Why study this course?
Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is an alternative route into higher education if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the traditional three-year undergraduate degree.
This four-year course has a built-in foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for academic study at undergraduate level and equip you with the skills and techniques you’ll use in workshops and studios.
You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students study the traditional three-year course.
This course received an overall student satifaction score of 93% according to the National Student Survey 2021.
We’re also ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK for art according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.
More about this course
Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree will give you a comprehensive view into the fashion industry and its professional environments, including design, material, technology, research and consultancy.
The foundation year will focus on creative practice within historical, conceptual, cultural and contemporary contexts, while developing your key study skills including writing, research and critical analysis. You’ll learn how to ask questions regarding your field of study, find answers via information gathering and critical analysis, as well as how to present them in an academic format.
On the foundation year you’ll also be introduced to techniques used within art, fashion and design that will be necessary when you begin working in studios and workshops. You’ll learn about a range of different materials, methods and processes to create work within the broad context of art and design. There will also be opportunities to practise the techniques you’ve learned via short practical-making projects, as well as through open-ended longer projects that will focus on developing your sense of direction and a personal perspective on art, fashion and design.
During these projects you’ll get the opportunity to explore pattern designing and cutting, couture fashion, textiles, embellishments and customisation, fashion drawing and photography.
Your subsequent three years of study will focus on more in-depth study of fashion and you’ll be joined by students on the standard three-year course, studying the same content and having the same choice of modules. To find out more about your course in the subsequent three years of study visit the Fashion BA course page.
Where this course can take you
This degree was designed to widen your skills set and opportunities within the fashion industry. In Year 1 of your degree you’ll begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry whilst working on real-world creative briefs set by professional bodies. There will also be opportunities to enter designated professional competitions, take part in London and Paris Fashion Week, and undertake consultancy commission projects.
On graduation you can go into a wide range of roles within the fashion industry including:
- freelance designer
- retail buyer
- fashion writer
- design journalist
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
What is a degree with a foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.