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BA (Hons) Fashion — Overview

Applying to study with us in September 2021? 

This course is currently under revalidation, with the new title BA (Hons) Fashion Design. Degrees listed as subject to revalidation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, ensuring our well-established undergraduate curriculum accurately reflects the excellent academic and employment opportunities available to students. Through close consultation with industry experts, academics, students and alumni, you can be sure the course you study will prepare you for a bright future in the ever-changing creative industries. 

From innovative pattern-cutting to styling a magazine cover, fashion is one of the largest employers of all the UK’s creative industries – offering endless opportunities to those with ambition and an appetite to influence change.

Fashion lookbook illustrations by Anna Boast

A spirit of independence runs through our vibrant fashion programme, and we develop talented, innovative and versatile individuals.

You’ll learn traditional techniques, and how to combine these with new methodologies – such as Optitex, a 3D virtual prototyping and fashion design software, and our digital Fab Lab – to become a creative and confident fashion practitioner.

The industry-standard resources in our studios provide the tools for you to realise your ideas, and develop design specialisms in menswear, womenswear, lingerie, knitwear and technical routes.

We’ll help you to develop your presentation and marketing skills, creating a design portfolio and collaborating with photographers, graphic designers and filmmakers to style the lookbook for your final collection.

Plymouth College of Art at Graduate Fashion Week 2018 from Plymouth College of Art on Vimeo.

You’ll develop skills in all areas within fashion, working on projects which challenge conventions of dress as you refine your styling skills.

We’ll encourage you to collaborate across the college – and with the fashion industry – developing your attitude to pattern, print, knit and decoration.

Students learn in our professionally-kitted out Fashion studios

We’ll support you in enhancing your unique fashion specialism, by collaborating and experimenting – making the most of opportunities to work with different subject areas and develop your professional network.

Looking at fashion attitudes in popular culture and music, you’ll gain insight into fashion movements and how they have evolved and influenced.

You’ll establish your individual identity as a designer, and learn the technical and creative skills to realise your ideas through pattern-cutting – both digitally and using traditional methods.

'Strigae' by Alice Holmes and Will Shanahan, a collaboration.

You’ll be taught to design, cut and manufacture quality one-off garments and collections with high levels of craftsmanship, supported by a team of experienced professionals who provide guidance throughout your studies.

Through industry-led briefs, you will gain understanding of the crucial relationship between design, creativity, sustainability, project management and communication skills, along with insight into factors that impact design, development and production.

We want to inspire you to reach your creative potential, throughout the programme and beyond.

What will I achieve?

You’ll learn to innovate through creative pattern-cutting, using both digital and traditional methods, and you’ll hone creative design and technical skills relevant to the ever-changing landscape of the fashion industry.

Throughout the degree programme you’ll develop your unique fashion identity through experimentation, design and drawing, giving you the skills to graduate with a professional portfolio – and enter this vibrant industry as a confident fashion practitioner.

Thinking & making

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.

Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.

BA (Hons) Fashion — Highlights:

  • Engage and collaborate with our extensive professional network, including Missoni, Cope and Vale, J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Pentland Brands, Marks and Spencer, Denza, Paul Smith, All Saints, Finisterre, British Alpaca Fashion, Hiut Denim and more.
  • Refine your design and construction skills for a range of outcomes, including menswear, womenswear, sportswear and knitwear. Choose from different specialisms including Fashion Design Menswear, Fashion Design Womenswear, Performance Sportswear Design, Knitwear Design and Fashion Design with Marketing and Promotion.
  • Learn to problem-solve and innovate in function and design, while learning about new developments in materials and technologies, anatomy and human factors.
  • Secure an internship and develop your professional skills and network while you’re still studying.
  • Develop the skills to work across a wide spectrum of careers in fashion, as a designer, consultant, buyer, stylist, or illustrator, amongst many other roles.

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Students gain hands-on experience in Construction Techniques, Textile Surface Design, Trend Forecasting – and more.

Fashion lookbook illustrations by Franziska Wagner.

Students gain real-world experience – working to industry live briefs, undertaking internships, and more.


BA (Hons) Fashion — Modules

Year 1

FASH101 Fashion: Design and Concept

The Design and Concept module will introduce and develop core skills needed to follow the critical path for design, through the application of concept, research, sketch, construction ideas, pattern development and manufacture, in line with industry expectations.

Central to this module the focus will be on observation, analysis, research methodologies and creative problem-solving strategies. Alongside the practice of drawing, pattern making and construction, using both traditional & digital skills and applying making and design principles such as colour, composition, shape, form and structure, encouraging visual appreciation and awareness of line.

Students will respond to a number of tasks that will develop their strategies and skills for generating and recording ideas. Through this project students will cultivate an awareness of a range of ‘visual languages’ and its professionalism through their presentation enabling them to develop a professional visual communication within the context of fashion design.

FASH102 Realisation and Technology

This module will further develop research skills for design through a thorough investigation of fabrics and how these influence the silhouette.

Using the Fab Lab and other digital facilities within the college students will be encouraged to explore and experiment with new technologies around them, to aid their progression in both illustration and fabric experimentation. This will aid their development in digital platforms available.

Developing student’s expectations of the research process, and their understanding of why designers are constantly looking for new fabric ideas. Fashion by its very nature is always changing and reinventing itself; students have to develop and embrace ways to be investigative through new ways of looking.

By exploring a range of interpretations of research and investigation, the aim is to inform the students of fabric possibilities in relations to garment construction possibilities. Students will develop their own strategies and skills for generating and recording ideas, cultivating their awareness of a range of ‘construction languages’ through fabrics and developing their visual communication and creative technical skills.

FASH103 Design Culture and Concept

The focus of this module is fashion and culture. Within this module students will further develop their research skills, with an aim to gaining a deeper understanding of how the research process culminates to inspire ideas in all elements of design; from colour, texture, textile elements, shape, form, silhouette, proportion and function. This module will encourage students to consider fashion in relation to culture and within the wider context of world issues and global shifts.

Students will be guided to explore and understand the purpose of research as the driving force behind the design process; encouraging the student to pursue individual lines of enquiry and adopt a fearless approach to investigation. Students should also begin to question the boundaries of fashion and how fashion can be used as a communicative tool for articulating important ideas.

Continuing to explore the interpretation of research and investigation, the aim is to balance primary and secondary research sources and understand how these come together to create a narrative that underpins design work. Students will build strategies to utilise their investigative skills for generating and recording ideas; bringing these together to create a strong visual language through creative and technical 2D and 3D interpretation.

FASH104 Professional Practice & PDP 1

This module is designed to help students explore the potential of employment roles within the field of fashion. The aim is to enable students to develop their professional profile and employability in-line with their creative and technical skills. To enhance their knowledge and understanding of the strength their individual portfolios will need to attain, to allow them to successfully compete for work in the competitive fashion industry.

Having identified areas for development, students will work with the module leader to continuously update their Professional Development Plan (PDP), enabling them to identify the experiences and skills they will need to acquire during their degree course to meet the needs of their intended career path. The module will cover a wide range of general skills including personal SWOT analysis, effective professional communication with employers, CVs, applications, looking at freelance working and also consider issues around contracts, copyright and working with agencies.

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend the student’s understanding of practices both in their subject area, and the wider creative context in which they work.

The module will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and methods in their subject, and open up possibilities for engagement with practices both within and outside their immediate subject area. As such, this Module complements all of the student’s study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices.

The module will encourage students to explore new skills, knowledge and approaches including team working and problem solving. Above all, it will encourage critical reflection on the range of interdisciplinary approaches and contexts explored within the module.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice

This module introduces students to key theories and ideas, and provides a range of critical approaches to support the investigation, interpretation and analysis of contemporary art, design and media. Students will study a range of concepts that have shaped the way that we understand art, design and media in its wider historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop core research and communication skills to help them to articulate and contextualise their understanding of the themes covered in this module, and the knowledge gained will support creative practice by developing an understanding of the relationship between thinking and making.


Year 2

FASH201 Visual Communication and Design Realisation

This module further develops the core skills needed to follow the critical path to design realisation. Students will learn how to link their concept based research with the real practical development of garments with an end customer-industrial partner insight. Students must therefore take into consideration a range of industry practices and expectations, as well as understanding of the brand identity, ethos and design signature, throughout the research, development and production process.

Students will develop skills in exploring brand, core customer and potential market research and gain an understanding of how these impact and influence the design direction. As well as experience in presenting their work to industry professionals and how to use the feedback constructively to further their own practice.

Students will be introduced to the potential of the convergence of their practice with other disciplines, such as surface pattern/textiles, the Fab Lab, photography and Fashion Media and Marketing where appropriate.

FASH202 Developing a Collection

This module will reflect the entrepreneurial creativity of the programme and encourage students to develop knowledge of appropriate professional contexts of the fashion industry.

By undertaking a team project that supports creative direction, investigation and exploration this module should lead students to critically analyse their own personal visual language and how this can be effectively conveyed within a team project. Students will be encouraged to develop their entrepreneurial skills as they take responsibility for the whole process from concept to final product, taking design, manufacture, marketing and with an end result of a collaborative collection in the end of year fashion show or similar event.

To support this outward-looking approach to dealing directly with audiences and markets, students will also research a range of self-promotion and presentation strategies. They will experiment with formal or informal creative self-promotion marketing material pertinent to their career aspirations and they will develop and realise their own concepts as they consider strategies for raising their profile and setting their fashion aspirations for the future.

FASH203 Professional Practice & PDP

This module extends skills acquired during Level 4 allowing individuals to further explore professional fashion practices and the fashion industry. Running across Level 5, it will inform an understanding of the level of professionalism, creativity and adaptability required to negotiate a career in fashion and the industry alongside associated professional industries.

Students will have the opportunity to respond to the requirements of a range of professionally focused projects. Working on live briefs and external commissions, and competitions and simulated briefs, students will be expected to research thoroughly and produce designs and outcomes that respond the specifics of clients, audiences and contexts. They will investigate work placements and internships that will aid their professional aspirations, and investigate how they are going to attain these.

Throughout the module, students will also consider business and practice skills required to plan for a career in fashion including the skills and attributes required in contemporary practice alongside developing an understanding of the guidance available for Illustrators relating to moral rights and ethical responsibilities.

Continuing on from the good practice set up in the Level 4 Professional Practice module, reflection will be an ongoing, continuous process recorded and archived through each students’ PDP blog.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice 2

This module extends and develops the themes, ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in Year One. Students will attend core lectures and participate in a lecture/ seminar series designed to deepen their understanding of creative practice in its wider contexts. This themed approach encourages students to make considered and appropriate links between their area of practice and wider contextual and interdisciplinary discourses. You will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform your understanding of the relationship between context and practice.


Year 3

FASH301 Research and Experimentation

This module will stipulate the overarching direction and outline research methodologies that will provide a platform from which the student’s Creative and Professional Conclusion module may develop.

It is a period of reflection on past creative outcomes and the success of their commercial application. The questioning of theories and experimentation in practical processes will allow students to plan their final project and negotiate a course towards its conclusion considering future career or learning aspirations.

Negotiated proposals for outcomes must evidence indicative inclusion of contextual studies subject matter and creative intent for the final year must be clearly definable at the end of this module.

FASH302 Creative and Professional Development

This module will enable students to use personal career ambitions to position themselves for progression to employment, self-employment or to post-graduate study. It will reflect the entrepreneurial creativity of the programme and encourage students to develop their own knowledge of appropriate professional contexts of the fashion industry.

It will provide multiple opportunities for students to assimilate previous industry experiences and research into both contextual subject matter and creative outcomes of the final year modules.

The module will encourage consideration of audiences, end-users and relevant markets. Relationships with appropriate external agencies, individuals and professionals will be explored and interactions with the creative, commercial and cultural environments will be investigated.

FASH303 Creative and Professional Conclusion

This module represents the culmination of the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired throughout the entirety of the student’s study on the programme through the engagement in a project that is the result of a self-initiated or self-selected brief.

FASH304 Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides students with two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires them to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. 
Pathway One - Written Research Project (WRP) is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to creative practice. 
Pathway Two - Contextual Enquiry Project (CEP) is a practice-led research project with critical commentary, in which students conduct an in-depth inquiry intended to inform and reposition their creative practice.


Module details listed above are indicative content only.
All modules listed are compulsory.

BA (Hons) Fashion — Staff

Heather Martin

Heather Martin
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader

Heather is a practising designer, creative entrepreneur and an educator who disrupts the conventions of design to shift beyond the boundaries of fashion, art, craft, business and design activism.

Critical making, propositional thinking and a constant questioning of the framework all propel the work that Heather undertakes in the studio, in business and in the classroom.

Heather relocated to the UK from the west coast of Canada to begin postgraduate study with the Glasgow School of Art where she recently completed a Masters of Research in Design Innovation.

In Canada she worked under her own conceptually driven internationally recognised fashion label MONO and comes from a background in education, leading fashion and product design courses at both Emily Carr University and Vancouver Community College.

UN-MAKE & RE-CLOTHE is a new practice-based research project for Heather’s design firm MONO. It pilots investigations using the constraints of circular economy design ideologies, to generate insight into how design can innovate future capabilities and systems within fashion design.

Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art have collectively commissioned components of the UN-MAKE & RE-CLOTHE work as part of a larger collaborative research venture into manufacturing for the circular economy.

Amanda Hillier

Amanda Hillier completed her MA Degree at Central St Martins, from here she was selected to design collections for Via Via in Italy and exhibited at Pret a Porta Paris.

She then progressed to design for Chelsea Girl, designing their Jeans and Casual wear. She has also worked in specialist areas such as Latex wear. She has her own Children’s wear label called ‘Pigalletto” and makes exclusive children’s clothing and knitwear – selling to small independent retailers around the country and only uses natural fibres in the clothing.

She has a passion for made textiles, surface treatments, knit, and textile effects. This passion she brings when helping students to learn techniques and function as independent designers. This helps the students fully understand the design process and learn about the equipment, developing skills and confidence to explore, look, find and create.

Ilker Cinarel

After studying fine art at Marmara University Istanbul, Ilker Cinarel moved to the UK in 2000 to work in London, as a Designer Assistant for Vivienne Westwood's Gold Label range. Ilker then went on to work as a Designer Assistant for Giorgio Armani in Milan and as the Visual Merchandising Co-Ordinator for all Giorgio Armani UK stores. 

He studied an MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice at Falmouth University and graduating in September 2011, won the Sandra Blow Award and 2014 Inland Art Festival Award. 

Ilker's practice is multidisciplinary and explores many different mediums ranging from installation, painting, drawing, sculpture and performance. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at Porthmeor Studios, Newlyn Art Gallery, The Montage Gallery and the 6th Istanbul Biennale.

His research projects have included an internship with Höchst and Retsch porcelain companies in Germany. Recent works are also held in private collections.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Laura lectures in fashion design, creative pattern cutting and fashion theory and history, having amassed a wealth of knowledge working in and around the fashion industry for more than fifteen years.

Laura began her career as a costumier for Angels Costumes, before becoming a freelance costume maker, stylist and researcher for many feature films and TV productions, including Batman Begins, Tomb Raider 2 and Peep Show.

After returning to education she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Menswear Fashion Design and worked as a menswear designer, pattern cutter, garment technologist and consultant for high-end labels such as Nicole Farhi and Vivienne Westwood.

Laura has also set up and run her own fashion label, showing her collections at both London and Paris fashion weeks, with stockists in China, Japan and across the UK.

In 2015 Laura graduated with a Masters in The History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion (UAL), where she focussed her study on 19th Century Jewish Tailoring, a subject in which she is now a leading expert.

Since graduating Laura has played a fundamental role in producing a major exhibition focussing on the development of men’s high-street fashion, held at the Jewish Museum in London, as well as working as a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion.

Laura continues to develop her research profile and is publishing her work in the international academic journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. 

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Fashion — Student Work

Gabriella Collins ‘Lille Skat’

Anna Boast

Franziska Wagner 'Yes'

Franziska Wagner 'Carter'

Hannah Joce

Student work by Laura Blastock

Fashion lookbook illustrations by Tiffany Fishleigh

Student work by Serg Bojorean

Student work by Jack Morris

Student work by Molly Mildren

BA (Hons) Fashion — Students Say

Becky French, Accessories Designer, Marwood

“I am impressed by the flexibility and encouragement that the Fashion programme offers students to explore their personal creativity.

It is a real strength that students are empowered to explore the varied specialities within fashion design, without being limited. It allows them to make decisions, grow in confidence and understand their own opinion and taste level, learning to adapt to different markets and customers – a vital skillset in industry.”

Laura Blastock, BA (Hons) Fashion:

"I’ve really, really enjoyed my time here. The facilities that I’ve experienced have been really good – screen-printing, woodwork, ceramics, the tufting gun. I’m able to practise with these resources, learn the skills, and incorporate that into my work.

“I’ve also really enjoyed having lots of tutor time. I think it’s really important that you get a lot of one-on-one tutor time. I have friends in London and sometimes they only get an hour a month.

“And the new Fashion space that we have is really good too. It’s helped us worked with other year groups, and that’s really helpful. Working together you get new ideas and we also get to work alongside the BA (Hons) Fashion Media and Marketing students who give us loads of helpful pointers.”

See Laura's designs in our 'Fashion Graduate Collections: Three to see' blog post here.

Emma Hodgkiss, BA (Hons) Fashion:

“The ideas for this menswear collection came out of my interest in the hidden substructures and cultural values associated with garments. For instance, I discovered that in Buddhist cultures various kinds of discarded and damaged cloth are venerated. To recreate the authenticity of the influence, I experimented with Japanese cutting, screen printing and laser cutting.

"I love finding different ways of making garments personal to the customers and having a story to tell. During my degree I’ve gained a wide range of skills including Photoshop, Illustrator, researching, design development, garment production and understanding of construction. I’ve also developed skills in different screen printing techniques and manipulation of fabric. 

"I’ve a strong interest in research and development, from understanding what the modern man wants from his clothing, to the design development of the final garments, so I hope to carry on designing menswear. I feel I can contribute something new to the fashion industry.”

Sherry Pritchet, BA (Hons) Fashion:

“This year my work has been about creating my business and about selling work. I’m designing men and women’s street wear with a twist. There’s definitely a market for it – I’ve already got customers through word of mouth and social networking.  I’ve been selling direct to the public and am planning a pop-up shop. I knew I didn’t want to go towards couture.

"I did A levels before applying here to the FD Fashion course and am now finishing the top-up year for my BA. The course has given me the drive to do it, and the Fashion Show is a lot of work but does the garments justice, and I can be involved in styling the models.”  

Jess Vincent, BA (Hons) Fashion:

"The course encourages you to do exactly what you want. My designs are traditional and use earthy colours but I’ve made dissolvable fabric – it feels papery, you stitch on to it then put it in water and the material dissolves. I’m also knitting garments for my collection and making yarn out of embroidery thread. We’re encouraged to aim high. They believe in us so we believe in ourselves. I’ve got an internship at J W Anderson in London for the whole of the summer, but right now I’m making eight garments for the end of year show."

BA (Hons) Fashion — Careers & Alumni

You will have the chance to develop your professional skills through internships and visits to entrepreneurs and companies, as well as through specialist industry speakers and through our staff team, who are all experienced fashion practitioners.

Students on this programme can engage with industry events in London, Paris, Munich, New York, and Berlin – providing excellent opportunities for networking.

You will be encouraged to take up opportunities for work experience; former students have taken placements with J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Lulu Guinness and at London Fashion Week.

Students also have the opportunity to showcase their work at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Our strong international connections allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our design studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Graduates become:

  • Fashion Designers
  • Knitwear Designers
  • Fashion Stylists
  • Buyers
  • Tailors
  • Fashion Illustrators
  • Creative Pattern Cutters
  • Trend Researchers/Forecasters
  • Garment Technologists
  • Pattern Technologists
  • Visual Merchandisers
  • Production Coordinators
  • Lecturers/Teachers
  • Studio Managers

Recent alumni:

Felicity Spearing, Tailor's Apprentice with Paulo Nicodemi on Savile Row 

Molly Mildren, Merchandiser & Buyer at Topshop HQ

Rob Tarasek, Pattern Cutter for Alexander McQueen

Serg Bojorean, Intern at KTZ

Katie Murch, Buyer for ASOS

Brittany Abi-Nader, Merchandiser for Bentalls, London

Jessica Vincent, Studio Manager for Ukelele Fashion, London

Sophie Scanlon, Designer for Plan B Solutions

Stacie Clark, Fashion Editor for Tribe and Award-Winning Freelance Designer, runs her own brand New Day Knitwear

Stefani Nurding, skate/streetwear blogger and influencer at Concrete Chameleon

Emma Hodgkiss, Designer at Charles Tyrwhitt

Chloe Hayfield, Marketing Assistant for the Mews Bridalwear, Bristol

Brooke Tippett, Studio Assistant, Marwood

Natalie Shah, Internship with Gareth Pugh; Assistant Stylist for Fabio Gatto, Italy; Assistant Designer of Accessories for Knomo, London

Laura Duncan, Designer, Marwood

Georgia Cook, Marketing and Social Media at RIO

Jess Collins, Visual Merchandiser at Marks & Spencer

Natasha Hutchins, runs her own brand and bespoke pattern making service at NHPatterns 

Parrisse Mcilhiney, runs her own brand called Skof Clothing

Anna Boast, Designer at River Island

Kelsey McConnell, Buyer at New Look

Chloe Davies, Buyer at TKMaxx

Nicola James, Visual Merchandiser at Marks & Spencer

Charlotte Stocker, Buyer for Kurt Geiger, Buyer for Lloyds Shoes

Amy Shaw, Talent Scout for AllSaints

Helen Mather, Garment Technologist for Frugi

Laura Blastock, Womenswear Designer for Armondi

Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

BA (Hons) Fashion — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Fashion — Resources

Our Fashion Studio is a large, light space with panoramic views and is comprehensively equipped with industry-standard technologies.

We encourage cross-disciplinary working, so you’ll be able to expand your skills by exploring our professional textile print studios, as well as workshops for jewellery and other making skills.

Our digital Fab Lab houses the latest laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, giving your design ideas scope for diverse outcomes. You’ll also have the opportunity to use global trend forecasting tools WGSN and The Future Laboratory.

Through national and international trips, expert industry speakers, and collaborations for specialist brands such as Finisterre and Hiut Denim, you’ll develop your market awareness and refine your design and construction skills.

Through our Careers & Enterprise office you’ll be supported by a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to keep in contact and help support you through the first two years of your career.

Facilities at the college include:

Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fashion Studios

This large professional studio offers a real-life fashion experience in a fabulous space with sea views. Specialist industrial and domestic sewing machines, a range of knitting machines and a wide stock of fabrics and knitting yarns sit alongside a media and marketing Mac suite, a fully operational CAD cutting facility, and a library of designer garments to inspire.

Our Fashion Studios.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre

Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best printed textile workshops in the UK.

Our Printed Textile Design Studio offers a wide range of resources and processes including screen-printing.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Our FabLab.

Our Photographic cove.


BA (Hons) Fashion — Interview

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