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Bath Spa University

Fashion Design (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: W235

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Grades CC including Grade C in Textiles or Art & Design related subjects preferred.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Pass (MMP) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Fashion design

**A fast-paced, dynamic and demanding course for determined and ambitious individuals who want a career in fashion.**

- A reputation for producing highly individual, award-winning designers and practitioners.

- Member of the British Fashion Council Colleges Council and Graduate Fashion Week.

- Unique partnership with the world famous Fashion Museum – students have access to an unrivalled collection of fashion.

The course offers a comprehensive design education for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career in the fashion industry. Our philosophy is to develop students as individuals to become innovative and creative designers with a design aesthetic relevant to the contemporary fashion industry.

There is an emphasis on ideas, creativity, and developing your own personal design philosophy underpinned with strong pattern cutting and product development skills. We aim to take the fear out of the ‘technical’ side of fashion by combining the ‘technical’ and ‘design’ into one creative endeavour. We look for highly motivated students with a strong creative focus and a clear determination to enter the highly competitive world of fashion.

**Integrated Foundation Year**

Explore art and design through an integrated Foundation year before you progress onto your chosen BA (Hons) degree.

- Evolve. Build your confidence, skills and knowledge in preparation for your undergraduate course.

- Develop. Challenge perceptions, make, explore and investigate new territory through active projects.

- Realise. Pursue your undergraduate specialism

We want to ensure that you reach your full potential. That's why we've devised an intensive and experimental Foundation course that develops your art and design abilities in relation to contemporary practice, and introduces you to our exceptional facilities and staff.

You'll enhance your drawing skills, and explore the many materials and processes encountered in art and design practice. As the year progresses, you'll begin to specialise in your chosen discipline, acquiring advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for continued study.

Modules

Foundation Year
Stage one
We'll introduce you to a range of approaches to visual research skills, alongside drawing and experimenting with 2D media.
Stage two
You'll continue to develop your drawing and visual research skills alongside three-dimensional and conceptual thinking.
Stage three
You'll write your own project brief, with outcomes being displayed in an end of year exhibition.

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of fashion design, including 2D and 3D practice as well as fabric sourcing and developing the relationship between fabric and design.

In Year Two you’ll be encouraged to broaden your research skills and further develop your personal design aesthetic as well as working on a live intern brief for a US brand.

Finally, in Year Three you’ll develop a more strategic perspective and negotiate a body of work that reflects your personal practice as a designer, drawing together your academic experiences and personal interests. You will draw together all you have learnt into a written thesis. For more information please refer to the website.

Assessment methods

Assessment during the Fashion Foundation course is continuous. There are formal internal assessment points at the end of stages one and two. Stage three is externally assessed.
All teaching staff are practising artists or designers.

Teaching is held through personal tutorials, as well as demonstrations and discussions. There are lectures on aspects of contemporary practice, in addition to collaborative work and outside visits.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, which may include:

Workshops
One-to-one tutorials
Lectures
Demonstrations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath School of Design

TEF rating:
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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.

72%
low
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
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

84%
Library resources
99%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
6%
Male students
94%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Design occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
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.

£16k

£16k

£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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