BA (Hons) Fashion (Top Up)

When and Where

28 Sep 2020 - 2 Jul 2021 (450 hours, 30 weeks)
Days and times
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,


Full fee
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

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

Course Structure

This exciting course will allow you to define your place within the rapidly changing world of fashion. Opportunities to develop professional skills through independent and collaborative projects will enable you to explore, experiment, refine and evaluate your own practice and gain a deeper understanding of the industry in preparation for your fashion career. Each of the specialist course units provides the time and space for a comprehensive exploration of creative concept themes supported by academic research in the completion of your fully realized graduate collection. A final exhibition combining conceptual and commercial outcomes provides potential for you to engage with the public through a presentation or retail setting.

You will be supported in your studies by our expert team of practitioner-tutors and technicians, each of whom are specialists in a range of fields, supported by guest lecturers and contacts within the industry. You will be encouraged to forge working relationships with professional contacts relevant to your interests and design aesthetic to support the transition into industry upon completion of the course.

The BA (Hons) Top-Up year 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) Degree. The Top-Up year can be the final step in your progression on our accredited Fashion courses beginning with the Access to Fashion Studies and HND (Art & Design) Fashion Diplomas.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Concept and Creation - examining the relationship between conceptual design and commercial viability
  • Extended Essay – exploration of your chosen academic theme through detailed research and analysis
  • Graduate Collection – the culmination of your research, experimentation and design development to create signature outcomes to a professional standard

Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course.
Our Online Plus delivery model provides ample opportunities to engage with course material while developing vital transferable skills for online working. Our user-friendly digital teaching and learning resources incorporate Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. Moodle resources for every course unit support taught sessions and independent study alongside a robust online Fashion Library, with useful tutorial clips, research materials and informational handouts, created to help you stretch your skills further.
For in-centre workshops, you will benefit from access to individual work areas.
Learning is achieved through project-based briefs with a focus on research driven creative practice and advanced technical skills. You will be assessed through graded projects and coursework, collaborative or interdisciplinary group work, case study projects, assignments and reflective writing.

In the fashion studio each work area comes complete with industry standard equipment, providing you with a personal workspace and individual access to:

Juki industrial sewing machine
K&L stand
ironing station
personal worktable

In our CAD Studio you will have individual Apple Mac workstations with Adobe software package and individual laptops for Gerber Technologies. Computers, scanners and printers are also available in the College’s learning centre.

Our robust virtual learning environment includes our digital fashion library, where you will have access to additional research tools including:

video tutorials
exhibition catalogues
fashion news and events
fashion industry archive

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

Please refer to the Programme Specification for additional information on entry requirements and the applications process.

Fees and Funding

Full fee

Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable

Senior fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

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