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Fashion and Textiles with Foundation Year

Buckinghamshire New University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
High Wycombe

Program description

Fashion and Textiles with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. It has also been designed for students who are considering a change of subject of study without a background in an art, design or media subject.

The fashion and textiles industry is constantly evolving to meet shifting customer values, new technologies and approaches to working. This degree Program will help equip you with the contemporary, specialist technical and professional skills to work as multidisciplinary practitioners in the fashion and textile industry.

This Program has been designed for students who are passionate about both fashion and textiles and looking for a degree Program which will allow you to combine these two specialisms.

You will be taught alongside both the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and the BA (Hons) Textile Design courses, with aspects of modules shared, so you will benefit from working alongside students on both the other courses, gaining extra invaluable insight into both the fashion and textile processes.

Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will based in our ‘Red Shed’ where we have our specialist workshops and facilities. With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community and be able to use the space to create individual designs.

This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. This will involve access to workshops to support the design process.

In our workshops, you’ll receive group and one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, technicians and alongside fellow students. You will have access to specialist equipment you will need, both traditional and contemporary. You'll master materials, both through craft methods and using digital software, and have access to other cross discipline workshop facilities, including woodwork, metal, 3D printing, ceramics and more.

Thanks to our proximity to London, you can visit some of the world’s best shops, galleries and museums for inspiration. You can work with designers in and around the capital, gaining experience in how to adapt to the challenges of working in a business. Students will have the opportunity to get noticed at our degree show and at our London exhibitions.

Admission requirements

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate Program, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year Program including a Foundation Year.

On review of your application, you may be invited for an interview.

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Program content

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Introduction to Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design: Materials, Processes, Techniques

Year 1 Modules

  • Materials and Processes
  • Creative Technology
  • Principles and Methods
  • Contextual Studies 1

Year 2 Modules

  • Design and Market Awareness
  • Live Industry
  • Design and Application
  • Contextual Studies 2: Research Strategies

Year 3 Modules

  • Final Collection (optional)
  • Final Major Project Textile Design (optional)
  • Professional Practice
  • Contextual Report on Practice

Tuition fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Continuing studies

Graduates can also choose to further explore fashion or textiles on a postgraduate course.

Career opportunities

What are my career prospects

We make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in fashion and textiles. With our focus on craftsmanship and skills, you graduate with a robust understanding of the two industries.

You will benefit from our links with both the fashion and textiles sector, offering opportunities to work on live projects and to hear from industry professionals. You can also have the chance to enter industry competitions. We work with a number of different brands and companies including Hanger Inc., Jane Bowler, Derek Lawlor, Carlo Volpi, Giles Miller Studio, Lara Jensen and the British Fashion Council.

There is a wide range of career possibilities, such as: Fashion Designer, Pattern Cutter, Print Design, Knitwear Designer, Colour-forecasting, Trend Researcher, Garment Technologist, Product Developer, Entrepreneur, Fashion Buyer, Materials Researcher, Visual Merchandiser, Retail Management, Public Relations, Press and the media, Events and production organisation, or Fashion styling.

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Buckinghamshire New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’ With a rich 125-year history, Buckinghamshire New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing and...

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Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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