The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. It has also been designed for students who are considering a change of subject of study without a background in an art, design or media subject.
The fashion and textiles industry is constantly evolving to meet shifting customer values, new technologies and approaches to working. This degree programme will help equip you with the contemporary, specialist technical and professional skills to work as multidisciplinary practitioners in the fashion and textile industry.
This programme has been designed for students who are passionate about both fashion and textiles and looking for a degree programme which will allow you to combine these two specialisms.
You will be taught alongside both the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and the BA (Hons) Textile Design courses, with aspects of modules shared, so you will benefit from working alongside students on both the other courses, gaining extra invaluable insight into both the fashion and textile processes.
Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will based in our ‘Red Shed’ where we have our specialist workshops and facilities. With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community and be able to use the space to create individual designs.
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. This will involve access to workshops to support the design process.
In our workshops, you’ll receive group and one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, technicians and alongside fellow students. You will have access to specialist equipment you will need, both traditional and contemporary. You’ll master materials, both through craft methods and using digital software, and have access to other cross discipline workshop facilities, including woodwork, metal, 3D printing, ceramics and more.
Thanks to our proximity to London, you can visit some of the world’s best shops, galleries and museums for inspiration. You can work with designers in and around the capital, gaining experience in how to adapt to the challenges of working in a business. Students will have the opportunity to get noticed at our degree show and at our London exhibitions.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placement Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special Skills for Work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are my career prospects
We make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in fashion and textiles. With our focus on craftsmanship and skills, you graduate with a robust understanding of the two industries.
You will benefit from our links with both the fashion and textiles sector, offering opportunities to work on live projects and to hear from industry professionals. You can also have the chance to enter industry competitions. We work with a number of different brands and companies including Hanger Inc., Jane Bowler, Derek Lawlor, Carlo Volpi, Giles Miller Studio, Lara Jensen and the British Fashion Council.
There is a wide range of career possibilities, such as: Fashion Designer, Pattern Cutter, Print Design, Knitwear Designer, Colour-forecasting, Trend Researcher, Garment Technologist, Product Developer, Entrepreneur, Fashion Buyer, Materials Researcher, Visual Merchandiser, Retail Management, Public Relations, Press and the media, Events and production organisation, or Fashion styling.
Graduates can also choose to further explore fashion or textiles on a postgraduate course.