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BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University of Derby
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
21 September 2021
University of Derby

Program description

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Design original, inspiring collections which will set you apart in the global fashion industry. BA (Hons) Fashion puts you at the heart of a creative community where you can take risks, experiment and shine.

Why choose this course?
With strong industry links, high-quality teaching and a cutting-edge learning environment, BA (Hons) Fashion helps you cultivate your own style as a designer. You’ll work on exciting projects with students from other arts disciplines to expand your horizons and prepare to work in an industry which is shaped by creative collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

Is this course for you?
If you’re fascinated by the latest trends, love to design and make, and want to know more about the business of fashion, this course is ideal. We specialise in practical, work-focused learning that gives you a genuine career advantage.

Opportunities and experiences
Live projects, prestige competitions, industry visits and guest lectures – all enrich and energise your studies. You could take part in events like Graduate Fashion Week in London and The Clothes Show. We count many award-winners among our students past and present.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther informationUCAS TariffA levelPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)Access to HE DiplomaGCSE/National 4/National 5112 pointsYour offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.BBCDMMD: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 creditsPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio - required

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

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Program content

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

Stage one

  • Design, Research and Inspiration
  • Discovering My Practice 
  • Design, Culture and Curiosity
  • Thinking Through Design

Stage two

  • Exploring Design
  • Developing My Practice
  • Design: Theory, Making and Meaning
  • Entrepreneurial Design Project
  • Social Design
  • Placement: Being a Professional

Diploma in Professional Practice (optional)

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Stage three

  • Negotiating My Practice
  • Resolution and Realisation
  • Critical Voice: Research and Professional Direction

Program delivery

How you will learn
Our £3 million dedicated fashion and textiles facility is the perfect setting to unleash your creativity but hands-on industry experience will be pivotal too. Our students have flourished on work placements at companies like Markus Lupfer, Aitor Throup, Alexander McQueen, George, Puma and Erdem.

You'll be taught by a variety of learning and teaching methods which include: problem solving, reflective practice, analysis of given problem with synthesis of solution, portfolio building, group work, the use of influences files, report writing, group critiques, negotiated learning, presentation and demonstration. 

Assessment is 100% coursework based including practical production and oral presentation work, along with written assignments. In the final year, you’ll have the opportunity to write an extended essay on a subject of your choice and work on self-negotiated and independent creative projects.

Tuition fees

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands£9,250Year 1EU£14,045Year 1International£14,045Year 1England£9,250Year 1Northern Ireland£9,250Year 1Scotland£9,250Year 1Wales£9,250Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Career opportunities

Careers and employability
A bright future starts with the BA (Hons) Fashion. It’s your passport to a career in fashion, textile, knitwear, sportswear and accessories design, fashion forecasting, illustration, PR, marketing, media, buying, merchandising, photographic styling ... the possibilities are endless.

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University of Derby

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University of Derby

Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby

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