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BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Fashion

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Full-time, 4 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

The Fashion industry is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that has a huge impact on our world today.

The benefits are vast and with a great industry giant such as fashion, comes also a great need for innovators who will think above and beyond the structural norms that has followed fashion through time, and seeks new inspiration and change.

At UEL, we pride ourselves in teaching our students to understand the historical context of the creative industries so that they can rise to become innovators and disruptors for the greater advancement of fashion itself.

With an eye on sustainability, ethical materials and cultural awareness and diversity in our and the greater society of fashion, students can become designers of influence and fledging stars in a highly saturated market.

UEL encourages students to be different and harness their own creative diversity with tools that’ll prepare them for the wider industry and knowledge of how they can progress on their journey.

This is a fast paced, hands on course amid the creative hub of East London, preparing students to take their place in the world of fashion.  

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W230

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Placement

Optional placement year available

Experience

A wealth of experience in technical skills such as pattern cutting and manufacturing which will allow you to make basic forms of clothing to highly conceptualised garment developments.

Diversity

A rich mix of culture and diversity that ensures you are learning in an environment that will challenge you as an innovator and creative and expose you to a richer more diverse community.

Facilities

We have large studios and resources and continue to expand on our offering. We have everything from pattern cutting studios, sewing rooms, print and textile rooms, laser cutting and 3D printing facilities and much more.

EnquireVisit

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

TBC

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,320

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
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)

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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).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

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 the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. 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.

What you'll learn

Our Fashion Design course will give you the tools you need to develop your technical and sewing skills and explore surface design in textiles such as printing and other types of experimental fabrications.

You will be taught and utilise fundamental practice areas such as:

  • Pattern cutting and technical sewing skills
  • Soft skills in business and enterprise
  • Tailoring
  • Illustration
  • Computer aided design (Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Design and Concept development
  • Fashion history and theory


The course will share a series of modules with 5 other BA (Hons) courses within the Fashion Cluster in order to offer insight to students with regards to the synergies between different disciplines.

Key to many careers and employers - you will also develop thinking skills, including ideas and concept generation for Fashion, individual and collaborative responses to set fashion projects, critical thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives and approaches.

Other skills for life and work include effective management and organisation of time, communication, computer literacy (Adobe suite: Illustrator, Photoshop and Microsoft office, interpersonal and group skills.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Professional Life (Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Art & Design Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core)
  • Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core)
  • Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core)
  • Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core)
  • Art & Design Contextual Studies (Core)
  • Technical Skills & Innovation (Core)
  • Fashion Practice (Core)
  • Fashion Contexts and Research (Core)
  • Fashion Process (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise (Core)
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life Business of Fashion 1 (Core)

* Subject to validation

  • Technical Applications (Core)
  • Creative Fashion Practice (Core)
  • Theory of Fashion (Core)
  • Process and Identity (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise 2 (Core)
  • Mental Wealth (Core)
  • Professional Life: Business of Fashion 2 (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.
  • * Subject to Validation

  • Applied innovation (Core)
  • Advanced Creative Practice (Core)
  • Final Major Project – Theoretical Identity (Core)
  • Final Major Project – Realisation (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise 3 (Core)
  • Mental Wealth Professional life: Business of Fashion 3 (Core)

How you'll be assessed

Coursework will include practical outcomes, e.g. garment construction, technical sewing files, reports and presentations. Coursework includes essays, research files, sample and development portfolios, practical design development, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. 

The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams
Year 2: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams
Year 3: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams


You will have the opportunity to gain feedback from your lecturers, peers and our industry partners. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

The fashion cluster is made up of industry knowledgeable staff, entrepreneurs and business owners, so you can be sure you will be learning in real time. We believe it is important that your education is consistent with the times and reflects the industry you will progress into.

Academic support

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.

Personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Scheduled teaching

The course is a ‘technical skills driven, industry-relevant’ resource for graduate talent.

The curriculum will include introductory projects, live project challenges, industry visits, work placements, group work challenges and autonomous learning via final major projects. Students will be required to develop organisation and management skills whilst exploring possibilities in materials and apparel tech development.

Skills for life and work are developed through partnerships with industry, project-management skills, time management and planning, project work and presentations as well as reflection and reviews with your peers and academic advisor.

Students on the BA course will have the opportunity to collaborate and take part in cross and multi-disciplinary activities such as hackathons with other courses within our cluster.

Independent, self-guided study

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

This will typically involve skills development through 3D studio and workshop development, online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing practical and written coursework assignments and presentations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Timetable

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: scheduled teaching – approx. 300 hours; guided independent study – 450 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – approx. 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class size

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 40–50 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 40 plus students.

In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 20-25 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

Placement year (optional)

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, garment technologists and design consultants for world-leading firms. The list includes Ssōne, Very.co.uk, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group, Julien Macdonald and much more.

Even if you decide not to take the placement option, you’ll still have the chance to work on some exciting industry led projects and companies as we approach key fashion calendar events such as London Fashion Week.

Who will teach on this course

Beatrice Newman
Ana Ogunsanya
Joe Hunter
Dennic Lo
Namal Lanka

Your future career

Fashion is an industry full of vast opportunities and much-needed skill sets that are continually involving. The great thing about studying fashion and developing core skills is that you can work practically anywhere within the creative industries.

Studying Fashion Design will give you the opportunity to work in various sectors such as fashion design, design consultant, styling and retail. Jobs include junior/senior designer, pattern cutter, garment technologist, stylist, creative director, fashion consultant, freelance designer, tailor and much more.

Having a key understanding of bodyshapes and sizes and CAD, will give students studying this degree a key advantage in the careers market.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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