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BA (Honours) Fashion Design

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Year of Entry 2024/25
BA (Honours)

Fashion Design

Full-time Art and design

Undertake experimental and progressive approaches to Fashion Design and develop your design potential in a highly creative environment.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? W232
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

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This course scored 99% for teaching satisfaction in the 2023 National Student Survey.

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

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, in preparation for finding your individual focus.

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

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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.  

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

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

Lee Harding
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Senior Lecturer

Lee Harding - Senior Lecturer

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 

Student work

Fashion design students showcase their work at Graduate Fashion Week 2022.

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
Graduate View

Fashion Design graduate Sarah went from presenting at Graduate Fashion Week to London Fashion Week and now runs her own fashion studio.

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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Take a look around the fashion studios and shared workshops in the Department of Art & Design at Sheffield Hallam University.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112 – 120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles, or Graphics). For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art or media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful you will receive an email inviting you to submit your portfolio by email and submission details by an online google form.

The portfolio helps us understand whether we are able to offer you a place on the course you’ve applied for. Your UCAS statement and portfolio provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your creative experience, potential ability and enthusiasm for the course you’ve applied for. Visit our portfolio review guidance

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'.


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.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, 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
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Fashion Practice: Design Realisation & Portfolio Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fashion Practice: Research & Design Principles Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Fashion Practice & Production Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Digital Fashion Futures Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Future Now: Collaboration In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Independent Fashion Project: Graduate Portfolio Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Independent Fashion Project: Research & Design Ideation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year. 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, 330.8KB)

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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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