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BA (Hons) Fashion at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore craftsmanship, aesthetics and the encapsulation of the body through a range of materials, pattern cutting, manufacturing processes, constructed knitwear and printed fashion fabrics. This four-year sandwich course has an established reputation for producing directional designers with the creative vision and the commercial realism to begin a career within the Fashion sector.

You will learn how to challenge the conventions of contemporary fashion through design research and critical reflection, set against the study of traditional values of high craftsmanship that underpin garment-making such as haute couture and tailoring.

We’ll help you to identify a personal fashion design philosophy through drawing and illustration, developing artisan craft skills, pattern cutting and constructing knitted fabrics and textiles. All this will be supported by contextual fashion studies and critical thinking to enable you to situate your own practice in the context of past and current design practice.

Northumbria was ranked 16th in the Complete University Guide 2017 for Art and Design.

 

BA (Hons) Fashion at Northumbria offers you the opportunity to explore craftsmanship, aesthetics and the encapsulation of the body through a range of materials, pattern cutting, manufacturing processes, constructed knitwear and printed fashion fabrics. This four-year sandwich course has an established reputation for producing directional designers with the creative vision and the commercial realism to begin a career within the Fashion sector.

You will learn how to challenge the conventions of contemporary fashion through design research and critical reflection, set against the study of traditional values of high craftsmanship that underpin garment-making such as haute couture and tailoring.

We’ll help you to identify a personal fashion design philosophy through drawing and illustration, developing artisan craft skills, pattern cutting and constructing knitted fabrics and textiles. All this will be supported by contextual fashion studies and critical thinking to enable you to situate your own practice in the context of past and current design practice.

Northumbria was ranked 16th in the Complete University Guide 2017 for Art and Design.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
W230 BA/F

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years with placement

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
Design Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2018

Department / Northumbria School of Design

Our School of Design covers Industrial, Fashion, Communication and Innovation Design. Our design community examines design in the context of use, beauty and social and cultural contexts.

Fashion Image Gallery

Learn in dedicated studio spaces using our range of facilities including access to professional exhibition spaces, sewing and print workshops and computer suites with full Adobe and Cad packages.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Learning and teaching centres around hands-on craft activities and the exploration of technical skills, materials and processes that enables you to display evidence of your creative thinking. Studio activities and the specialist workshop environment are integral to this process in all levels of your study, encouraging individual intellectual freedom and supported through a staff and peer collaborative community.

NSS image98% of students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of this course.

We aim to nurture innovative designers through project-based teaching and learning strategies, integrating design practice, knowledge, intellectual and transferable skills.

Assessment principles on the Fashion course are planned to support your progression and use a wide range of projects and tasks which are reinforced through both formative and summative assessment.

Fashion Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Fashion BA (Hons) from our current students.

Interview and Portfolio Guidelines

Your interview provides us with the chance to meet you, see your portfolio of work and discuss your interest in studying Fashion Design at Northumbria.

Final Year Showcase

Our Fashion BA (Hons) course is internationally renowned for its high-caliber graduates, recognized for their creative and conceptual fashion design talents. View some of our 2017 student digital portfolios.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn from award-winning, research-active academic staff that bring a wealth of professional experience from the world of fashion to Northumbria. Our academic staff have worked as successful designers globally for some of the world’s biggest brands including Vivienne Tam, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nigel Cabourn. You will be taught by industry experts, developing the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career from inspiring, exciting and innovative staff.

Research-active staff act as consultants and provide supportive critiques, questioning the reasoning and aesthetic judgement behind your work, to support you in developing your practice through self-reflection.

Alumni and industry collaborators support the course at every level through professional association, live projects, internships, visiting lecturers and competitive portfolio briefs. We have recently collaborated with Urban Outfitters, All Saints, Old Navy, Joseph, Dunhill and Mulberry.

Staff / Meet the Team

When it comes to making sure you learn from the best, our Fashion staff are second to none, having worked at the likes of Vivienne Tam and Tommy Hilfiger, to the best tailors on Savile Row.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

A studio-based and workshop-based learning environment is at the core of this course and you’ll find that the technical facilities at Northumbria are excellent. You’ll have access to a specialist Mac laboratory as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working. The machine room is equipped to industry standards and you can use digitally-enabled textile printing, pattern-making and embroidery. Everything is supported by skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

Technology is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Electronic Submission and Feedback (eSAF) will facilitate feedback on your project work, while Turnitin will reinforce a critical approach to research and the development of your own ideas.


Fashion Facilities

Northumbria School of Design has been fitted out with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in design technology.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout your studies you’ll undertake enquiry-based learning that involves self-initiated research, independent judgement and critical self-awareness. You’ll become an active participant in your learning as you tackle real-life challenges, integrating design practice with research, academic and intellectual skills. You’ll be supported by research-active staff who have industrial experience in the United Kingdom, America and Southern Asia, and who will act as consultants and provide supportive critiques.

The research-rich approach will be continually reinforced as the course advances through different levels, with each level exploring increasingly advanced aspects of contemporary fashion culture, innovation and industrial challenge. In your first year you will be introduced to research methodologies, which are applied in various contexts during your second and third years. The culmination of the third year is a major enquiry-based, self-initiated project that evidences your ability to apply processes, aesthetics, function and materials.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your time at Northumbria will be crucial in developing your professional identity. Your creative projects, some set by external collaborators, will enable you to build and curate a portfolio of your own work. This portfolio will be a central element in applications for work placements and employment.

You may also have the opportunity to join a field trip to Paris, London or New York to experience fashion in a different culture and to enhance your knowledge from an international perspective. Study Abroad is also an option.

You will be supported through preparatory exercises for job applications and with interview techniques. In addition, Northumbria University’s Careers Service offers support to all students with regards to employment.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to show your final project at a key industry-facing national showcase for graduate talent in this discipline. This will help you establish contacts and employment opportunities by mixing directly with invited employers and alumni.

London Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week in 2017 saw a several of our students shortlisted for Exhibition and Catwalk Awards.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Recent graduates have progressed into a wide range of levels across the fashion industry at Designer level at, Richard Nicoll, Lanvin, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Eley Kishimoto, Ralph Lauren and River Island. This success can be attributed to our partnerships with industry to create a learning experience that is both inspiring and relevant.

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our Design MA. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Alumni

Our graduates are really making an impact, transforming their lives and others. Here are a selection of some of our Alumni who have been taught Fashion BA (Hons).

Book an Open Day / Experience Fashion BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Fashion. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design, creative and technical pattern cutting, constructed knitwear and printed fashion fabrics. You will investigate and experiment with a diverse range of fashion disciplines including menswear, womenswear, textiles and knitwear.

Year 2

Year two Through a combination of tutorial guidance, project critiques, lectures, competitions, live industrial projects and placements, you will build your understanding and expertise, and hone your specialist skills in your chosen Fashion specialism, and continue to build your portfolio.

Year 3

Year three You will continue to work in industry on placement before you return and continue to develop your specialism and style, and work with industry on collaborative projects.

Year 4

Year four Through your personal vision a capsule collection will be developed and presented by you at a key industry-facing national showcase. At the end of your degree, you will have a professional portfolio of your work ready for graduate employment or to progress into postgraduate study.

Who would this Course suit?

If you have an innovative mind, creative vision, are self-motivated and 100% committed to fashion, this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview. 

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential.

Interviews and Auditions: 
Interviews and auditions can be a daunting experience, this part of the UCAS application process can be an anxious time. UK students applying for creative courses have to develop either audition pieces, portfolios of work and practice interview techniques. If you really want that place at your university of choice you have to make sure you put in the ground work to secure that vital offer.

To support you through the process we held a Q&A session on the interviews, audition and portfolio processes. You can view the video online by visiting our ASKNU webpages: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/asknorthumbria


GCSE requirements
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview. 

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential.

Interviews and Auditions: 
Interviews and auditions can be a daunting experience, this part of the UCAS application process can be an anxious time. UK students applying for creative courses have to develop either audition pieces, portfolios of work and practice interview techniques. If you really want that place at your university of choice you have to make sure you put in the ground work to secure that vital offer.

To support you through the process we held a Q&A session on the interviews, audition and portfolio processes. You can view the video online by visiting our ASKNU webpages: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/asknorthumbria


GCSE requirements
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office

By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Hobsons PLC (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here.

By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Hobsons PLC (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here.

How to apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

FA4007 -

What is Fashion? Historical and Critical Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will explore the question: What is fashion? This research-rich year- long module encourages you to immerse yourself in the world of fashion, past and present. It endeavours to be a broad introduction to fashion studies.

With specialist Fashion, Historical and Critical lecturers you will learn about particular themes and developments in the history of western fashion design since c.1800: exploring influential designers and placing fashion in the social and cultural contexts of the time through a series of illustrated lectures supported by seminars. Your visual vocabulary will expand through the development of your knowledge of fashion design history, and enable you to take inspiration from the design of the past to apply to your own work in parallel module ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’.

You will also be introduced to how the industry works through a fundamental exploration of topics such as; global context and the fashion year, cultural context and trend prediction, fashion in the media, types of garment manufacturers, market segments and the retailer, digital designing and e-portfolios, colour, fibres to fabrics, the fashion cycle and responsible design practices. On completion of the module you will have gained a critical understanding of the key aspects of how the industry works, which you can relate to your own practice as a designer.

Hands-on analysis will help you develop study skills relevant to fashion design practice, including library and archival research, visual fashion communication and presentation skills. You will gain the ability to conduct critical visual analysis and research of fashion design practice and the confidence to articulate clearly your viewpoints in speech and writing.

More information

FA4008 -

Introduction To Fashion Skills (Core, 40 Credits)

In ‘Introduction to Fashion Skills’ you will learn a range of skills that will underpin your practical garment development and manufacture on the Fashion programme, initiating the building of long-term practical skills.

You will be introduced to the essential practical skills in a technical programme delivered in our specialist workshops to learn appropriate health and safety regulations and procedures. You will learn elementary methodologies and processes in pattern cutting and through demonstrations, garment construction and sewing techniques to manufacture a basic garment. This will establish knowledge to enable garment development and technical progression on the Fashion programme.

You will progress to a creative garment project, and will evidence your independent judgement in your ability to generate and explore ideas through experimental pattern cutting techniques for fashion outcomes. You will construct a fashion toile and progressive creative garment from start to finish showing your understanding of the processes introduced, but also demonstrate ability to capture aesthetically your garment design developed in the parallel module; ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’. Part of this process will involve learning to fit a garment on a body, to critically evaluate your garment development aesthetically, and assess its function. You will also be introduced to a range of fabrications and also given guidance on how to handle and manage cloth.

Presentation of your garment outcomes at critique will allow you the opportunity to convey your thought process to an attentive audience. Here you may engage in critical debate and learn how to use feedback to support your progression.

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FA4009 -

Introduction to Fashion Design (Core, 60 Credits)

In ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’ you will be introduced to creative design thinking and learn how to develop a creative response to a range of project briefs exploring genres of fashion.

You will learn the value of design research through analysis, drawing inspiration from a broad range of historical, contemporary, cultural, global and fashion market sources in the wider design world to inform design direction for fashion outcomes. You will engage with creative exploration of design briefs demonstrating an awareness of design development processes and issues. You will create a final illustrated garment collection for menswear and womenswear incorporating printed textiles and constructed knitwear.

You will be encouraged to explore your own individual design handwriting through experimental and systematic design development some of which will inspire garments in ‘Introduction to Fashion Skills’ module. Elements of your 3D creative sampling processes will be included in your design projects to show how this informs garment design.

You will learn how to develop your drawing skills appropriate to specific purposes: observational research drawing, technical drawing and experimental fashion illustration; to communicate your ideas using both manual and digital techniques.

You will learn how to produce a personal portfolio in both physical and digital formats and present these at critiques giving opportunity for evaluative feedback and exchange with peers in preparation for Industrial Placement at level 5.

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Fashion Thinking 1: Professional Practice Preparation (Core, 20 Credits)

In ‘Fashion Thinking 1: Professional Practice Preparation’ you will look at the industry from two perspectives. You will develop a critical understanding of the key social, political, theoretical and practical work-based considerations relating to contemporary fashion design and the broader fashion industry to support your development as a responsible designer in a challenging professional environment.

The module encourages you to extend academic skills in knowledge retrieval, library and web-based research and critical analysis to inform your judgement presented in written, oral and visual presentations. By engaging in lectures delivered by Fashion Historical and Critical Studies and Design lecturers, you will develop knowledge in methodologies, theories and practices in the world of fashion such as; supply chain and the effect of the high street on creative practice. You will gain important tools to join the fashion industry with a clear vision of the processes involved in sourcing, applying and undertaking of a student internship or study abroad. Skills of analysis and written exposition will evidence your cultural awareness in relation to fashion design and related critical theory.

You will apply your valuable insight to the fashion industry from our long standing relationship with global fashion companies and designers as you start your preparation for a desirable, exciting fashion experience in a multi faceted international industry.

Gain insight to roles and responsibilities, rules of engagement and expectations of industry interns from potential visiting industrial partners through role-play and studio workshops. This will to give you a realistic overview of industrial experience and how to realistically approach the application process for a successful outcome. You will develop the ability to evaluate your skills from an area of practice, highlighting your strengths and communicate this in a way that is a desirable asset to a placement provider.

You will be assessed on final outcomes comprising of a 1000 word essay critical reflection on issues relating to the contemporary fashion industry; and a ‘professional tool kit’ containing documentation; C.V., resume, cover letter and portfolio, balancing personal creativity with professionalism; skills, content and finish in traditional and digital format, to support the employment application process.

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Fashion Design Project 1 (Core, 40 Credits)

In ‘Fashion Design Project 1’ you will learn how to further develop your design skills in relation to professional practice, the design brief will be aimed at a specific market level or brand, and may be a collaborative project with industry. This module will introduce you to the balance designers must achieve beween craftsmanship, aesthetic ideals and commercial restraints.

This project will help you to understand the relationship between the creative and commercial requirements of Fashion design, and provides opportunity to develop specialist skills and knowledge of materials, skills and processes in the realisation of your Fashion design. Students are able to select a specialist area of study in this module, exploring either the creative challenge of technical pattern cutting, haute couture construction techniques, printed fashion textile design or constructed knitwear design.

You will learn how to research, develop and design a market-led collection of garments presented as a Fashion design portfolio. In addition to the portfolio, you will produce and communicate a Fashion artefact or creative solution, which will take the form of a garment or a sample package. In the sewing workshops using industry standard equipment students specialising in garment design will produce a garment of their own design from the portfolio collection.

Students specialising in printed textile design will learn the fundamentals of printed textile design including screen printing and pigment printing processes and produce a printed textile sample collection while students specialising in knitwear design will learn advanced knitting skills and produce a range of technical constructed knitwear samples.

The industry facing nature of this project supports the industrial placement period, which begins in the following semester.

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Fashion Industrial Placement 1 (Core, 60 Credits)

Fashion Industrial Placement 1 offers you the opportunity to complete a minimum of 24 weeks in the fashion industry, gaining experience in one or more placements. Northumbria has well established and nurtured links with elite fashion companies, competitive high street brands and new generation designers. Our alumni are directional designers in renowned companies in the fashion sector. Being a part of a design team is inspiring and offers you a broad insight into how industry operates, its differing market levels and consumer profiles. Having an opportunity to work in a Fashion Company enables you to acquire a greater understanding of design processes; product development and range planning, price points, production processes and lead times. Through your industrial work experience, you potentially gain an understanding of the importance of comparative product analysis; brand image, packaging and labelling, traditional/digital retail, marketing and promotion. By undertaking placement(s), you develop a greater awareness of fashion, contemporary culture and trends, and to be able to advance your visual and verbal communication skills. The experience of applying your academic studies in a real work environment will help you to develop a confident and professional attitude and to make informed decisions about your future fashion career. In Industrial Placement 1 module you will keep a digital diary of your learning and professional experience; documenting your new skills and knowledge acquired from your Placement(s).

During this 12 month period you are expected to complete a minimum of 24 weeks. The weeks can run consecutively or as a series of individual placements throughout the year. If you are unable to complete or secure an industrial work placement an alternative industry-focused project brief will be set.

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Academic Language Skills for Design (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Fashion Thinking 2: Concepts and Theory (Core, 20 Credits)

‘Fashion Thinking 2: Concepts and Theory’ offers insight to key subjects and external influences relevant to academic theoretical study and fashion design practice. You will be guided by specialist tutors on how to develop your fashion studies conceptually and theoretically in support of the parallel module ‘Fashion Design Project 2’, to prepare you for the Level 6 modules ‘Final Fashion Collection and Portfolio’, and ‘Dissertation’.

It will equip you to engage critically with the advanced fashion practice based modules by illuminating contextually, global, contemporary, cultural and market influences which impact on fashion design. You will be encouraged to explore issues such as identity, diversity, responsible design practice and new technologies enabling you to set your practice within contemporary culture. The module will therefore provide the means for you to generate personal creative concepts for personal fashion and academic practice.

This module will contribute to your understanding of the changing fashion landscape. You will learn how to apply theory to practice through the analysis of external factors affecting fashion and use this as inspiration for an original trend concept. You will refine your aesthetic judgement and visual communication skills through taking an intellectual approach to advanced image making. Communication theory models will help support your experimental approach to image making using hand-rendered and digital illustration and photography.

The module encourages you to extend academic skills such as knowledge retrieval, visual analysis, object and image-based and archival research, through proposal writing, critical justification and visual communication.

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Fashion Design Project 2 (Core, 40 Credits)

In ‘Fashion Design Project 2’ you will identify emerging trends in fashion to inspire individual creative direction and enquiry of fashion design practice, cumulating in garment realisation and portfolio communicating a distinctive individual handwriting.

You will learn how to form a creative concept from research gathered independently over your industrial placement and/or study abroad experience covering a range of global, historical, contemporary and cultural influences with a view to you to evolving your personal design philosophy. You will revisit design methodologies in research translating ideas to design development and engage in the production of garment prototypes, printed textiles or constructed knitwear sampling in specialist studios and workshops developing your knowledge and own focus within individual study skills. You will be encouraged to challenge production processes within the specialism producing investigative sampling to inform garment design.

The module challenges you to broaden knowledge of fashion levels, extending your previous experience, by focusing on ‘Luxury’ fashion as a conduit for developing progressive knowledge of aesthetic principles and skills in fashion craftsmanship. This will enable you to make decisions about your ambitions for personal development towards level 6 and employment. Live project briefs and/or the opportunity to take part in national competitions will allow you to work with industrial partners to develop your professional skills and understanding.

Your portfolio will give you opportunity to develop an experimental approach to fashion Illustration through personal investigation of creative and intellectual stimuli. You will be encouraged to integrate traditional and digital media with a view to communicating your fashion outcomes to a range of audiences.

Learn how to create a fashion presentation communicating your creative outcomes appropriate to Fashion context.

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Fashion Industrial Placement 2 (Core, 60 Credits)

‘Fashion Industrial Placement 2’ will offer you the opportunity to complete a minimum of 24 weeks in the fashion industry, gaining experience in one or more placements. This opportunity affords you a broad insight into how industry operates, its differing market levels and consumer profiles. Being part of a team in a Fashion Company means a greater understanding of design processes; product development and range planning, price points, production processes and lead times. Through your industrial work experience, you potentially gain an understanding of the importance of comparative product analysis; brand image, packaging and labelling, traditional/digital retail, marketing and promotion. By undertaking placement(s), you develop a greater awareness of fashion, contemporary culture and trends and to advance your visual and verbal communication skills. The experience of applying your academic studies in a real work environment will help you to develop a confident and professional attitude and make informed decisions about your future fashion career. In this ‘Fashion Industrial Placement 2’ module you will keep a digital diary of your learning and professional experience; documenting your new skills and knowledge acquired from your Placement(s).

During this 12 month period you are expected to complete a minimum of 24 weeks. The weeks can run consecutively or as a series of individual placements throughout the year. If you are unable to complete or secure an industrial work placement an alternative industry-focused placement brief will be set.

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Fashion Dissertation (Core, 20 Credits)

The 20 credit Fashion Design Research Dissertation- Fashion at level 6 is the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner through research writing and thinking about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. You will build upon the Design Research Project Proposal you wrote in level 5 through research and writing a 6,000 word essay on a subject related to your design specialism or any other aspect of visual culture in the broad sense that you wish to explore. The dissertation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate not only your knowledge of a particular subject in which you are interested, but also your skills in writing, researching and organising material, working independently and using enhanced analytical and interpretative skills in presenting an argued case in written form: all skills which will benefit you in your professional life.

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Fashion Collection: Concept Development (Core, 40 Credits)

This module will draw upon and develop your previous learning experience in Fashion and give you the opportunity to create a personal Fashion collection within your chosen specialism. The outcome of this module will provide substantial evidence of your autonomy and unique Fashion design abilities in preparation for your application to the Fashion profession, or post-graduate education.

On this module, you will be given the opportunity to identify a personal Fashion design brief and philosophy that defines your design approach and expresses your professional aspirations. You will independently conduct a challenging, experimental and sophisticated body of original Fashion research considering commercial, aspirational, luxury and directional fashion trends.

You will be able to reflect upon and critically evaluate your research findings, developing your independent judgement to enable the design development of your Fashion collection to a professional standard.

In practical studio and workshop sessions you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise and knowledge in the use of specialist Fashion skills and technologies and to contextualise pattern cutting, constructed knitted fabrics, or textiles within your Fashion collection.

You will compile sketchbooks, process books and portfolios of practical Fashion research and design development work and present three-dimensional sampling and toiling in support of the further development and construction strategy of your Fashion collection.

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Final Fashion Collection and Portfolio (Core, 60 Credits)

In this module you will demonstrate your advanced knowledge, design practice to, produce and present a forward thinking, professional fashion collection alongside a portfolio within the context of your chosen specialism: pattern cutting, printed textiles, or constructed knitwear. You will create a collection alongside your portfolio, to enable you to place a deeper focus on your specialism, in support of your professional ambitions. Students may opt for either a sample or a garment based collection.

You will self-determine an intellectually challenging, fashion collection brief, that builds upon your prior learning reflecting upon your personal strengths and research interests. In-depth cultural, aesthetic, technical and commercial research will be harnessed using critical design thinking processes, to synthesise advanced fashion solutions. You will experiment with a range of appropriate tools, media, materials, techniques and processes in both atelier-style and academic working environments, and apply advanced technical methodologies in the interpretation of fashion concepts to fashion design outcomes, using professional pattern cutting and experimental moulage techniques.

You will analyse your work objectively against educational, professional and personal criteria, reflecting upon your work-in-progress, You will present and defend your work, both formally and informally, to your peers, specialist tutors and industrial partners where relevant at identified key points of the module.

Your professional physical and on-line illustrated design portfolio will enhance your employability and enterprise skills through the application of your individual style to a range of fashion genres, brands and customers. Participation in live projects, national and international competitions, and interaction with industrial partners where possible, will support your transition into the fashion workplace or post-graduate study.

Advanced illustration, portfolio and 3D presentation skills will support the promotion of your creative practice to a range of audiences including potential employers, assessors, press, competition judges etc., via exhibitions, portfolio websites and catwalk-based presentations.

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