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Fashion
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Fashion

International Scholarships available

Overview

Prepare yourself for an exciting career as a specialist in fashion design. Fashion is one of the world's biggest industries and we passionately believe it is about more than just the commercially driven production and promotion of new collections. It is a reflection of society, identity and culture, and it is also a powerful protagonist for change. We will show you how to challenge the limitations of fashion as the manifestation of temporary consumer trends.

You will learn to sculpt with fabric and create fashion designs in response to market forces, technical innovations, body language, the senses, ethics, arts and culture.

We are committed to providing a course that responds to your own personality, interests and creativity. That is why we offer opportunities to work on arts and industry informed briefs, and live projects, equipping you with a portfolio of professional skills that open doors to a range of careers in fashion. At the heart of our course you will also find a strong understanding of the cultural, ethical and environmental concerns in the contemporary fashion industry.

The global fashion industry is looking for professionals who can offer a wide range of expertise and our course reflects this demand. You will concentrate on 2D and 3D skills, along with understanding how to articulate ideas to an off shore manufacturer. Key areas include research of ideas, design, the articulation of ideas, and 3D outcomes. There will be a high computer-aided design (CAD) emphasis on 2D work allowing for a professional finish, while fabric and form will be explored to ensure applicable 3D outcomes are achieved.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

INSIDE/OUT
The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

We will give you a designated studio space in our award-winning Broadcasting Place building - home to many of our creative courses - and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other innovative thinkers in subjects like fine art, graphic design and architecture.

You will have the opportunity to attend fabric sourcing trips to London and Premier Vision in Paris and we also invite guest speakers from the fashion industry to pass on their expertise. In addition, we will also provide you with access to brand new facilities including the latest machinery and cutting tables.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Part-time study available
  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Sandwich year
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BA (Hons) Fashion Video
BA (Hons) Fashion
Play BA (Hons) Fashion - Katie Lenton, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Fashion - Katie Lenton, Senior Lecturer
Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Alex Taylor

Careers

Alex Taylor
Director Create 8 Limited

BA (Hons) Design Product (now Product Design)

“Before starting university, I wasn't sure what career path I wanted to follow. My course covered such a wide range of subjects I knew I'd be able to keep my options open, which was very reassuring. In my final year, I spent a lot of time in the studio, which has really helped me adapt to working life in the design industry.

Teaching and learning

Fashion is one of the world’s biggest industries and a reflection of society, identity and culture. You will learn to create fashion designs in response to market force, and you will be equipped with a portfolio of professional skills suitable to enter a broad range of careers in fashion with an understanding of the cultural, ethical and environmental concerns of the contemporary fashion industry. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
Develop technical making and visual skills in pattern and construction, visual studies and design realisation. Explore the historic, social and cultural impact of fashion and gain a theoretical understanding of the industry. Discover the use of trends, colour prediction and appropriate fabric use during lecture-based and studio teaching sessions.
Overall workload
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424 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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776 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

You will be introduced to pattern cutting and will gain an underpinning knowledge of the 3D construction methodologies, processes and applications used within the fashion industry.

Explore a variety of visual research methods and communication techniques used in fashion, such as drawing, illustration, photography and fashion working / technical drawings, as well as less conventional approaches to visual research.

Discover the important role that fabric properties and colour palettes play in fashion design, and learn to select suitable colour schemes and quality of fabric to compliment your own garment design project.

You will be introduced to the history and theory of fashion, and will gain an understanding of how fashion impacts upon society, culture and the economy.

You will develop fundamental research skills, referencing trends, popular brands and marketing, and by exploring the four key design areas - core, classic, statement and fashion. You will demonstrate this knowledge by applying your investigations to a design project.

Using the skills and knowledge developed in previous modules, you will evidence your understanding of fashion design through the research and development of a garment, designed to a given brief.

You will be introduced to the principles of tailoring and will take a focused, in-depth look at fashion industry analysis, examining trend and brand identity. You will discover complex theories and be encouraged to consider concepts and ideas outside of the conventional approaches to fashion. From this, you’ll begin to develop your own style and establish a more personal approach to fashion design.
Overall workload
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371 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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829 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

This module will introduce you to bespoke and commercial principles of tailoring. An example may include the production of two sides of a menswear jacket in calico.

Examine research methods used to inform and compliment the design process, and gain an understanding of brand ethos, brand identity, customers and markets. You could work on live projects reflective of industry, which will help prepare you for placements.

Build on the skills you learnt in pattern cutting and garment construction from year one, and develop the tailoring skills taught in the previous semester, to push the boundaries of your creativity in preparation for your final year.

Experimenting with different methods of research, trends, colour schemes and design principles, and using a variety of creative visual techniques, you will prepare for final realisation of your design.

Focusing on key theorists across modernism and postmodernism within shopping, retail, art and print media, this module will establish the cultural reasoning and framework behind fashion theory.

Explore the reasons and principles behind trends and forecasting within the fashion industry. Examples of trend agencies may include coolhunter, Mudpie and WGSN, with potential field trips and cases studies taken from Premiere Vision Paris.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Develop your own methods of study based on your chosen career path. Using a variety of conventional and digital approaches, you will demonstrate significant levels of self-directed study and the capacity to understand your own practice in relation to other fashion designers and artists. You will also prepare for employment and learn how to market and promote yourself within industry.
Overall workload
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236 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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964 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

This module will give you the opportunity to express your career direction in fashion. You will establish the market, trends, customers, ethos and identity of the collection, as well as produce a collection of toiles accompanied with preferred fabric research.

Develop different methods of visual research and communication to support your final major project. Outcomes can be wide ranging and may include digital and hand rendered illustration, film, photography and animation.

Write an illustrated 4000-6000 word document explaining the theories behind your final major project and how they have informed your practical fashion design work.

Prepare for entry into fashion employment by gaining business awareness and learning how to market yourself as a designer and promote your work.

Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dean of School

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Working alongside our staff and students we are enhancing our identity on an international scale, with world-leading research and great facilities. Our fashion studios are some of the best in the north – when students walk into the fashion space, there’s a real wow factor.
Play BA (Hons) Fashion Video
BA (Hons) Fashion
Play BA (Hons) Fashion - Katie Lenton, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Fashion - Katie Lenton, Senior Lecturer
Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including the latest machinery and cutting tables
  • Field trips to UK venues (e.g. previous students have visited the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks x 2, layout pads x 5, paper scissors, fabric scissors, A3 portfolio, A3 portfolio sleeves
    (Approximate costs: Sketchbooks £14, layout pads x5 £30, paper scissors £3, fabric scissors £10, A3 portfolio £15, A3 portfolio sleeves £5)
  • Printing
    (Approximate cost between £100-£300. You will use iprinters on campus to print visual research on an almost weekly basis. You will also print high quality portfolio pages for between two and four modules per year. You may incur additional printing costs for your dissertation in year 3, which will depend upon the individual format selected.)
  • Fabric
    (Costs can vary from a minimum of £300 to a maximum of £1000. You are required to purchase fabrics for some modules in years 1, 2 and 3. These can vary in price per metre depending on the type of fabric, and metreage depends upon the dimensions of individual garments.)
  • Materials
    (You are expected to purchase a range of conventional and unconventional materials, such as threads, garments to deconstruct and drape with throughout your time on the course. Cost will vary depending on your disposable income and personal design interests)
  • Fabric sourcing trip to London
    (Approximate travel cost £30. This is for travel only. Additional costs would be incurred if purchasing fabric.)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Premier Vision fashion event in Paris
    (Approximate cost £250)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including the latest machinery and cutting tables
  • Field trips to UK venues (e.g. previous students have visited the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks x 2, layout pads x 5, paper scissors, fabric scissors, A3 portfolio, A3 portfolio sleeves
    (Approximate costs: Sketchbooks £14, layout pads x5 £30, paper scissors £3, fabric scissors £10, A3 portfolio £15, A3 portfolio sleeves £5)
  • Printing
    (Approximate cost between £100-£300. You will use iprinters on campus to print visual research on an almost weekly basis. You will also print high quality portfolio pages for between two and four modules per year. You may incur additional printing costs for your dissertation in year 3, which will depend upon the individual format selected.)
  • Fabric
    (Costs can vary from a minimum of £300 to a maximum of £1000. You are required to purchase fabrics for some modules in years 1, 2 and 3. These can vary in price per metre depending on the type of fabric, and metreage depends upon the dimensions of individual garments.)
  • Materials
    (You are expected to purchase a range of conventional and unconventional materials, such as threads, garments to deconstruct and drape with throughout your time on the course. Cost will vary depending on your disposable income and personal design interests)
  • Fabric sourcing trip to London
    (Approximate travel cost £30. This is for travel only. Additional costs would be incurred if purchasing fabric.)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Premier Vision fashion event in Paris
    (Approximate cost £250)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Fashion Studios
    Fashion Studios

    Students showcase their creative skills using our brand new fashion facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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