Fashion BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
4 years sandwichArts, Design and Social Sciences
Design Building, City Campus East
For basic course information and qualification requirements read on. For detailed information about the Design experience including projects, placements, exhibitions, staff, galleries and much, much more visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/fashion
Established over 50 years ago, Fashion at Northumbria is internationally recognised for producing innovative and hands on designers.
Design craftsmanship, conceptual thinking, image presentation and of course individuality are just some of the qualities which combine to drive fashion forward. Over the four years you study with us, you will develop your own distinctive design handwriting so that, when you graduate, you will be ready to make your mark on the world of fashion too.
In year one you get the chance to investigate and experiment with a diverse range of fashion disciplines including menswear, womenswear, textiles and knitwear. By year two you are ready to choose your specialism and can really begin to hone your craft. Through a combination of tutorial guidance, project ‘crits’, lectures, competitions, live industrial projects and placements you will build your understanding, expertise and portfolio. By your final year you can realise your personal vision through a capsule collection conceived, developed and presented by you.
Who would this course suit?
If you have an innovative mind, creative vision, are self-motivated and 100% committed to fashion, this is definitely the course for you.
Did you know?
Northumbria Fashion students have exhibited annually at London Graduate Fashion Week since its launch in 1991.
A multi-award winning course where our students have continuously received recognition for their work at Graduate Fashion Week, British Fashion Council events and in international competitions.
Our Director for International Development, Douglas MacLennan was recently given a special award from the Shanghai Government Trade Association for his support in furthering fashion in Shanghai.
Where our graduates work
Our Graduates quickly make a name for themselves wherever they go and many have gone on to become key players in the industry – both nationally and internationally including:
Louise Trotter - Fashion Director, Joseph
Nicola Morgan - Designer, Givenchy
Thomas Walker - Senior Designer, Nike
Jane Whitfield - Senior Womenswear Designer, Chloe
David Walker Smith - Menswear Director, Selfridges
Jim Buckley - Product Director, Escada
Barry Jorden - Senior Designer, Ralph Lauren Menswear
What our students say
“It really prepares you for what you’re going to do next and builds your confidence. After four years here, people leave surer of themselves and their work.”
“It’s realistic fashion. It’s designed to help people get jobs.”
“The staff are always encouraging you to try different things and look at things differently. It’s all about pushing your creativity and challenging yourself.”
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Modules are delivered through a combination of lecture-supported group tutorials and studio activity, practical demonstrations, studio teaching, guided and independent learning.
You'll spend 50% of your time in scheduled work and 40% of your time undertaking independent learning and 10% of your time on placement.
Assessments are directly linked to modules and fall into 80% for coursework and 20% for practical work.
Coursework is assessed in a variety of formats including 3D development work and final product, 2D visual research and development work, portfolios, reports, essays and evaluations, visual and verbal presentations and group or team work.
You'll receive an overall mark for each module with the exception of one module which is pass or fail.
Career opportunities include designing over a broad range of market levels for men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear designers and manufacturers, fashion illustration, forecasting, fashion journalism, knitwear, textiles, public relations, freelance consultancy, fabric/colour research, and fashion styling.
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