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BA (Hons) Fashion

Follow in the footsteps of some of the UK's leading designers

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Do you love fashion? Dream of seeing your designs on the catwalk? Southampton Solent’s fashion degree will help you learn the key knowledge required to succeed in textile design, from pattern-cutting and garment production to the industrial production process and the business of fashion. 

  • Students have free access to the latest software and are able to use industry-standard machines to design and create garments.
  • Teaching is delivered by a team of experienced industry professionals and technical instructors who support students in perfecting their craft.
  • Students are offered unique retail opportunities through our student-managed high-street fashion store, Re:So.  
  • The curriculum is built around practical insights into the fashion industry; site visits; prestigious guest speakers; and work placements.
  • Voted as one of the top creative universities in the UK, Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on exciting shared projects with students from other creative courses. These include fashion design, hair and make-up, photography, film, television and music production.
  • The University’s close proximity to London has allowed previous students to attend industry events including London Fashion Week and Graduate Fashion Week.

The industry

The fashion industry is a huge contributor to the UK economy, worth £26bn in 2014 and supporting almost 800,000 jobs (British Fashion Council, 2014). As the fashion industry continues to evolve it offers huge potential for graduate employment both in the UK and globally.

The programme

The course provides students with in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry, from garment design, pattern design and production to concept development, trend forecasting and fashion marketing. Students are encouraged to experiment and explore new techniques to help develop their creativity and individuality.

Students have free access to our industry-standard facilities including specialist machine rooms, digital and sublimation printers and a range of laser cutters. Students also have access to modern design suites equipped with the latest creative software.

To complement their degree studies and gain valuable hands on experience, students are encouraged to attend work placements during the course. Past students have had placements at fashion companies such as House of Holland, Timberland, Alexander McQueen, Fat Face, Ted Baker, Topman, Marks & Spencer, Matthew Miller and Jenny Packham.

Students on this course can get involved with retail activities at Re:So, Solent’s stunning student-run store. Re:So sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art. The store’s upper floor ‘learning zone’ has previously hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – all with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

Next steps

Think a career in fashion might be for you? With a dedicated teaching team, professional facilities and a long history of industry collaboration, Southampton Solent University's fashion programme could be the ideal first step towards your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Charlotte Hamilton
"The confidence gained throughout my university experience has made it possible to feel ready for whatever the fashion industry has to offer."
  More from Charlotte

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W235

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Member of

Year one:


Core units

  • Design in Context
  • Digital Fashion Design
  • Research and Concept Development
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Design and Production Development

Year two:


Core units

  • Fashion Business and Marketing
  • Casualwear
  • Tailoring
  • Capsule Collection: Research
  • Capsule Collection: Collection
  • Fashion in Context

Year three:


Core units

  • Research Proposal: Pre-Collection
  • Major Project
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries


  • Fashion Design Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Professional Practice
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and guest lectures from experts in fashion and other related industries.

Work experience
Supported by the course team, students are encouraged to attend work placements throughout the course. Recent placements have included fashion companies such as House of Holland, Timberland Alexander McQueen, Fat Face, Ted Baker, Topman, Marks & Spencer, Matthew Miller and Jenny Packham.

Your work will be evaluated through assessments, individual and team work, presentations and group critiques.

Our facilities

  • Specialist machine rooms for garment production and pattern-cutting, with relevant industrial equipment.
  • Digital and sublimation printers and laser-cutters.
  • Well-equipped design suites with the latest computers and industry-standard design software.

Study abroad

Solent School of Art, Design and Fashion has strong international contacts and welcomes student exchange, project work, collaboration and employment opportunities in a variety of international industrial centres such as China and India.

We currently have students from China, Latvia, Portugal and Germany on the course. Students can, if eligible, select specific units for study via the Erasmus programme.

Southampton Solent University welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner universities under the European Union funded Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus and from other partners.

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

For more information, see 

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W235

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course covers a broad range of subjects within fashion, and is designed to prepare the student for careers in fashion design and/or textile design for both menswear and womenswear, fashion buying, styling, fashion business, PR and visual merchandising.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer 
  • Stylist 
  • Buyer 
  • Fashion manufacturer 
  • Trend forecaster 
  • Consultant
  • Freelancer. 

Links with industry

You’ll have the chance to work on live projects with key industry practitioners, drawing on the University’s strong ties with industry and high-profile designers.

Students have previously worked on projects with Addict, Dickies, Dent Deman, Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Peter Pilotto.

The University also receives regular guest speakers from the industry. Past speakers include Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor), Debra Bourne (PR consultant and campaigner), Alex Brownless (Artsthread), Paddy Hartley (artist and designer for Nick Knight and Lady Gaga), design boutique ilovedust, and inspirational Japanese pattern-cutter Shingo Sato.

Transferable skills

Throughout the three years, students will develop transferable skills to prepare them for employment. Such skills include: 

  • creative thinking, writing and professional presentation
  • project management 
  • visual and verbal communication 
  • analysis, evaluation and problem solving.

Further study

Students interested in taking their skills to master’s level can go on to study Solent’s MA Fashion Merchandise Management.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to roles including assistant buyer, brand assistant, business development and brand co-ordinator, fashion design assistant and online visual merchandiser - working at a wide range of companies including Fat Face, Nougat, Ariella Fashions, Zara, ASOS, Ted Baker and Next.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • Applicants are required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Portfolio requirements

Before sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory materials, equipment, stationery and travel costs in year one: £200
Compulsory materials, stationery, capsule collection and travel costs in year two: £250
Compulsory materials portfolio, stationery, final collection and travel costs in year three: £500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W235


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