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BA (Hons)
Fashion Design

Make your mark on the fashion industry. This exciting industry-led degree has a special emphasis on ethics and sustainability in fashion. We’ll reveal the beating heart of British fashion, giving you all the insights and skills you need to establish yourself in the industry. You’ll be free to set up as a designer and equipped to work in a broad spectrum of fashion careers.

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?

Get your designs on the catwalk with BA (Hons) Fashion Design. With our unique focus on sustainability we equip you with a broad knowledge of fashion from design, pattern cutting and construction to insights into fashion’s impact on people and the environment. If you want to make your mark on the fashion industry, you can start with this course.

Understand fashion and the evolution of trends
You’ll explore the many twists and turns of fashion. You will learn how the trend and forecasting industry works, as well as how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting and innovative fashion.  The course cultivates new ways of making and thinking about fashion with a focus on promoting sustainability.

Beyond design and construction, you will also learn how to present your ideas to clients and pitch design concepts to a wider audience. On this course, you’ll develop your individual strengths, building a small collection and portfolio to launch you into the design industry on graduation.

Get involved with the industry
You will benefit from our links with the fashion industry and close proximity to London. London is one of the world’s fashion capitals, well known for spawning innovation and talent. As well as working on your own briefs, you’ll have the chance to work on industry-based projects with cutting edge designers. You will develop live exhibitions and fashion shows to showcase your work and network with industry professionals.  We also have an extensive list of guest speakers who are working to develop an ethical approach to designing for the future.

Download the Programme Specification.

Our team of lecturers are all experienced designers, current industry practitioners and researchers. They work on the forefront of trends, techniques and industry needs. You will be working on industry standard equipment learning latest techniques and future focused methods of fashion craftsmanship. In our workshops, you’ll receive one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, specialist technicians and alongside fellow students.

Create innovative designs in our state of the art studio
With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community. From here, you’ll have full access to all the materials and equipment you’ll need. We’ve spent a lot of love and care making the Red Shed the perfect creative space. We have one of the best-equipped workshops in the country and a team of dedicated technicians. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. Take a look around our impressive Red Shed here.

Gain experience working on live briefs on campus and abroad
Thanks to our distance to London, you can visit some of the world’s best shops 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to get noticed at international design shows.

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?

We make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in Fashion. With our focus on ethics and sustainability in fashion, you graduate with a robust understanding of the sector.

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. You can also have the chance to attend local and European trade fairs and enter industry competitions.

There is a wide range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Garment Technologist
  • Product Developer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail Management
  • Public Relations
  • Press and the media
  • Events and production organisation
  • Fashion styling

Graduates can also choose to further explore fashion in a postgraduate course.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.