Fashion Design - BA (Hons) Degree
Why this course?
This course provides a ‘boutique’ educational experience that stimulates and nurtures individual creative talent and innovation. The course aims to equip you with a range of intellectual, analytical, practical and entrepreneurial skills in preparation for a career in the global fashion industry.
- Student collections have won several awards
- Employment-focused course
- Purpose-built studios for fashion design and textile print
- Dedicated Flexible Learning Area, including fashion publications, future trend resources, Apple Macs and CAD for fashion
- Opportunity to show your final work at internal and external shows
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 the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
To see our student work, check out our Instagram.
alumni Views Kirsty TaylorWhile studying at the MET, I learnt so much about myself and the methods in which I learn best. It was a really fun and creative course, being able to explore and really push your skill set through all design aspects. It taught me transferable skills such as organisation and time management.
Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course. 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.
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
From the beginning of this course students experience workshop skills in illustration and design, pattern cutting, sewing and garment manufacture, printed 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 students becoming confident users of CAD for design development, portfolio and presentation.
Students have won prestigious prizes including the River Island Womenswear Award and the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award.
Excellent industry links provide work placements and competitions with high profile brands. Students were shortlisted in the Coach and Clarks International and recent briefs 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)
Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical workshops
- self-directed study
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- project work
- research project
- look book
- written assignments
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- Fashion designer
- Freelance designer
- Fashion business owner
- Trend forecaster
- Design consultant
- Fashion illustrator
- Pattern cutter
- Saville Row tailor
- Fashion marketing
- Retail, merchandising and buying
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
Paul Costelloe - Graduating student Kirsty Taylor was approached by Paul Costelloe after her graduate show in 2019 and secured a position with the womenswear design team.
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.
Students will need to purchase some fashion studio fabric - charged at cost price per meter.