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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Fashion Design

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Full-time Art and design

Prepare for a successful career in the fashion industry with a course that offers hands-on experience with innovative technology and development of your unique aesthetic.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Whether you have your results or not, apply by calling 0330 024 6390 today.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 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? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? W232
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Equip yourself with the visionary and practical skills necessary for boundary-pushing fashion product development.
  • Learn through a combination of group and individual projects, seminars and placements within industry.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

Fashion design requires you to stay ahead of developing trends in aesthetics and technology. We emphasise innovation and collaboration through individual and group projects, assignments and presentations related to the latest developments in the industry, helping you develop the confidence to take creative risks and preparing you for a fulfilling career in fashion.

Student View

Watch student Leah Haywood talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

You gain an understanding of what is expected from a future career in fashion design by taking part in a diverse range of activities. As you develop your understanding of the research, design and manufacture process you're encouraged to consider learning opportunities that reflect your personal interests and professional aspirations.

You learn through

  • group and individual tutorials
  • interactive-based lectures
  • seminars
  • practical activity-based sessions
  • industry-facing projects
  • creative thinking workshops
  • studio-based project work
  • work review sessions

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Nathan Jones
Course Leader

Nathan studied fashion design at Central st martin’s college of Art and Design. He has worked as a Menswear designer and he has spoken at a number of national and in … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked with Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Reiss and ASOS.

Live projects

During the course you gain valuable practical experience from working on projects with fashion companies. In the past students have worked on a real brief with design and marketing departments at Ted Baker, Amanda Wakeley and Vivienne Westwood, with awards such as cash prizes or a work placement within the industry.

Field trips

All students are offered the opportunity to visit fashion centres including London, Paris and Amsterdam to visit exhibitions, studios and salons. Previous trips have involved a behind-the-scenes visit to Burberry's headquarters and flagship store, an exclusive talk from a world-leading couturier at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and a tour of Paris ateliers.

We currently receive exclusive tickets for a select number of students to attend the Burberry Catwalk shows in London. It's an incredible opportunity to visit the backstage of a real fashion show, view garments up close, and gain real insight from working designers in the industry.


Students are encouraged to enter national and international competitions such as the International Talent Support Contest and the Fashion Awareness Direct Competition to help gain exposure in the fashion industry. Recent students have been finalists and winners of various such competitions, which saw them showcasing their work at Graduate Fashion Week and other prestigious events.

Student work

Sheffield Institute of Arts students make their mark at Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • fashion design
  • production management
  • fashion illustration
  • styling
  • creative pattern cutting
  • garment manufacture
Student success story

Hattie Crowther won the ASOS Future Talent Award in Design for her portfolio of work after it was showcased at the Graduate Fashion Week 2017 in London.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you can purchase a basic starter kit within your first week, which includes some core fashion tools including

  • snips
  • tailor's chalk
  • quick un-picker
  • pattern master tweezers
  • hand sewing needles
  • fabric scissors
  • paper scissors
  • three threads (calico, white, black)
  • tape measure and pins

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Entry requirements

All students

GCSE English at grade C or 4.

80 UCAS points, including at least 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include Art, Design, or Textiles.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA Fashion Design with Foundation year.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Fashion Fundamental One: Formation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fashion Fundamental Two: Concept Realisation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Exploration, Application And Realisation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Negotiated Fashion Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduation Project Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 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)

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