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BA in Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Fashion Design

Course Description

Fashion is a fast-moving and diverse international industry. It has historical and social and significance, often underpinning our cultural values. BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins recognises this climate of diversity and cultural importance. Encouraging innovation and originality, the course will support your creative, practical and intellectual development. It will enable you to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities the industry can offer.  

BA Fashion offers five pathways: Fashion Design Menswear; Fashion Design Womenswear; Fashion Print; Fashion Design with Knitwear; and Fashion Design with Marketing. Each pathway offers a unique combination of design, historical studies and theoretical studies led by tutors who are expert practitioners in their field. Fashion Design Womenswear is for students who wish to pursue careers as innovative designers. It will train you to generate, develop and realise a wide variety of creative womenswear ideas to a professional standard.  

The course creates a learning environment in which innovation is nurtured across five distinct but closely related pathways. Through this structure, we encourage versatile fashion specialists who can solve problems creatively. We aim to equip you with in-depth knowledge of your chosen field as well as a wider breadth of the industry. Alongside your specialism, you will learn about the social, economic and cultural factors which impact on the professional realm in which you will work.  

The BA Fashion curriculum offers opportunities for interdisciplinary work and collaboration. This is formulated to provide a microcosm of the professional fashion design world. The nature of this work will give you valuable insight into your future role in the industry. The curriculum is also flexible and provides scope for professional networking. BA Fashion focuses on active learning through project-based enquiry. Collaborative projects may involve cross-pathway teams, as well as work with external professionals, sponsoring companies and organisations.

Fashion is a fast-moving and diverse international industry. It has historical and social and significance, often underpinning our cultural values. BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins recognises this climate of diversity and cultural importance. Encouraging innovation and originality, the course will support your creative, practical and intellectual development. It will enable...

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Course Content

The BA Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear curriculum will enable you to meet differing design challenges. You will be encouraged to develop your own design vision within the context of womenswear design.  

Emphasis is placed on professionalism, innovation and creativity. This will allow you to develop and realise your design ideas. You will be introduced to various design skills which will inform and support your creativity. These will include research methods; flat pattern cutting; modelling on the stand; garment construction; tailoring processes and finishing; technical specification drawing; illustration; and presentation skills. You will widen your awareness of the diversity of the womenswear industry. Your knowledge will be enhanced through targeted projects and the guidance of lecturers who are specialists in the market.  

Stage 1 

Unit 1: Introduction to the Fashion Programme and to Studying at CSM 
Unit 2: Research Creative Development and Technical Skills Part 1 
Unit 3: Research Creative Development and Technical Skills Part 2 
Unit 4: Cultural Histories and Theories (Fashion)

In Stage 1, you will improve your skills, understanding and approaches to learning. You will focus on the skills needed to communicate information effectively. You will be introduced to resources which support your studies. Units 2 and 3 will provide a foundation in the generation and development of design ideas. Through practical workshops, you will learn the unique aspects of the Womenswear pathway. You will also be introduced to other course pathways. In Unit 4, you will focus on a range of research methods used to analyse relevant objects, images, spaces and cultural practices.  

Stage 2 

Unit 5: Research Methods and Approaches (Fashion) 
Unit 6: Further Development of Pathway Expertise Part 1 
Unit 7: Further Development of Pathway Expertise Part 2 
Unit 8: Positioning and Professional Preparation 

Unit 5 offers a range of research methods and approaches which will support you in undertaking more self-directed study. This may include visual and material culture, social theory and media studies. In Units 6 and 7 you will explore the breadth of your subject, developing your individual talents. Learning includes studio and formal tutorial guidance, seminars, lectures, external projects and competitions, critiques, personal research, independent study and team projects. Unit 8 encourages you to consolidate the necessary skills to develop and articulate your own practice. You will further enhance your knowledge of industry with a focus on your future employability. 

Stage 3

Unit 9: Degree Project Research and Development 
Unit 10: Dissertation 
Unit 11: Degree Project Resolution and Presentation
  

Stage 3 gives you the opportunity to manage your own learning. You will begin to define your individual creative identity as a designer. By the end of Unit 9, you will have completed the initial research and design phase of your degree collection. You will also work further on your portfolio to achieve a professional standard.  

Your dissertation represents the culmination of your cultural studies work for your degree. It extends your research, analytical and communication skills. You will focus on a selected aspect of visual, textual, material, social, media or spatial culture. In some cases, students may wish to place greater emphasis on the dissertation. There is a route in place to accommodate this which you must make an application for. This will allow you to demonstrate a focused study of your chosen subject.?In the final unit of the course, you will complete and present your degree collection and portfolio work.  

The BA Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear curriculum will enable you to meet differing design challenges. You will be encouraged to develop your own design vision within the context of womenswear design.   Emphasis is placed on professionalism, innovation and creativity. This will allow you to develop and realise your design ideas. You will be introduced...

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Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

One or a combination of the following accepted full Level 3 qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) and one A Level at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) plus equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*–C).

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

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: One or a combination of the following accepted full Level 3 qualifications: Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) and one A Level at grade C or above Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design...

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Assessment Methods

  • Project outcomes  
  • Oral and visual presentations 
  • Portfolio reviews 
  • Essays, written assignments, reports, dissertation 
  • Self-evaluation 

  • Project outcomes  
  • Oral and visual presentations 
  • Portfolio reviews 
  • Essays, written assignments, reports, dissertation 
  • Self-evaluation 

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn term:
Monday 16 September 2019 – Friday 6 December 2019
Spring term:
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 13 March 2020
Summer term:
Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020

Course dates

Autumn term:
Monday 16 September 2019 – Friday 6 December 2019
Spring term:
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 13 March 2020
Summer term:
Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020