BA (Hons) Fashion Design

We have a strong tradition of commitment to innovative garment design, and development of in-depth research skills, which we believe produces competent, creative individual designers who are very employable. Womenswear and Menswear design are covered in this three year course by: research skills; design development; range building; pattern cutting- traditional and experimental; professional production techniques; knitwear design; 'live' projects with industry; fashion illustration and presentation techniques; CAD Design; flat drawing, trend prediction; fabric exploration; preparation for industry; and design history. You will have the opportunity to transform your two dimensional design ideas into creative clothes.

Fashion Design is an international language and global force. AAS College recognises and responds to this.

With the emphasis firmly on creativity and professionalism, we have created an inspiring and instructive learning environment with best equipment and staff available. Teaching staff, many of whom work within the industry, teach students through exposure to new technologies, techniques and trends.

UCLan has been long recognised by the fashion industry as a premier provider of fashion education. This is in acknowledgement of continued successful curriculum development over the last 45 years. Recognised by UCLan as major flagship area of excellence, the International Fashion Institute is an exciting and innovate development in the UK’s newest city and the institutes reputation further enhances the profile of graduates of the university of central Lancashire, a long established but one of the largest and most progressive universities in the U.K.

Entry Requirements

Most of our students have successfully completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design.

All applicants will be required to attend for an interview with a comprehensive portfolio of their work.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome.

Programme of Study

At the AAS partner College of Central Lancashire University we pride ourselves in our reputation for encouraging students to be individual and innovative yet have the ability to blend this creative freedom in response to market awareness.

The AAS Building is a modern, bright building with purpose-built studios and workshops. It provides to students the specific in design library, computer facilities, café, and the city centre of Thessaloniki is only a 2-minute walk away. The facilities provide students with in-house access to the knit studios and production rooms with supervision and support from the specialist technicians.

Most teaching on our BA(Hons) Fashion programme is studio and workshop based enabling students to interact. Tutors have a very good rapport with students and tutorials take place enabling the students to discuss their work with their project tutor individually, or in small group sessions. Tutorials are available on request with the module tutor, personal tutors, and the programme administrator.

Visiting lecturers and guest speakers from Industry are an integral part of the course at all levels and years. We also encourage students to participate to National and International competition briefs.

STUDY MODE: Full-time 3 years

Course Content

BA(Hons) Fashion Design is centred upon active learning. Students will be engaged in a wide variety of activities.

The programme is supported by a highly skilled and experienced staff team and is complimented by a variety of guest lecturers and industry visits.

Students will be studio based and have access to the workshops for garment construction with specialist technicians. Other specialist facilities include a well equipped CAD studio. We also have photographic support with excellent technician back-up.

Year One students enrolled on BA (Hons) Fashion are introduced to the broad area of fashion design and are encouraged to an experimental approach to it. Projects involve: visual research, drawing and presentation, an introduction to fashion ideas and to fundamental techniques in cut, knit and embellishment. Complementary modules are made up from areas within historical and sociological studies which provide a context for fashion, together with an elective of their choice.

The modules you are taught are:

  • Fashion Design I
  • Fashion Design II
  • Introduction to Design and Culture


  • Fashion Illustration
  • Introduction to Knit
  • Digital Communication for Fashion

Year Two introduces students to the fashion industry and requires innovative solutions to a series of market related challenges. Projects involve ‘live’ projects, and preparation of a portfolio of work. Complementary studies in the History of Art and Design continue, with ‘in-house’ electives in pattern cutting and experimental knitwear.

The modules you are taught are:

  • Fashion Design III
  • Fashion Design IV
  • Dress Style & Communication


  • Introduction to Catwalk Shapes
  • Experimental Knitwear

Year Three encourages students to work in an independent manner throughout a series of guided and highly individual projects. These are for inclusion in personal portfolios and for national and international competitions. As a final module, students design and produce a collection of six to eight outfits aimed to be showcased on a catwalk.

The modules you are taught are:

  • Fashion Design V
  • Experimental Silhouette Investigation
  • Fashion Collection
  • Fashion, Culture & Identity


Assessment is part of your learning. Academic debate, external examiner reports and student observations influence assessment strategies. The course uses a range of formative and summative strategies and these are deployed to benefit you in terms of the development of your understanding of Design and Design related disciplines.

Assessment criteria are communicated in the generic handbook, the module descriptors and also in the module information packs. Project brief assessment criteria relate to module assessment and are listed at the end of a brief. Feedback relates to module and project assessment criteria.

Aspects of assessment are common to all courses, and some are distinctive to your particular course. The strategies are designed

to place demands on you similar to those you will meet on graduation and they help you develop appropriate working practices to respond to set problems.

Your assessment marks are moderated by an internal team of assessors and this 'external examination’ is an important part of the assessment process. It takes place across courses and across modules. Our process is well developed. It is rigorous and ensures that there is comparability of assessment process across all department courses. The standards of outcome are comparable from course to course and evidenced by the quantity and quality of work.

The External Examiners for AAS will be the same examiners for Preston campus courses.


The fashion design course offers you opportunities to enter the Fashion Industry at a high or designer level and may form the basis of a career in fashion design, product development, pattern cutting, trend analysis or even buying, merchandising or design management or one of the many other applied areas of the fashion business. Some graduates have successfully set up their own label Fashion Businesses or gone into teaching or further study.

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