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Fashion Design BA Honours

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UCAS code: W230 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Start: 14 September 2015
Duration: 3 years

Campus: Harrow

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2015/16 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,000.00

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Typical offer for September 2013

Qualification type Grade/points
A Levels Not applicable
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM
Foundation in Art & Design from Merit to Distinction
Access to HE Diploma

Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year and do not accept applications for deferred entry

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This course has an outstanding reputation for developing highly talented and original fashion graduates. We specialise in enabling you to become an individual and creative designer, capable of working within all levels of the international fashion industry.

Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the development of your personal design philosophy. The course offers a comprehensive design education for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career in the creative arena of the fashion industry. Work placements on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading international fashion companies and have included Alexander McQueen, Celine, Christopher Kane, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dior, Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenburg, Lanvin, Givenchy and Balenciaga.

Course graduates include Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Claire Barrow; Ashley Williams; Michael Herz, Creative Director of Bally; Katie Hillier, Consultant Accessory Designer for Marc Jacobs; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; Carri Mundane, Creative Director of Cassette Playa; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Loewe.

Course content

The course’s philosophy is to develop you as an individual to become an innovative and creative designer, and challenge you to develop an aesthetic style relevant to the contemporary international fashion industry. The course’s exceptional links with the fashion industry ensure fast-track access to both cutting-edge and established designers.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

This level covers the basic elements of the fashion design discipline, including 2D and 3D practice, design, research, illustration, pattern cutting, construction, trend research, print and CAD. Modules include:

  • Experimental Design and Modernity
  • Fashion Research for Design Development
  • Introduction to Design Development and Creative Cut
  • Introduction to Fabrication and Print
  • Introduction to Tailoring and Menswear
  • Technology for Illustration

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

In the second year you will focus on working with the fashion industry, either with live projects set by industry partners, or through a sustained eight-week period of work placement within the international fashion industry. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal design style, and to develop collections through research, design development and design translation. Modules include:

  • Design for Sportswear
  • Future Textiles Fabrication and Print
  • Historical Research for Design Innovation
  • Industrial Work Placement
  • The Fashion Business Proposal

Optional sandwich placement year The optional year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3 allows you to put into practice your learning to date and to apply it to the context of the international fashion industry. The optional sandwich year is subject to an annual University administration fee. Work placements on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading fashion organisations.

Optional sandwich placement year

The optional year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3 allows you to put into practice your learning to date and to apply it to the context of the international fashion industry. The optional sandwich year is subject to an annual university administration fee. Work placements on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading fashion organisations.

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

You will develop your signature design style, leading to a final portfolio and a fully realised runway collection. You will also develop a diffusion collection from this, and a personal marketing strategy. An industry panel of designers and journalists selects the very best students from the final year to present their collections at a runway show to the fashion industry in May.

Additionally all graduate students also feature on our own portfolio website, at westminsterfashion.com

Subjects of study include:

  • Brand Identity and the Fashion Product
  • Fashion Thesis
  • Final Portfolio Project
  • Major Project: Research, Pre-collection, Design and Realisation
  • Market Specific Portfolio

For more information visit westminster.ac.uk/fashion

Selection for the course is highly competitive, and we do not take students straight from A Levels. You will need to have at least five GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including English and Maths, and at least DDM in a BTEC National Award or HNC/HND, or have completed an appropriate Access or Foundation course with a Distinction. If you meet the entry requirements you will be asked to submit example pages from your portfolio. If you are then invited to an interview, you will be asked to present your full portfolio. We are looking for creative individuals who can show evidence of personal expression, creative ideas, related skills, and a depth of subject knowledge.


Graduate employment

Our students work during London Fashion Week with designers including Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Giles, Jonathan Saunders, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Mulberry, Todd Lynn, and Peter Jensen. Others work internationally with companies such as Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chanel in Paris and Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Alexander Wang in New York.

Graduates from the last three years have secured jobs with Mulberry, Puma, Burberry, Abercrombie & Fitch, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Harrods, Thom Browne, Armani and Roksanda Illincic. Whilst others have gone on to study on the MA courses at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art.

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Success stories

Graduates from the fashion course at Westminster work at all levels and in all areas of the international fashion industry. Many alumni of the course work as designers, stylists, consultants, freelancers, journalists and illustrators.

Some of our graduates go on to become extremely successful and respected members of the international fashion industry. These include designers such as Christopher Bailey, Michael Herz, Stuart Vevers, Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow and Katie Hillier.

Many others of our fashion graduates go on to work with prestigious fashion design companies throughout the world, such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen in the UK, Marc Jacobs, Armani and Donna Karan in New York, and Bernard Willhelm, Christian Dior and Hermes in Paris. 

Others have found work with international fashion magazines like Elle, Wallpaper*, Grazia and Vogue or in the fields of marketing or public relations.

With our strong alumni connections together with our unparalleled relationships through our industrial work placements we have connections at all levels of the fashion industry.

Fashion Design student's work

Work experience

Students at Westminster all undertake at least one period of work placement within the fashion industry. From the end of December to London Fashion Week in February all 2nd year students work for a company of their choice for 8 weeks.

Students negotiate with tutors on finding a fashion placement during this period. Previous work experience has taken place with:

  • Aitor Throup
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Alexander Wang
  • American Vogue
  • Ann Demeulemeester
  • Burberry
  • Balenciaga
  • Celine
  • Chanel
  • Chloe
  • Christian Dior
  • Christopher Kane
  • Christopher Shannon
  • Donna Karan
  • Erdem
  • Fendi
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Giles Deacon
  • Givenchy
  • Haider Ackermann
  • Holly Fulton
  • Hussein Chalayan
  • Iris Van Herpen
  • J.W. Anderson
  • James Long
  • Katie Hillier
  • Lanvin
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Meadham Kirchhoff
  • Mulberry
  • Norton & Sons
  • Old Navy
  • Paul Smith
  • Roksanda Illincic
  • Stella McCartney
  • Thom Browne
  • Ungaro
  • Versace
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Vogue

Employability

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life.We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.

Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.

In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.

Visit the employability section on our site

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.

Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.

Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.

We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.

We can help you to:

  • Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • Plan your career development
  • Identify your career options
  • Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre

Career options in your subject area

We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:

Visit the Career Development Centre's 'finding work in your subject area'

Visit the Prospects 'options with your subject'

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

Employability

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at the University of Westminster, London is famous for producing both highly individual and creative designers capable of working within all levels of the fashion industry.

The course offers a comprehensive design education at degree level for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career within the creative arena of the fashion design industry. Our graduates work as fashion designers, stylists, freelancers and creatives in London Paris, New York and Milan.

Industry links

Many of the fashion modules that you will study are taught in conjunction with a fashion industry partner to ensure that students gain an understanding of all aspects of the fashion marketplace.

Students have undertaken design projects for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Ben Sherman, Topman, River Island and Coast. Some of the students work has also put into production and sold in stores across the country.

Students are also encouraged to enter competitions and Westminster students recently won the Warehouse design competition and the Harrods design competition for the second year running.

Finally we have a number of visitors from the fashion industry and studio visits where students visit top designers in their studios to see firsthand the design process up close.

Recent visitors to the course include Aitor Throup, Hannah Marshall, Richard Nicol, Angela Buttolph, Charlie Porter, Meadham Kirchhoff, Todd Lynn, Basso & Brooke, and Preen.

Internships

Students at Westminster all undertake at least one period of work placement within the fashion industry. From the end of December to London Fashion Week in February all 2nd year students work for a company of their choice for 8 weeks.

Students negotiate with tutors on finding a fashion placement during this period. Previous work experience has taken place with:

  • Alexander McQueen
  • American Vogue
  • Ann Demeulemeester
  • Aitor Throup
  • Aquascutum
  • Ben Sherman
  • Burberry
  • Celine Chanel
  • Christopher Kane
  • Chloe
  • Christian Dior
  • Giles
  • Givenchy
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Haider Ackermann
  • Hussein Chalayan
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • John Galliano
  • Lanvin
  • Meadham Kirchhoff
  • Mulberry
  • Stella McCartney
  • Versace
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Vogue

Guest lecturers

Throughout your time on the fashion course at Westminster you will be taught by a wide variety of guest fashion design lecturers that will bring relevance and outside knowledge to all aspects of your study. The fashion course uses a variety of guest lecturers to enhance and compliment the core fashion course team. Past guest lecturers have included:

  • Aitor Throup - Designer
  • Andrew Davis - Fashion Editor Arena Homme Plus
  • Antonio Berardi - Designer
  • Basso & Brooke - Designers
  • Jens Laugesen - Designer
  • John Galliano - Designer
  • Julian MacDonald - Designer
  • Katie Grand - Stylist
  • Mark Maidment - Ben Sherman
  • Preen - Designers
  • Prof. Julian Roberts - Designer
  • Richard Gray - Illustrator
  • Richard Nicoll - Designer
  • Sally Turner - Designer
  • Shelley Fox - Designer
  • Sophie Dean - Fashion Editor Wallpaper*
  • Tamsin Blanchard - Journalist

Open days

Coming to one of our open days is a great opportunity for you to look around the fashion course, see our buildings and facilities, meet current fashion design students and staff, and find out important information about our teaching methods, student finances and career opportunities.

You will be able to look around the design studios, our specialist machine rooms, our print and dye rooms as well as our fashion resource room. Additionally, you will see examples of current student work at all levels in the form of sketchbooks, final garments and portfolio work.

There are also presentations from the fashion design team on all aspects of the course including our work placement scheme and our industry projects where you can ask any questions that you want answered regarding the course.

All Open Days last approximately two hours and pre-booking your place is essential.

To book a place on our next open day please follow this link: www.westminsterfashion.com/openday/

Open days

Upcoming undergraduate open days

Date Title Location
3 December 2014 Undergraduate open day Media, Arts and Design students only - Harrow Campus
14 March 2015 Undergraduate open day Cavendish, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent

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