BA (Hons) Fashion Design

The Course

BA (Hons) Fashion Design is an exciting and creative course that provides you with the skills and confidence for a career in Fashion. From the start you will be introduced to practical and intellectual learning environments that allow you to enter this fast paced and diverse industry. The aim is to help you build an innovative and creative portfolio, that demonstrates your design journey, through progressive stages of development and learning, to a final conclusion that is innovative, professional and sensitive to the needs of the sector.
The course is designed to nurture your creative and personal design ideas to professional standards. Projects develop research methods, flat pattern cutting, draping/ toiling, garment construction, technical specifications, market and trend awareness, historical and contemporary theoretical skills and entrepreneurial ability.

Book list

These books and essays give you a flavour of the philosophy of the course:
Aldrich Winifred, (2004), Fabric Form and Flat Pattern Cutting, New ed., 2012
Coates, N. (2004) Collidoscope: New Fashion Design and Textiles, Laurence King Publishing
Buxbaum, G. (2009) Fashion in context, London: Springer.

Career opportunities

Fashion designer; fashion stylist; pattern cutters; fashion buyer; fashion forecaster; retail; visual merchandiser.


Beverley Bothwell MA
Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design Beverley is co-author of the ‘Body-Cut-Space-Cut-Body’ project, combining creative pattern cutting and undoing and making (from Fashion), folding architecture, mapping and cross-programming (from Interior Design) and Deconstruction (from both disciplines) in a symbiotic process in which neither discipline dominates. Outcomes of the project have been presented and published nationally and internationally.
Janet Emmanuel PhD
Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Portfolio Leader for Art + Design
Janet is an experienced fashion and textile designer, consultant researcher, educationalist and artist. She has worked extensively in education directing BA courses in Art and Design and Business Studies in the UK, USA and S.E.Asia. Janet has exhibited work in Museums and galleries internationally.
Maria Ostropolski
Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design
Maria has worked extensively in the UK fashion industry. Clients include Oasis, Austin Reed and Debenhams in addition with companies in Europe and the Fast East: Industria, Moschino, Ferre and Episode. Specialist area of interest includes design and tailoring.
Cathy Pritchard M.Res
Technician Support Fashion
After attending Art College Catherine worked at French Connection as trainee pattern cutter and then became a pattern cutter, toilist and grader, remaining in the industry for a further 20 years. She worked as a freelance seamstress, pattern cutter and taught at London College of Fashion. Her Masters by Research looks at pattern cutting in the 21st century.

Technical staff:
Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Rose Thomas, Anna Kakovka, Laura Hinksman

Visiting Speakers

Carmel Allen, Heals
Richard Kinloch, Fashion Designer
Concetta Gallo, Textile Designer

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Units of study include:

For building your skills:
Essential skill sets
Starting from the basics in areas from printing to photography; pattern cutting to photoshop. You are introduced to a wide range of technical skill workshops.
Developing skill sets
Here you can choose the skills you want to develop to support your main program/practice.

For inspiration:
Key ideas in arts and design
These units run across all three years and help you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of how art and design influences culture, whilst also giving you a clear introduction to art and design from the beginning of Modernism through to current debates on contemporary practice.

For employability and entrepreneurism:
Professional studio practice
Here you learn how to set up, run and maintain a professional studio in preparation for the real world of art and design.
Creative enterprise
Provides Support in creating your own identity as an artist and designer in a competitive marketplace.
Present and promote
From curating exhibitions to learning how to use social media this unit gives you the professional know-how to present yourself to the outside world!
Final major project
This is where the whole three years comes together and you present a professional portfolio of work that acts as a springboard to your future career. Your final major project forms the end of year show for the public and industry.

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