BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles
This programme focuses on the design and construction of the fashion garment; addressing physical, aesthetic and social needs within contemporary fashion, covering traditional to contemporary approaches in developing ideas from paper to object, theory to practice, and fabric to garment.
You will engage in practical workshops to encourage independent learning through intellectual and creative processes. Industry projects, collaborations and dialogues are encouraged to maximise your relationships within the programme, the college and with other institutions. Through a variety of projects and directed independent practice, you learn to analyse, evaluate and make creative and practical decisions.
The philosophy of the programme is fashion innovation through creative thinking, theory and practice. Through a combination of modules in technical, creative and contextual subjects, you will develop a range of analytical, communication and problem-solving skills to become articulate, meticulous and thoughtful practitioners in fashion.
This programme offers four specialisms:
- Womenswear concentrates on designing collections for different sectors such as sportswear, evening wear, swimwear, casual wear and office-wear.
- Menswear focuses on the usage of traditional tailoring techniques, combining pattern drafting and draping to design contemporary menswear collections.
- Creative Pattern Cutting explores advanced techniques of drafting and draping, as well as complex cutting and sewing techniques. The focus is on semi-couture and high-end garments, including evening wear and bridal.
- Fashion Textiles explores fabric manipulations, processes of dyeing, screen printing, embroidery and embellishment, digital design and digital textile printing to develop contemporary textile designs. Textile design is supported by pattern drafting and construction techniques.
Level 1 presents the different disciplines and theoretical approaches needed for the study and exploration of fashion.
Level 2 enables you to analyse, in theory and practice, a range of different fashion elements and fashion critique. Additionally, you will apply and test your own creativity, drawing on diverse critical and cultural theories.
Level 3 consolidates your skills and provides a forum for further debate and reflection on contemporary fashion study. You will undertake independent work combining practical and theoretical research.
Career Paths: Womenswear Designer, Menswear Designer, Creative Pattern Cutter, Fashion Textile Designer
Related Careers: Costume Designer, Fashion Accessory Designer, Fashion Merchandiser, Fashion Educator, Creative Director