BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles with Foundation Year

Course summary

Overview
At UWL we blend both elements from a fashion and textile industry to develop career ready individuals, focuses on developing innovative independent thinkers within print, knit and fashion.

This course will help you develop your own design voice, as well as to build confidence in the presentation of ideas visually and verbally. We have strong links with industry, such as high profile guest speakers. Combined with the high-level technical skills and knowledge you will acquire, you will be equipped to compete in a global economy.


Why choose this course?
You will be guided through a range of workshops and lectures that build strong design principles; developing skills in:

  • screen and digital print
  • domestic and industrial knit/sewing machine skills
  • pattern cutting
  • fashion design
  • fashion illustration
  • material awareness
  • fashion video production
  • presentation skills
  • designing for a market
  • contextual and visual research.

Woven throughout the degree are approaches to developing an understanding of the impact the fashion and textiles industry has on the planet and its inhabitance, helping you on your way to becoming a future-relevant designer.

Career and study progression
As well as supporting an exciting career within the fashion and textile industry, the course prepares you for further postgraduate studies such as a Masters degree.

Career opportunities range from independent makers to those working for international organisations, as well as couture to high street.

How will the course be assessed?

Foundation year
0% written exam, 30% practical exam, 70% coursework

Year one
0% written exam, 30% practical exam, 70% coursework

Year two
0% written exam, 20% practical exam, 80% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Course detail

This course integrates industry-based learning with development of your creative, technical and intellectual skills. 

Throughout the course there is a focus on your professional development, giving you the best possible start to a successful career in this competitive industry.

You will have the option to pursue a varied career becoming increasingly more specialised as you develop through the degree within the areas of print, knit and fashion.

Modules

Foundation year (Level 3)

Modules:

  • Contextual Studies in Media and Design
  • Researching Media and Design
  • Fashion and Textile Production
  • Major Project

Year two (Level 4)

You will have the opportunity to experiment in all aspects of fashion textile design. During this time you will be supported to make informed decisions on specialist pathways; fashion print or fashion knit at the end of the academic year. 

Modules:

  • Visual Communication in Fashion
  • Pattern Cutting and Sample Production
  • Specialist Studies – Print and Knit
  • Fashion in Context
  • Design Exploration and Experimentation
  • Fashion Design Interpretation.

Year three (Level 5)

You will gain high level skills in your chosen pathway, developing personal design briefs as well as designing for a market. There is a strong emphasis on developing your understanding of design fundamentals and how to apply these for a given market, cross disciplinary design teams of print and knit work together to develop collections for companies such as Nike, Cos, Next and Topshop. This will help you become a flexible and employable designer.

We will focus on integrating employability into taught sessions, helping you to identify personal career aspirations and tailor your learning journey towards these goals.

Modules:

  • Directional Textiles Innovation: Fashion Print or Fashion Knit
  • Directional Fashion Innovation
  • Digital Fashion Exploration
  • Design in a Professional Context
  • Fashioning Culture.

Year four (Level 6)

You will lead your own development and direction through a combination of writing personal briefs and negotiating creative directions with your specialist tutor.


Modules:
  • Graduation Project – Research and Design
  • Critical Essay - Fashion Dissertation
  • Portfolio Design and Presentation
  • Graduation Project - Realisation.

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grades B, C or D, D and D, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 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 http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country 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

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£12,000
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

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

Interview

If you receive an offer from us you will be invited to an applicant day where creative work can be discussed with our staff.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com 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).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com 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.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

As members of the British Fashion Council, students show at the prestigious ‘Graduate Fashion Week’ and participate in high-profile competitions.

Special resources

While studying on the course you will have access to a range of specialist equipment such as digital computer aided design packages, digital fabric printing, 3D printing, laser cutting technologies, a range of industry standard sewing and knitting machines, fabric dyeing, screen printing and heatpress facilities.

As well as equipment the fashion and textiles team has between them a wide range of specialist knowledge of the fashion and textiles industry to support your potential career aspirations. This knowledge is disseminated to you through workshops, tutorials and lectures; this creates an exciting fusion of knowledge and skills that adds to a vibrant community, exchange of ideas and opportunities.

Building upon taught sessions you also have access to our online learning room ‘Blackboard’ where you will be able to access worksheets, technical data and lecture information. You will also have access to our fantastic library resources dedicated to the fashion and textiles industry, as well as the ability to access future trend forecasting predictions, supporting you to be aware of new developments in the industry and what is likely to be in demand in the future.

Work experience during the course

Work placements provide valuable experience that supports your understanding of potential future careers within the fashion and textiles industry. During the course you are encouraged and supported with specialist lectures, workshops and tutorials in order to empower you to organise a relevant personal placement.

Industry focused competitions, educational visits and design projects undertaken while studying on the course support you to build upon your current CV.

What our students say

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

As well as supporting an exciting career within the fashion and textile industry, the course prepares you for further postgraduate studies such as a Masters degree.

Popular careers choices include:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Print Designer
  • Knitwear Designer
  • Textiles Designer (interiors, automotive, fashion etc)
  • Materials Developer/ Research and Development
  • Accessories design
  • Pattern cutter
  • Garment technologist
  • Stylist
  • Trend forecasting
  • Buyer
  • Visual Merchandiser

Study progression

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.

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 or further study within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, The Savoy, Thomas Cook Travel, Cobra Beer, and the Royal Palaces. 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.

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