• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Develop your own unique style with BA (Hons) Fashion Design. With a focus on craftsmanship and innovation we equip you with a broad knowledge of fashion from design, experimentation, pattern cutting and construction to putting together your own collection. If you want to make your mark on the fashion industry, you can start with this course.

With a large, well-equipped workshop and industry equipment you will use the space to create individual designs.

Understand fashion

You’ll explore the many twists and turns of fashion, as well as how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting and innovative fashion. The course cultivates new ways of making and thinking.

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 leading designers. Guest speakers can cover a range of areas from Fashion design, costumhje, styling, brand consultancy and Fashion PR.

You will develop live exhibitions and fashion shows to showcase your work and network with industry professionals.



Fashion Design Student Gallery

Course Details

UCAS CODE: W230

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 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.


Gain experience working on live briefs on campus

Thanks to our proximity 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. Students will have the opportunity to get noticed at our London degree show.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take.

When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: hours
Independent learning: hours

Year 2: percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: hours
Independent learning: hours

Year 3: percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: hours
Independent learning: hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Please note: The percentages below do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Year 1

percent coursework percent written exams percent practical

Year 2

percent coursework percent written exams percent practical

Year 3

percent coursework percent written exams percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. 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’ll invite you for an interview. We use interviews to get a good idea of your creative talent and your personality. We’d like to see your portfolio too.

This course is included in our unconditional offer policy.

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

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Adam Bystrzycki

I've been directed to express myself and to reach my goals for the future.

It's been such privilege to work with amazing tutors.

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Sameya Shah

The best thing about being a fashion student at Bucks was the support and advice I received from my tutors.

I was always pushed to have confidence in what I do and challenge myself to do better.

Employability

What are my career prospects

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 craftsmanship and skills, 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 industry professionals. You can also have the chance to 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 or 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 encourage our students to apply for work placements during the University holidays, 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.

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