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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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
- Design, Techniques and Concepts
- Contextual Studies 1
Year 2 Modules
- Design and Market Awareness
- Live Industry Project
- Exhibition and Promotion
- Contextual Studies 2
Year 3 Modules
- Final Collection
- Contextual Report
- Professional Practice
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 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
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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.
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.