Ashmita Bissessur, BA (Hons) Fashion, UCA Epsom

Fashion BA (Hons)

Fashion BA (Hons)

Course overview

Make a statement, hone your style identity and create your own brand on our award-winning BA (Hons) Fashion course at UCA Epsom.

Our course prides itself on producing world-class designers and industry experts, and we'll tailor your skills to turn you into a creative thinker and maker who can create their own brand identity and business plan.

You’ll get real-world experience with a work placement, develop key transferable skills, learn all about visual communication, and become an expert in pattern cutting, garment manufacture, drape, tailoring and fabric manipulation.

Previous students have won a number of high profile design competitions, most recently the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, and also the British Fashion Council Education Foundation sponsorship award, Graduate Fashion Week’s ‘Fashion Innovation’, ‘Best Womenswear’, and ‘Diversity Now’ awards and the ‘Muuse Special One to Watch Award’ – an international fashion talent competition in partnership with Fashion Scout.

After leaving UCA, graduates have gone on to work for a host of top names – from Tommy Hilfiger and Givenchy to Louis Vuitton and Dr Martens – and with industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff, you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to make your own mark in the fashion industry.

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Length of study 3 years full-time
Campus Epsom
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021, Feb 2022, Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W230
Course details

Course details

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.

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.

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.

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:

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for September 2021 and February 2022 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be available here shortly.  

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for September 2021 and February 2022 entry. The details for September 2022 will be available here in due course.

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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


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.


Fashion sewing workshop, UCA Epsom


Fashion studios, UCA Epsom


Fashion studios, UCA Epsom


Fashion studios, UCA Epsom

Course connections

Course connections

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.



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.

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

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 / BTEC National 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.

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

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

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

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 International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 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.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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