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BA in Fashion and Textiles (Full Time)

University of West London

Bachelor Degree , Fashion

Course Description

Take a fashion design course at UWL to learn the skills that will help you pursue a career in the fashion and textile industry.

The course covers a broad range of areas, from fashion illustration and textile design to pattern cutting and sewing. Study fashion and textiles with us to develop your own design voice as well as the technical expertise and knowledge, to enable you to compete globally within print, knit and fashion. 

We’re here to make you career-ready, and you will benefit from our strong links to the fashion industry to help you achieve that.

There’s also a chance to showcase your work at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week. See the highlights video from our 2018 graduate fashion show.

The foundation year course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to continue onto your Honours degree. You will study a range of subjects that will underpin your future study and also gain valuable experience of university life, with full access to campus facilities. Successful completion of the year allows you to progress straight onto Level 4 of this course.

Take a fashion design course at UWL to learn the skills that will help you pursue a career in the fashion and textile industry. The course covers a broad range of areas, from fashion illustration and textile design to pattern cutting and sewing. Study fashion and textiles with us to develop your own design voice as well as the technical expertise and knowledge, to enable you to...

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You will be guided by our inspiring fashion and textiles team, who are all active in the industry. 

We help you build confidence in your designs as well as your presentation skills, preparing you for a future in fashion and textiles. You’ll also be given an insight into how the fashion world functions commercially and the professional qualities required to survive in this competitive sector.

We teach through hands-on workshops, tutorials and lectures. You will develop technical skills including:

  • screen and digital printing
  • domestic and industrial knit/sewing machine skills
  • pattern cutting
  • fashion and textile design 
  • fashion illustration
  • fashion video production
  • designing for a market.

You will have access to a range of specialist equipment and facilities, including:

  • digital computer-aided design packages
  • digital fabric printing
  • 3D printing
  • laser-cutting technologies
  • industry-standard sewing and knitting machines
  • fabric dyeing
  • screen printing
  • heatpress facilities.

From the start, you will experiment in all aspects of fashion and textile design. At the end of your first year, you will choose a direction for the rest of your course: fashion print or fashion knit.

To help develop your creative voice, you will work on personal design briefs as well as designing for market. Competitions, educational visits, guest lectures and design projects will bring what you study to life. 

In addition, we will support you in finding a work placement that provides experience, insight and understanding of your future career. Past students have interned at Roland Mouret, Proenza Schouler and TRAID.

Foundation year

There are many reasons for joining a foundation year course; you may not have the exact subjects or grades at A level to meet the entry requirements, you may have been living abroad or want to change direction with your career. Whatever your starting point, the foundation year offers a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge that you will need to get the most from your studies and thrive at University. Successful completion of the foundation year allows you to progress straight onto Level 4 of this course.

You will be guided by our inspiring fashion and textiles team, who are all active in the industry.  We help you build confidence in your designs as well as your presentation skills, preparing you for a future in fashion and textiles. You’ll also be given an insight into how the fashion world functions commercially and the professional qualities required to survive in this...

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Entry Requirements

72UCAS points requiredfrom level 3 qualifications

These can include:

  • A Levels at grades B and C (if you have two A levels) or grades D, D and D (if you have three), or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

We take pride in our inclusiveness and the diversity of our student population. We have a vibrant mature student community and look forward to welcoming you.

72UCAS points requiredfrom level 3 qualifications These can include: A Levels at grades B and C (if you have two A levels) or grades D, D and D (if you have three), or above BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass Access to HE Diploma You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2...

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