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University of Salford

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W225

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

To include B/C in an Art and Design subject

AS levels are accepted in combination with level three qualifications including A levels and BTECs.

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points in an Art and Design subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

To include and Art and Design subject.

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

MMM-DDM

In an Art and Design subject.

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points in an Art and Design subject.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

To include an Art and Design subject.

46%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fashion design

The British Fashion Council estimates that the UK fashion industry is worth £26bn a year, making a ‘vital contribution to the global reputation of Great Britain as a leader in creative excellence.’

Our course reflects contemporary practice in the fashion industry, with individual creativity as its core. You are encouraged to explore your individual talents through the application of the professional design process, from original concept to final product. Our course has been designed to give you the essential skills needed to succeed in this fast paced, dynamic industry both in the UK and Internationally.

The course aspires to create flexible, resourceful and creative fashion practitioners with well-developed transferable and interpersonal skills. Through a range of inspiring modules, you will become multi-skilled, independent and professional in an environment where personal talent and individual development are nurtured.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module in your second year, with past students doing placements at brands such as Alexander McQueen, American Apparel, Christopher Kane, Henri Lloyd, Jonathan Saunders, Karl Lagerfeld, Markus Lupfer, Selfridges & Co, Anna Sui, Vera Wang and Viktor & Rolf.

Graduates have gone onto successful careers in design at all levels of the industry across the globe including Adidas, John Lewis, Levis, Marina Rinaldi, Max Mara, New Balance, Puma, River Island, Topshop, Warehouse.

Modules

YEAR ONE:

You will develop your design thinking and creative ability by undertaking a series of practical projects that cover all aspects of fashion design within a broad context. Experimentation is encouraged as you are introduced to the creative side of fashion design through your modules and projects.

You are introduced to the course's core subject areas by a series of modules delivered through a variety of exciting briefs. Year one introduces you to the fundamentals of a range of disciplines, and provides a thorough grounding of knowledge skills and understanding.

By the end of year one, you will have the ability to understand and communicate ideas in a professional visual form and have developed sufficient technical skills to be able to realise your concepts.

YEAR TWO:

Fashion Design will continue to explore and develop research skills, improve understanding of the specialism, enhance awareness of the fashion industry, and maintain a creative outlook.

When studying design you will be expected to realise your ideas in 2D and 3D focusing on creative design ideas and contemporary fashion ideas.

During Year two, you will liaise with industry and, where possible, undertake a 'live project' with a working fashion house or label, which will allow you to engage with and practice subjects of the course with professionalism and prepare you to work more independently. You will develop your understanding of markets and design trends through a process of research, analysis and practical projects.

At the end of this level, you will undertake a work placement to develop your awareness and understanding of the fashion industry. Work placements can offer the opportunity for regional, national or international experience in fashion-related organisations.

YEAR THREE:

You will continue to follow your chosen specialism and your studies will be tailored to your particular interests and ambitions. Design projects continue to be supported by study of design theory, computing, visual communication and business.

Year three provides the opportunity to personalise an in-depth study through the negotiation of bespoke projects in line with your goals and ambitions. For the final project, self-direction and independent thinking are imperative. Work from the final module in year three is exhibited at a fashion show in Manchester. A number of our students will also be selected to take part in the prestigious annual Graduate Fashion Week event in London, where they will exhibit work alongside their peers and competitors.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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.

80%
med
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
93%
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

87%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£16,848
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Design occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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