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Sheffield Hallam University

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W232

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

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an Art and Design related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language or Literature at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents.

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This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019


Fashion design

The fashion design course at the Sheffield Institute of Arts prepares you for a career in the fashion industry and nurtures your creativity, ambition and originality. You gain the skills to analyse existing ideas and express yourself through shocking, overwhelming, playful and desirable fashion designs.On this forward-thinking course, you are encouraged to look ahead to the future of the fashion industry. You are not expected to follow the crowd but to be imaginative, innovative and inventive. You study the wider cultural context of fashion, and are introduced to topical areas like sustainability, user-centred design and trend forecasting. You are encouraged to experiment with fabric to reflect your emotions, ethics and beliefs, working with ideas to generate new treatments and new materials. This deeper knowledge and experience is what fashion employers are looking for, and it helps you find graduate-level jobs in the industry at the end of your course. At the end of your course you showcase your abilities with a collection of 2D and 3D work for your final major project. You graduate with a professional portfolio of work that demonstrates your flexibility and ability to deliver creative and original responses to complex design briefs and to push the boundaries of fashion design.This is a practical course designed to prepare you for a career in fashion. You learn about colour theories and develop creative concepts to generate new materials and invite the spectator into your vision of the world. All our students have the opportunity to showcase their work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. **Placements and work experience**In your third year you can apply to do a placement with companies such as Alexander McQueen Iris Van Herpen Mary Katrantzou Burberry Reiss Paul Smith Christopher Raeburn Jonathan Saunders ASOS. Placements give you the opportunity to add to your CV by applying your learning, developing new and existing skills and increasing your knowledge and experience while immersed in the fashion industry. Supported by the fashion team, you are encouraged to be resourceful and professional in sourcing and negotiating the length of your placement directly with companies.You also gain valuable experience working on live projects with fashion companies. Previous projects have seen students working in conjunction with a company's design and marketing departments on a real brief, where prizes, such as cash or a period of industrial placement, were awarded to selected students.You have the opportunity to gain exposure in the fashion industry by taking part in national and international competitions like the International Talent Support (ITS) and the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competitions. In recent years our students have been finalists and winners of various competitions, showcasing their work at London Fashion Week and other prestigious events across the UK and internationally.Everyone on this course has the opportunity to go on cultural visits to fashion centres such as London, Paris and Amsterdam. You visit exhibitions, studios and salons and meet leading figures in the fashion industry. Previous trips have included a behind-the-scenes visit to Burberry's headquarters and flagship store, an exclusive talk from a world leading couturier at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and a tour of Paris ateliers.We currently receive exclusive tickets to attend the Burberry Catwalk shows in London for both Mens and Womenswear and allocate these to our students, based on a fair application process. This incredible opportunity gives you an insight into the glamorous side of fashion and the buzz and excitement of a world class catwalk show, featuring celebrities, models and key fashion professionals. You will be able to visit backstage and view the garments up close and if you are lucky enough have a chance to speak to Christopher Bailey in person.


**Year one modules**- • fashion fundamentals: design and production 1 • fashion fundamentals design and productions 2 • fashion visual communication.

**Year two modules**- • exploration, application and realisation • negotiated projects

**Year three**- • optional work placement

**Final year modules**- • graduation project: fashion design • competitive design • critical research and theory

Assessment methods

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• Projects

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Design studies

Teaching and learning

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

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Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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After graduation

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Top job areas of graduates

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Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.







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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