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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.

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.