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Sheffield Hallam University

Fashion Design with Foundation year

UCAS Code: A010

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4.

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics). For example: * CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject. * MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. * A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Fashion design

**Course summary**
- Learn through a variety of industry projects, seminars and placements.

- Develop creative thinking and practical design skills.

- Embed ethical and sustainable practices at every level.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

This course is designed to build your confidence and help you take the creative risks needed to succeed in fashion design. You’ll work on projects that reinforce core industry skills such as illustration, CAD/CAM, garment manufacturing and more. You’ll reflect on your career direction as we challenge you to work ethically and to communicate your personal view of the world through your work.

**How you learn**
You’re supported to choose learning opportunities that reflect your personal interests and professional aspirations. We take an experimental approach, grounded in contemporary fashion theory and focusing on design processes that push both industry and personal boundaries. In the first ‘induction’ module you’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. In the second ‘project’ module you’ll be taught by tutors from the BA (Hons) course supported by foundation tutors.

You’ll learn through:

- group and individual tutorials

- interactive lectures

- seminars

- practical activity-based sessions

- demonstrations

- applied industry (live) projects

- creative thinking workshops

- studio-based project work

- work review sessions

- study trips

- peer group activities

- Blackboard online learning portal

- self-directed study

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course. Previous students have worked with Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Reiss and ASOS. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Enterprise year**

If you have a business idea, you will have the opportunity to develop this between the second and third years of the full course. During this time, you can take advantage of the university's business support network, the Hallam i-Lab (a business incubator), an allocated start-up advisor, workshops and opportunities to apply for funding.

**Live projects**

Students have worked on commercial briefs with the design and marketing departments at Ted Baker, Amanda Wakeley, Adidas and Vivienne Westwood, with awards such as cash prizes or work placements within the industry.

Students can also take part in renowned graduate events such as the British Fashion Council and Graduate Fashion Week.

**Field trips**

We endeavour to go on study trips both in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips. These could include workshops, design conferences or visits to practitioners’ studios, museums and special collections. You can also further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Previous trips have involved a behind-the-scenes visit to Burberry's headquarters and flagship store, exclusive talks from world-leading companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, as well as visiting leading fashion, textile and design museums.

**Competitions**

Students are supported to enter national and international competitions such as British Fashion Council design competitions and the RSA Student Design Awards. Our students are frequent finalists and winners of international competitions, enabling them to showcase their work online and at prestigious events such as Graduate Fashion Week.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Module: Extended Induction Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Extended Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Module: Fashion Fundamental One: Formation Credits: 60
Module: Fashion Fundamental Two: Concept Realisation Credits: 60
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Module: Exploration, Application And Realisation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Negotiated Fashion Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Year 4
Optional modules
Module: Placement Year Credits: -
Final year
Compulsory modules
Module: Graduation Project Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Assessment methods

* Coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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.

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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

74%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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