BA (Hons) Fashion Design
Arts and Digital Industries
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.
Degree + Foundation year
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.
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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 Workshop (core)
Contextual Studies (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)
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)
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
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 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
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."