BA Honours in Fashion Design

General

Program Description

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.

Program recognition

This course offers industry-relevant teaching and is endorsed by ScreenSkills, the skills body of UK’s screen-based creative industries.

Entry Requirements

UK

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.

EU/International

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.

Careers

Career path

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 per cent 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.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less