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De Montfort University

Contour Fashion

UCAS Code: W235

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

Entry requirements


A level

A*-C

in Art and Design

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including Art and Design

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

DMM

in an Art and Design related subject

UCAS Tariff

112

- From at least 2 A Levels and including grade C in Art and Design - Five GCSEs grades A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature

71%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fashion design

Contour Fashion is a unique and internationally renowned course which specialises in lingerie, underwear, bodywear, swimwear, loungewear, nightwear, sportswear and corsetry. The course educates specialist designers and nurtures exceptional links with the UK and global intimate apparel industry. Established in 1947 to support the British corset industry, Contour Fashion continues to produce graduates who are specialist designers and technical experts with defined skills in design, grading, fit methodologies, manufacture pattern cutting and technical and aesthetic excellence, for industry roles both in the UK and worldwide. **Internationally renowned course**with recent graduates employed by: ASOS, Agent Provocateur, Triumph, H&M, Clover International, Heidi Klein and Nicole de Carle **Specialist areas of study**in lingerie, bodywear, swimwear, loungewear, nightwear, corsetry, menswear and sportswear **Develop specialist skills**in conceptual design and application, pattern cutting, grading, fit methodologies, technical excellence and manufacturing and presentation formats to equip you for industry roles in the UK and worldwide **Work experience and placements**opportunities with the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch, Gossard, Seafolly, Agent Provocateur, Aubade, GAP New York and H&M Sweden **The Contour Catwalk Show**gives you the opportunity to showcase your final collections/products to a wide range of industry professionals and public through a varied means **International design competitions**gives you the opportunity to enter and win awards such as Lingerie Designer of the Year, The Leathersellers Award, as well as experiencing external client projects with global brands **#DMUglobal is fully integrated into the course**via overseas trips, international study, and the representation of the course in the GREAT Festivals of Creativity in Brazil, Shanghai and Beijing **The Vijay Patel building**has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses **Core workshop materials available at no cost**to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials **Cash awards of 150, 200 and 300**for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing**Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Modules

Year One
• Complete Contour Studies
• Integrated Contour Studies

Year Two
• Progressive Contour Studies
• Contour Applications

Year Three
• Advanced Contour Studies
• Final Major Studies

Assessment methods

Teaching is a broad based mix of formal lectures, group seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, studio-based activities and visual and verbal presentations, often to external industry representatives. Assessment occurs generally at the close of each teaching module but may be broken down into smaller sections to deliver verbal critique of elements of the module and to acclimatise the student to public presentations.

Students are expected to engage in self-directed learning when not in scheduled lessons developing work and encouraged to maintain a level of drawn work in sketch books to support practical sessions.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Arts, Design and Humanities

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.

87%
high
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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
98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Design occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£15k

£15k

£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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