BA (Hons) Fashion
A three years full-time course
This award winning course focuses on contemporary fashion design and encourages students to be innovative and creative whilst developing an understanding of the needs of the fashion industry. You are taught how to develop concepts and ideas through in-depth research processes and experimentation, and learn how to design original and innovative fashion solutions and present fashion concepts through established and new media. At all levels you will undertake theoretical, historical, contextual and professional studies, which continues throughout the programme. You will further develop industry relevant knowledge through collaborative project opportunities with other students and national and international fashion industry professionals. The course offers opportunity for external showcasing of work and encourages you to participate in competitions, external projects and collaborations
- 2012 graduate Jousianne Propp won the British Fashion Council Mulberry competition and the Karen Millen Portfolio award and Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award at Graduate Fashion Week
- 2011 graduate Toni Stott won a national competition to show her collection at Who's Next in Paris in February 2012.
- 2010 graduate Rebecca Thomson was awarded the £20,000 River Island gold award at Graduate Fashion Week. Having completed her MA at the RCA she is now setting up her own label.
- 2009 graduates scooped a number of awards including The Best of Manchester Fashion Awards 2009 and North West Young Designer of the Year 2009.
- 2008 graduate Nabil El-Nayal was named a finalist in the prestigious Fashion Fringe project 2011.
You will study
In the first year, you will be introduced to the context of fashion and the role of the fashion designer. You will learn to develop innovative and original concepts and improve your design skills, learning how to cut patterns and how to make and style outfits. Workshops and tutorials take place throughout the year to develop your practical skills. You will also study the historical and cultural context for fashion.
During the second year you will further expand your design skills, developing a more professional approach to practice but also experimenting, testing out ideas and developing your own interests and specialisms such as menswear, knit or print. You will also start to tailor your outcomes to your own individual practice through both live industry projects and self-written briefs. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience during the second year.
The final year is self-directed, students develop their studies in line with their own design philosophy and career expectations. Through extensive original research students establish their own design practice and in response produce 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional and digital fashion outcomes alongside related reflective and critical writing.
Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.
Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers within the fashion industry, including design, production, buying, and forecasting roles for River Island, Next, Dolce & Gabbana, Levis, Top Shop, Abercrombie and Fitch, DKNY, Rodier Paris, Jens Laugensen, Jack Wills and many more companies in the UK and abroad. Some graduates have set up their own successful labels including Agape Mdumulla (Agi&Sam) and Aitor Throup. Graduates also go on to undertake postgraduate study in London, here at the School of Art and overseas.
All Saints Campus, Manchester
Entry Requirements (2014 Entry)
|UCAS Tariff Points||280|
|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades to be obtained from full A levels or equivalent|
280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other leve 3 qualifications.
|Specific subjects required|
GCSE Grade C (or acceptable alternative) in English language
A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.
|IELTS Score||6 with no element below 5.5|
You would usually have to attend an interview and/or provide a digital portfolio of work as part of the selection process.
UK and EU full-time students: £9,000
Non-EU full-time international students: £11,000