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BA (Hons) Fashion

Arts University Bournemouth

What does this course prepare me for?

The global fashion industry depends on individuals who want to make a real difference through their work. You’ll be encouraged to challenge assumptions, think unpredictable thoughts and take creative risks. You’ll learn craft skills and ways of thinking that shape your own design philosophy as you build towards a specialism.

The journey from design to shop window or fashion catwalk is fascinating. You’ll discover the complexities of buying, selling and promotion – and the need to be entrepreneurial.

As you start to specialise, you’ll think about possible careers. Graduates have found work as Designers, Pattern Cutters, Garment Technologists, Product Developers, Fashion Buyers, Merchandisers, Promoters and more.

Where is this course located?

The course is located at the University of Bournemouth in dedicated studios that are equipped with a range of industry-standard specialist machinery as well as pressing equipment, dress stands and cutting tables.

Specialist workshops and equipment can be accessed for the production and manufacture of footwear and accessories. There is a designated computer suite with fashion-aligned, creative software.

Third year students have their own facilities to support final-year projects, including an integrated studio equipped with pattern cutting tables, industrial sewing machines and a computer suite.

There are two large studios and a seminar and theory room for lectures and tutorials. The Library includes a unique collection of fashion and sub-culture magazines dating from the 1950s to the present day and the Museum of Design in Plastics contains design objects for students to draw and analyse, particularly fashion garments.

How is this course delivered?

The course is delivered over three years with a 2-6 month industry engagement experience plus optional placement year. There are trips to Paris and London with the opportunity to travel to international locations such as Beijing, New York, Brazil and San Francisco.

What is the duration of the course?

This is a three-year full-time degree or four years with an optional yearlong work placement.

What are the entry requirements?

All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent qualifications are accepted at Level 2 such as Key Skills, Functional Skills, ALAN tests or the BTEC First Diploma; plus a relevant Level 3 qualification.

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