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BA (Hons)Fashion Design

3 years
2023
UCAS code:
F001
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
104-120
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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If fashion is your passion and you dream of seeing your designs on the catwalk, Solent’s dynamic and challenging fashion design degree will nurture your creativity and design innovation, while helping you to develop a sound knowledge of industry practice – preparing you for a fantastic career after graduation.

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.

This video 'Fashion studios at Solent University' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Why choose this course?

Student work

Diffusion collection designed by BA (Hons) Fashion Alumna, Olivia West

BA (Hons) Fashion Alumna, Olivia West

Collection by Hannah Mills

BA (Hons) Fashion Alumna, Hannah Mills

A model wearing clothes designed by a Solent student at the art, design and fashion summer degree show

Art, design and fashion degree show 2022

Course features

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

Who is this course for?

Solent’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design 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.

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.

Meet the team

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.

Facilities

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.

And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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