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BA (Hons)
Fashion Design

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

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W230

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

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.

Download the Programme Specification.

Year One

  • Material Properties Manufacture and Sustainability
  • Design Concepts: Creative thinking for an Ethical Future
  • Processes: Building Forming and Shaping
  • Getting Connected
  • VMC Getting Connected

Year Two

  • Atelier to High Street
  • Exhibition and Promotion for a Targeted Audience
  • Live Industry Project
  • Professional Practice
  • VMC Making Choices

Year Three

  • Final Collection I
  • Final Collection II
  • Portfolio Exhibition & Employability
  • VMC New Model Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

If your application is successful we will contact you to invite you for an interview. Applicants will be interviewed with their portfolios. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain your suitability for the course you have chosen, your individual motivation and interests and whether Bucks is right for you. You have the option of either attending in person, or submitting and electronic portfolio.

Portfolio guidance - (pdf format)
E-Portfolio guidance - (pdf format)

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

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I 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 on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

This course is concentrated on broadening and developing your personal and professional skill sets. Its unique focus on ethics and sustainability in fashion offers graduates a robust understanding of the sector and provides you with a future focused point of differentiation. You will benefit from our links with the fashion sector, offering opportunities to work on live projects and to hear from those in the industry that are working to develop a sustainable approach to designing for the future. Students will also have the chance to attend local and European trade fairs and enter industry competitions. Our close proximity to London allows regular field trips for exhibitions, fashion events and relevant industry visits.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Our goal as an institution is to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. To enable that, we will support you to achieve your potential, build your independence as a learner, your discipline expertise, your professionalism, your awareness of yourself and others, your confidence and efficacy. Find out more about the support available from our Careers and Employability team.