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Plymouth College of Art

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W290

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112-120

We accept combinations of qualifications that meet or exceed our tariff requirements, alongside evidence of your creativity

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subjects

Fashion design

Fashion

**From material innovation to pattern-cutting and styling for magazines, fashion is one of the largest employers of all the UK’s creative industries. Follow your ambition and challenge the future of clothing construction on our cutting-edge Fashion Design course.**

A spirit of independence runs through our vibrant Fashion Design course, and we develop talented, innovative and versatile designers. As one of our students you’ll hone your attention to detail and fine tune your signature aesthetic without the confines of a house style.

You’ll investigate sustainability and ethical manufacturing, acquiring a deep appreciation for every step of the commercial supply chain. You’ll also learn traditional techniques, and understand how to combine these with new methodologies – such as Gerber AccuMark, a 3D virtual prototyping and fashion design software, and our digital Fab Lab – to become a confident fashion designer.

Through industry-led briefs, you will gain understanding of the crucial relationship between design, creativity, sustainability, project management and communication skills, along with insight into factors that impact design, development and production. You’ll also enjoy cross collaborating with photographers, graphic designers and filmmakers to style the lookbook for your final collection.

Our Fashion Studio is a large, light space with panoramic views and is comprehensively equipped with industry standard technologies. We encourage cross-disciplinary working, so you’ll be able to expand your skills by exploring our professional textile print studios, as well as workshops for jewellery and other making skills. Our digital Fab Lab houses the latest laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, giving your design ideas scope for diverse outcomes. You’ll also have the opportunity to use global trend forecasting tools WGSN and The Future Laboratory.

Through national and international trips, expert industry speakers, and collaborations for specialist brands such as Finisterre and Hiut Denim, you’ll develop your market awareness and refine your design and construction skills. You’ll gain access to work placements with our extensive professional network, including **Missoni, Cope and Vale, J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Pentland Brands, Marks and Spencer, Denza, Paul Smith, All Saints**, and more.

Our staff are all experienced fashion practitioners, and you’ll engage with industry events in London, Paris, New York, and Berlin, as well as having the chance to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. Our graduates have secured placements with **Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Lulu Guinness** and at **London Fashion Week**.

Graduates can become:
- Fashion designers

- Knitwear designers

- Stylists

- Buyers

- Tailors

- Fashion illustrators

- Pattern cutters

- Trend forecasters

- Visual merchandisers

- Studio managers

Modules

Throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged to explore other creative practices and work on multidisciplinary projects, through collaborations across the college and with industry.
You’ll graduate with a final collection that showcases your individual style and approach to design, and a professional portfolio to launch you into this vibrant industry as a confident fashion practitioner.
Many of our modules incorporate business skills, and you will gain hands-on experience in construction and textile techniques, trend-forecasting and more.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Design and Communication

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
72%
low
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.

Fashion design

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
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

72%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
6%
Male students
94%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
C

Design studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
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

72%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Fashion design

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£12k

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£15k

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£16k

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