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BA (Hons) Fashion

University of the West of England

Which industry sectors are covered by this course?

Fashion at UWE Bristol is an industry-facing programme producing creative, flexible fashion and textile designers with the skills and creativity to work across all product areas and market levels within the industry. 

The course nurtures individual creativity, fully supporting you in realising your creative and professional potential. 

You will be equipped with strong fashion and textile design skills, which are supported by a thorough understanding of fabrics, pattern cutting, garment construction and make. Technical workshops include sewing, knit, stitch and traditional screen and digital print, as well as CAD, digital embroidery and laser cutting.  

As you gain a thorough understanding of the fashion and textile design process, you will be able to identify your strengths and work flexibly across a range of design, pattern cutting and technical roles which you will then go on to do as a professional in the fashion industry.

For which creative roles and professions will this course equip me?

The fashion programme at UWE will provide you with an holistic overview of the fashion industry and, as such, you will graduate well placed for roles across the fashion and textile industries.

Previous graduates are working in the following roles: womenswear designer; menswear designer; print designer; knit designer; pattern cutter; product developer; garment technologist; fashion buyer; fashion merchandising; fashion PR; studio manager; entrepreneur/own label; design assistant; accessories designer; postgraduate student; and production manager.

What is the student’s journey through this course?

For the first two years of the programme, you will develop creative skills and understanding of fashion and textile design.

At the end of the second year, you will be able to choose whether to specialise in either fashion or textile design, or whether to continue developing both within your practice and portfolio development. 

Level 1 of the programme will introduce you to the key skills and design processes you will need to begin working as a fashion and textile designer. Emphasis is placed on experimentation and idea development alongside the delivery of a robust core of design skills, pattern cutting and garment construction. 

Level 2 of the programme is focused on enabling you to build on your skill base and identify your personal strengths and research interests. The focus is on creative development, professional awareness and innovation. You will work collaboratively in design teams as well as independently throughout the year. 

Level 3 will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your skills and ambition. You will lead your own project and demonstrate a synthesis of technical, conceptual and professional excellence. 

You will benefit from live briefs from the industry and competitions, some of which culminate in placement opportunities. 

Work experience is vitally important within the fashion programme and its role in the success of graduates is unquestionable. Professional practice and work experience modules are integrated across all years, and the course has an excellent record of finding exciting opportunities for students at businesses such as Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith.

What kind of ties does this course have with industry?

Preparation for a career in the fashion industry starts in Level 1 and the course features an exciting range of industry-facing projects, live briefs and professional opportunities to support your development. Live briefs have included projects with Next, Henri Lloyd and Topshop.

The course also has an excellent network of industry specialists and UWE alumni from all areas of the fashion industry who regularly offer placements and teach on the programme.

The course also represents students and alumni at Premier Vision Paris, enabling students to sell work directly to industry. Premier Vision provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop their own professional networks and to gain first-hand insight into selling and business development.

What are the facilities like for this course?

You will have daily access to dedicated design studios and you will be able to create your own design space within these. 

The course's technical workshops are superb and rival any found in the industry. They are fully equipped and regularly updated with industry-standard machinery including the latest in digital embroidery technology.

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Watch the Level 3 class of 2015′s fashion film, featuring Level 3 Design students’ graduate collections, produced and directed by Level 3 Communication students, Kathryn Drury and Jenny Stuart on the set of the graduate lookbook.

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