Fashion BA (Hons)

UCA Epsom - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2020

September 2021

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Course overview

Our award-winning BA (Hons) Fashion degree has an international reputation for producing world-class designers and industry experts working at top brands.

Students graduating from our course have won a whole host of accolades, from the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer award, the Womenswear and Innovation awards from Graduate Fashion Week, and British Fashion Council Education Sponsorship.

They have gone on to work for some of the biggest fashion labels in today’s industry, including ASOS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Burberry, Erdem, Givenchy, Hilfiger, Charles Jeffrey, Ralph Lauren, Dr Martens, Margiela, Pringle, PUMA, Temperley London, and Louis Vuitton.

With industry-level facilities, you will work with professional teaching staff and technicians on pattern cutting, garment manufacture, drape, tailoring and fabric manipulation. We teach you visual communication skills such as fashion design drawing, creative illustration and CAD, to ensure you graduate with a dynamic portfolio and your own unique design identity.

You’ll get real-time experience with a six-week work placement opportunity, and develop the key transferable skills required to take on a wide range of roles within the fashion industry.

After graduating, our alumni either head straight into industry or continue their education with a postgraduate degree. Many students go on to be menswear and womenswear designers, trend forecasters, stylists, brand product developers, fashion illustrators and more.

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Course details

  • Year 1

    Introduction to Design
    You’ll be introduced to a range of contemporary design practices using 2D and 3D skills to stimulate creativity and innovation within the design process. Risk taking and problem solving skills will be developed through a series of stimulating project briefs., and you’ll build knowledge of the global fashion industry in order to begin to understand how you, as a designer, can find a place within it.

    Visual Communication
    You’ll be introduced to life drawing, design sketching fashion illustration and technical drawings through a series of creative workshops. Exploring various drawing styles and media, you’ll take inspiration from both contemporary fashion illustration and design research. You’ll also develop exciting and original drawing styles to enable you to visualize your design ideas and develop a body of work for a portfolio.

    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 fashion and cultural knowledge - vital for developing a contextual understanding. As well as debating contemporary issues, it also introduces the tools for visual and textual analysis, and you’ll learn to demonstrate connections between theory and fashion practice.

  • Year 2

    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, such as a tailoring project.  You'll be taught how to make a half tailored jacket and then incorporate features into your own design and garments.

    Creative Drape Practices
    This enables you to extend your knowledge of contemporary design practices learned in the previous unit, and apply this to historical and modern cutting and drape practice by working on the mannequin to create your design and eventual outfit.

    Professional Practice
    You'll develop professional practices in relation to global industry contexts and prepare for undertaking a six-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

    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, which enables you to explore a particular area of interest within the fashion subject. The first project, 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 reflecting your future career aims. You will work with a manufacturer to make up two outfits from your designed collection.

    Professional Portfolio
    We’ll 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.

    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 your second year. 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 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 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.


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.

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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 the second year, 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
    • Liam Hodges
    • Paul Smith
    • Christopher Raeburn
    • Ralph Lauren
    • Cottweiller
    • Ted Baker
    • The Future Laboratory
    • Topman
    • Vivienne Westwood
    • Simone Rocha
    • JW Anderson.
  • 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 
    • Louis Vuitton
    • Matthew Williamson
    • Kenzo
    • Julien Macdonald
    • Gareth Pugh
    • Henry Holland
    • Givenchy
    • TopMan
    • Charles Philip
    • Diane von Furstenburg 
    • Hunter Gather
    • Arena International UK
    • Artefact Fashion
    • Dr Martens
    • 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.


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If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2020 entry - 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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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course, we’ll ask you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. 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’ve applied.

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