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fashion and textiles


Where creativity hits the runway

  • making an impact

    Our fashion courses get you noticed. One of our graduates is 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.

About 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 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. 

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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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Our facilities

The Fashion and Textiles workshops provide materials and facilities for textile printing and pressing, including an exposure unit and a transfer press. There are workshops for pattern cutting, machining, and fabricating garments. There is a textile print workshop with large screen tables for fabric printing. Fabric can also be printed using the large format digital printer in the Fabric Print and Design Bureau. Machine workrooms provide a full machining workshop, producing garments with a variety of construction techniques.

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both our libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of our growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

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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.

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.


Our courses will put you on track to securing for a career in fashion. The quality of our students’ work is held in such high regard that a group of our undergraduates were commissioned to create the costumes for a pivotal scene in the hit movie, Absolutely Fabulous. It's a very competitive industry, so we advise that students take up work experience at any given opportunity. If you choose to undertake an optional placement year, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to earn as you learn for a year at top fashion companies such as Diesel, Urban Outfitters or Marks & Spencer.

We are proud of the success that so many of our graduate fashion students have achieved. Our students go on to make their names as designers, design co-ordinators, pattern cutters, fashion technologists, product developers and retail managers.

Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

Work placements

Our students that choose to study on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design; BA (Hons) Textile Design; and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing with Industrial Placement (Sandwich Year) degree course have the opportunity to take a full year industry placement schedule between their second and third academic year. They gain first-hand experience of the industry and develop their understanding of professional practice. Each course has an extensive and varied list of contacts that we use to support our student’s work placement opportunities.
Previous students have worked with top companies such as:
  • Blue Nile Clothing;
  • Diesel;
  • Marios Schwab;
  • Timothy Everest;
  • Todd Lynn;
  • Kurt Geiger at Selfridges;
  • Holly Fulton;
  • Markus Lupfer;
  • Another magazine;
  • Wallpaper magazine;
  • Hand & Lock;
  • Hussein Chalayan;
  • Christopher Kane;
  • Alexander McQueen;
  • Urban Outfitters; and
  • M&S.

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