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Fashion Design BA(Hons)

2025-26 (also available for 2024-25)

Start date

22 September 2025

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB-BCC

BTEC - DMM-MMM

See full entry requirements

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. The range of modules, that are integrated into the course are designed to challenge, stimulate and foster aesthetic, product, sustainable, ethical and critical thinking.
  2. Alumna Sian Gabbidon went on to win BBC's The Apprentice and is now CEO of sianmarie.com.
  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. 

Fashion Design BA(Hons) offers a stimulating, creative programme of study to help you develop the aesthetic, intellectual and inter-disciplinary skills necessary for fashion design. It focuses on contemporary fashion design, with a marketing or textiles specialism and includes garment production techniques and methods for womenswear, menswear, and gender-neutral clothing.

You’ll learn from staff with professional experience in the fashion industry, and use cutting-edge equipment located in our purpose-built £30-million specialist building.

Why study Fashion Design BA(Hons)

The range of modules, that are integrated into the course are designed to challenge, stimulate and foster aesthetic, product, sustainable, ethical and critical thinking. Alumna Sian Gabbidon went on to win BBC's The Apprentice and is now CEO of sianmarie.com.

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.

On this course, you’ll develop professional skills in fashion design, portfolio techniques, computer aided design (CAD), pattern cutting and garment construction.

We’ll also:

  • Support you in the application of a range of industry standard technology to bring your ideas to life, including software that will enable you to produce professional fashion marketing or textile materials.
  • Provide an industry-facing approach, which gives you the opportunity to undertake a placement year to help prepare you for a career in this exciting and diverse industry.

You may go on to pursue a role in fashion, art, design, environmental sustainability, clothing production, tailoring, woven textiles, crafts, and more. Computer aided manufacture, visual communication, knitwear technology, printed textiles, and fashion merchandising are also viable routes, as are fashion promotion, 3D design, and design technology.

Course detail

Core modules:

Fashion Design Practice

This module will introduce you to a range of creative and technical skills and specialist equipment to underpin the foundations of fashion design. During practical workshop sessions you will explore visual research and design approaches, fashion drawing and illustration techniques, material, and colour selection, alongside an introduction to pattern cutting and clothing manufacture processes.

Design and Realisation

In Design and Realisation you will develop a portfolio of work which explores design concepts, visual media, shape, proportion, colour and fabric selection, supported by two-dimensional and three-dimensional construction processes, to create unique fashion clothing.

Materials Processes and Practices

This module is designed to build your core knowledge in textile materials and processes used in a wide range of both bespoke and industrial applications. You will have the opportunity to explore how materials for the fashion, costume and textile industries continually evolve through technological developments and innovation.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

Textile Practices

Students will be able to apply fundamental design application skills using the Textile workshops through the specialism areas of print, knit, weave or embroidery. The syllabus is designed to develop the ability to conceptualise and produce textiles samples for a specific end use, with an emphasis on aesthetic and technical excellence.

Fashion Marketing Fundamentals

This module will develop your basic understanding of marketing and the connections to, and association with fashion design. This module will instil foundation knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and examine the marketing aspects of the fashion industry. It will provide an exploration of the commercial relationship between fashion companies and consumers, placing them in context of the environmental issues relevant to the marketing strategies employed by companies. This will equip you with the core marketing skills necessary to appreciate the significance and assess the effectiveness of marketing tools applied within the fashion sector.

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.

Sustainable Principles

This module introduces the theory underpinning how textiles and its associated industries are responding to sustainability targets and concerns. Students will develop knowledge, understanding and critical thinking whilst exploring key principles of sustainability such as environmental and social impact, sustainable practices related to manufacturing, recycling/reuse of materials, and circular business models.

Developing Confidence in Spoken and Written English

The module is designed for students who have the minimum level of English language skills for them to have been accepted onto a university course and who may lack the initiative to ask for help when needed. In this module students are provided with the opportunity to develop higher levels of confidence in their production of spoken and written academic English. In addition, students will consolidate and refine their understanding of syntax and grammatical structures. As the module runs alongside their university studies, there is an emphasis on and an incentive to use skills that complement work done in the main area of study and which will be of use in and beyond an academic context. The use of regular AM/AI-proof tasks will ensure students develop an understanding of their own learning and the role they themselves play in developing their knowledge and skills. The module contributes to the attainment of skills and knowledge relevant to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) normally level B2- to B2.

English for Academic and Professional Purposes

The module provides students who have a level of English language skills sufficiently advanced for them to have been accepted onto a University course with the opportunity to improve further their skills in that language, with particular reference to improvements in the accuracy, clarity and fluency of their oral and written work. In addition to this, students will refine and develop their knowledge of academic study skills. As the module runs alongside their university studies, there is an emphasis on and an incentive to use skills that complement work done in the main area of study and which will be of use in and beyond an academic context. The use of regular AM/AI-proof tasks will ensure students develop an understanding of their own learning and the role they themselves play in developing their knowledge and skills. The module contributes to the attainment of skills and knowledge relevant to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) normally level B2 to B2+.

Advanced Professional and Academic English

The module is designed for students who already have a good level of competence in spoken and written English and will support them to further enhance their language and academic skills. Students will refine and develop higher level thinking skills such as critical analysis, problem-solving, synthesis, inference and metacognition. Advanced oral role-plays, group discussions and debates will serve to improve spontaneity and sophistication of expression, whilst written activities will build greater fluency in the use of linguistic structures. They will work with extended academic texts and understand such academic skills as synthesising sources, literature reviews, methodologies, paraphrasing and a range of accurate citation skills. As the module runs alongside their university studies, there is an emphasis on and an incentive to use skills that complement work done in the main area of study and which will be of use in and beyond an academic context. The use of regular AM/AI-proof tasks will ensure students develop an understanding of their own learning and the role they themselves play in developing their knowledge and skills. The module contributes to the attainment of skills appropriate to the B2+ to C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Entry requirements

BBB-BCCat A Level or equivalent.

120-104 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

Merit at T Level.

DMM-MMM 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 120-104 UCAS tariff points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120-104 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Applicants will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day, at which you will have the opportunity to present and be given feedback on your portfolio.

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 International Entry Requirements page.

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; Haddow Group – Bradford; Ted Baker – Leeds and Alexander McQueen – 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.

The fashion industry is extremely competitive, so I knew doing a placement would help me gain real industry experience and ultimately help me get a job after I graduate. Completing a placement will also help me during my final year, where I'll be designing and making my own final collection.

Image of Fashion Design Student, Amarah Hussain

Amarah Hussain, Garment Technologist at Matalan, Fashion Design student

Student Work

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

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.

Cancellation of a course you have applied for

Although we always try and run all of the course we offer, we may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants to ensure you have a good learning experience. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will contact you to discuss other suitable courses with us we can transfer your application to. If we notify you that the course you have applied to has been withdrawn or combined, and you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

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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