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Overview

BA (Hons) Sustainable Fashion and Management is a needed, educational directive that focuses on re-contextualising the process of design analysis, development and production in fashion education.

Consumption of new clothing is at an all-time high in the UK. We consume over 10kg more per capita than any other country within Europe. (Fixing Fashion - 2019 govt. report). The culture of throw away products is now an area of grave concern, with Barnado's alone receiving around 100,000 bags a week of used garments. (R. Clark 2019).

The professional designer of today and tomorrow needs to focus on their ability to design systems and products that utilise existing garments and digital technologies in order to tackle the humanitarian crisis of overconsumption. BA (Hons) Sustainable Fashion and Management focuses on the use of existing garments as a material resource. Collaborating with companies that have expertise in the area in order to develop a curriculum that would include garment analysis, consumer analysis, circular systems, production management and 3-dimensional exploration.

The course explores theoretical approaches that underpin the relevance of 'circular system' fashion production and the areas of 'repair and re-use.' The course will be utilising the expertise of existing fashion staff and industry experts in order to maintain a relevant curriculum that offers skills and attributes relevant to the industry. The course will explore the utilisation of 3D modelling and rendering software in order to develop a rapid prototyping discipline that drastically minimises the need for material resource and offers a key driver in specific digital skill sets that are relevant to cross-disciplinary subjects within the field of arts and digital industries.

What makes this course different

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Sustainable creative practice

In line with the University's recognition of Industry 4.0, the course will focus on the development of sustainable creative practice that focuses on future needs.

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3D technology

The course will also utilise 3D technology processes in order to explore 'rapid prototyping and rendering.' This method of learning offers a digital 3-Dimensional realisation process. Limiting materials waste and excessive financial barriers commonly faced by students pursuing a degree in practical based fashion degrees.

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Thriving London location

Wth excellent connections and links across London, your time at UEL will place you in close proximity to relevant research and recreational local areas such as Westfield Stratford, the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and West End as well as international locations via London City Airport.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Our sustainable fashion and management course will give you the tools you need to develop innovation within a sustainable context. You will be taken through key ideas of sustainable practice in fashion such as:

  • Recycling and upcycling
  • Skills in creating product from waste and discarded materials
  • Circular systems
  • Production management
  • Ecosystems
  • Future and raw materials
  • E-commerce and circular retail models

The course will share a series of modules with five other BA (Hons) courses within the fashion subject area 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, 3D rendering software and Microsoft Office particularly Excel), interpersonal and group skills.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Fashion Contexts and Research

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to collaborative projects and design creative solutions as a team by working alongside other creatives within the fashion cluster. This module will focus on how to develop best practice and fully utilise individual skillsets to deliver specific project outcomes. Students learn to work in a team to develop project plans, research and development and design production and delivery.

    This module will look to explore techniques and research methodologies in ensuring that students have a good understanding on how context and theory apply to practice in relation to Fashion. Students will understand how the wide variety of media and cultural, social and political influences form our contemporary perceptions of fashion.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The fashion subject area 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.

Facilitating the awareness, utilisation and exploration of ‘circular fashion systems’ will be the main aim of the course. This will manifest via introductory projects, theoretical research study, live project challenges, industry visits, work placements, group work challenges and autonomous learning via final major projects. The introduction of a curriculum that focuses on the 'product design legacy,' meaning the entire lifespan of a product, as opposed to only focusing on inception to market retail.

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.

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 fashion journalists, administrators and buyers for world-leading firms. The list includes Preen, Very.co.uk, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group, Karla Otto 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
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework, essays and presentations. Coursework includes essays, research files, sample and fibre portfolios, practical design development, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project.

In your third year, your assessment will be based on research coursework, written reports and a final portfolio outcome. You will have the opportunity to gain feedback from your lecturers, peers and our industry partners.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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 sustainable fashion and management will give you the opportunity to work in various sectors such as logistics and supply, textiles and even engineering. Jobs include business development manager, fabric technologist, production manager, innovation manager, sustainability consultant, product researcher, and much more.

Having a key understanding of ethics, textile technology and circular systems, will give students studying this degree a key advantage in the careers market.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.