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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 3 years
Code W232
Attendance Part-time
Duration 6 years
Code W232
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level Undergraduate
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Talk to the tutor before you apply, email information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk to book a 1-2-1 call.

The BA (Hons) Fashion degree is designed to produce highly qualified ’employment ready’ graduates who are able to play leading roles in a wide range of fashion related careers.

It provides a broad-based, high quality education in Fashion, encompassing a range of cognitive, creative and subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding, allowing applicants to

develop their awareness and understanding of the demands and creative potential of professional practice for employment, enterprise and post graduate study.

The broad range of modules allow you to develop a professional understanding of fashion design and the wider art and design practices within a range of contexts supported by competitions, live projects, subject specialised visits and industry led presentations.

What you'll study

The aims of this course are to provide a specialised course of study in fashion design which explores research, design, pattern cutting and garment production, sustainability, communication and promotion through concepts, ethical practices, methods and contexts.

Students inhabit a dynamic learning environment, encompassing a wide range of facilities and resources, including:

• Well-resourced fashion manufacture and pattern cutting facilities

• Extensive textile print workshop (including digital print facility)

• Spacious workshops and all-purpose studio spaces

• Modern lecture theatre and seminar rooms

• Well qualified specialist technicians

• Well equipped specialist printmaking and typography workshop

• Installation area

• Ceramic and 3D workshops

• State of the art digital media suites with specialist

• Art Gallery

• Bradford Textile Archive

The programme uses a blended learning approach, combining face to face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include, lectures, seminars, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials and retailer observations. You will also adopt work-based learning as part of your studies through live/industrial briefs and visiting speakers. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, assignment work, preparation for seminars and revision for examinations. This will further be enhanced by a social learning community including a peer support programme and enhanced personal tutoring.

Our supportive teaching and learning environment is created by a team of well qualified, dedicated and friendly academic, technical, administrative and support staff.

There is also a wide-ranging college system of additional and specialist student support available.

Students are supported in their learning by our teaching and learning strategies, most notably individual academic tutorial support, which is central to the programme and is constant throughout.

Students are also allocated a Personal Tutor who offers pastoral and practical support and guidance.

The Learning Resource Centre includes a large Visual Arts section, which effectively supports and responds to staff and student needs. It comprises a book collection, a large collection of journals and other visual material and subscribes to a number of electronic databases.

  • The aims of this course are to provide a specialised course of study in fashion design which explores research, design, pattern cutting and garment production, sustainability, communication and promotion through concepts, ethical practices, methods and contexts.

    Students inhabit a dynamic learning environment, encompassing a wide range of facilities and resources, including:

    • Well-resourced fashion manufacture and pattern cutting facilities

    • Extensive textile print workshop (including digital print facility)

    • Spacious workshops and all-purpose studio spaces

    • Modern lecture theatre and seminar rooms

    • Well qualified specialist technicians

    • Well equipped specialist printmaking and typography workshop

    • Installation area

    • Ceramic and 3D workshops

    • State of the art digital media suites with specialist

    • Art Gallery

    • Bradford Textile Archive

  • The programme uses a blended learning approach, combining face to face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include, lectures, seminars, guest speakers, workshops, tutorials and retailer observations. You will also adopt work-based learning as part of your studies through live/industrial briefs and visiting speakers. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, assignment work, preparation for seminars and revision for examinations. This will further be enhanced by a social learning community including a peer support programme and enhanced personal tutoring.

    Our supportive teaching and learning environment is created by a team of well qualified, dedicated and friendly academic, technical, administrative and support staff.

    There is also a wide-ranging college system of additional and specialist student support available.

    Students are supported in their learning by our teaching and learning strategies, most notably individual academic tutorial support, which is central to the programme and is constant throughout.

    Students are also allocated a Personal Tutor who offers pastoral and practical support and guidance.

    The Learning Resource Centre includes a large Visual Arts section, which effectively supports and responds to staff and student needs. It comprises a book collection, a large collection of journals and other visual material and subscribes to a number of electronic databases.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used on the course, determined by the aims and learning outcomes of the programme and of individual modules. The most common method for practical modules is the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, supported by preparatory work, sketchbooks and learning journals. Essays, seminars, reports, critical appraisals and, at level 6, a dissertation or negotiated alternative visual format, form the assessable work in some units.

Detailed written and verbal feedback forms an integral part of our teaching, learning and assessment strategy. Formative feedback is delivered through tutorial support and mid-point critiques or reviews. Summative feedback is usually provided in a written format with the opportunity for further verbal clarification.

You will be given the opportunity to receive feedback from your peers via critiques and reviews. The feedback is verbal and on occasions written down. This is particularly the case in Studio modules at level 4 and 5 and in the theoretical modules at levels 4 and 5.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points
80

This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent) with GCSE Maths (grade C or above) and English (grade C or above).

Each applicant is individually interviewed. Admission is also based on your portfolio, interview and relevant work experience.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be considered. Non-standard applicants will be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Next steps

As an inventive, versatile and independent graduate, you will be able to pursue a variety of exciting, creative and demanding careers in many areas of the fashion industry. This may be in large or small businesses in the UK or abroad, or you may choose to work as a freelance designer. You may also consider studying for a postgraduate degree or a teaching qualification. What are they doing now? Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Owner/ Designer - Tymoor
  • Wholesale account manager for the UK and Ireland - Replay Jeans London
  • Denim Buyer (Menswear) – Diesel ( London)
  • Womenswear Designer – Red Vatican featuring in London Fashion Week
  • Designer – Mocks (winner of best young accessories award)
  • Senior Designer – River Island (menswear)
  • Designer – Burton
  • Social media intern – Fashion Union
  • Fashion intern – Fashion coco journal
  • Designer – Mish Mash jeans
  • Designer – CWI (Marks & Spencers, Next etc)
  • Assistant manager – Diesel (Leeds- London)
  • Head of Costume West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Fashion Stylist – Boss model agency
  • Fashion Stylist/journalist (Portugal)
  • Own labels including – killing time, hey bear, I am the designer, Yawars boutique,
  • Fashion photographer (freelance)
  • Designer/director – Saving Face Jewellery
  • Assistant manager – Topshop
  • Visual merchandiser – Zara
  • Buyer – Damart (Bradford)
BA Fashion graduates have also gone on to follow a range of other career paths/routes including teaching and MA programmes. You can also view BA (Hons) Fashion graduate work published in the book: “The complete fashion sketchbook” by Martin Dauber.

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Tuition fees

Full-time: £8,750 per year

Equipment lists will be given at enrolment and generally consist of one-off purchases of Pattern cutting equipment and Art media.

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