Fashion Design

BA (Hons) - UCA Rochester - 2019, 2020

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course has built an international reputation for producing professional, highly talented and skilled design graduates with advanced technical and business knowledge to propel them into the industry.

Our students have achieved exceptional success at Graduate Fashion Week, scooping up prizes including the FatFace design competition, the overall Gold prize for best collection and SmartFocus People's Choice Award.

With access to the latest technology, including a Gerber suite for computerised pattern development, you'll master all the skills needed to make it in the industry, following in the footsteps of many successful fashion designers.

You’ll be nurtured by professional design staff with a huge amount of varied industry experience, within a creative and supportive environment that will help you develop your individual design identity.

You’ll be encouraged to tackle live briefs, working with well-known companies such as Reiss, Warehouse and Tommy Hilfiger, and given the chance to show off your work at international, high-profile events.

We pride ourselves in having no specific house style – so you’ll have the freedom to establish your own creative approach, supported by a community of like-minded peers from disciplines across the creative industries.

With access to the latest technology in fully equipped dedicated studio spaces and industry standard workshops including a Gerber suite for computerised pattern development, you’ll master all the skills needed to make it as a successful fashion designer. 

Situated on London’s doorstep, you’ll also have easy access to one of the world’s biggest fashion capitals, where you can benefit from our extensive industry connections for work experience opportunities and for enhancing your career prospects after graduation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W233

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

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Course details

  • Year 1

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

     

  • Year 2

    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.

    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.

    Company ID
    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.

    Creative Identity
    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.

    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.

  • Year 3

    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.

    Collection
    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.

    Portfolio
    Provides the opportunity to demonstrate your individual creative identity aligned to your career aspirations, and the opportunity to take part in international design competitions. 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.

    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.

  • Study abroad

    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:

  • Fees

    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,800 (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.

     

Facilities

At UCA Rochester for Fashion Design there are spacious design, pattern and production studios with access to computer aided design (CAD) facility with Gerber technology for pattern cutting. There is also specialist sewing areas with technical assistance.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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
    • Reiss
    • Roksanda Ilinic
    • Roland Mouret.
  • Careers

    UCA’s Fashion Design degree enjoys an international reputation, and our graduates have progressed into a variety of rewarding careers – from design and illustration to pattern cutting and garment technology, and with leading fashion companies all over the world. These include:

    • Comme Des Garçons
    • Balenciaga
    • Lanvin
    • Givenchy
    • Max Mara
    • Pucci
    • Burberry
    • Stella McCartney
    • Reiss
    • Jigsaw
    • River Island
    • Karen Millen.
  • 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

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, 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. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Make sure that your portfolio is well presented and logically organised, demonstrating your ability to develop a project or idea. We’d like to see an exploration of drawing techniques, experimentation with colour and a variety of media, attention to presentation, and evidence of at least one fashion design product – from mood board through to design development. Annotated sketchbooks and personal development work are always welcomed. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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