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Fashion Design BA Honours

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In your first year you will focus on developing technical skills, including pattern cutting and garment making, alongside your creative design skills. In your first project you will learn the techniques behind good shirt design then work on your own shirt-inspired creation. Throughout the year you will keep an online research journal to reflect on fashion in contemporary culture and this will feed into your other projects.
Your second year further develops your technical skills, including a menswear tailoring project and a 2D to 3D translation project where you recreate an outfit by a designer and create a range of your own designs based on this. You will also spend six to eight weeks on a work placement in the run up to London Fashion Week, gaining hands-on experience working for a designer. Our students have recently worked for leading industry names like Burberry, Peter Pilotto, Louise Gray, and Giles Deacon on their placements.

The third year gives you time to focus on the specialisms you have developed over the previous years and hone your skills for your final portfolio of work. Your final collection can be based on anything you are inspired by and there are opportunities to attend masterclasses in working with materials like jersey, leather and fur. The final year of your degree fully prepares you to enter the fashion industry with your own design identity.

Modules

Year 1

  • Fashion Design Skills (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion Collaborative Projects (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Research and Communication (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion History and Theory (30 credits) – Compulsory

Year 2

  • Menswear Design (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion Design Internship (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion Industry Project (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion Culture and Industry (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Fashion Design Placement Year – Optional

Year 3

  • Contextual Studies Research Project (30 credits) – Compulsory
  • Collection Development and Portfolio (90 credits) – Compulsory