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University of South Wales

Fashion Design

UCAS Code: W231

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,D,D

To include a relevant subject. The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

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

DMM-MMP

To include a relevant subject. The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

UCAS Tariff

80-112

The tariff entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A*-D

We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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About this course


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Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Fashion design

Fashion is an ever-changing industry that needs professionals who can respond to its challenges. Based in the heart of the dynamic fashion capital of Wales, this Fashion Design degree promotes an innovative and sustainable approach to fashion education. It offers experience of fashion design beyond the university environment and develops skills for life after graduation. You’ll balance commercial success with a strong creative vision, always questioning and pushing your ideas forward.

Our fashion students compete and win national and international awards and competitions – they’ve won awards at London Graduate Fashion Week for the past three years. There are many opportunities to work with industry through placements and partnerships with fashion designers like Julien MacDonald, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood and Debenhams and with your optional sandwich year, you can study overseas through the Erasmus exchange programme. Studying this Fashion esign course in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as journalists, photographers, actors, writers and musicians. Follow USW Fashion on Instagram.

Modules

This industry-focused fashion course will challenge your ability to think, problem-solve and communicate your creativity to produce a professional portfolio of work. Starting with core skills such as fashion communication and garment construction, you’ll progress to focus on the working environment and complete live projects and industry-sponsored briefs. In practical studio sessions, you’ll learn how to combine design, technology and theory to create a finished product.

The first year focuses on core skills, visualisation techniques, understanding and applying colour, surface manipulation, trends, 3D realisation of garments and outfits, pattern cutting, garment construction, and contextual studies.

You’ll build on these skills in the second year, where your studio practice will focus on the working environment with industry-sponsored briefs, live projects and competitions. You will learn about the principles of range building, manufacture, production and product development, which underpin all commercial design work.

The final year of your fashion design degree draws on everything you have learned. Based on your trend book and a solid business model, you will instigate studio practice on your own terms, negotiating your brief to create a preview and then a full collection of outfits, with supporting portfolios and rationale. Your studies will culminate in a self-directed professional strategies campaign that will launch you and your collection into your chosen area of the fashion industry.

Year One
•Fashion in Context
•Fashion Visualisation
•Colour and Fabric
•Methods and Principles
•Fashion Design Innovations

Year Two
•Fashion Design and Industry
•Fashion in Context
•Employment Experience Diploma (Fashion and Retail Design)
•Fashion Design Innovations
•Fashion Brand Concept Development
•Creative Industries Collaborative Practice
•Work Experience

Year Three
•Critical Research in Fashion
•Professional Strategies
•Fashion Forecasting
•Major Fashion Design Project

Assessment methods

The fashion design degree is assessed through regular coursework submissions, in addition to practical assessment.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cardiff

Department:

Art and Design

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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.

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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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

81%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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.

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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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