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BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Course overview

Start date

Subject area

Arts and Digital Industries

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our popular and well-regarded course, taught by industry professionals, is having an increasingly big impact on the exhilarating and competitive world of fashion.
Our Fashion and textiles courses are ranked 4th in London in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Do you want to see your own creations taken on by major fashion labels? Or to be in demand as a creative machinist or garment operator? Would you like to become an entrepreneur and set up your own clothing business? Graduates from our course have done all these things and more.

This is a fast-paced, hands-on course amid the creative hub of east London, preparing you to take your place in the world of commercial fashion.

You’ll learn as your prototype progresses from concept through to construction and product development. We’ll build your confidence as you develop your handcraft and design skills, fashioning pieces that you’ll have the chance to showcase at Graduate Fashion Week the world's largest platform for the designers of tomorrow.

And 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 and Urban Outfitters.   

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W230

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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Sharan Samra,

Fashion Design with Placement Year, BA (Hons), undergraduate

If you’re motivated and would like an opportunity to be mentored and taught while you work by both industry leaders and academic professionals, the University of East London is an ideal place to study.

My experience has really helped me understand the type of professional patience, perseverance and creativity that is invaluable in Fashion Design.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio should include elements of the below:

  • Evidence of use of colour, mixed media, sculptural work, photography, collage, and idea development.
  • Drawing skills - life drawing, observational drawing, understanding of garment scale and proportion on the body, fashion drawings, and inspiration development
  • Visual research and inspiration development
  • Evidence of understanding of fashion market levels
  • Evidence of publication knowledge – relevant newspaper and high-end conceptual fashion magazines
  • Fabric research
  • Any samples/photographs of work
  • Evidence of own projects/work/blogs etc
Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio should include elements of the below:

  • Evidence of use of colour, mixed media, sculptural work, photography, collage, and idea development.
  • Drawing skills - life drawing, observational drawing, understanding of garment scale and proportion on the body, fashion drawings, and inspiration development
  • Visual research and inspiration development
  • Evidence of understanding of fashion market levels
  • Evidence of publication knowledge – relevant newspaper and high-end conceptual fashion magazines
  • Fabric research
  • Any samples/photographs of work
  • Evidence of own projects/work/blogs etc
Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

At the University of East London, we’ll give you a thorough grounding in the old and the new. We value traditional handcrafts as highly as today’s computer-aided design tools. Our students become experts in both.

We’ve spent a lot of time safeguarding traditional handcraft skills, with our textile and print workshops and sewing workrooms. We also know that in a digital age, you need the best tuition in areas such as computer technology, laser cutting, and 3D printing. We pride ourselves on our creative 3D design teaching.

Over your three years – or four if you go on a year-long placement – you’ll explore new approaches in different areas, with workshops on technical skills such as pattern cutting to business-geared skills like fashion branding.

The modules you take will give you expert insight and advanced knowledge of working practice. By your last year, you'll be perfectly equipped to follow your own path as you design your final, major project.

What you'll study and when

Art & Design Studio (core)
Art & Design Workshop (core)
Contextual Studies (core)
Professional Creative Theory 1 – Introducing theoretical underpinning of art and design perspectives (core)
Communicating The Idea – Developing your design signature through a multitude of 2 dimensional practices. (core)
Creativity in 3 Dimensions – Developing your ability to explore, create and refine fashion related gar-ments. (core)
Employability 1 – introducing you to aspects of professional practice that are integral to Fashion De-sign. (core)
Professional Creative Theory 2 – observing and reflecting upon the role of “The Media” and other so-cio-cultural events that have shaped the development of the Fashion Industry. (core)
The External Client – Fast paced technical development and design communication developed through external collaboration and competition projects. (core)
Design Conviction – developing lateral approaches to design the focus on the recognition of subjective and objective direction. (core)
Employability 2 – A focus on the development of communicational skills via c.vs, interview skills, ana-logue portfolios and digital/online presence. (core)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Professional Creative Theory 3 – Creative, analytical and reflective Journal development leading to the completion of a dissertation. (core)
Final Major Project – To reflect and advance upon your studies in order to autonomously produce a final major project. (core)
Employability 3 – A series of tasks and projects based around entrepreneurial activities, networking events, external competitions and rationales that detail your career choices and aspirations. (core)

How you'll be assessed

You'll learn in different ways depending on what course you are studying.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

It’s our belief that we offer more one-to-one teaching time with our students than other similar courses. Our department has a wealth of experts in a range of areas, all with invaluable experience of the fashion industry. Helen Carter, for instance, was managing director of the successful independent brand, Xile.

We’ll teach you with equipment and facilities that are second to none. We’ve developed our workshops, featuring everything from buttonhole machines to the latest computer software, to reflect top industry standards. They keep expanding as our course does.

Another winning feature of all three of our fashion courses at UEL is that you will pool resources and knowledge on projects with your colleagues from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion Textiles courses. We’ve seen how these collaborations lead to exceptional work.

If you opt for the year-long placement, our close industry contacts will be key to helping you find the right opportunity. 

Previously, our students have worked as assistant designers, pattern cutters, garment technologists, administrators and buyers for world-leading firms. The list includes Alexander McQueen, Kurt Geiger at Selfridges, M & S, Urban Outfitters, Blue Nile and Diesel. We could go on.

Even if you decide not to take the placement option, you’ll still have the chance to work with exciting companies as we approach London Fashion Week.

Your future career

We’ll make sure you have the best shop window in which to showcase your design talent. Indeed, the results of that talent could end up on display in high street shop windows – or even on the silver screen!

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.

In an interview in June 2016 with the film’s designer, Rebecca Hale,
fashion magazine Marie Claire reported: “As well as the household names, Rebecca wanted to champion emerging British design talent.

“So, she and her team contacted the University of East London. The
final-year students ended up writing their entire module around their designs for the film.

You’ll get noticed on our course - especially with the opportunity to display your skills at the annual Graduate Fashion Week show, attended by some of the business’s leading creative talents.

At Graduate Fashion Week 2016, one of our students, Antonia Nae, won the prestigious Lipsy Red Carpet Award for her sweeping black dress.

We’re proud that our students go on to make their names as designers, design coordinators, pattern cutters, fashion technologists, product developers and retail managers.

As one of our graduates Lucy Johnson, who now owns streetwear label Brahboys, says of the course, “It was a fun and emotional experience that I’d recommend to anyone thinking of a career in fashion."

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