Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Fashion Design - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0026-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 3 Years

BA Fashion course intro

This small, award-winning course provides a ‘boutique’ educational experience that stimulates and nurtures individual creative talent and innovation. The course aims to equip students with a range of intellectual, analytical, practical and entrepreneurial skills in preparation for a career in the global fashion industry. Students can specialise in womenswear and/or menswear.

Key features

  • Regular prize-winners at Graduate Fashion Week
  • Supportive small-group teaching
  • Creative Skillset accredited course
  • Member of the British Fashion Colleges Council
  • Purpose-built studios for fashion design, textile print and knit
  • Dedicated Flexible Learning Area, including fashion publications, future trend resources, Apple Macs and CAD for fashion.

Taught by industry practitioners, the course reflects current industry expectations and most graduates are employed in the fashion and creative sector. Excellent industry links provide work placements and competitions with high profile brands.

Students show their final collections on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week in London and regularly win prizes in competition with other fashion universities and colleges.


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Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

From the beginning of this course students experience workshop skills in illustration and design, pattern cutting, sewing and garment manufacture, printed textiles, knitted textiles,and work across a broad range of design modules that include live industry projects and a full collection.

2D and 3D practice focuses on creative pattern cutting, garment construction and tailoring, and printed textiles, with learners becoming confident users of CAD for design development, portfolio and presentation.


Students have won prestigious prizes including the River Island Womenswear Award, the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award and the Textiles Technology Award at Graduate Fashion Week.

Excellent industry links provide work placements and competitions with high profile brands. Students were shortlisted in the Coach and Clarks International in 2017. Briefs for 2018 include Burberry and Topshop.

Industrial placements and employers include Vivienne Westwood, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katranzou, Religion Clothing,Victoria Beckham, Cos, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Ong Oaj Pairam and Marchesa.

Students are assessed via observations, completion of practical / written assignments and online tests, which will be either internally or externally set. Presentations may also be used for assessing communication skills.

"As a Fashion Design graduate, I had the pleasure of presenting in front of the British Fashion Council and Creative Skillset panel, which included designers such as Nicole Farhi, Betty Jackson and Barbara Horspool.….”
Atosa Nikkah, Alumnus (www.mybubbaandme.com)

Potential careers

  • Fashion designer
  • Freelance designer
  • Fashion business owner
  • Trend forecaster
  • Stylist
  • Design consultant
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Pattern cutter
  • Saville Row tailor
  • Fashion marketing
  • Retail, merchandising and buying

Last year's graduates have, for example, gained employment with Vetigraph CAD CAM Pattern Cutting , Blacks Performance Wear, ASOS White and Louis Vuitton. Some graduates are also working on Masters of Arts Fashion Collections.

Potential careers

Course-specific costs

Students will need to purchase some fashion studio fabric - charged at cost price per meter.

Tuition fees, student loans, government funding and college bursaries

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