BA (Hons) Fashion (Top Up)

When and Where

30 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 (450 hours, 30 weeks)
Days and times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday,
Morley College London


Full fee
£6150 Student loan information
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

A team of specialist tutors will contribute to this course
Course code

Course Structure

The BA (Hons) Top-Up year (subject to validation) is equivalent to the third year of a university degree and will allow those who have completed a National Diploma or equivalent Level 5 qualification to achieve a full BA (Hons). The Top-Up year can be the final step in your progression on our accredited Fashion courses beginning with the Access to Fashion and HND (Art & Design) Fashion Diplomas.

This course will allow you to explore, experiment, refine and evaluate your own practice in preparation for a career in the Fashion Industry. Opportunities to develop professional skills through independent and collaborative projects will enable you to achieve a deeper understanding of the industry and define your place within it. A range of career outcomes in fashion are supported; including menswear, womenswear, costume design, tailoring, bridal and eveningwear and textiles design and construction.

By the end of the course, you will be able to achieve:
• An understanding of the context of contemporary fashion, through research and discussion, with an emphasis on blending creativity and commerce.
• An individual design aesthetic through research and development of creative themes in response to a selected progression pathway within the field of Fashion.
• An understanding of the development and production of final outcomes through application of appropriate industry methods combining traditional practical skills and digital innovation and equipment.
• A considered approach to investigation techniques to support individual practice; including problem solving, project planning, and resource management

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Research and analyse the critical, contextual, historical, conceptual, economic, social environmental and ethical dimensions of the student's discipline in particular, and art and design in general
  • Develop a body of work to address the issues which arise from the creative practitioner's relationship with audiences, clients, markets, environments, users, consumers, and/or participants
  • Use the views of others in the development or enhancement of their work
  • Communicate and present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making
  • Select, experiment with and make appropriate use of materials, processes, technologies and environments showing understanding of quality standards and attention to detail

Course Unit Content

• Concept and Theory
• Dissertation
• Design for Retail
• Product Development (with Gerber Technology)
• Final Collection
• Textiles for Fashion

Learning and teaching to achieve the Learning Outcomes is achieved through project based briefs. This will support the focus on collaboration, live projects and engagement with industry links and the development of advanced technical skills that will aid students in their transition into industry.

Class sessions will include a range of methods: tutor demonstrations, individual and group projects, workshops, student presentations, VLE and peer learning.
Engagement in the industry will be encouraged via work placement, work shadowing, live project briefs, guest lecturers.

There will be a Final Exhibition, combining the design and commercial aspects of the coursework through a combination of public presentation and retail opportunities.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Course Tutors

Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have achieved one of the following in Fashion or Textiles:
• A Level 5 National Diploma (grades Pass, Merit or Distinction)
• Equivalent UK or international qualification
• Evidence of prior learning or industry related work to demonstrate skills at the appropriate level

Selection Criteria
• Suitable prior learning in a relevant subject area
• Evidence of research and design development work
• Evidence of appropriate practical skills in garment construction, pattern cutting, prototyping, related digital programmes
• Evidence of the ability to complete written elements of the course at the appropriate level
• Commitment to study, including the ability to complete work within specified deadlines
• Enthusiasm for the subject
• Ability to work independently and in a team

Applications are welcomed from those who may not possess formal entry qualifications, mature students, those with work experience or with qualifications other than those listed above. Such applicants should demonstrate sufficient aptitude and potential to complete the course successfully. Applicants will be assessed at interview in accordance with the Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Applicants may be invited into the college to discuss their work and experience in more detail. This may include checking evidence of prior learning through portfolio review, practical sessions and personal interview.

Where an applicant’s first language is not English, proof of competence in English will be required. For undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, this will normally take the form of an approved English language test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference.

Fees and Funding

Full fee
£6150 Student loan information

Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable

Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

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