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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- 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 abroad — Erasmus 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.
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
- practical activity-based sessions
- industry-facing projects
- creative thinking workshops
- studio-based project work
- work review sessions
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 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.
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.
Sheffield Institute of Arts students make their mark at Graduate Fashion Week 2017
This course prepares you for a career in
- fashion design
- production management
- fashion illustration
- 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
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
On this course you can purchase a basic starter kit within your first week, which includes some core fashion tools including
- 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
Learn more about your department
Tour the new home for Sheffield Institute of Arts and hear students explain how cutting-edge resources are helping to develop a dynamic, creative community.
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.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.
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.
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.
The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
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 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £9,250 per year.
† 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
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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