Develop your own unique style with our BA (Hons) Fashion Design Top-Up course. 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.
With a large, well-equipped workshop and industry equipment you will use the space to create individual designs. In our workshops, you’ll also receive one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, specialist technicians and alongside fellow students.
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.
Top-up your studies
If you have completed a foundation-level degree, HND, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant Art and Design subject, you can choose to top-up your studies to gain a full bachelor’s degree.
A top-up degree is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally-recognised qualification.
Get involved with the industry
On this programme, 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, costume, styling, brand consultancy and Fashion PR.
You will develop live exhibitions and fashion shows to showcase your work and network with industry professionals.
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.
Led by an experienced and dedicated teaching team, this programme builds on our strong reputation in this field.
To achieve the full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design you will need to complete a major project, a contextual report as well as undertake a Professional Practice module.
The major project and contextual report will allow you to investigate a topic important to you within fashion design. You will cover the whole research process, undertaking empirical investigation and analysis. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will offer support and advice.
The Professional Practice module gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning or answer live industry briefs, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career in the creative industries.
Create innovative designs in our professional standard studio and workshops
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.
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, 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 London degree show.
What are the course entry requirements?
This programme is offered as a top-up qualification for students who have completed a HND, FDA, or other equivalent qualification in a relevant Art and Design subject, and wish to progress further to achieve an Honours degree.
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:
- Professional Practice
- Final Collection
- Contextual Report
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU 2019/20: £9,250
Full Time International 2019/20: £11,000
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