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BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W230

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe

This exciting new degree in fashion emphasises a creative approach to design, with a unique focus on ethics and sustainability.

Is this course for me?

We offer a new and innovative programme in fashion design for sustainable futures. You will develop a creative skill-set and be fully prepared to join the challenging and fast paced fashion industry with a conscience. If you are passionate and hard working, prepared to be challenged in your thinking and develop your individual creativity this course will offer you the opportunity to reach your potential.

''I think it is important to not only understand the political and ethical side of fashion but to also have practical experience working with sustainable materials, as the way you design has to evolve to make a beautiful garment.''

Isabel Browton

Designer - People Tree

What will this course cover?

Taught in a brand new fashion studio in our Red Shed adjacent to our award winning textiles courses, this exciting new development in fashion has its emphasis in a creative yet informed approach to designing with its unique emphasis on ethics and sustainability for the future.

Exploring materials and understanding global supply chains will enable you to consider how we might design for the future well being of the planet, whilst maintaining the innovation of the British Fashion scene.

You will learn how the trend and forecasting industry works, how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting but wearable fashion. Developing skills in visual communication for fashion, pattern cutting and manufacture, the course is structured to enable you to develop your own strengths culminating in a small collection and portfolio to launch you into the design industry on graduation. You will benefit from our links with industry and opportunities to work on live projects and to hear from those in the industry who are working to develop an ethical approach to designing for the future.

What are the modules?

This course will cover:

  • Design and making skills to develop your personal creative abilities
  • Concerns about the sustainability of fashion production and manufacture addressed
  • Issues about child labour, supply chains, social and corporate responsibility addressed in the course.

This is the first undergraduate fashion design course to tackle fashion’s ethical issues and has industry support for the direction of this new programme.

Start date and attendance

Start date: September 2013

Duration: Three years

Attendance: An average attendance of three or three and a half days per week can be expected. Specific days and times of study vary per course and formal timetables are usually issued a month prior to your course start date.

What are the entry requirements?

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

For 2014 entry:
Full time Home and EU: £9,000
Full time International: £9,500

If you would like more information on fees and finance, please take a look at our fees and funding web page.

How to apply

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available in our applications area.


Open days & prospectus

Our University Open Days are open to everyone and are a real opportunity to sample the Bucks experience. Visitors and their guests will have the opportunity to talk to our staff and our students, to find out more about our courses and to look round our facilities. Staff will also be on hand for advice and will deliver presentations on the application process and financing higher education. You can book onto an Open Day or if you would like to view an Open Day online, please see our Open Day video. Alternatively, take a virtual tour of our campus.

To request a prospectus, simply complete this request form or call 0800 0565 660.

How do I find out more?

Home and EU Enquiries
Tel: 0800 0565 660

Home and EU Admissions
Tel: 01494 605 060