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Fashion Design with Textiles BA(Hons) 2015-16

At a Glance

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Start date:
21 / 09 / 2015

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Places Available:
47 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time / Sandwich

Entry Requirements
•  BBB at A Level (or equivalent)
•  DMM – DDM BTEC National
•  Pass in Diploma Foundation studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC National points to an equivalent of 300 points.

Passes in GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above are also required.
Strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio and a satisfactory interview.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered.

Department of Art and Design
Tel: 01484 473858

The course

You could say the basis of all good fashion is the fabric. You might argue that it’s the cut. And before all that there has to be ideas? We think it’s a combination of all of these elements. What do you think? On this course we can help you decide by focusing on design and making, and developing embellished textile ideas for fashion. Embellished textiles include embroidery, fabric embellishment and laser cutting. We provide you with a stimulating environment to develop aesthetic, intellectual and multi-disciplinary skills.

Course content

You’ll have the chance to integrate exciting textile embellishment ideas into all fashion design and studio-related projects. You’ll benefit from a wealth of experience in your studies, with excellent equipment and the latest technology underpinning the combined areas of fashion and textiles. Our facilities, both new and traditional, include excellent studio spaces and workshops.

Year 1

+ Sample Development 1

This module will enable you to introduce your pattern, cutting and garment construction skills, through:
- basic block manipulation and pattern production
- basic skills of seaming, stitching and sewing methods, toiling and garment making
- an understanding of the transfer of a design concept into a three dimensional garment by introducing the basic principles and concepts of flat pattern cutting and garment construction, creative and technical interpretation of design concepts into toiles and sample garments.

As well as a knowledge of fabric types and structures in relation to fashion garment construction and an introduction to the skills needed to create basic production packages. (50% annotated file/50% production patterns/garments).

+ Fashion Design/Visual Studies 1

An introduction to the perceptive awareness and understanding of the significant features of fashion, such as fabric and styling on the human form together with experience of dedicated design methodologies will form the basis of this module. You will be introduced to a broad and diverse range of creative materials and techniques. An analytical approach will be encouraged to promote the evaluation and selection of methods. 100%

+ Textiles for Fashion Design 1

This module will cover ideas and embellishment designs will be explored through a range of textile craft materials and techniques – print dyeing, hand painting, embroidery and felting, stitch type, pleating, stretching, steaming, etc. You will be expected to begin to include textile embellishment ideas into your fashion design projects and consider the taste, style and fashion relevance of your ideas in relation to customer and market. 100%

+ Fashion and Costume: History and Contemporary Context

This module provides an introduction to key historical, cultural, political, social and economic contexts which affect our readings of fashion and costume practices. It will include a review of stylistic change and how it has been influenced by key macro trends, cultural movements and also socio-political and technological change. The research and performance contexts of fashion and costume practices will also be considered. (40% group presentation 60% individual assignment).

Year 2

+ Sample Development 2

This module provides the opportunity to consolidate previously acquired pattern cutting skills, introducing specialist bespoke tailoring and bespoke moulage techniques. 50%/50%

+ Fashion Design / Visual Studies 2

Good professional practice and an industrial awareness will be developed through sponsored, live projects and competitions. A compulsory team working assignment will be included for a specific market sector to promote sharing ideas and range building in a group. Contemporary and historical decorative arts and other cultural sources of inspiration will be further studied. 100%

+ Textiles for Fashion Design 2

This module will instil intermediate knowledge of selected textile embellishment techniques as applied to fashion products. You will be encouraged to explore innovation and enterprise in a wide context, integrating technical and creative research within a series of personal projects. Emphasis on practical skills will be balanced by personal problem setting and solving skills underpinned by intermediate skills in research collection, analysis and application within a fashion and textiles related project. 30/70%

Year 3 sandwich

+ School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism; however, a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion.(100%)

Year 3 full-time/Year 4 sandwich

+ Research and Development for Fashion Design

This module will establish and inform your major project. Within it you will identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. The context and parameters of this module will be defined by you, through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors.

+ Major Project for Fashion Design

You will build upon and test research developed in THD1355 Research and Development for Fashion Design. You will channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example, sketchbooks, design sheets, design outputs. You will realise the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. Your design artefacts will act as a group of coherent summative statements. (100% design project)

+ Technical for Fashion Design

This module enables you to complement your major project by undertaking an in-depth market/technical analysis and evaluation of your finalised design. You will extend and apply your knowledge of manufacturing, production and specification design to your design practice: products, environments, buildings, materials, etc. You will demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of market, technical, manufacturing and economic aspects relating to your design solution(s).


The course offers the option to gain invaluable industrial experience in Year 3. You can opt for placement in an industrial establishment in the UK or abroad. This practical experience builds confidence and also provides that vital element of relevant experience which is attractive to employers. For students wishing to maintain continuous study there are opportunities for short term placements.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in design, styling, merchandising, buying, selection, management, marketing and promotion, fashion journalism, product development and manufacturing.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include studio-based design projects, workshop demonstrations and lectures.These are related to commercial realities by visiting professionals from industry who share their knowledge and expertise.Your progress is monitored using continuous assessment, assignments, practical presentations and a final year dissertation.

How much will it cost me?

In 2015/16, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000*. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

*At the time of publishing, the government had yet to confirm full details of fees/funding for 2015/16. The fee we charge in 2015/16 may be subject to change, as it is dependent on government fees/funding policy changes. In subsequent years it will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 11.02.14


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University’s International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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