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Fashion Design

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in a related subject are accepted

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, related subjects are required. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.

UCAS Tariff

96

From a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

You may also need to…

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Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Fashion design

Create your own fashion designs from year 1 in our workshops at Cambridge School of Art, and launch your career with a professional portfolio and stand-out final collection.

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you forge an identity as a designer, specialising in menswear or womenswear.
You’ll be hands-on from day one, creating your own fashion designs and engaging with all aspects of the design process in our studios, including pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media. You’ll also learn about contemporary fashion promotion, including marketing, styling and fashion photography and art direction, and create campaigns to attract consumers and influencers to your brand.

You will learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, and consider issues of sustainability that will help you to develop as a responsible industry professional for the future.

You’ll work closely with fashion students in other years and with students from across our creative community, including photographers and filmmakers to create eye-catching campaigns and digital content. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team of including Fashion technical staff and course leader Mark Hart who has worked on projects for brands such as Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Warner Bros. Records & London Records.

As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design student at ARU, you’ll have the chance to find placements and internships with high-profile fashion houses including Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood and contemporary designers such as Mary Katrantzou, Marcus Lupfer and Mother of Pearl; attend trade fairs, such as Pure in London (the UK’s leading fashion buying event) or the fabric and trend show Premiere Vision in Paris; and visit suppliers and other businesses connected with the fashion industry.

Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and other well-known brands, including:
Yasmin Lucy Greener - Assistant Accessories Designer (John Lewis).
Stephanie Cornforth - Lingerie Designer (Something Wicked).
Olivia Welsh - Creative Director (Olivia Annabelle).
Emily Jeffrey - Design Assistant, Accessories (Cath Kidston).

By the end of the course, you too will have a new collection ready to show to the fashion industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, and also to the public at our own Graduate Fashion Show and Degree Show.

All our Fashion Design students can access our dedicated fashion workshops; industrial sewing, finishing, embroidery and seam sealing machines; use of the WGSN trend forecasting digital platform; the full Adobe Creative suite; Apple iMacs with wide-format printers and scanners; vintage printmaking presses and letterpress machine; 3D workshop; photography equipment, and more.

Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.

**Careers**

Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and major brands.

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you develop your individual style as a designer, with a portfolio ready to present to fashion houses. Or you might pursue other roles, such as styling, buying, pattern cutting and trend forecasting.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, you can explore the prospect of starting your own business – supported by the commercial know-how you’ll gain at ARU.

Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules:
Cut, Form and Construction
Design: Visual and Material Practice
Visual Communication and Portfolio

Year 2 Core modules:
Contemporary Issues and Debates
Design and Professional Practice
Fashion Communication and Promotion

Year 3 Core modules:
Fashion Design Major Project and Professional Portfolio

Year 3 Optional modules:
Research Project
Working in the Creative Industries

Assessment methods

This is a hands-on, practical course and our assessment is based on the coursework you complete for each of your modules. This includes completed project work as well as accompanying material such as sketchbooks and illustrations.

We’re looking to see how you research, analyse and develop your work – in other words, how you think as a fashion designer.

You’ll also attend lectures and produce written material. We’ll look at these when we’re reviewing your progress.

Assessment is ongoing and includes one-to-one feedback, group crits and class presentations, so you can be sure you’re receiving structured, insightful feedback throughout your degree course.

Modules are subject to change.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Fashion design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

34%
UK students
66%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
25%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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