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Fashion and Textiles

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From the design studio to the print workshop to the catwalk, our internationally acclaimed courses will prepare you, like so many talented UEL students before you, to make your name in the thrilling and competitive world of fashion. 
  • making an impact

    Our fashion courses get you noticed, as 2014 graduate Krasimira Ivanova-Stoyneva will tell you. She’s now designing her own collection for MUUSE X after winning a Vogue-organised international competition.
  • close attention

    Our studio-based learning offers you a high level of contact time with both technicians and academics.

  • great industry connections

    Our connections with the industry are extremely varied and active. Our work placement sandwich year gives you the opportunity to work at prestigious companies such as Gareth Pugh, Erdem, Vivienne Westwood and River Island.

Why us?

Our fashion and textile department offers three exciting courses in design, textiles and marketing. They’re designed to mirror the working practices within this rapidly changing industry to ensure you’re perfectly prepared for a career in fashion.

The reputation of UEL fashion students is of the highest order. Our courses have gained national and international recognition through Graduate Fashion Week and national design awards.

We’ve tailored our courses to fit today’s fashion business, responding to its pace and the adaptability of its processes. So, our students from all three courses work together and learn from each other as they achieve their goals. This collaboration results in exceptional work.



Our team, headed by acclaimed designer Dorota Watson, has a wealth of expertise in the creative and technical aspects of the business.

Our facilities include dedicated manufacturing workrooms and screen printing and dyeing facilities, allowing you to master the handmade element of creativity.

You’ll also gain skills in digital printing, laser cutting, three-dimensional printing and computer-aided design – knowledge that will help you bridge the gap from education to your professional career.

Learning By Doing

They challenged us and prepared us for whatever opportunities we were given along the way. Looking back now, it was a fun and emotional experience that I would recommend to anyone thinking about a career in fashion.

Lucy Johnson , BA (Hons) Fashion Design, graduate
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What we’re researching

Our academic team are dedicated to furthering the knowledge of creative practice and how it impacts on the fashion industry. Their expertise is allowing the department to expand and consider new ways in which to deliver innovation.

One of our research areas is sustainable design within fashion and textiles. In a collaborative project by UEL researchers, we’ve been analysing and identifying new materials and decorative methods.

We’re also looking at creativity as a commercial commodity, with Course Leaders David Thomas and Vicki Fong exploring how creativity is perceived in professional practice and in education. Vicki is also examining the way cultural identity shapes creativity within different environments.

Subject Head Dorota Watson is investigating the fashion manufacturing base within the UK, looking at creative production strategies and how they can be applied to fashion education.

And in a joint project, Senior Lecturers Caryl Court and Kate Davy are conducting explorative 3D research into how surface print applications can be used with creative pattern-cutting techniques.

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