The BA (Hons) Fashion degree is a challenging and dynamic course offering a broad range of fashion related subject areas exploring creativity, innovation and commerciality. The first year includes a wide variety of projects, which provide a strong grounding in fashion design, pattern cutting and garment construction, supported by the visual and communication skills required to present your work including an introduction to CAD, fashion illustration and portfolio studies.
In the second year students work on a diverse range of projects that include advanced fashion skills from developing 2D fashion concepts to 3D realisation, exploring creative pattern cutting and modelling techniques, knitwear design, trend prediction and fashion marketing. The curriculum is underpinned by theoretical and contextual studies, and professional practice developing the student’s entrepreneurial skills.
In their final year students have the opportunity to specialise in an area of fashion through a negotiated project, which could include for example womenswear, menswear, childrenswear or knitwear for a specific market. This enables students to develop their creative potential and design ingenuity within Fashion and related specialist areas, and encourages the integration of creative, technical and professional skills.
During the course students have the opportunity to enter prestigious national and international design competitions: Top Shop, British Student Bridal Awards, Bradford Textile Competition, Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD), Knitted Textile Awards, UK and many more. Throughout the course work placements and internships are encouraged giving students experience of working with industry professionals and working alongside companies and organisations through collaboration with industry and association on externally set projects.
The course aims to prepare students with a wide range of professional, personal and interpersonal skills necessary to enable graduates to operate successfully within professional and social environments for employment in the fashion, design and associated industries, or to prepare them for postgraduate study.
Career opportunities include working as a fashion designer, fashion illustrator, pattern cutter, garment technologist, trend forecaster, knitwear designer, design consultant, as well as working in the areas within fashion marketing, retail and buying. Alternatively graduates may choose to work freelance or establish their own clothing label. Other opportunities include teaching, lecturing and continuing their studies to postgraduate level.
Portfolio and Interview Advice
Students who have applied for the BA (Hons) Fashion course at UCS will be asked to bring a portfolio of work to their interview, which they will be asked to talk through explaining their ideas, the thought process and discussing their approach to their work, and their interest in fashion. A portfolio should include a broad range of work demonstrating your art and design skills, and may comprise of sketchbooks exploring design ideas through theme, colour, texture and exploration of media techniques; drawings, artwork, design development – 2D and 3D demonstrating the design stages resulting in a final design, and a written essay or coursework.