BA (Hons) Fashion: Design and Accessories (JCA)

Course summary


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If designing fashion garments and accessories is your passion then this design led, entrepreneurial course is ideal for you as it aims to prepare you for a career in the global fashion and accessories industry.

The BA (Hons) Fashion: Design and Accessories course, being offered in partnership with JCA, a new specialist fashion Academy set up by Professor Dato Jimmy Choo OBE, and the University of West London (UWL), is a future focused, globally aware course aimed at aspiring fashion designers.

With fans including not just film stars such as Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon, but also Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, the Jimmy Choo brand is synonymous with style, quality and glamour. Who better then to lead the way in moulding the next generation of luxury brand fashion designers and professionals?

Why choose this course
On this exciting course you will  learn the craft of traditional garment and accessories design, handed down through generations of crafts people. You will also be breaking new ground through the discovery and application of new and emerging smart textiles and wearable technologies that are changing the materials industry and the use and functionality of objects.
Jimmy Choo
A global accessories pioneer himself, Professor Dato’ Jimmy Choo OBE, was among the first to take shoes and handbags to Hollywood where the red carpet proved to be the ideal runway to bring the garment and accessories worlds closer together. This same innovative thinking underpins the concept of design and accessories education offered by the JCA in partnership with UWL.

You will be exposed through each of the course modules to both garment and accessory knowledge and application and will be encouraged to find your particular area of professional practice.  BA (Hons) Fashion: Design and Accessories takes into account the recent growth in fashion accessories, particularly the integration of digital technology.

This course takes a couture-styled learner centred approach, focused on innovative, professional fashion design practice, delivered within a specialist fashion environment. The future facing course offers you the opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in fashion research, design and pattern cutting with an emphasis, merging handcrafted accessories and related products with emerging technologies.

The course will encourage you to develop an inventive approach to creating fashion accessories and/or wearable technology through the exploration of new and emerging methods and materials which will have a greater emphasis on:
  • e:textiles, (collective name for fabrics with conductive threads or embedded electronics)
  • Laser cutting
  • 3-D printing technology (integrated into shoes and accessories using flexible filaments eg: Filaflex) traditional making techniques. 

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A degree in fashion design and accessories will equip you with a realistic grounding for the realities of working within the global fashion accessory industry, at the same time as offering opportunities to engage with and learn from some of London’s successful luxury accessory designers and fashion brands.

Career and study progression
Over the last ten years, the global fashion accessories market experienced massive growth. Today, there is huge demand from cutting edge sports brands, moving the boundaries of materials and technology and the luxury leather goods labels, for creative graduates who are able to revise traditional approaches and understand technological aspects of contemporary fashion accessory design.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

Through the course you will explore the fascinating world of the modern fashion accessory. You will have the opportunity to investigate new market opportunities such as wearable technologies, sustainability and digital manufacture. The course is inventive in that it will encourage you to investigate original ways of using new materials and incorporating technology into its products through experimentation and/or collaboration.

The course will be delivered through traditional cohort provision, timetabled studio sessions at UWL and with students engaged in placement activities to help inform their practice and realise their projects.

Year one (Level 4)
  • Fashion and Context
  • Fashion Fundamentals 
  • Fashion Material and Technologies
  • Fashion Design and Make
  • Fashion Communication and Brand Development
  • Creative Fashion Industries
Year two (Level 5)
  • Fashion and Context
  • Innovative Accessories Design
  • Internship
  • Fashion Collection
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and practice
Year three (Level 6)
  • Critical Research for Fashion
  • Pre-Collection
  • Negotiated Fashion
  • Entrepreneurship and Creative Development

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)
  • three GCSE passes at grade C or above (preferably in English and an Art / Design subject)
  • submission of an appropriate portfolio of work.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview based on the quality of the creative and written work as part of the portfolio submission.
International and UK based applicants who are unable to attend the interview process in person will be asked to submit a digital portfolio, of their work electronically, and may be asked to partake in a Skype or equivalent interview.

Please provide a portfolio of your own work in art and design, this should include work which demonstrates:

  • creative skills
  • drawing and photography
  • evidence of research (sketch books, mood boards and collated material telling a fashion story)
  • sample of written work (demonstrating an awareness of current affairs and debates in the fashion industry).

The written work will be no longer than two A4 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt) and the work should not have been produced for an existing class assignment. We will be looking for originality, thinking a good level English in written form.

International entry criteriaInternational students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

You do not need to necessarily have a background in fashion however it is important to demonstrate the following attributes upon application:

  • a personal commitment and interest in the fashion subject area including an interest in making, visual communication /design creativity and the visual arts
  • problem solving skills and the ability to communicate cl0early in writing
  • research skills and analytical thinking ability to complete tasks
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • evidence of computer aided design (CAD) skills (eg: basic use of Photoshop, etc)
  • the potential to engage successfully with the subject area with a view to progressing into the career paths proposed
  • commitment to the subject area through a personal statement and or reference/interview.
  • focused entrepreneurial career aspiration/ambition
  • awareness of current affairs and debates within the fashion industry.

Selection criteria for the offer of a place will follow the interview and portfolio view, which should evidence the potential to develop creative visual/written and professional skills within the fashion discipline.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

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During the course

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Jobs and placements

In your second year (at Level 5) you will undertake an internship, this will help pull together the various themes of the course into a single applied learner experience. You will develop a comprehensive range of personal, professional and entrepreneurial skills / expertise that will prepare you for the transition into your future career.

Complementing the academic framework, you will also have access to business support and Enterprise Development services that will be hosted at the JCA. Supporting emerging Designers and accelerating their entry into professional practice is core to the mission of the JCA.

Your personal and professional practice will be discussed throughout the course.

Career and study progression

The course amalgamates the creative, academic and professional building blocks necessary to inspire and nurture, ambitious innovative design professionals. It focuses on preparing you for entry into the global fashion accessory industry as one of the next wave of new designer entrepreneurs.

You will benefit from teaching and professional support staff practising in industry, as well as UWL’s links with fashion industry partners.

After graduating, popular careers include:

  • fashion designer
  • accessories design
  • materials developer
  • research and development
  • fashion print designer
  • pattern cutter
  • garment technologist
  • stylist
  • trend forecasting
  • buyer
  • visual merchandiser

Study progression

We have a wide range of postgraduate courses offered by the London School of Film, Media and Design. See our postgraduate courses page to view all the courses on offer.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.