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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
This course scored 94% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.
- Prepare yourself with the visionary and practical skills necessary for a boundary-pushing fashion design career.
- Learn through a variety of industry projects, seminars and placements all within a current industry context.
Fashion design requires you to stay ahead of developing trends in aesthetics and technology. We emphasise innovation and collaboration through stimulating project briefs, assignments and presentations related to the latest developments in the industry to challenge and help define your design practice and identity. Time on the course will build your confidence to take creative risks, diversify your skillset while preparing you for a fulfilling career in fashion. The course will nurture you while building resilience and confidence to find your place within the design industry. Reflect on the emotions of your past, ethics and beliefs to empower the compulsion and drive to stamp your viewpoint on the world, reflecting on the past and to embrace the new. If you have the talent and ambition, this course can help you become a highly innovative designer within the fashion industry.
Watch student Leah Haywood talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
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.
The courses benefit from an experimental approach with a strong focus on design process and pushing boundaries. We help you develop your design skills and creative awareness by building on your strengths and individual creativity through guided projects.
You learn through
- group and individual tutorials
- interactive-based lectures
- practical activity-based sessions
- industry-facing projects
- creative thinking workshops
- studio-based project work
- work review sessions
Course leaders and tutors
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
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.
During the course, you gain valuable practical experience from working on projects with fashion companies. In the past students have worked on commercial briefs with the design and marketing departments at Ted Baker, Amanda Wakeley, Adidas and Vivienne Westwood, with awards such as cash prizes or work placement within the industry.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in renowned graduate events and networks, such as the British Fashion Council and Graduate Fashion Week.
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, exclusive talks from world-leading companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, in addition to visiting leading Fashion, Textile and Design Museums.
Students are encouraged to enter national and international competitions such as the British Fashion Council Design competitions and the RSA Student design award 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.
Fashion design students make their mark at Graduate Fashion Week 2019
This course prepares you for a career in
- womenswear design
- menswear design
- print design
- production management
- fashion illustration
- creative pattern cutting
- garment technologist
- product developer
Many of our graduates are either self-employed or working for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, such as Barbour, Topshop, Amanda Wakeley and Zara, across a variety of roles.
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
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You will have access to a fully equipped fashion studio, simulating the experience of an industry setting, with state of the art machinery such as
- lock stitch and overlock machines
- coverstitch machines
- industrial steamers
- heavy duty press and Rollermatic
- binding, buttonhole and range of hardware
- ultrasonic welder
- hot air taping machine
- range of dress forms and mannequins
- flatbed cutter
- Optitex digital pattern cutting software
- digital print facilities
In addition to this, we have an onsite store in which students are able to purchase core equipment.
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 at A Level.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
- 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.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of.
In light of the updated advice from the Government about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are not currently offering face to face portfolio reviews but are instead accepting portfolios through digital submission. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.
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'.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
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.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Fashion Fundamental One: Formation||Credits: 60||
|Module: Fashion Fundamental Two: Concept Realisation||Credits: 60||
|Module: Exploration, Application And Realisation||Credits: 60||
|Module: Negotiated Fashion Projects||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Project||Credits: 120||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
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