation within the design process. You'll be introduced to a variety of research methodologies and explorative ways of recording research in a visually stimulating, appropriate and informative way, to inform experimentation and risk-taking throughout the design process. This unit will foster an integrated design approach, in which you'll develop an understanding of processes and the application of techniques, and the interrelationship between 2D and 3D development used within the design process.

    Visual Communication
    You'll be introduced to a range of drawing methods to record and explore visual subject matter. We'll encourage fluid thinking to inform creativity and innovation.

    Creative Cutting and Construction
    In the initial stage of this unit, you'll develop basic pattern cutting and sewing skills, before progressing to more complex and inventive cutting and garment construction techniques. You'll be encouraged to extend your own technical knowledge through independent research and examination of processes and practices used within historical costumes and the work of contemporary designers.

    Introduction to Fashion History and Theory
    This unit establishes the basic framework of historical knowledge - vital for developing a contextual understanding. It also introduces the tools for visual and textual analysis. It's envisaged that a significant element in this unit should involve structural collaboration with relevant studio staffing, in order to demonstrate connections between theory and practice at an early stage in your student experience. You'll be introduced to a variety of key academic texts, with the aim of developing your understanding and skills of textual analysis.

  • Year 2

    In year 2, you'll learn the techniques of tailoring, draping and designing in more detail. You'll continue to build your knowledge of fashion culture, and apply your knowledge in the real world through a period of work experience.

    Innovative Design Practice
    This unit aims to extend your creative process and design innovation through the development of design concepts and engagement with related 2D and 3D experimental and exploratory practices. You'll be asked to look into the past and present, in order to shape the future and create forward-thinking design solutions.

    Creative Drape Practice
    This enables you to extend your knowledge of contemporary design practices learnt in the previous unit, and apply this to historical and modern cutting and drape practice.

    Professional Practice
    You'll develop professional practices in relation to global industry contexts and prepare for undertaking a five-week period of work experience.

    Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication
    You'll encounter the key issues and academic debates which circulate in contemporary discussion of design culture. We'll provide interdisciplinary theories and methods for analysis, drawing on dominant theories of explanation and engaging in current debates.

    Study Abroad (optional)
    This optional unit will allow you to spend time in an overseas educational institution.

  • Year 3

    In your final year, you'll demonstrate what you've learned in both theory and practice, through your final major project and your dissertation.

    Professional Portfolio
    This unit will encourage you to critically evaluate your work so far, in the light of future career opportunities and aspirations. You'll be able to define your goals and demonstrate, through a personal promotional campaign and professional design portfolio, the commercial application of your creative skills and intellectual capital. You'll be able explore innovative ways to launch yourself into the next stage of your career (either employment or postgraduate study) through the formulation of a professional portfolio of work containing self-assessment, career planning, design portfolio, self-promotion and a personal website.

    Final Major Project
    You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your learning and future aims, and use this knowledge to inform a substantive and creative body of work. 

    Option 1: includes the creation of a Pre-collection and Final collection in relation to your selected design discipline. For the Pre-collection, you'll research, design and present a contemporary fashion collection, including the realisation of two fully styled outfits. For the Final collection, you can either critically evaluate and extend successful aspects of your Pre-collection further, or produce a new body of work through the realisation of an original and innovative six outfit collection. 

    Option 2: this option incorporates two individual projects. The focus on specific markets and subsequent brands enables you to explore a particular area of interest within the fashion subject. Industry design focus provides an opportunity to apply market research, brand analysis and concept origination in order to create a contemporary body of work for a specific brand. Brand design innovation in the second term will extend the knowledge and processes from the previous project, to produce a seasonal collection for specific brands that reflect your future career aims.

    Dissertation
    You'll undertake a period of self-directed and individually-negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline/chosen area of practice.

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of Year 2. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Facilities

This course has extensive fashion studios with sewing facilities where you are supported by our dedicated technical staff. There are also campus screen printing facilities and photographic studios with professional quality lighting rigs, green screen and set up.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Fashion at UCA Epsom enjoys excellent relationships with a range of household name fashion brands, and our students work with these companies year after year. You'll especially benefit from our strong industry links in Year 2, where you'll secure your own work placement. You'll also receive the opportunity to work on live project briefs set by leading fashion companies such as Red or Dead, Warehouse and Ralph Lauren, as well as enter competitions with them throughout your degree.

    Our industry connections include:

    • Alexander McQueen
    • Burberry
    • Christopher Kane
    • Erdem
    • Hardy Amies
    • Julien Macdonald
    • Michiko Koshino
    • New Look
    • Paul Smith
    • Peter Jensen
    • Ralph Lauren
    • Red or Dead
    • Ted Baker
    • The Future Laboratory
    • Topman
    • Vivienne Westwood
    • Warehouse.
  • Careers

    The flexibility of the BA (Hons) Fashion course helps our graduates to secure a range of positions at different levels of the industry, and for many high street, luxury and sports brands. Graduates have gone on to work all over the world for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, including:

    • Ralph Lauren 
    • Matthew Williamson
    • Kenzo
    • Julien Macdonald
    • Gareth Pugh
    • Henry Holland
    • Givenchy
    • TopMan
    • Charles Philip
    • Diane von Furstenburg 
    • Hunter Gather
    • Arena International UK
    • Store Twenty One
    • Artefact Fashion
    • Bagir
    • Tim Soar
    • Puma
    • Adidas
    • John Lewis
    • Fat Face
    • River Island
    • Cos
    • French Connection
    • Ben Sherman.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

     

How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

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Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course, as the first year of the course (Year 0) provides you with the skills required to start the three-year BA (Hons) degree. However, if you do have a portfolio you'd like to bring with you, we'll be able to provide you with some helpful feedback and also advise you on whether the four-year degree option (Year 0 entry) or three-year degree option (Year 1 entry) will be best suited to your strengths and interest. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities.

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