BA (Hons) Fashion is a highly creative degree that promotes innovation in all aspects of student work. The programme is aimed at creatively diverse students who wish to explore conceptual fashion, millinery and fashion for performance, without the limitations and constraints of a more commercially motivated fashion degree. The course is designed to equip graduates with a broad range of skills in fashion illustration, design, pattern cutting and bespoke manufacture, enabling them to pursue a career in both fashion and the wider creative industries.
The course aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can develop their critical thinking skills and knowledge of fashion, culture and the arts, as an essential part of their creative development. Live projects, competitions and work placements offer opportunities to gain valuable real-life experience, and place student learning within a wider industry context.
How You Study
In year one, teaching places emphasis on creative and technical knowledge, introducing students to the core areas essential to 2D and 3D ideas development. Students have the opportunity to develop key fashion making skills in the core module 'Fashion Elements: Design, Construction and Cut'.
In year two, students are introduced to conceptual and innovative approaches to fashion, advanced techniques, collaborative projects, and professional presentation and work exhibition.
Skills can be further developed through the modules 'Fashion Architecture', 'Fashion Reconstruction' and 'Advanced Millinery', in which students can begin to specialise in Millinery or a broader Fashion practice.
Third-year teaching focuses on the identification and promotion of each student’s individual design aesthetic through the production of a final collection of work, a portfolio and a practice-led dissertation.
Critical thinking is a fundamental aspect of the course from level one, where students have the opportunity to learn basic academic skills alongside an academic study of Fashion in the 'Reading Fashion' module. At level two, students have the chance to incorporate critical thinking in the 'Fashion Architecture' module, and at level three, the critical work continues with the 'Dissertation' and 'Research Project' modules. All of these modules involve academic research, critical practice and elements of essay writing.
Reflective practice is encouraged within all modules and is designed to play a key role in developing intelligent and highly creative fashion thinkers, innovators and creators.
This degree aims to provide Fashion students with the opportunity to develop the experience and expertise to organise and produce their own showcase, contributing to their employability.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
Students will experience a variety of module assessment modes which may include portfolio work, essays, presentations, production of millinery, garments and fashion collections, in addition to blogs, sketch-books and journals. Students may have the opportunity to exhibit their work at an end of year degree/fashion show at level three.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
As part of the programme, students have the opportunity to engage with experts from the fashion and the creative industries throughout their degree. The format of this professional interaction varies, with recent on-campus visits undertaking live projects, specialist workshops and guest lectures. The aim is to broaden creative versatility, professional approaches, employability and industry knowledge.
Adobe Creative Cloud
All Fashion students currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
- International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
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