• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2017

Course Overview

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
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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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

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 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 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.

Awards

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Industry partners

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