Your first year will place emphasis on developing the core skills and understanding of Fashion Design. The units will introduce you to all the basic techniques to help you develop and communicate your design ideas and then translate these through to product outcomes.
A Cut Above
You'll expand on your understanding of the importance realisation plays in the design process. The focus will be on the designer market, allowing you to start to explore and understand fashion market awareness.
Capturing the Market
Extends your knowledge of Fashion by looking at another aspect of the Fashion market and how design is applied to it. The mass market or high street fashion component within the structure of the fashion industry has both increased in importance and developed greater power in recent years.
History and Theory
A series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, will establish a foundation for the evaluation and discussion of fashion, dress and textiles in both written and oral form. It will draw on seminal works and the latest academic research to explore the production and consumption of fashion and textiles in their historical and theoretical context. In so doing you will gain an understanding of the methodology of fashion research for both the historical and recent past.
Tools of the Trade
You begin to explore different methods of communication through the introduction of drawing skills and the sketchbook as a tool for recording and communicating information. The application of drawing skills into portfolio presentation techniques is explored, both manually and through computer software programmes. Communication of product management information through Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) is introduced.
You'll challenge tried and tested approaches to design in your second year, taking an experimental and individual approach to your work. You'll have the opportunity to tackle live briefs, working with well-known companies.
You produce a design statement in the development of a capsule collection of prints/garments ideas for a specific market/company. The unit focuses on a live project scenario in which a selected company profile, product lines, promotion and branding as well as future market are researched.
You are encouraged to take a more experimental and individual approach to their design work, challenging perceived notions of design and cutting and presenting fresh perspectives.
Cut to Suit
Building on your pattern cutting and production skills students, you will be introduced to a range of techniques practiced in both mass market and bespoke tailoring. Researching into historical and contemporary designer tailored garments will provide you with an invaluable knowledge of fabric choice, internal construction techniques, pattern and finishing. Using the skills acquired through studio workshop teaching, you will be able to reproduce a tailored product, testing the theory behind the taught tailored principles.
Industry Placement or Case Study
You select one of the following options:
Industry placement: enables you to undertake a five to eight week self-initiated work placement that is relevant to their potential career direction and contributes to the fulfilment of the course aims and objectives.
Industry case study: you study an aspect of the industry that you have identified as an area of interest, through the method of case study research. You undertake fieldwork into a self-selected topic or question.
Modernism and Postmodernism
After a year of looking at fashion specifically, this unit is devoted to the investigation of a broader spectrum of cultural production. This ensures a thorough understanding of the connection between fashion and culture and the relevance of clothes to modern life.
Developing Research and Critical Inquiry
This unit provides space to consider the research and inquiry options available to you in the final year, and evaluate your future direction. Through exploration of a subject area related to either broader contextual issues, or a concern within the industry you aspire to work in, you will develop appropriate research skills applicable to your final year of study.
Study Abroad (optional)
This optional unit will allow you to spend time studying with one of our partner institutions.
In your third year, your final collection, portfolio and thesis will allow you to undertake in-depth, self-sustained research and the opportunity to create a design collection. You'll have the chance to show off your work at international, high-profile events such as Graduate Fashion Week.
This unit focuses on the final collection. The unit provides the opportunity for you to take an individual approach to the design and production process and to manage this efficiently and effectively.
Provides the opportunity to demonstrate your individual creative identity aligned to your career aspirations, through the production of a signature portfolio, consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired on the course. The portfolio will typically consist of a range of research, concept and mood, illustrations, design sketches/ range development and planning as well as product management.
Option 1: Thesis
Consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.
Option 2: Research for Industry
This unit provides you with an opportunity to critically reflect on and evaluate your practice, and offers a space to conduct more in-depth research into the specific sector of the industry you aspire to work in. Considering industry from both a theoretical and practical perspective is vital in terms of understanding the complexity of the various interrelated parts of how the design world works.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
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.
Our Fashion Design degree enjoys an international reputation. We've forged strong connections with many high-profile brands, including:
- Alexander McQueen
- Jenny Packham
- Jonathan Saunders
- Roksanda Ilinic
- Roland Mouret.