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De Montfort University

Contour Fashion (Communication)

UCAS Code: W23C

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

Entry requirements


A level

C-A*

in Art and Design

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including Art and Design

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

DMM

in an Art and Design related subject

UCAS Tariff

112

- From at least 2 A Levels - Art and Design Foundation accepted - Applicants must also have a satisfactory portfolio - Five GCSEs grades A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Fashion design

Fashion

Contour Fashion was established at DMU in 1947 and has unparalleled links with the UK and global intimate apparel industry – and this related programme is the only communication course in the UK aimed directly at that industry. It prepares you for career opportunities in marketing, promotion, trend prediction, product development and entrepreneurship.

The course is designed to meet the changing requirements of this global fashion business and you will develop skills in concept inspiration, idea development, image, trend, styling, enterprise and business, industry and communication, social media applications and marketing. There are many opportunities to work with national and international companies on live projects, work placements, competitions and awards.

You will be taught by highly experienced professionals who have worked with well-known brands within the industry and by visiting lecturers from the wider fashion and intimates industry.

**Key features:**

- DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Fashion and Textiles in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020).

- Core modules such as Visual Communication, Trends and Product Development, and Fashion Marketing and Entrepreneurship are shared with our Contour Fashion and Fashion Buying courses, enabling you to work collaboratively, explore ideas and be part of a dynamic community of fashion-focused students.

- Work on live projects with industry experts to gain valuable professional, research, communication and business skills. Recent briefs have been set by Gymshark, British brand Coco de Mer, ASOS and Lycra.

- Gain real-world work experience through an optional placement year. Past students have worked with companies including Agent Provocateur, H&M and Tommy Hilfiger.

- Benefit from a valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to visit trade fairs such as Interfilière and Salon International de la Lingerie.

- The award-winning?Vijay Patel Building, home to all of our art and design students,?provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking.

- Contour Fashion BA (Hons) is a related course where you can specialise in areas including lingerie, athleisure, swimwear, loungewear, nightwear, corsetry and menswear.

Modules

First year
• Visual Communication 1
• Trends and Product Development
• Introduction to Fashion Business
• Contour Fashion Promotion
• Design Cultures 1

Second year
• Visual Communication 2
• Trends and Product Development 2
• Fashion Marketing 1
• Contour Fashion Entrepreneurship
• Design Cultures 2

Third year
• Professional Practice and Portfolio
• Fashion Marketing 2
• Final research Project

Assessment methods

The course team are highly experienced intimate apparel professionals and have worked with well-known brands within the industry. The course is further enhanced with guest lectures by industry professionals. Throughout the course you will be required to make visual and verbal presentations of you own concepts, ideas and strategies at the end of the modules.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Arts, Design and Humanities

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.

82%
high
Fashion design
82%
high
Fashion

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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

After graduation


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Design studies

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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.

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Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Design occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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

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