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BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
4 years; full-time Extended BA route
6 years; part-time
7 years; part-time Extended BA route


Course: W290
Institution: P65

Our stimulating degree courses are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.

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 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.
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. Laura is a member of international RIG (research interest group) ACORSO Tailoring for Women 1750-1920. This research group is pioneering a new way of working in researching the history of appearance with a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. Laura’s research looks specifically at the societal impact of mass market manufacture and distribution of clothing. Laura’s expertise in menswear tailoring has led her to now look specifically at ladies tailoring between 1750 and 1920. An entrepreneur at heart, Laura is interested in the boundaries where art meets science and commerce. Laura also runs a restaurant and at Plymouth College of Art, and her entrepreneurial leadership resulted in a group of BA (Hons) Fashion students setting up and running their own brand, Skint, which has flourished into a successful student led business. Watch our short film about Skint here. At Plymouth College of Art, Laura teaches across a range of areas within the Fashion Design programme, including creative pattern cutting, design and entrepreneurship.