Fashion Design

BA (Hons) - UCA Rochester - 2018, 2019

Our award-winning 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.

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 such as Graduate Fashion Week, where we excel each year.

Our fashion and textiles courses are ranked sixth in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018.

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):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W233

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

R

Next event

03 Nov 2018 UCA Open Day

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Course details

  • Year 1

    You are introduced to fashion design through lectures, seminars and practical workshops where emphasis is placed on developing core skills and a sound awareness and understanding of your chosen subject. The focus is on developing practical design and study skills and contextual awareness. These foundational tools will enable you to apply and express your creativity through a variety of methods.

    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.

  • Year 2

    You become more independent in your approach to your learning. You are encouraged to challenge tried and tested approaches to design and pattern cutting in order to stimulate fresh and innovative ideas which you can continue to build on into your final year.

    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.

    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.

  • Year 3

    You are given the opportunity to undertake in depth, self-sustained research into an area of interest and develop skills which allow you to prepare for professional practice in you chosen career pathway.

    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, 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.

  • 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

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:

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.

     

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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.

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Your portfolio

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.

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