BA (Honours) Fashion Design with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Fashion Design with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Art and design

Start your degree in fashion design with a foundation year, giving you the skills needed for the full course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?


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Course summary

  • Explore innovative technologies and sustainable fashion design systems for the future 
  • Investigate current global fashion systems and create individual design responses
  • Build confidence in a creative community and engage with real-world experiences beyond the University
  • Direct your own personal growth and future with a hybrid of traditional and virtual tools
  • Create a unique portfolio, take part in live projects and showcase your designs at industry-recognised events

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Fashion Design, 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 gives you the skills and design acumen to thrive in the exciting world of fashion. Through practical and applied projects, you’ll experience a diverse range of sectors, before specialising in your own vocation.

This course also allows you to specialise in and receive a different named award – BA Fashion Design (Digital) – which includes emerging fields such as avatar and games design.

Creative UK membership

We are members of Creative UK, which means our art and design students are also members until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, Creative UK represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.


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How you learn

Our courses are designed with key principles of engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing a supportive environment where you can thrive.  

This foundation course brings together students across all our art and design courses as one creative community. You’ll work and learn together in a dedicated studio space and have access to our top-class facilities. 

Based in our bespoke studios, workshops, and digital spaces, you’ll become part of a dynamic and collaborative learning community. Together, you’ll undertake creative adventures, explore possibilities, and challenge conventions. 

You learn through:

  • Studio practice  
  • Workshops and lectures
  • Technical demonstrations  
  • Group and individual tutorials 
  • Creative reviews  
  • Live briefs
  • Guest talks   
  • External visits and field trips  

We take a holistic and person-centred approach to assessment to support your creative growth while respecting the diverse ways people learn. 

Key themes

Your foundation year will help you get to grips with University life as you study alongside a creative community of Art and Design students. Expect to be hands-on in the studio, learning through doing as you explore the creative process with collaborative projects, workshops and field trips.

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Skills such as fashion illustration, construction and manufacturing methods, digital design and manufacturing are at the centre of the course. You’ll also learn advanced techniques to transform two-dimensional ideas into 3D and 4D designs. 

You’ll explore all aspects of fashion design, learning core skills in a wide range of product areas from luxury and ready-to-wear fashion to sportwear and digital design. You’ll build essential knowledge in design theory, research and fashion concepts. 

You’ll learn how to champion environmental and social issues through design, supply chain management and manufacturing processes – and you’ll discover how your work connects to global audiences and evolving trends which encourage diverse perspectives.

At the end of the course, you’ll have the option to transfer to BA Digital Fashion Design. This lets you specialise in emerging fashion vocations, including digital design and manufacturing, avatar and games design, for augmented and virtual reality platforms. 

Whichever final year route you choose, we’ll help you flourish as a confident, individual and eminent designer, fully equipped for the future world of fashion. 

Course support

We’re a dedicated, qualified, and highly experienced teaching team, with world-leading research and recognised professional creative reputations, who take the time to get to know you.  

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated personal, academic and career development support, such as:

  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones and online resources to help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Access to office and studio space, expert workshops, freelancing opportunities and a vast business network to tap into
  • Industry-specific employability activities and careers support for up to five years after you graduate

The course develops strategies of attention, empathy, imagination, courage and resilience in the face of an uncertain future. Our course prioritises care as a critical activity – care for global human contexts and for the more-than-human world. 

Course leaders and tutors

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Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful. 

We do this by developing your expertise in collaboration with the professional creative and cultural sectors – with commercial and creative practitioners, commissioners, clients and arts organisations. 

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements before your final year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previously, 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 through the Turing Scheme. 

Live projects

You’ll work on live briefs set by commercial organisations, presenting you with real-world challenges and giving you invaluable insights into industry life. 

Previously, students have worked with teams at Ted Baker, Amanda Wakeley, Adidas and Vivienne Westwood, with awards including cash prizes or industry work placements. 

Field trips

Study trips within the UK and abroad take you out of the studio and immerse you in new environments, from workshops and conferences to galleries and special collections. 

There’s also the option to enhance your studies further with our optional field trips. Previous trips have included a visit to Burberry’s HQ, exclusive talks from global companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, and trips to leading fashion, textile and design museums.

Students can also apply for funding through the Turing Scheme to support a study exchange or placement outside of the UK. 

Competitions and exhibitions

We support and encourage you to enter national and international competitions such as The Fashion Awards and the RSA Student Design Awards. Our students are regular finalists and winners of competitions, having an immediate and significant impact on their professional reputation.

Our students also often take part in high-profile events like the British Fashion Council and Graduate Fashion Week – superb opportunities to showcase your professional work and gain the industry’s attention.

At the end of your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in our annual Future Now Festival of Creativity – to which we invite VIP guests, employers, businesses, influencers, friends and family, and the general public. The festival is widely attended and is hosted in the city centre. You’ll also be able to curate and exhibit your work on our online Gallery.

Future careers

This course prepares you for careers and future study in: 

  • Womenswear design 
  • Menswear design 
  • Category design 
  • Digital design 
  • Creative direction 
  • Creative pattern cutting 
  • Garment technology 
  • Product development 
  • Studio and production management 
  • Fashion illustration 
  • Styling 
  • Print design 
  • Academic research and teaching 
  • Fabric buying and development 

Many of our graduates launch their own businesses, while others achieve roles with some of the fashion industry’s biggest brands, including:

  • Adidas
  • Burberry
  • Boden
  • H&M 
  • John Lewis
  • Mackintosh

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

The ‘Studio’ is placed at the heart of the student journey, providing an incubator for collaboration, community and curiosity. 

It’s a vibrant place where you can explore traditional crafts and experiment with progressive ways of making. Here you can engage with specialist tools and equipment, such as:  

  • Industry-standard computer hardware and software 
  • Lock stitch and overlock machines 
  • Cover stitch machines 
  • Industrial steamers 
  • Heavy-duty hand and roller press 
  • Binding, buttonhole, and range of hardware 
  • Digital and screen-printing facilities 
  • Ultrasonic welder and taping machine 
  • Dress forms and mannequins 
  • Digital pattern cutting technology, Optitex and CLO-3D 
  • And on-site store for borrowing and buying materials and equipment

You will also have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. 

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Foundation Projects — Developing Creative Practice
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundation Skills & Methods
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Fashion Practice: Design Realisation & Portfolio
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Fashion Practice: Research & Design Principles
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Advanced Fashion Practice & Production
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Digital Fashion Futures
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Future Now: Collaboration In Action
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Independent Fashion Project: Graduate Portfolio
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Independent Fashion Project: Research & Design Ideation
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF, 400KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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