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About the course

Do you love fashion? Dream of seeing your designs on the catwalk? 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.

BA (Hons) Fashion scored 100% overall satisfaction for NSS 2019.

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.

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

Students have free access to the latest software and are able to use industry-standard machines to design and create garments.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Solent's BA (Hons) Fashion programme is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds. Common entry points include fine art, design, graphics and illustration courses.

Fashion at Solent is ideal for those who need to build a portfolio of high-quality design and production.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry F001
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year F003
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

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 2020/21 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.

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Key entry requirements

72 - 96 UCAS points or equivalent 

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team: 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
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Fashion Theory and Practice 1 
  • 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 Theory and Practice 2

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

Please note: Not all optional units 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
Sarah Dryden academic profile Sarah Dryden Senior Lecturer View profile
Amber Lamonby-Pennie academic profile Amber Lamonby-Pennie Senior Lecturer View profile
Elizabeth Barnett Lawton academic profile Elizabeth Barnett Lawton Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Flavia Loscialpo academic profile Flavia Loscialpo Senior Lecturer View profile
Laura Marsh academic profile Laura Marsh Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Earley academic profile Lisa Earley Associate Lecturer 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 have access to specialist machine rooms for garment production and pattern-cutting, with relevant industrial equipment, digital and sublimation printers and laser-cutters. Our well-equipped design suites have the latest computers and industry-standard design software.

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.

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

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.


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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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