The course encourages the development of individual design identity through the translation of personal research into design ideas underpinned with strong technical skills. There is an emphasis on developing sophisticated research skills in order to develop original concepts, with strengths in making and development in 3D. We aim to take the fear out of the ‘technical’ side of fashion by combining the ‘technical’ and ‘design’ so both areas become one creative endeavour.
The Fashion Design course at Bath Spa has developed a reputation for producing highly individual and creative designers and practioners with a strong skill set, capable of working at all levels of the market.
The course offers a comprehensive design education at degree level for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career within the creative arena of the fashion industry. It encourages the development of individual design identity through the translation of personal research into design ideas underpinned with strong technical skills and 3D realisation.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design. However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio.
Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).
All applicants will be sent an application project and selection for interview will be based on this submission. For all applicants invited for interview an offer of a place will be made following a successful portfolio review and interview.
The course covers all aspects of the design process, from research and design development to creating and translating ideas from 2D to 3D. There is a focus on the combining of the ‘technical’ with ‘design’ as we see this as one creative process.
The first year aims to cover five main areas:
Through partnership with the Fashion Museum, you will follow a fully integrated programme of lectures and handling sessions as an introduction to Fashion History and Context, as well as the relationship between historical research and studio practice.
Design: across a range of seasons and product areas, using sophisticated research, design and presentation skills. You will explore the importance of innovative cutting and the relationship to fabric, what constitutes a collection, design in relation to a chosen consumer and / or market, and drawing for fashion including fashion drawing, illustration and working / flat drawings.
The development of ideas into 3D through Flat Pattern Cutting and Construction alongside sewing skills workshops.
Tailoring: introducing the history and context of tailoring, designing tailored fashion, and the development of tailoring techniques and processes.
As you progress to Year 2 you will continue to develop your unique approach to research, design and drawing skills, experiment and develop new skills, as well as carry out research at the Fashion Museum, whilst also being introduced to developing ideas through Draping and Modelling on the Stand, Couture Sewing Skills, Digital Technology for Fashion, and Portfolio Presentation.
2nd year students have the opportunity to work with London Fashion Week Show Producer and Stylist, on ‘Bath in Fashion’.
In Year 3 you are encouraged to develop independently and have the freedom to negotiate your own body of final work, challenge originality and creative output whilst utilising the skills acquired throughout the course, as well as:
Professional Contexts: preparation of a professional portfolio, enter national design competitions, self-promotion, and develop strategies with regards to employability.
Final Studies Essay / Dissertation
Final Collection: the opportunity for you to generate unique and exclusive design concepts from initial idea through to final realisation and promotion.
Students have the opportunity to present their final collection in the university end of year exhibitions or fashion show, and may be selected to show at Graduate Fashion Week in London. The course is a member of the British Fashion Council Colleges Council and Graduate Fashion Week.
There are many career destinations open to you including the following: company/ in-house designer, freelance designer, design consultancy, creative pattern cutter, freelance pattern cutter, designing/pattern cutting for manufacturers, forecasting, fashion journalism, styling, buying, fabric/colour research, product developer and technical designer.
Recent graduates have been employed at Mulberry, Roland Mouret, Boudicca, Coast, Karen Millen, William Tempest, Giles Deacon, Bastyan, Gieves and Hawkes, Esprit (Cologne), French Connection, Joseph, and Nicole Farhi, whilst some have progressed to study Masters’ Degrees, or set up their own businesses.
Recent graduates have undertaken overseas internships in Paris, Germany, and New York
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