Fashion Design (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

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 of 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.

Our Advertising, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design courses are located at our brand new Design Centre on our stunning Park campus in Cheltenham. Home to a variety of courses, students and professionals are brought together from a range of specialisms. Find out more about Park and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in fashion design.

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules like 'Digital skills for Design'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW230
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageW232


  • 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.

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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.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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