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About the course

Do you love fashion design and dream of seeing your designs on the catwalk? Solent’s dynamic and challenging fashion degree nurtures creativity and design innovation, while developing a sound knowledge of industry practice – preparing you for a fantastic career after graduation.

BA (Hons) Fashion scored 96% overall student satisfaction for the National Student Survey 2020. 

For the past three years, our students’ work has been selected to promote Graduate Fashion Week and has been featured in, and Drapers. 

Throughout the course you will be supported to gain an in-depth knowledge of the fashion design process from initial concept, research and design development, through to the realisation of final design outcomes. With the freedom to explore both menswear and womenswear, you are encouraged to include print design and textiles into fashion design projects.

The academic team have a real focus on getting to know each student individually, and with a wide range of design briefs, from the highly creative to live commercial projects, you will be encouraged to push your creative design skills and develop your individual design identity - gaining an understanding of where you fit best in the industry.

You will study a wide range of advanced technical skills such as creative pattern-cutting, garment manufacturing and digital print design in our industry-standard facilities. Our facilities include specialist machine rooms, digital and sublimation printers and a range of laser cutters.

Emphasis is also placed on developing professional visual communication skills, including fashion illustration, technical drawing and mood board presentation, enabling you to build an exciting and industry-ready portfolio of design work.

To complement your studies and gain professional industry experience, you will be required to do a work placement. Past students have gained internships at House of Holland, Timberland, Alexander McQueen, Ted Baker and Marks & Spencer amongst many others.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students have access to industry standard pattern-cutting and sewing studios. In the third year, students have their own space in the studios

What does this course lead to?

This course primarily prepares students for design and studio assistant roles in menswear and womenswear, for a wide range of market levels from the high street to high-end.

Graduates also have the relevant skills to go into print and textile design roles. Graduates have also entered into roles such as; assistant buyer, production assistant, pattern-cutter and trend forecaster.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s BA (Hons) Fashion degree is for students who are passionate about fashion design; who are keen to advance their creative design ability, knowledge of fashion industry practice and develop advanced creative technical skills.

Applicants should have previously studied a creative art and design subject, and have a portfolio of design work that demonstrates their skills and love of the subject area.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

Year one:
Materials, equipment, stationery and travel costs: £200

Year two:
Materials, stationery, capsule collection and travel costs: £250

Year three:
Materials portfolio, stationery, final collection and travel costs: £500

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96-112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM equivalent qualification or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Fashion Illustration
    This module will introduce you to the professional skills required of a fashion illustrator, gaining competence in the drawing and mark-making skills necessary for the successful communication of three-dimensional design ideas.
  • Research and Concept Development
    In this module we will take your research skills further by deconstructing and analysing your ideas and responding to them creatively. You will explore ways to communicate this process visually and professionally.
  • Fashion Design Development
    This module will introduce you to the creative design process, taking unique research through to the production of a basic garment. 
  • Fashion Theory I
    Within this module you will explore how past influences have influenced innovating new fashion design. You will develop both practical and written skills which will support the development of your own fashion collections making them exciting and informed.
  • 2D Fashion Design
    In this module you will learn to design fashion products for specific markets by researching an influential Ready to Wear brand you would like to creatively collaborate with.
  • Design Realisation
    In this module you will gain an understanding of how to design for a specific market level and brand within the fashion industry and how to produce a garment to a professional level using industrial processes and machinery.

Year two

Core modules
  • Tailoring
    In this module, you will learn traditional tailoring techniques, the history of tailoring and its cultural significance and will push your creativity by developing designs that are inspired by tailoring yet are anything but traditional.
  • Streetwear
    On this module you will gain knowledge of and apply garment construction skills in stretch and woven fabrics commonly used in streetwear, sportswear and casualwear garments.
  • Professional Practice I
    In this module you will review your work, identify your design identity and strengths, consider where you want to go next and in response make a strong, individual portfolio.
  • Capsule Collection
    On this module you will experience the research, design and production of a mini collection in preparation for your Fashion Design Major Project.
  • Fashion Theory II
    This module will give you an awareness of the contemporary fashion agendas and debates both within academic and professional contexts, expanding your ability to research, question, debate and develop your own position.

Year three

Core modules
  • Collection Research and Development
    In this module you will partake in primary comprehensive research on a concept of your choice, an in-depth exploration of your concept will take place through collage, working on the stand, sampling and sketching amongst others. 
  • Work Based Learning
    Throughout this module you will develop the skills and experiences expected to work competently within the creative industries, discovering new career paths that are open to you as a creative practitioner, whilst consolidating previous skills.
  • Fashion Design Major Project
    For your final major project you will be expected to formulate either a) A 3- dimensional final Collection or b) A 2-dimensional in-depth design collection professionally presented.
  • Fashion Portfolio
    In this module you will create a portfolio that you can take with you into the industry. It should include a summation of your major project and a range of work that reflects your creativity.


  • Professional Practice II
    This module is designed to improve your employability upon graduation. By the end of the year, you’ll have a hardcopy portfolio to take with you to interviews, as well as a strong online presence where you can showcase your work to potential employers.
  • Dissertation
    This module of study allows you to pace yourself within the context of this professional arena within the production of your own illustrated paper and viva voce presentation.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Lisa Dibben academic profile Lisa Dibben Head of Subject View profile
Laura Marsh academic profile Laura Marsh Course Leader View profile
Sarah Dryden academic profile Sarah Dryden Senior Lecturer View profile
Kathryn Ellis academic profile Kathryn Ellis Associate Lecturer View profile
Lisa Earley academic profile Lisa Earley Technical Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students are taught in specialist studios with a range of industrial machines for garment production and pattern-cutting equipment. Access is also available to digital and sublimation printers and a laser-cutter, and photographic equipment and studios.

In the third year, each student also has their own designated studio space.

There is a real emphasis on developing each individual student’s unique design identity, identifying where they fit best in the industry.

Your future

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.
  • The confidence gained throughout my university experience has made it possible to feel ready for whatever the fashion industry has to offer.

    Charlotte Hamilton, Student

Industry links

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry, you will have the opportunity to take part in live commercial projects in all three years of study.

You will also be encouraged to collaborate with students from other fashion courses including Fashion Photography, Make-up and Hair Design and Fashion Styling, providing excellent networking opportunities.

We take an active part in Graduate Fashion Week, with a number of our students showing on the catwalk each year. In 2019, one of our students was selected for the Gala Show and two students were offered internships at Givenchy. For the past three years, our students’ work has also been selected to promote Graduate Fashion Week and has been featured in, and Drapers.

Associate Lecturers are also currently working in the fashion industry, and play a crucial role in teaching on the course.


All students are required to do a work placement (minimum of 100 hours). Tutors have a database of work placement contacts and students also have access to Solent Futures (Solent’s careers advice and employability service). Advice on CVs and seeking work experience is also provided. The majority of students do their work placement in the summer holiday before their final year of study.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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