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Bath Spa University

Fashion Design (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: W235

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Grades CC including Grade C in Textiles or Art & Design related subjects preferred.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Pass (MMP) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Fashion design

Fashion reflects society, but also questions it. An agent of evolution and revolution, fashion is influenced by cultural, social, historical, economic, and political change.

This four year fashion course begins by developing broad creative design skills with a fashion focus. These include drawing, visual research, photography, and three-dimensional thinking and communication techniques. From this base, you'll progress to the degree with more focused learning around ideas, presentation and 3D interpretation, within a fashion studio environment.

Personal creativity and innovation are expected. As you advance through the degree, emphasis is placed on ideas, creativity, personal design ethos, and communication. Our philosophy is to provide you with the opportunities to develop as an individual, and to become a versatile, innovative, and creative practitioner, relevant to the contemporary fashion industry.

Modules

Foundation Year
Stage one
We'll introduce you to a range of approaches to visual research skills, alongside drawing and experimenting with 2D media.
Stage two
You'll continue to develop your drawing and visual research skills alongside three-dimensional and conceptual thinking.
Stage three
You'll write your own project brief, with outcomes being displayed in an end of year exhibition.

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of fashion design, including 2D and 3D practice as well as fabric sourcing and developing the relationship between fabric and design.

In Year Two you’ll be encouraged to broaden your research skills and further develop your personal design aesthetic as well as working on a live intern brief for a US brand.

Finally, in Year Three you’ll develop a more strategic perspective and negotiate a body of work that reflects your personal practice as a designer, drawing together your academic experiences and personal interests. You will draw together all you have learnt into a written thesis. For more information please refer to the website.

Assessment methods

Assessment during the Fashion Foundation course is continuous. There are formal internal assessment points at the end of stages one and two. Stage three is externally assessed.
All teaching staff are practising artists or designers.

Teaching is held through personal tutorials, as well as demonstrations and discussions. There are lectures on aspects of contemporary practice, in addition to collaborative work and outside visits.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, which may include:

Workshops
One-to-one tutorials
Lectures
Demonstrations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath School of Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Fashion design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

63%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Design occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Fashion design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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