Our new Studio Practice top-up course in Fashion Design at UCA Epsom will give you a fantastic fast-paced introduction to university education, and prepare you for a postgraduate fashion course.
Ideal for international students and also suitable to UK students looking to build upon existing qualifications, this course is aligned with the final year of BA (Hons) Fashion Design, so you can progress to a Master's in a streamlined way, and provides the perfect opportunity for you to realise your 2D design sketches into 3D creations that show you at your best.
You'll get right into the action from the start, undertaking research and practical projects, working on collaborative activities, building your portfolio skills, knowledge and confidence.
What you'll study
The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.
As you join the course, you'll work alongside final year students, meaning you'll jump straight into the action with practical and research-based projects. You'll complete these units:
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.
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.
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.
Fees & financial support
Tuition fees - 2023 entry
- BA (top-up) course - £9,250
- BA (top-up) course - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
- BA (top-up) course - £16,950
The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only, for details of previous years please see the full fee schedules. 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.
There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources.
Discover what support you might qualify for please see our financial support information
UCA scholarships and fee discounts
At UCA we have a number of scholarships and fee discounts available to assist you with the cost of your studies.
You'll find everything you need to know for your level of study on our scholarships page.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials.
These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.
This course has extensive fashion studios with sewing facilities where you will be supported by our dedicated technical staff. There are also campus screen printing facilities and photographic studios with professional quality lighting rigs.View 360 virtual tour
Fashion sewing workshop, UCA Epsom
Fashion store, UCA Epsom
Photography studios, UCA Epsom
Fashion studios, UCA Epsom
Entry & portfolio requirements
BA (Hons) course (top-up)
The standard entry requirements* for this course are:
- 240 credits from a relevant degree (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5), with a minimum of 55% overall
- Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
- Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject
And/or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
In recognition that you may already have a relevant professional qualification, or appropriate working experience in the relevant industries, APEL may be accepted for entry on to the course. This will be based on the partnership articulations and will be assessed on a case by case basis.
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.
For this courses, we’ll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. Further information will be provided once you have applied.
*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.
BA (Hons) course (top-up)
The entry requirements for these courses will depend on the country your qualifications are from, please check the equivalent qualifications for your country:
Any additional entry requirements listed in the UK requirements section, e.g., subject requirements, work experience or professional qualifications, also apply to international applicants applying with equivalent qualifications.
For this course, we'll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.
English language requirements
To study at UCA, you'll need to have a certain level of English language skill. And so, to make sure you meet the requirements of your course, we ask for evidence of your English language ability, please chcek the level of English language required:
Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:
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