Art & Design

BA(Hons) Fashion Design

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October 2021
3 years
Full Time


Most of our students have successfully completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design. All applicants will be required to attend for an interview with a comprehensive portfolio of their work.

Other acceptable qualifications include:
International Baccalaureate
BTEC National Certificate/Diploma

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome


We have a strong tradition of commitment to innovative garment design, and development of in-depth research skills, which we believe produces competent, creative individual designers who are very employable. Womenswear and Menswear design are covered in this three year course by: research skills; design development; range building; pattern cutting- traditional and experimental; professional production techniques; knitwear design; 'live' projects with industry; fashion illustration and presentation techniques; CAD Design; flat drawing, trend prediction; fabric exploration; preparation for industry; and design history. You will have the opportunity to transform your two dimensional design ideas into creative clothes.

Fashion Design is an international language and global force. AAS College recognises and responds to this.
With the emphasis firmly on creativity and professionalism, we have created an inspiring and instructive learning environment with best equipment and staff available. Teaching staff, many of whom work within the industry, teach students through exposure to new technologies, techniques and trends.

UCLan has been long recognised by the fashion industry as a premier provider of fashion education. This is in acknowledgement of continued successful curriculum development over the last 45 years. Recognised by UCLan as major flagship area of excellence, the International Fashion Institute is an exciting and innovate development in the UK’s newest city and the institutes reputation further enhances the profile of graduates of the university of central Lancashire, a long established but one of the largest and most progressive universities in the U.K.

Course Content 

BA(Hons) Fashion Design is centred upon active learning. Students will be engaged in a wide variety of activities.
The programme is supporting by a highly skilled and experienced staff team and is complimented by a variety of guest lecturers and industry visits.
Students will be studio based and have access to the workshops for garment construction with specialist technicians. Other specialist facilities include a well equipped CAD studio. We also have photographic support with excellent technician back-up.

Year One students enrolled on BA (hons) Fashion are introduced to the broad area of fashion design and are encouraged to an experimental approach to it. Projects involve: visual research, drawing and presentation, an introduction to fashion ideas and to fundamental techniques in cut, knit and embellishment. Complementary modules are made up from areas within historical and sociological studies which provide a context for fashion, together with an elective of their choice.
The modules you are taught are:
Fashion Design I
Fashion Design II
Introduction to Design and Culture
Fashion Illustration
Introduction to Knit
Digital Communication for Fashion

Year Two introduces students to the fashion industry and requires innovative solutions to a series of market related challenges. Projects involve ‘live’ projects, and preparation of a portfolio of work. Complementary studies in the History of Art and Design continue, with ‘in-house’ electives in pattern cutting and experimental knitwear.
The modules you are taught are:
Fashion Design III
Fashion Design IV
Dress Style & Communication
Introduction to Catwalk Shapes
Experimental Knitwear

Year Three encourages students to work in an independent manner throughout a series of guided and highly individual projects. These are for inclusion in personal portfolios and for national and international competitions. As a final module, students design and produce a collection of six to eight outfits aimed to be showcased on a catwalk.
The modules you are taught are:
Fashion Design V
Experimental Silhouette Investigation
Fashion Collection
Fashion, Culture & Identity


The fashion design course offers you opportunities to enter the Fashion Industry at a high or designer level, and may form the basis of a career in fashion design, product development, pattern cutting, trend analysis or even buying, merchandising or design management or one of the
many other applied areas of the fashion business. Some graduates have successfully set up their own label Fashion Businesses or gone into teaching or further study.

For information regarding student fees please contact the Institute.
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