Modelling student fashion designs on the catwalk

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop your design identity in our new £2million design studios. Graduate with a competitive portfolio and industry contacts ready to start your career.

Fashion technician examining clothes

£2 million investment in brand new studios and industry equipment

Fashion designs in student sketchbooks
Fashion model wearing student designed outfit

Fashion is a fast-paced, dynamic and innovative industry. On this course you will be mentored to develop your own design philosophy and identity so that you’re ready to successfully progress when you graduate.

You’ll create your own market-focused catwalk collection, focusing on technical and making skills, sustainability and ethical design. With emphasis on responding to industry trends, you will learn how to  visualize your ideas, articulating them through a range of visual communication forms and translate them into professional outcomes. You’ll develop advanced skills in technical drawing, fabric sourcing, 2D design, 3D drape and pattern design, research, cutting and garment construction. In your second year you’ll begin preparing for your final-year catwalk collection that will showcase design signature, your technical abilities and your understanding of the innovation needed to compete in the fashion industry. You’ll focus on your interest in menswear or womenswear fashion to create your own collection which you will promote through a range of social media platforms and showcase events.

Make the most of fantastic industry links, including Superdry, Cotswold Collective, Clothes Show Live and Emma Willis. Fashion designers in lectures and workshops, live briefs and work placements offer you plenty of opportunities to prepare for your career. Our students work closely with a range professionals and undertake a work placement during second year with students recently working with TMCollections (Portugal), Superdry, Paul Costello, Dirty Byrd, Special Olympics and Feather Studios. Benefit from industry panel critiques and get feedback from fashion designers, garment technologist and print designers from national and international manufacturers and retailers. You’ll have opportunities to get involved with prestigious fashion events such as London Fashion Week, Clothes Show Live, Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers.

Study style

Through a combination of taught modules, collaborative practical projects, live briefs and creative assignments, you’ll become an independent thinker with the ability to visualize your ideas and articulate them both two and three dimensionally.  The course is committed to developing graduates who are informed and inspired to make an impact on our fashion industry to develop and innovate for a sustainable and ethical fashion future.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW230


  • Fashion designer
  • Surface pattern designer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Garment technologist
  • Fashion promotions
  • Brand consultant
  • Fashion stylist

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Student Focus

Daniel Adlem

I’ve just completed a project as senior menswear designer for Jasper Conran.

I signed up for the Fashion degree and never looked back. My lecturers were fantastic, each with a different specialism. In our final year, we had a huge catwalk show. It attracted crowds including film director, Lord David Puttnam! We created our own collections. Mine was colour-neutral. I work as a freelance fashion designer now, most recently for Jasper Conran at Debenhams. I travel to catwalk shows across the world! I owe such a lot to my degree.

Industry links

We have fantastic industry links with Superdry; bespoke shirt designer Emma Willis; TMCollections; Clothes Show Live; Graduate Fashion Week; New Designers; SIT Select Showcase; Art Couture Painswick (previous judges include Grayson Perry, Lily Allen and Sienna Miller); Gloucestershire Business Show. Visiting lecturers have worked for Paul Smith, Jasper Conran, Debenhams, Bairdwear, Courtaulds, Weird Fish, George and Next.

Programme specifications

Machines in sewing room

Work directly with fashion brands like Superdry

Superdry is collaborating with the course to provide expert industry advice, live briefs and practical experience through work placement opportunities for our students.

New designs for global fashion brand Superdry on display

£2 million investment in new studios and equipment

Learn in purpose-built studio space with state-of-the-art technology. This includes design and production studios with industry-standard sewing machines, pattern-cutting tables and Mac computers.

Young model wearing student designed clothes on catwalk

Showcase your work at big fashion and arts events

Get involved with London Fashion Week, Clothes Show Live, Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers, SIT Select Showcase, Gloucestershire Business Show, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Arts Couture Painswick and the University of Gloucestershire Festival Fortnight Fashion Show.

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