Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Fashion Design - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 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

  • Student collections have won several awards 
  • Supportive small-group teaching
  • Creative Skillset accredited course
  • 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.

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Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Fashion Design is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

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.

Your portfolio should consist of no more than 40 pieces of work which should include sketchbooks, colour work, drawings and some evidence of written work. We would also like to see a selection of garments you have made

Cross-college entry guide

(including English requirements for international students) -

Click here to read the cross-college entry guide for higher education.

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 (

Video tour of our campus

See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus
(5-minute video)

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

Recent graduates

Recent 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.

Some of our past alumni stories

London Fashion Week - Graduate Jonathan Miller was chosen to showcase his work at London Fashion Week.

Graduate Fashion Week prizes - On occasions when our students have participated in this prestigious event, prize-winners have included Rhea Fields who won the Best Womenswear award, Dominique Kral who won the Zandra Rhodes Textiles award, and Alex Hughes who won the Fashion Technology Award.

Stylist for Vogue - Graduate Vanessa Ofori-Boafu styled the models for a photo shoot with Kate Moss featured in Vogue magazine.

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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