The course’s philosophy is to develop you as an individual to become an innovative and creative designer, and challenge you to develop an aesthetic style relevant to the contemporary international fashion industry. The course’s exceptional links with the fashion industry ensure fast-track access to both cutting-edge and established designers.
This course has an outstanding reputation for developing highly talented and original fashion graduates. We specialise in enabling you to become an individual and creative designer, capable of working within all levels of the international fashion industry.
Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the development of your personal design philosophy. The course offers a comprehensive design education for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career in the creative arena of the fashion industry. Graduates of the course include Christopher Bailey, Creative Director of Burberry; Michael Herz, Creative Director of Bally; Katie Hillier, Consultant Accessory Designer for Marc Jacobs; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; Carri Mundane, Creative Director of Cassette Playa; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Loewe.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
This level covers the basic elements of the fashion design discipline, including 2D and 3D practice, design, research, illustration, pattern cutting, construction, trend research, print and CAD.
Experimental Design and Modernity
Fashion Research for Design Development
Introduction to Design Development and Creative Cut
Introduction to Fabrication and Print
Introduction to Tailoring and Menswear
Technology for Illustration
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
In the second year you will focus on working with the fashion industry, either with live projects set by industry partners, or through a sustained eight-week period of work placement within the international fashion industry. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal design style, and to develop collections through research, design development and design translation.
Design for Sportswear
Future Textiles Fabrication and Print
Historical Research for Design Innovation
Industrial Work Placement
The Fashion Business Proposal
Optional sandwich placement year
The optional year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3 allows you to put into practice your learning to date and to apply it to the context of the international fashion industry. The optional sandwich year is subject to an annual University administration fee. Work placements on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading fashion organisations.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
You will develop your signature design style, leading to a final portfolio and a fully realised runway collection. You will also develop a diffusion collection from this, and a personal marketing strategy. An industry panel selects the very best students from the final year to present their collections during Graduate Fashion Week.
Subjects of study include:
Brand Identity and the Fashion Product
Final Portfolio Project
Major Project: Research, Pre-collection, Design and Realisation
Market Specific Portfolio
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