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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Fashion Design

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.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 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 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W232
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 94% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • 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.

Student View

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

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch subject group leader Nathan Jones talk about this course.

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
  • 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
Principle lecturer and Subject group leader of Fashion and Fashion management and communication

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

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Lee Harding
Course Leader in Fashion Design

I am an experienced senior educator and design practitioner with a strong interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary practices. Throughout my career I have garn … 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 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.

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, 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.

Student work

Fashion design students make their mark at Graduate Fashion Week 2019

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • womenswear design
  • menswear design
  • print design
  • production management
  • fashion illustration
  • styling
  • 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.

Student work
Fashion design students, like Marvin Luna, have reinvented the tracksuit for a major sportswear brand.

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

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.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

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.

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 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'.

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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.

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

Optional 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 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.

International students

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.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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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