Reasons to study Fashion Design BA (Hons) at DMU:
- DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Fashion and Textiles
in the UK for ‘Graduate Prospects’, according to The Guardian University Guide 2019
- 100% of our Fashion Design graduates
- overall student satisfaction with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2018
- Specialist areas of study
in womenswear, menswear or fashion knitwear, giving you the opportunity to gain specialist design and technical expertise relevant to industry needs
- British Fashion Council, Burberry, Warehouse and New Look
are some of the organisations and companies who have set live project opportunities for students to gain a diverse range of relevant skills
- Graduate designers
are created who can bridge the boundaries between creativity, technology and design innovation
- 100% of our Fashion Design
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- The opportunity to enter prestigious national and international competitions
DMU graduate Hazel Symons, was named the winner of the Christopher Bailey Gold Award at the 25th Graduate Fashion Week
- International opportunities
for a meaningful experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials
available at no cost to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
You will be introduced to the academic, professional, industrial and commercial challenges of design practice. There are opportunities to work with companies on live projects, work placements and competition awards, and the course has unparalleled links with the UK and global apparel industry.
The first year provides grounding in fashion and design through practical, creative and technical classes and projects. The second year is more focused, with the emphasis on experimentation, in-depth project research and 3D development. You will develop new skills such as tailoring and fashion prediction, and work on collaborative projects with industry. The major project in the third year gives you the opportunity to set your own briefs and design and produce a final collection, as well as entering national and international competitions.
Structure and assessment
- Fashion Design Development
- Creative Concept & Research Development
- Fashion Illustration
- Pattern Cutting and Garment Manufacture
- CAD for Fashion and Textiles
- Creative Knitwear
- Design Cultures
- Design and 3D Development
- Live Project Work
- Textiles for Fashion
- Group Project Work
- Experimental and Conventional Pattern Cutting
- Fashion Knitwear
- Directional Outerwear/Tailoring
- Professional and promotional skills.
- Option Modules: Portfolio Creation or Lectra Pattern
- Design Cultures 2
- Professional Portfolio
- Capsule Collection
- Major Project – Negotiated project
- Design Cultures 3
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
Our excellent facilities include dedicated studio space, extensive pattern tables and sewing and knitting machine resources. You will also have access to our extensive CAD suites (PC and Mac) for specific teaching and with open access if you are completing coursework.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Our students have completed a variety of work placements with high-end designers ranging from and including Jonathan Saunders and Alberta Ferretti in Italy, through to high street retailers such as River Island.
Recently two students from DMU were given the opportunity of an eight-week, all expenses paid placement in New York with global retail giant Gap as part of their intern programme.
The course offers placements from two weeks to twelve months and there is the option to take a career break in-between Year two and three as part of the programme.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Fashion design offer Faculty-led field trips: a short-term visit to another country as part of an assessed module. Recently second year students took advantage of this four-day #DMUglobal opportunity to experience the culture and beauty that Paris has to offer and gain inspiration for their own work. Students had the opportunity to visit the Première Vision Designs Trade Show as well as the time to explore museums, shops and exhibitions in central Paris, as well as spending the day at the six shows that make up Première Vision, where students will experience the scale and nature of the international fashion market.
Fashion Design graduate Florence Tudgay spent six weeks in America on an internship with the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) in Harvard University, Massachusetts. The internship was supported by #DMUglobal. Florence worked behind the scenes in the costume design department on Finding Neverland, a musical based on the life of Peter Pan author JM Barrie and his relationship with the family who inspired the story. Music and lyrics are by Gary Barlow of Take That and Eliot Kennedy.
During her time in America, Florence learned millinery skills, shopped for fabrics with the designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb and learned different processes for dyeing natural and synthetic fabrics – all skills which will enhance her studies.
Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas in the fashion and textile industry as fashion designers, illustrators, pattern cutters, stylists and trend forecasters. Many launch their own businesses. Recent employers include Burberry, River Island, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi, Reiss and French Connection.
Others progress to MA courses at IFM Paris, the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins and DMU’s Fashion and Textiles MA or Fashion Management with Marketing MA.