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Fashion Design with Digital Technology BA(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

Start date

25 September 2023

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Combine creative and practical aspects of fashion design and production with access to specialist pattern design software and digital technologies.
  2. Previous students have gained valuable real-world experience on placement with companies such as Alexander McQueen, River Island and Urban Outfitters.
  3. We'll help to prepare you for a career in the fashion industry and support you in undertaking a work placement or setting up your own business through our unique Enterprise Placement Year.

The Fashion Design with Digital Technology BA(Hons) focuses on contemporary fashion design and garment production for womenswear, menswear or unigender, with the specialism of digital technology for fashion, through digital technologies for fashion design, including pattern design software, virtual prototyping, and true-to-life garment visualization.

Why study Fashion Design with Digital Technology?

  • You’ll develop professional skills in fashion design, portfolio techniques, CAD, pattern cutting and garment construction alongside an awareness of sustainable practice.
  • We’ll support you in the application of industry standard software to explore 3D digital technologies for fashion design, using virtual prototyping and true-to-life garment visualization.
  • Our industry-facing approach, including the opportunity to undertake a placement year, will help prepare you for a career in this exciting and diverse industry.

Course detail

Core modules:

Fashion Design Practice 1

Fashion Design Practice 1 will present the foundations of fashion design, the basic principles of flat pattern cutting and the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction through holistic approaches. The module content is made up of two distinct elements - design and manufacture; however, these elements are assessed holistically as one, cohesive body of work. These elements will be explored and developed through the introduction of a range of creative and technical skills, materials and processes, including the use of specialist facilities. In further detail, this will include: * An introduction to primary and secondary research and forecasting materials relevant to fashion design. * An introduction to the fundamental distinctions between womenswear and menswear design, cut and construction. * An introduction to the skills of drawing and illustration relevant to fashion design. * Basic block manipulation and pattern production. * Introduction to fabric types, structures, trimming quality and detailing in relation to fashion design and creative sampling. * Foundation skill development in use of specialist facilities, sewing methods, toiling and garment construction techniques. * Introductory interpretation of design concepts into toiles and sample garments. * Problem solving and solutions relating to design, pattern cutting and garment construction. * An introduction to the skills needed to create basic garment technical packages. * The use of reflective, and self-evaluative processes.

Fashion Design Practice 2

Fashion Design Practice 2 is made up of two distinct elements - design and manufacture; however, these elements are assessed holistically as one cohesive body of work. Throughout this module, you will strengthen and develop your previously acquired skills and foundation knowledge concerning the principles of fashion design, pattern cutting and garment construction. Combining these elements aims to develop fundamental aesthetic considerations to process and creative solutions, alongside practical skill development. In further detail, this will include: * Visual inspiration and forecasting direction to refine concepts relevant to the design process. * Identification of trend, colour, silhouette and market awareness and distinctions between womenswear and menswear design, cut and construction. * Continuation of the skills of drawing and illustration relevant to fashion design. * Block manipulation and pattern production. * An appreciation to creative use of drawing and illustration, proportion and line in style translation as integral components of garment design and production processes. * Distinctions and considerations between fabric types, structures, trimming qualities and detailing in relation to fashion design and creative sampling. * Foundation skills in use of specialist facilities, sewing methods, toiling and garment making. * Creative and technical interpretation of design concepts into toiles and sample garments. * Problem solving and solutions relating to forms of design, pattern cutting and garment construction. * Continuation of the skills needed to create basic garment technical packages. * Continued reflective and self-evaluative processes.

Introduction to Critical and Contextual Studies

In this module the history, theory, and culture of fashion and costume will be used to contextualise contemporary industry practices. This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the development of fashion and costume. It will give you foundation knowledge about the history of fashion and dress, and the key cultural, political, social and economic contexts of clothing and the global fashion industry. The module will cover the development of fashion and the fashion industry, identifying the key people, institutions, events, performances and influences that have informed its evolution as a creative and commercial sector. The module will also examine the relationship between fashion, costume, and society, and their connections to other creative and commercial disciplines. It will also consider the positive and negative cultural, economic and environmental impacts of design, manufacturing, and consumption in both human and environmental contexts, in the UK and globally. The module will provide you with a foundation understanding of fashion, costume and their contexts, allowing you to develop critical insight into these industries. The module will support you in developing a critical vocabulary and the means through which to communicate your ideas. It will help you develop your academic skills, including writing, and help you embed critical and contextual material into your chosen course pathway.

Digital Technology for Fashion 1

This module will develop your basic understanding of digital technology and its connections to and association with fashion design. This module will introduce the terms and processes involved in the production of garments in the sample room and factory environment. It will provide a context for the language, application and equipment used in the manufacture and production of garments through the introduction of PDS (pattern design software) and its contextualisation within fashion practice.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

Merit at T Level.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year. Students from our suite of Fashion courses have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Urban Outfitters - London, ITV’s This Morning –London; Ellesse - London; Haddow Group – Bradford; Ted Baker – Leeds and Alexander McQueen – London; Matthew Williamson - London; Vivienne Westwood - London; Stella McCartney - London; Me and Thee - Huddersfield; Jo-Y-Jo - Manchester; Christy Group - Barnsley; Temperley - London; Oasis Stores- London; Faustine Steinmetz - London.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

My placement included working on garment construction at Me and Thee; helping Women's Centre attendees with sewing projects and preparing jacket alterations at Carl Stuart factory. I feel that I have grown into a more rounded adult, ready for the fashion industry. 

Profile photo of Fashion Design with Marketing and Production 2019 graduate Miranda Jackson

Miranda Jackson, Fashion Design with Marketing and Production BA(Hons) 2019 graduate

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Fashion Design students. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career


This course aims to help you to develop the skills needed for roles such as merchandising, design, styling, buying, seletion, marketing and management. 

Some of our students have recently undertaken placements in roles as garment production intern, design assistant, product development intern,or studio intern, with companies such as Alexander McQueen, River Island, Tog 24, Urban Outfitters, Temperley (London), Julien Macdonald, Oxfam, Jolaby, and AX Paris.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

84-100 Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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