BA (Hons) Fashion
Are you inspired by the catwalk and obsessed by the latest fashion trends? Our BA (Hons) Fashion programme combines creativity with commercial awareness, and is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue exciting opportunities in the fast-moving global fashion industry.
Our BA (Hons) Fashion course is designed to introduce you to a range of aspects of the fashion industry. It provides the chance to enhance your employment prospects in a range of fashion careers, including fashion design, buying and retail, merchandising, forecasting, and styling.
During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of forecasted trends, fashion design history, commercial design and manufacturing processes, and material understanding.
Our experienced and dedicated staff will support you as you develop skills in pattern cutting, garment manufacture, fashion illustration and visualisation techniques, and the application of surface design and embellishment. We’ll encourage you to balance your individual creative expression with industry awareness for the production of innovative fashion outcomes, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.
You’ll also have the chance to use the latest reports from the Worth Global Style Network, and benefit from the University’s extensive industry links, for live project briefs. Support will also be offered to develop your appreciation of the design timeline, the trend prediction industry, and consumer research.
- UCAS points: 96
- Start date: 23/09/2019
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Duration: 4.5 years
- Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic fashion lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
- We’ll encourage you to enter national and international design competitions, such as Bradford Textile Society Awards and the Clothes Show, and visit major trade shows such as Premiere Vision Paris.
- You’ll be exposed to fashion and fabric companies in the contemporary design world through our links to design groups, manufacturers, and supporting agencies.
- You’ll have the chance to exhibit and showcase your work at national and international events, such as Graduate Fashion Week.
- We’ll offer you the opportunity to learn about the industry direct from its current leaders, with guest lectures from specialists in different fashion fields.
- You’ll have access to the latest technologies for design and visualisation, including Adobe Creative Suite, our Mimaki TX fabric printer, laser cutting equipment, and digital embroidery.
- You’ll have the chance to develop transferable skills suitable for work in the wider fashion industry as well as related fields such as PR, events management, cultural policy, and the media.
- We offer opportunities to work on live briefs for established clients sourced from national and international trade events and professional bodies.
- We’ll support you to explore innovations in fabric and materials as you develop fundamental skills in fashion design, visualisation and garment manufacture.
- UCAS points: 96
- Start date: 23/09/2019
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Duration: 4.5 years
Your Level 3 subjects must include fashion and textiles or another relevant subject; for instance, A-level Fashion and Textiles or BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language.
You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more
If you love the idea of a career which shows off your creative flair and passion for design this course could be the perfect stepping stone for you. As a Fashion degree graduate, you’ll possess a range of practical and transferable skills such as technical drawing, pattern cutting, tailoring, sewing and the use of digital technology, as well as communication skills, self-promotion, creativity, commercial awareness and team work.
During your studies, you’ll be expected to spend time following and observing the latest fashion trends, consumer behaviour in regards to buying fashion, brand awareness and ethical issues facing the industry. You’ll also be encouraged to develop a portfolio that will be crucial when you apply for employment.
What can I do with this qualification?
There are many opportunities within the fashion industry both in the UK and overseas, ranging from top designers in well-established studios to high street retailers, supermarkets and manufacturing operations. Employment opportunities vary and some of the typical roles you might follow include fashion designer, fashion buyer, visual merchandiser, fashion marketing, production and management, fashion journalism and publishing and advertising. The biggest retail chains run graduate trainee schemes for buyers and merchandisers.
Postgraduate options include studying for a Master’s qualification, often specialising in various techniques such as embroidery, textiles or shoe design.
Alternative career options
- Event management
- Fashion technology
- Pattern making
- Costume design
- Wardrobe management
- Personal shopping
- Fashion styling
- Jewellery design
- Retail management
- Textile design
- Teaching and education
- Research and development
- Writing and illustration
- Make-up artistry
- Public relations
No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.
UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
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Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
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Apply online: University of Bolton BA(Hons) Fashion - 23 September 2019
International applications are not possible for this course
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
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Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.
- Fashion Contexts 1
- Fashion Concepts 1
- Fashion Practices: Pattern Cutting and Construction
- Fashion Practices: Design and Make
- Fashion: Historical and Contemporary Contexts 2
- The Fashion Industry
- Pattern, Construction and Finishing Techniques
- The Surface Designer: Print and Embellishment for Fashion Fabrics
- Concept to Collection
- Advanced Fashion Practice
- Advanced Fashion Techniques and Processes
- Fashion: Historical and Contemporary Contexts 3
- Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
- Major Project
Teaching, learning and assessment
We use a blended approach to teaching and learning – you’ll have face-to-face sessions and take part in online learning. Studio and computer suite-based activities are important features of the programme, alongside lectures, seminars and practical-based workshops. We encourage you to participate in visits to locations such as galleries and museums, to attend presentations by our visiting speakers, and to go on location for drawing and visual research. You’ll also engage in self-directed study, with support from a range of staff including technicians and library/learning resources staff.
Module briefs include a wide range of activities such as commercially-based design projects, live briefs, competitions and commissions, and self-initiated projects. In addition, there are opportunities for collaborative design briefs that involve working with students from other areas of art and design. The sharing of ideas and practices across disciplines helps you to gain a broader understanding of the position of fashion in the wider creative and global art and design based industries.
In terms of assessment, you’ll have formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills, and summative assessment on which you are graded. You’ll receive individual help and advice on your personal work in one-to-one tutorials. Peer reviews, where you present your work to a small group of your fellow students for their comment, also provide useful feedback.
Formal assessment is by coursework. This may involve you presenting your portfolio of drawings/design work, samples or practical outcomes, along with a supporting sketchbook of developmental ideas, technical note files, and a written research journal. It can also take the form of essays, reports, verbal presentations, assignments, projects and other written work.
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
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|Level Three||Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)|
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