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BA in Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Product Design

Course Description

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation is delivered with employment in the industry in mind. This course focuses on producing graduates who can make an innovative and visionary contribution to accessory design and product development within the fashion industry. 

What to expect 

  • Students will study a range of units that will equip them with professional, communication and business skills. 

  • Students will undertake live projects from industry where there will be presentations to and from the companies involved. 

  • Students have the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give students an additional qualification and they will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of their studies. 

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation is delivered with employment in the industry in mind. This course focuses on producing graduates who can make an innovative and visionary contribution to accessory design and product development within the fashion industry.  What to...

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Course Content

In Stage 1 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2.

  • Introduction to Fashion Bags and Accessories (20 credits);
  • Product Design and Technologies (40 credits);
  • Product Creativity (20 credits);
  • Better Lives (20 credits);
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories (20 credits).

In Stage 2 students are required to complete 120 credits of which a minimum of 100 must be at level 5.

  • Professional Practice (40 credits);
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Options (20 credits);
  • Creative Design (20 credits);
  • Industry Project (40 credits).

In Stage 3 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 6.

  • Concept Vision (40 credits);
  • Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits);
  • Concept Realisation (60 credits).

On successful completion of Stage 2 students are offered the option of a professional placement leading to an extra qualification; the Diploma in Professional Studies.

The Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.

This diploma is achieved through the optional 30-week industrial placement. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.

All students are entitled to a tutorial package that consists of:

  • one induction tutorial (group or one to one);
  • one tutorial per term for the duration for their course of study at LCF;
  • group tutorials as required;
  • an appropriate level of confidentiality.

In Stage 1 students are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2. Introduction to Fashion Bags and Accessories (20 credits); Product Design and Technologies (40 credits); Product Creativity (20 credits); Better Lives (20 credits); Fashion Cultures and Histories (20...

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Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science);
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma preferred subjects Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma; Access Diploma or 64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications. Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include English, Maths, Art, Design, Textiles and Science); Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design; Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma...

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Assessment Methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes:

  • Research records,
  • Technical files,
  • Portfolio presentation,
  • Prototype development and realisation,
  • Written reports,
  • Live industrial projects,
  • Written assignments,
  • Self-evaluation,
  • Peer feedback,
  • Reflective journals,
  • Case studies,
  • Presentations to specialist audiences

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes: Research records, Technical files, Portfolio presentation, Prototype development and realisation, Written reports, Live industrial projects, Written assignments, Self-evaluation, Peer...

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Additional Information

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021