Fashion Design BA Honours

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UCAS code: W230 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 16 September 2017
Duration: 3 years
Location: North-West London
Campus: Harrow

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Home/EU: £9,250.00
Overseas: £12,500.00

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 at the highest 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. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Internships on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading international fashion companies, and have recently included Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Celine, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Craig Green, Givenchy, Kenzo, Jeremy Scott, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe Vuitton, Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne and Tom Ford.

Course graduates include London Fashion Week designers Claire Barrow, Roberta Einer, Liam Hodges and Ashley Williams; Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Katie Hillier, Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs; Adam Marc James, Head Designer – Menswear at Roberto Cavalli; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach. While graduates from the last 3 years are now working at Gucci, Versace, Burberry Prorsum, J.W. Anderson, Norse Projects, Loewe, Acne, Dunhill, Bottega Veneta, Jacquemus, Paul Smith, MaxMara, Harrods, and Adidas.
 

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.

Taught by active practitioners in a research-intensive environment, you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, art and design, and journalism – a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. Our courses have incredibly strong links and support from the international fashion industry, providing guest lectures, live projects and student placements and internships. We foster new thinking, new ideas and new possibilities. Teaching methods include tutorials, lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations and group crits. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
 

Subjects of study

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

This level covers the core fundamentals of the fashion design discipline, including 2D and 3D design practice, CAD, construction, design, illustration, pattern cutting, print, research, and trend analysis.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design Project 1: Skills
  • Design Project 2: Sportswear
  • Design Project 3: Outerwear
  • Design Project 4: Modernity

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 further your own personal design style, and to develop collections through research, design development and design translation.

Subjects of study include:

  • Collection 1: Cutting
  • Collection 2: Surface
  • Collection 3: Internship
  • Collection 4: Portfolio
  • Collection 5: Historical

Year 3 (Sandwich Year)

The optional year-long industry internship between Years 2 and 3 allows you to apply your learning to the context of the international fashion industry. The sandwich year is subject to an annual University administration fee. Internships on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading international fashion houses which last year included:

  • Adidas
  • Aitor Throup
  • Balmain
  • Bernhard Willhelm
  • Burberry
  • Celine
  • Chloe
  • Christopher Kane
  • David Koma
  • E Tautz
  • Hugo Boss
  • Iris van Herpern
  • James Long
  • JW Anderson
  • Kenzo
  • Liam Hodges
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Margiela
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • McQ
  • Michiko
  • Molly Goddard
  • Preen
  • Puma
  • Roksanda
  • Sibling
  • Tom Ford

Year 4 (Credit Level 6)

At this level you are expected to develop a more strategic perspective and draw together your academic and work experience. You will study subjects that further develop your general business skills, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest.

Subjects of study include:

  • Final Collection 1
  • Final Collection 2
  • Portfolio
  • Thesis

This list is indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

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As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.

Course team 

Westminster Menswear Archive

Founded in 2017 The Westminster Menswear Archive was created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a collection of menswear garments to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view. 

Home to over 1000 menswear garments the archive is also designed to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design.  
 

Additional costs information

Download course fee information to check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.
 

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Government-backed industry training body.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, 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.

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 at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

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BA Fashion Design Open Afternoons

See the facilities, meet the students and staff, and have your questions answered at one of our open afternoons.

Westminster Fashion

See all of the collections and portfolio work from this year’s graduates on the Westminster Fashion website.

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Fashion show

Check out footage and reviews from our 2013 Graduate Fashion Show.

Fashion Magazine

Westminster fashion

Our annual graduate magazine features the work of final year graduates, interviews with alumni and a selection of work from other years.

Internships

Fashion designer

Our students work with the best in the industry during valuable work placements.