Fashion

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UCAS code: W235 UCAS code: W23A Location: Stoke-on-Trent campus Location: Stoke-on-Trent campus Study option: Full-time Study option: Full-time, with a placement year Choose another study option Duration: 3 Years Duration: 4 Years Start date: 21 September 2020 13 September 2021 21 September 2020 Starting in 2020? This course is available in Clearing. Call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830 or find out more about Clearing. Starting in 2020? This course is available in Clearing. Call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830 or find out more about Clearing. School: Digital, Technologies and Arts

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If you have a real passion for fashion, this degree will give you the creative, technical, academic and professional skills needed to take the fashion world by storm.

Fashion is an ever-changing industry that needs professionals who can respond to its challenges. On this course, you’ll gain the skills to analyse existing ideas and express yourself through unique, creative fashion designs that delight, shock and inspire.

Develop your knowledge and skills in broad a range of subject areas, including the fundamentals of the fashion business, creative design, visualisation and technical practices. Plus, you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area of your choice that will inform your future career choices. You’ll be encouraged to develop strong teamwork skills through collaborative projects with a variety of other courses across the University.

We ensure students are aware of the bigger picture within the fashion industry, so sustainability, ethics and diversity are explored in-depth in a module then encouraged throughout the course.

On graduating, you’ll already be ahead of the competition. Whether you intend to continue onto further study or straight into employment, be assured you will have all the skills and knowledge that you’ll need to take the next step.

To enhance your CV, You also have the option of choosing a one-year placement in industry (Sandwich).

Key features

  • 100% Coursework (No exams)
  • Small group sizes, ensuring you get enough contact hours with staff
  • Your own designated studio space alongside well-equipped workshops
  • Flexibility to negotiate modules to reflect your specialisms
  • Collaborative working with areas such as photography, film and journalism
  • Expand your technical skills to include digital fabric printing, laser cutting, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and plastics
  • Access to the unique Betty Smithers Design Collection

Fashion is an ever-changing industry that needs professionals who can respond to its challenges. On this course, you’ll gain the skills to analyse existing ideas and express yourself through unique, creative fashion designs that delight, shock and inspire.

Develop your knowledge and skills in broad a range of subject areas, including the fundamentals of the fashion business, creative design, visualisation and technical practices. Plus, you’ll have the chance to specialise in an area of your choice that will inform your future career choices. You’ll be encouraged to develop strong teamwork skills through collaborative projects with a variety of other courses across the University.

We ensure students are aware of the bigger picture within the fashion industry, so sustainability, ethics and diversity are explored in-depth in a module then encouraged throughout the course.

On graduating, you’ll already be ahead of the competition. Whether you intend to continue onto further study or straight into employment, be assured you will have all the skills and knowledge that you’ll need to take the next step.

To enhance your CV, You also have the option of choosing a one-year placement in industry (Sandwich).

Key features

  • 100% Coursework (No exams)
  • Small group sizes, ensuring you get enough contact hours with staff
  • Your own designated studio space alongside well-equipped workshops
  • Flexibility to negotiate modules to reflect your specialisms
  • Collaborative working with areas such as photography, film and journalism
  • Expand your technical skills to include digital fabric printing, laser cutting, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and plastics
  • Access to the unique Betty Smithers Design Collection

Course content

You’ll master the practical and technical skills used in fashion design, covering areas such as pattern cutting and computer aided design. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of design theory, exploring the history of fashion, fashion business and the wider cultural context of fashion.

Negotiated Studies modules will encourage you to further pursue your personal career ambitions in your chosen specialism.

Technical workshops including digital fabric printing, laser cutting, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and plastics, will ensure your creative vision is not restricted.

Most excitingly, you’ll work on live industry projects for real companies – gaining work experience and boosting your portfolio.

You’ll master the practical and technical skills used in fashion design, covering areas such as pattern cutting and computer aided design. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of design theory, exploring the history of fashion, fashion business and the wider cultural context of fashion.

Negotiated Studies modules will encourage you to further pursue your personal career ambitions in your chosen specialism.

Technical workshops including digital fabric printing, laser cutting, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and plastics, will ensure your creative vision is not restricted.

Most excitingly, you’ll work on live industry projects for real companies – gaining work experience and boosting your portfolio.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Video

Fashion – Designing for the future

Fashion students Chloe and Masuma talk about their work on industry briefs tackling 21st Century issues of fast fashion and sustainability.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

History And Theory Of Fashion

Module code: FASH40005

Visualisation

Module code: FASH40003

Fashion In Context

Module code: FASH40001

Technical Processes Of Fashion

Module code: FASH40004

Fashion Hot Topics

Module code: FASH40002

Pattern Cutting

Module code: FASH50003

Fashion Industry Ready

Module code: FASH50001

Life After Staffs

Module code: FASH50004

Fashion Negotiated Study

Module code: FASH50005

Fashion Business

Module code: FASH50002

Realising Your Fashion Fmp

Module code: FASH60004

Professional Fashion Practice

Module code: FASH60002

Typical UCAS offer: 112

Typical UCAS offer: 112

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Smart Zone

A bustling centre of invention, innovation and creation. The Smart Zone houses dedicated workshop space, the latest in digital technology, and high-end computing facilities.

Betty Smithers Collection

A vast assortment of vintage 20th-century pieces giving you a rare opportunity to study how garments are constructed.

 

Laser Room and Digital Printer

The Laser Room is now widely used by all areas as it can cut or etch a variety of materials, accurately and repeatedly. The area also includes a 3D printer.

Fashion workshop

Our fashion workshop contains: Lock stitch, Overlockers, Cover stitch, Blind hemmer, Walking Foot (Heavy materials), Pressers, Pattern cutting tables. Sample size mannequins including mens and plus size and CAD pattern cutting – Gerber Accumark (digitiser & plotter).

Our degree offers you the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of fashion. You then negotiate your specialism, depending on your personal interests, which means graduates from our Fashion degree are likely to find work as:

  • Fashion Designers
  • Pattern Cutters
  • Garment Technologists
  • Stylists
  • Trend Forecasters
  • Illustrators
  • Buyers
  • Merchandisers
  • Fashion Writers
  • Bloggers/Vloggers
  • Events Managers

Video

Fashion illustrator hosts masterclass at Staffs Uni

Successful fashion illustrator Jessica Bird visited the University fresh from London Fashion Week to host fashion masterclasses with Fashion students.

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Video

A BA (Hons) Film/Fashion Student Collaboration

Check out some of the final films that were produced when students from some of our BA (Hons) Film courses and BA (Hons) Fashion course teamed up.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

77% of time in independent study

0% of time in placements

Year 2

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

77% of time in independent study

0% of time in placements

Year 3

21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

79% of time in independent study

0% of time in placements

Year 1

28% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

72% of time in independent study

0% of time in placements

Year 2

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

76% of time in independent study

0% of time in placements

Year 3

0% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

0% of time in independent study

100% of time in placements

Year 4

19% of time in lectures, seminars or similar

79% of time in independent study

3% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

22% practical exams

78% coursework

0% written exams

Year 2

22% practical exams

78% coursework

0% written exams

Year 3

6% practical exams

94% coursework

0% written exams

Year 1

5% practical exams

95% coursework

0% written exams

Year 2

86% practical exams

14% coursework

0% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams

100% coursework

0% written exams

Year 4

12% practical exams

88% coursework

0% written exams

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Rachel Heeley

Rachel HeeleySenior Lecturer

Rachel set up her own fashion label which she sold in The Fashion & Textile Museum London. She is very interested in fashion communication and has worked on many collaborative projects, styling her own work and other designers’ work.

Read full profile

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study optionUK / EU / Channel IslandsInternational (Non-EU)
Full-time£9,250 per year of study£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Study optionUK / EU / Channel IslandsInternational (Non-EU)
Full-time£9,250 per year of study£14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study optionUK / EU / Channel IslandsInternational (Non-EU)
Full-time£9,250 per year of study£14,000 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Students who started their course prior to 2019/20 and undertake their placement year in 2020/21 will have their fee waived to £0. However, you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your placement, as well as accommodation and any other associated costs. For students starting their studies from 2019/20 onwards, a discounted fee of no more than 20% of the normal tuition fee will be payable to Staffordshire University for your placement year.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Video

Fashion – Kimberley Marshall

First year Fashion student Kimberley Marshall talks about the unique collaborations with film and photography that are already helping to shape her practice and her ambitions.

Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

about

Lizzie Bishop
First year student

“The course starts from basics and gets everyone up to a good level in pattern cutting, construction, illustrations and CAD. We learn this while doing projects which means you get stuck in right from the beginning. The amount I have learnt already is crazy! The staff know their subjects really well so the teaching is great, but they are also good at encouraging you individually to achieve new things.”

about

Emily Lowndes
Fashion Student

It’s not just sewing machines. We also get to use wood, metal, plastic, and resin to really explore areas.

about

Kimberley Marshall
Fashion student

I feel like I’m a better person, my designs are way better then they used to be. Ambition? To be a fashion designer as iconic as Gucci or Balenciaga.

 

Location:

Award:

Study option:

Start date:

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent campus

Award:

BA (Hons)

Study option:

Full-time

Start date:

21 September 2020

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Location:

Stoke-on-Trent campus

Award:

BA (Hons)

Study option:

Full-time

Start date:

13 September 2021

Apply now

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent campus

Award:

BA (Hons)

Study option:

Full-time, with a placement year

Start date:

21 September 2020

Apply now

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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