The UK fashion industry is worth a staggering £32.3 billion to the economy and supports 890,000 jobs (creativeindustries.co.uk). It plays a central role on the global fashion stage, with an eclectic spirit and diverse energy provoking the imaginations of designers and consumers worldwide.
And with continued growth in clothing sales both online and on the high street, there’s a huge range of employment opportunities for fashion and textiles graduates.
Our fashion and textiles courses focus on creativity, skills, innovation and professionalism. With a range of courses that delve into all different aspects of fashion – from branding and commercial awareness to the traditional skills of draping, tailoring and sewing – we’re supporting the next generation of fashion experts across a wide range of creative disciplines.
As a student on one of our courses you can enjoy close links to a wealth of professional contacts, global fashion brands, companies and guest speakers. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from industry experts while making integral connections to further your employability prospects for life after graduation.
You’ll also have access to facilities which reflect the high standard expected in industry, giving you your own space to develop your design identity and broaden your creativity.
Our notable alumni include world-famous fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes, the first ever female master tailor on Savile Row, Kathryn Sargent, successful full-time blogger, Ella Gregory, and new designer on the block, Claire Tagg.
Fashion & Textiles courses are available to study at the following locations:
We also offer BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art which is based at the Royal School of Needlework.
Our partner the Open College of the Arts offers BA (Hons) Textiles as a distance learning course.
Our undergraduate and pre-degree prospectus is bursting with information.
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All of our Fashion & Textiles courses have a strong track record of graduate employment across many areas of the fashion, textiles and creative industries. Our graduates have secured a host of career opportunities within design, retail management, tailoring, fashion marketing and public relations, and interiors, to name a few. Many have also found success in starting their own fashion, textiles and design businesses. Our graduates have gone on to work with:
We have excellent relationships with a range of household name fashion brands, who regularly provide our students with valuable work placement opportunities. Our industry connections also allow our students to work on live project briefs set by companies such as Red or Dead, Warehouse and Ralph Lauren. We have strong relationships with:
Find out what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"I chose to come to UCA because of its close location to London and its environment, as it seemed like a really friendly and creative place. It’s a great course if you want to do something more practical and creative. "
"I enjoyed everything on the course – no two days were the same. I was always busy and we were active all the time, from pattern cutting to draping on the stand, sketching and illustrating, to then sewing the final garments."