Valued at a staggering $3 trillion and accounting for 2% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the global fashion industry represents one of the most dynamic and challenging industries around, employing over 57 million people in textiles and clothing alone.
If you have a passion for fashion, dream of seeing your designs on the international catwalks or fancy yourself as the next Iris Van Herpen or Christopher Kane, our course – ranked as the 9th best in the country by the Guardian University Guide 2019 – will nurture your individual creativity and help you realise your dreams. Influenced by the needs and opinions of the profession, you’ll participate in live projects, competition briefs and hear from visiting experts to provide a national and international perspective and cultural diversity.
Fast paced and dynamic, this course seeks to develop your individual creativity and fashion design judgment, encouraging an active approach to learning through the ongoing production of innovative fashion artefacts.
Our fashion studios offer access to digital printing, laser cutting, sonic welding, bullet moulding and digital embroidery. You can take part in a range of workshops and l experience; design, pattern cutting, manufacturing, footwear, bag-making, millinery, jewellery, photography, visual communication, marketing and journalism.
Why choose this course?
A key feature of the course are the exciting fieldtrips we run – you will have the chance attend a variety of professional events and conference, such as Premiere Vision in Paris and Berlin Fashion Week.
You also have the chance for hands-on experience, working alongside staff on our in-house fashion brand, SOWN, which has previously won a Lord Stafford Award for Innovation, as well as ReFreshed UNLtd. This social media enterprise, which is run in collaboration with homeless charity Coventry Cyrenians and Coventry Trading Standards, upcycles counterfeit goods into one-off ‘designer’ garments to be sold to raise money for the homeless in the ‘ReFreshed shop on Far Gosford Street in Coventry. It was highly commended in the national Green Gown Awards 2014.
Our staff benefit from many years of professional experience as designers, researchers and business owners; they include the designer of the award-winning ‘Richmond Trouser’, a highly specialised and innovative trouser designed for service personnel with profound leg fractures caused by IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. The design, undergoing wearer trials approved by the Ministry of Defence, was developed for Rackety’s, the UK’s leading supplier of clothing for disabled adults and children, and is named after Colonel David Richmond, the highest ranking officer to be injured in the Afghanistan conflict.
International experience opportunities
Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year placement, which can be taken abroad. We have links with institutions in Belgium, Barcelona, Spain, Milan, Bologna, Italy, and Paris. We also strongly encourage students to study a language for their Add+vantage module to support their international experience.
Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to hear from speakers who work in the global fashion industry, such as Sally Denton, currently based in Dubai, who is working with the Sharjah Women’s Council developing traditional lace for luxury brands. We also organise visits to cities where we feel you will most benefit from exposure to the professional fashion world, including Paris to visit Premiere Vision the global fabric trade fair and Berlin, where we visit Berlin Fashion Week and attend various events.
This course covers all aspects of both design and marketing. This combination aims to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the fashion industry.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.