The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. It has also been designed for students who are considering a change of subject of study without a background in an art, design or media subject.
The fashion and textiles industry is constantly evolving to meet shifting customer values, new technologies and approaches to working. This degree programme will help equip you with the contemporary, specialist technical and professional skills to work as multidisciplinary practitioners in the fashion and textile industry.
This programme has been designed for students who are passionate about both fashion and textiles and looking for a degree programme which will allow you to combine these two specialisms.
You will be taught alongside both the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and the BA (Hons) Textile Design courses, with aspects of modules shared, so you will benefit from working alongside students on both the other courses, gaining extra invaluable insight into both the fashion and textile processes.
Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will based in our ‘Red Shed’ where we have our specialist workshops and facilities. With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community and be able to use the space to create individual designs.
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. This will involve access to workshops to support the design process.
In our workshops, you’ll receive group and one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, technicians and alongside fellow students. You will have access to specialist equipment you will need, both traditional and contemporary. You'll master materials, both through craft methods and using digital software, and have access to other cross discipline workshop facilities, including woodwork, metal, 3D printing, ceramics and more.
Thanks to our proximity to London, you can visit some of the world’s best shops, galleries 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 degree show and at our London exhibitions.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
On review of your application, you may be invited for an interview.
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry-based Learning
- Introduction to Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design: Materials, Processes, Techniques
Year 1 Modules
- Materials and Processes
- Creative Technology
- Principles and Methods
- Contextual Studies 1
Year 2 Modules
- Design and Market Awareness
- Live Industry
- Design and Application
- Contextual Studies 2: Research Strategies
Year 3 Modules
- Final Collection (optional)
- Final Major Project Textile Design (optional)
- Professional Practice
- Contextual Report on Practice
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks