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BA (Honours) Fashion Design

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Fashion Design

Full-time Art and design

Learn essential creative and practical design skills, build your professional network and explore your unique identity as you prepare to make your mark in the global fashion industry.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 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 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn the core research, design, communication and presentation skills that will kickstart your fashion industry career.
  • Work alongside successful industry professionals and gain invaluable real-world experience.
  • Enter high-profile competitions with the potential for international exposure.
  • Build your knowledge of today’s fashion industry and its exciting possibilities.

This course equips you with the knowledge, creative and practical skills you need to succeed in fashion design and garment production. Through inspiring teaching and wide-ranging creative and experimental design projects, your love of fashion is transformed into focused professional expertise. By building a high level of technical skill and a unique creative identity, you progress towards a fulfilling and rewarding future in this dynamic industry.

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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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

We give you the space to explore all aspects of fashion design, learning vital core skills and unleashing your own creative spirit. Through challenging projects and personal discovery, you create your own learning journey, experimenting with ideas and approaches as you find your unique voice. Throughout the course you work alongside the best in the industry, tackling live briefs and engaging with the wider fashion world as you develop your personal practice.

You learn through a combination of in-person teaching, online methods, practical activities, work-based projects and independent study, including

  • lectures and seminars
  • group and individual tutorials
  • demonstrations
  • work review sessions
  • live streamed teaching
  • digital learning materials
  • practical projects
  • collaborative activities
  • creative thinking workshops
  • studio-based projects
  • applied industry projects
  • placements and internships
  • study trips
  • independent study

You’ll research your ideas and concepts in depth, and understand how your work connects to global audiences and evolving trends. Key skills such as fashion illustration, construction and manufacturing methods, and computer-aided design and manufacturing are at the heart of the course, along with the advanced techniques you need to transform two-dimensional ideas into 3D and 4D. You’ll also learn to source materials sustainably and ethically – crucial skills for building your future career.

We nurture your growth throughout the course, supporting your development as an exciting, culturally-connected and highly employable fashion designer.

  • Module tutors support your project work, helping you explore your creativity.
  • Our dedicated technical services team supports you in the studio, helping you get the most from our specialist machinery.

Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on. For content directly from our BA Fashion Design students, please visit the Sheffield Hallam Fashion Collective on Instagram. 

Course leaders and tutors

Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones
Principal lecturer and subject group leader for 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

Lee Harding
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’ll have the opportunity to arrange work placements between your second and third years. 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 Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme

Enterprise year

Brilliant business ideas can be developed between your second and third years. There’s plenty of support to draw on, including the University’s business support network, the Hallam i-Lab business incubator, a start-up advisor, workshops and funding opportunities.

Real-world 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. Our students also often take part in high-profile events like the British Fashion Council and Graduate Fashion Week – superb opportunities to gain the industry’s attention.

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. Where mandatory trips are arranged, travel and accommodation are free. You can also enhance your studies with optional trips, though these incur additional costs. In the past we’ve organised study trips to Burberry’s HQ, exclusive talks from global companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, and visits to leading fashion, textile and design museums.


We encourage you to enter national and international competitions such as those organised by the British Fashion Council and the RSA Student Design Awards. Our students are regular finalists and winners of international competitions, giving them the chance to showcase work online and at prestigious events such as Graduate Fashion Week – a golden opportunity to be seen by the industry.

Student work

Fashion design students make their mark at Graduate Fashion Week 2019

Future careers

This course unlocks your fashion career, opening up a wide range of opportunities including further study and careers in

  • womenswear design
  • menswear design
  • print design
  • production management
  • fashion illustration
  • styling
  • creative pattern cutting
  • garment technology
  • product development

Many of our graduates launch their own businesses, while others win roles with some of the fashion industry’s biggest names including Barbour, Adidas, H&M, Amanda Wakeley and Zara.

Within 15 months of completing the course, 100% of our graduates are either in work or engaged in further study (2017-18 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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 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

Our open-plan studio and workshop is in a beautifully restored Victorian building in central Sheffield. Our space buzzes throughout the day, creating an exciting environment where you can pursue your personal study, engage and collaborate with tutors and students, and access state-of-the-art facilities including

  • industry-standard computer hardware and software
  • 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
  • dress forms and mannequins
  • flatbed cutter
  • Optitex digital pattern cutting software
  • digital print facilities

We also have an on-site store where you can borrow or buy core materials and equipment.

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Art and Design facilities tour - fashion studios

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

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 or over 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'.


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 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 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 students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £14,415 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, 261.2KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

Student satisfaction

This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.


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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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