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The Northern School of Art

Fashion with Body Contour

UCAS Code: W232

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

Entry requirements

A level


Pass Access to HE Diploma

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


Pass Foundation Diploma

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Full-time | 2021


Fashion design

The Fashion with Body Contour degree is an exciting course designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of design and the practical skills to meet the requirements of the fashion and body contour industry.

It will provide you with specialist skills in design, pattern-cutting, construction and the use of 2D and 3D software for the production of contemporary fashion, athleisure wear and lingerie. You will be provided with full training in the design process, production and textiles along with traditional and contemporary pattern-cutting techniques.

You will gain a thorough knowledge in fashion design, history and innovation – learning the skills that enable you to design your own clothing. As you grow in confidence, you will be encouraged to explore, create and innovate – helping you to stand out from the crowd in fashion design.

In the generous cutting, sewing room and design studios, you will learn how to take your designs from 2D sketches to the 3D final product.

Industry-standard garment construction skills will be developed as well as an understanding of the technology and materials used in the fashion design and clothing industry. These will include the use of industry-standard virtual prototyping systems for pattern cutting, grading, fabric print development and 3D modelling, as well as use of 3D printing and CAD laser-cutting.

**Interesting Fact**
Dr Carol Harris heads up Fashion with Body Contour at The Northern School of Art and has been specifically chosen for the position due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design.

Carol’s academic profile which spans almost twenty years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter and is a Paris Fashion Week regular.
She is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.


In your first year (Level 4) you will explore: • Experimental Drawing and illustration both analogue and digital • Trends and creative processes • Fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques • Contemporary body contour fashion solutions and garments • Contemporary body sculpture fashion solutions • Production techniques for fashion contour solutions

In your second year (Level 5) you will develop: • CAD skills for pattern drafting, 3D modelling and portfolio skills • Knowledge and understanding of the skills required within the body contour industry • Design and development for a specific market • Real-life skills within the industry through work experience opportunities • Professional and design skills through client-based live projects • Independent learning through negotiated projects

In your third year (Level 6) you will produce: • A Final Major Project • Dissertation • Exhibition • Professional portfolios for traditional and digital routes • Self-promotional material

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