Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course has an exceptional reputation for being aligned with the international fashion industry and enabling you to have outstanding opportunities to engage with the industry throughout your course. 

We specialise in enabling you to become a highly original and individual creative designer, capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry. The Fashion Design BA Hons course at Westminster is currently the only undergraduate course that shows a selection of its students on the official London Fashion Week schedule.

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 international 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, Haider Ackermann, 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; as well as Christopher Bailey; Katie Hillier, Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.

Fashion Design graduates from the last 3 years are now working at Versus, Rick Owens, Celine, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Carven, Tom Ford, Erdem, Gucci, Versace, Ferragamo, Kenzo, H&M, Preen, MaxMara, Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, J.W. Anderson, Norse Projects, Acne, Jacquemus, Paul Smith and Adidas.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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.

The first year of the fashion degree course at Westminster concentrates on introducing the student to a variety of skills and techniques related to all areas of 2D and 3D fashion practice. Design, research, illustration, cut, construction, print, and CAD are all covered.

Research is fostered through a variety of methods including visits to London Fashion Week, fashion shows, exhibitions, sketchbooks, and industry visits.

There are lessons in life drawing and illustration so that students understand proportion in 2D as well as 3D. Students undertake a range of design work that includes menswear and womenswear, spanning both conceptual and commercial.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design Project 1: Skills

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

Credit Level 4

The second year of the Fashion Design BA (Hons) course focuses on understanding and addressing the demands and needs of the fashion design industry through design assignments.

Guest industry speakers and lecturers allow you to understand your personal design practice within the context of the wider international design industry. Recent guest lecturers and visitors to the course include Julian Ganio from Fantastic Man, Lou Stoppard from SHOWstudio, Cozette McCreery from Sibling, Natasha Booth from Fashion East, Meadham Kirchhoff, Liam Hodges, and Charlie Porter.

A sustained period of internship takes place over eight consecutive weeks, starting at the end of December until the end of Paris Fashion Week in March. The timing enables you to have the opportunity, if you wish, to work with a designer on their collection from its conception through to the runway show presentation.

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 5

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 design skills, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest. You will develop a A/W runway collection, and following this a S/S pre-collection, alongside a portfolio of design work to enable you to apply for design positions on graduation.

Additionally, the Fashion Design BA (Hons) course at Westminster was the first undergraduate course to be invited to show a selection of its students on the official London Fashion Week schedule in 2018. The course will show again at London Fashion Week in February 2019. 

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Programme Recognition

This course is endorsed by ScreenSkills, the skills body of UK’s screen-based creative industries. This accreditation, formerly known as Creative Skillset, is a mark of quality that extends also to courses in many creative disciplines that are not screen-based, such as Fashion Design.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels -Not applicable
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Art and Design - DDM
  • Foundation in Art & Design - Grade offer based on overall application profile, including previous qualifications at Level 3.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

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

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 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) 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.

We can consider applicants taking the International Baccalaureate who can achieve 32 points (minimum) including 6 at HL Visual Arts. 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.

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Typical offer

  • Foundation in Art & Design - Grade offer based on overall application profile, including previous qualifications at Level 3.
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

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

We can consider applicants taking the International Baccalaureate who can achieve 32 points (minimum) including 6 at HL Visual Arts. If you meet the entry requirements, you will be asked to submit example pages from your portfolio. You may then be asked to submit your full portfolio in person or online. We are looking for creative individuals who can show evidence of personal expression, creative ideas, related skills and a depth of subject knowledge.

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Careers

After graduation, most students go on to work in the international fashion industry while some go on to study fashion design at MA level either in the UK or New York. Graduates of the course are extremely successful in the job market with over 90 percent of all final year students going directly into fashion related work, predominantly as designers or assistant designers working within established companies, or starting up their own design businesses. 

Graduates from 2017 are working as designers at North Sea Clothing, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, ASOS, Roksanda, Emma Wickstead, Burberry, Anya Hindmarch, Carven, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Alexander McQueen. While others have continued their study at Central Saint Martins on their Fashion MA programme.

Graduates from 2016 are working in the design teams at companies including Mulberry, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Norse Projects, JW Anderson, John Richmond, Burberry, Acne, Temperley and Tom Ford.

Graduates from 2015 are working at companies including Alexander McQueen, Versace, MaxMara, Cherevichkiotvichki, SportsMax, Urban Outfitters, Preen, Versus, H&M, Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Marina Rinaldi, Harrods, Burberry, and Adidas. While both David Ferreira and Roberta Einer launched their eponymous fashion collections at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week respectively. 

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design course has exceptional industry connections and an excellent track record of successful internships that have benefited both the students and the fashion companies alike. Students gain an enormous amount of specific and transferable knowledge during this period of study. Our internship programme was previously voted the best in the world in the Business of Fashion Global Fashion School rankings.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

University of Westminster BA A/W19 London Fashion Week Show

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Alumni

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Creative director at Ashley Williams

Fashion Design BA

Stuart Vevers

Creative Director, Coach

Fashion Design BA

Claire Barrow photo

Claire Barrow

Director/ Designer at Claire Barrow

Fashion Design BA

Alumni

Liam Hodges photo

Liam Hodges

Creative Director, Menswear Designer at Liam Hodges

Fashion Design BA

Katie Hillier

Creative Director, Hillier Bartley

Fashion Design BA

Markus Lupfer

Designer, London Fashion Week

Fashion Design BA

Facilities

Our fashion facilities at Westminster are acknowledged as being outstanding, with each cohort having their own dedicated studio to work in, equipped with individual design spaces for every student. Each of our design studios is equipped with industrial sewing machines, pattern cutting tables and mannequins.

Westminster Menswear Archive

The Westminster Menswear Archive has examples of some of the most important and exciting menswear garments covering the last 100 years. The archive includes garments from Alexander McQueen, Craig Green, Stone Island, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Nutter, Liam Hodges, Carol Christian Poell, C.P. Company, Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein, Meadham Kirchhoff, Kim Jones, Aitor Throup, Vivienne Westwood, Mr Fish, Irvine Sellars, Umbro, MA.Strum, adidas, Nanamica, Belstaff, Barbour, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Jeremy Scott, Vexed Generation, Aquascutum, Levis, Jeremy Scott, Berghaus, Penfield, Griffin, and Comme Des Garcons.

Additionally, the archive includes an extensive range of utilitarian and uniform garments from the Army, Police, US Marines, GPO, Coldstream Guards, the French fire service and others.

Items from the Westminster menswear archive

Student Awards

Students are encouraged to enter competitions while at Westminster, as part of their course work or as standalone projects. Recent competition winners are listed below. 

Fashion Design BA student competition winner - collection by Paolo Carzana

2018

  • Paolo Carzana wins the Fashion Makes Sense Award
  • Joshua Crabtree wins the BFC MA Scholarship Award
  • Paolo Carzana wins the BFC MA Scholarship Award
  • Melissa Eakins wins the BFC Final Year Scholarship Award
  • Ieva Melece-Hall selected for the CFDA+ Fashion Future Graduate Showcase
  • Manimekala Fuller selected for the CFDA+ Fashion Future Graduate Showcase

2017

  • Lloyd Husband wins the British Fashion Council x Coach Design competition.
  • Fashion Design BA wins the British Fashion Council Outstanding Portfolio Award.
  • Fashion BA win the British Fashion Council Illustration Award.
  • Ian Richardson wins British Fashion Council Scholarship Award.
  • Lloyd Husband wins the British Fashion Council Scholarship Award.

2016

  • Katie Ann McGuigan wins the Fashion Scout Merit Award and shows at London Fashion Week
  • Beth Hall wins LVMH Graduate Prize, which includes €10,000 and a job at Loewe
  • Wendy Leaong wins the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award
  • Yasemin Cakli wins the British Fashion Council MA Scholarship Award
  • Pip Paz-Howlett wins British Fashion Council BA Scholarship Award
  • Roberta Einer wins the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging designer award 
  • Abiola Onabule wins the Diversity Now competition 
  • David Ferreira wins Inaugural Les Etoiles Mercedes-Benz Prize, including €15,000

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

Contact us

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