About the course
Fashion Design with Marketing is one of our new suite of courses. This course focuses on fashion design but adds the speciality of marketing making this course stand out from its sister routes - Fashion Design with Digital Technology and Fashion Design with Textiles. All students on this suite of courses study fashion design together, then split off for a time every week to specialise in the given aspect they choose.
Having a creative eye and a talent for fashion design is only half the story. If you’re going to make it in the fashion industry you also need to have the practical skills and technical ability to succeed. This course aims to give you a great head start in this exciting sector.
- We’ll give you the chance to focus on designing and making fashion garments, whilst also studying the marketing side of things, including how to create a brand and how to promote your products. While you’re here we’ll do all we can to build up your portfolio of skills, letting you try your hand at creative design, evocative illustration, range building and garment manufacture.
- We'll give you the chance to become technically prepared to start your career in the dynamic fashion industry. On your course you’ll be able to use a range of contemporary technology to bring your ideas to life, including industry-standard garment production machinery and pattern-cutting equipment, so you’ll be able to choose the equipment you need to create your own unique designs.
- You’ll also have the chance to get a real feel for the fashion industry by taking an optional placement year during the course. You could get hands-on experience with a big high street name or in a small design house for example.
We also have many guest lecturers. Some previous presenters have been Alan Cannon Jones – Saville Row Tailor, Davinder Madaher – Print Designer – Workshops, and Sadie Clayton – Fashion Designer.
As well as this, some of our students have recently worked in roles including PR and marketing intern, design assistant, wardrobe assistant and product development intern, with companies such as Urban Outfitters,Temperley London, Julien Madonald and Oxfam.
I applaud the achievements from the exciting range of courses in the Department of Fashion and Textiles at Huddersfield. The students produce some interesting and innovative work and with the skills they acquire, move forward to a broad range of employment within the industry.
Betty Jackson CBE, Fashion Designer
Introduction to Fashion Techniques and Processes
The introduction to Fashion Techniques and Processes module will present the foundations of fashion design, the basic principles of pattern cutting and the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction through holistic approaches. The module content is made up of two parts of equal weighting. These elements will be explored and developed through the induction of a range of creative and technical skills, materials and processes, including the use of specialist facilities. Combining these elements aims to develop fundamental aesthetic considerations to process and creative solutions, alongside practical skill development.
Fashion Concept, Development and Realisation
Continuing on from the Fashion Techniques and Processes module, Fashion Concept, Development and Realisation will consolidate and enrich previously acquired skills and foundation knowledge concerning the basic principles of fashion design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture. This module is made up of two parts of equal weighting. Your research will cultivate further exploration of design development themes, guiding the subsequent transition into pattern development and relevant three-dimensional garment realisation. Aesthetic responsiveness, intellectual enquiry and practical skill development will continue to support the exploration of a broad range of skills, specialist facilities and materials and processes to provide rigour in thought, method and creative solution including;
Critical Studies in Fashion
An understanding of past, present and future fashion design practice and globalisation theory is crucial in becoming a well-rounded, informed fashion designer. In this module you will learn about critical issues within the fashion industry and will develop your expertise in examining the concept of fashion, the theory and practice of fashion design and the mechanics of the industry. Through examination of key practices and literature, you will develop a critical understanding of the issues that affect design and manufacturing processes, fashion marketing and communications and managerial concepts and systems. You will develop an understanding of current practices and future opportunities within the industry and will reflect in a critical manner on both your own and other’s work. A focused lecture series will be supported by group discussions and tutorials and you will develop your writing and presentation skills. You will work with your peers and tutors to develop skills and personal interests which are relevant to your own specialism. The module will help you develop a critical vocabulary and the means through which to communicate your ideas. It will help you develop your academic writing skills and help you embed theoretical material into your specialist practice.
Introduction to Applied Technical Fashion Marketing
This module will develop your basic understanding of marketing and the connections to and association with fashion design. This module will provide foundation knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and examine the marketing aspects of the fashion industry. It provides 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.
Tailoring Design and Realisation
This module is made up of two parts of equal weighting. Tailoring, Design and Realisation will develop further previously acquired pattern cutting, manufacturing and fashion design knowledge to an intermediate level. This module provides the opportunity for students to develop specialist skills in elements of bespoke tailoring and personal investigation of the fashion design process. Part one will cover practical studio based workshops specific to a variety of bespoke tailoring techniques. Part two will be both studio, lecture, workshop based to apply knowledge of tailoring to fashion design practice.
Creative Fashion Design and Realisation
This module is made up of two parts of equal weighting. In this module you will develop on previously acquired pattern cutting skills and gain an introduction to bespoke moulage and creative cutting techniques. Through studio-based workshops, you will gain a new understanding and a different approach to Fashion Design through the process of draping on the stand (part one). Combined with independent research (part two) that will inform draping and creative cutting to initiate a unique and individual design process.
Fashion Practice and Theory
This module will develop your skills and understanding of research methods and practice in the theory of your relevant Fashion design specialism (marketing/digital technology/textiles). The module will provide you with the skills necessary to research and analyse a variety of data from secondary sources. You will also investigate a range of primary research methodologies appropriate to your Fashion design specialism. Developing the practical skills in presenting and communicating research data in expected industry formats.
Specialism Techniques and Processes Marketing
This module will develop your skills in applied specialist techniques and processes relevant to your fashion design pathway (marketing/digital technologies/textiles). This module will provide you with the skills to evaluate, innovate and apply specialist techniques and processes. Maintaining a clear focus on practical aspects of your fashion design specialism developing your knowledge, understanding of research informed, planning, development and application to individualised specialism applied projects, all contextualised within the fashion sector and explored to an intermediate level.
School of Art and Design Placement
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
Professional Design Identity
This module will establish and inform your major project. Within it you will identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. The context and parameters of this module will be defined by you, through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors.
Major Project for Fashion Design
You will have the opportunity to build upon and test research developed in THD1355 Research and Development for Fashion Design. You will channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative, original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example; sketchbooks, design sheets, design outputs. You will realise the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. Your design artefacts will act as a group of coherent summative statements.
Applied Fashion Specialism Marketing
This module enables you to compliment your major project by undertaking an in depth theoretical research study into your relevant fashion design specialism. You will extend and apply the knowledge of your fashion specialism using appropriate research methodologies and continual critical analysis. Innovating techniques and solutions in practice through the understanding of your chosen market level. Concepts will be researched, developed and realised demonstrating an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of your specialism.
26.1% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. Teaching methods include studio-based design projects, workshop demonstrations and lectures. These are related to commercial realities by visiting professionals from industry who share their knowledge and expertise. Your progress will be monitored throughout the course and your assessment will include assignments, practical presentations and a final year dissertation.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.
Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.
If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
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 of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
A gallery of work from our Fashion Design (Fashion Design with Marketing and Production) BA(Hons) students and graduate shows. Click on each image to find out more.
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