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BA in Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Fashion Design

Course Description

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear provides graduates with the necessary combination of creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills needed to be successful within the competitive field of womenswear fashion design.  

What to expect 

  • The course is structured to ensure that students have a strong foundation of core skills in design and realisation and in fashion theory. Through a series of challenging projects, students will be enabled to question, test and redefine their approaches.   

  • Projects set out to encourage experimentation, critical thinking and independence.  By the end of the course, students will have developed their own individual aesthetic and design identity and will be able to communicate this through a strong and unified body of work. 

  • Studio practice will be underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding so that students are able to communicate the concepts, motives and values of their studio practice.  This prepares students for professional life and for postgraduate study. 

  • The course allows collaborative work with peers from different backgrounds to share experiences. 

  • By the time students finish the course, they will be fully equipped to succeed as a creative designer in the challenging international field of womenswear.  

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear provides graduates with the necessary combination of creative, technical, intellectual and communication skills needed to be successful within the competitive field of womenswear fashion design.   What to expect  The course is structured to ensure that students have a strong...

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Course Content

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

  • Introduction to Womenswear; 20 credits
  • Design and Realisation; 40 credits
  • Fashion Cultures and Histories; 20 credits
  • Transformative Futures; 20 credits
  • Better Lives; 20 credits

In Stage 2 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 5 to progress to Stage 3.

  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option; 20 credits
  • Professional Product Development; 20 credits
  • Work Experience; 40 credits
  • Aesthetics and Identity; 40 credits

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

  • Contextualising Your Practice; 20 credits
  • Pre-Collection; 40 credits
  • Main Collection; 60 credits

A 20-credit unit is approximately equivalent to 200 hours of learning time, which includes a mixture of taught time, independent study and assessment.

Students will have a tailored programme of group and individual tutorials both pastoral and academic over three stages of the course and are entitled to an appropriate level of confidentiality.

In Stage 1 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2. Introduction to Womenswear; 20 credits Design and Realisation; 40 credits Fashion Cultures and Histories; 20 credits Transformative Futures; 20 credits Better Lives; 20 credits In Stage 2 you are...

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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, Art, Design, English, Maths);
  • a Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • an 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, Art, Design, English, Maths); a Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design; Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art &...

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Assessment Methods

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

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ?dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

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

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ?dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

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