User Experience Design for Retail (Accelerated Degree) at Fashion Retail Academy - UCAS

Fashion Retail Academy

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Falmouth University

User Experience Design for Retail (Accelerated Degree)

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Course summary

Engaging, visually exciting and functional user experiences are more important than ever for the fashion industry, and having a bad online experience can result in less customers or users. With our BA (Hons) User Experience Design for Retail degree you’ll develop the essential technology and creative skills to create user experiences that are intuitive, engaging and cultivate brand loyalty. User experience (UX) design focuses on the usability and function of a platform, as well as how users interact with it, while user interface (UI) design focuses on the aesthetics and construction of what the user sees, taking concepts to the final, customer-facing product. This course has been created in collaboration with industry to give students the most up-to-date knowledge and skills. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and projects, you’ll develop the essential design, storytelling and communication skills needed to succeed in a fashion focused UX/UI design role. You will:

  • Learn the technical skills needed to create and implement innovative user experience strategies
  • Be assigned a personal industry mentor to work with throughout the course
  • Develop your practical skill set and learn advance UX/UI design skills such as prototyping, A/B testing and design accessibility
  • Explore the creative and analytical aspects of user experience and user interface roles, and understand how they relate to each other
  • Learn how to use software used by industry, including Adobe XD and Figma
  • Work on live projects set by our brand partners and complete work placements with our industry partners
  • Learn how to adopt a design mindset and create innovative solutions for problems faced by users
  • Gain a comprehensive insight into the theory and practice of design and learn how to apply this to your work
  • Complete a self-directed Personal Professional Project that allows you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge
This course requires a laptop capable of running: Adobe Cloud and Figma Industry Enrichment We work with over 140 brands at the FRA. Our courses include practical, industry-focused content taught by some of fashion’s biggest names to give you valuable skills and work experience. Industry enrichment opportunities include: Industry mentorship scheme: Work with your own dedicated industry mentor throughout your course. You’ll meet a minimum of once a term, and they’ll be there to support and guide you. Work placements: You’ll have a work placement with one of our brand partners each year. In the first year of your undergraduate degree, you’ll complete a three-week work placement. In your second year, your work placement will be either 3 weeks full time or two days a week over 3 months. Talks, masterclasses and live industry projects: Attend talks and masterclasses led by some of the top names in fashion and retail, and complete projects set by industry partners who will give you feedback and advice.


Throughout the course you’ll develop the technical, design, analytical and creative skills needed for a career in UX/UI design. You’ll learn through a mix of classes and lectures, individual study, creative projects and industry enrichment that is integrated throughout the course in the form of masterclasses, live projects, mentorship schemes and work placements. Year One The first year of study is about learning the difference between User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design and understanding how both areas work together to create vital user experiences that ensure businesses meet their goals. You’ll explore the fundamental practices and skills of both areas and develop your practice in this emerging area of the industry, as well understand the environmental, social and ethical impacts of user experience and user interface design. Modules: Level 4

  • Study & Research Skills – 20 Credits
  • UX/UI Design Fundamentals – 40 Credits
  • Design Thinking & Concept Development – 40 Credits
  • The Fashion Industry – 20 Credits
Level 5
  • UX/UI Design Production – 40 Credits
  • Usability – 20 Credits
Year Two In your second year of study, you’ll explore how emerging technology and future design principles are changing consumer connectivity and learn how to build storytelling into the development process. You’ll develop advance UX/UI design skills including prototyping, wireframing, A/B testing and design accessibility. You’ll undertake an individual project that allows you to showcase your professional knowledge and skills. For the live project you’ll work with a brand, focusing on user experience. Modules: Level 5
  • Interactive Experiences Through Storytelling – 40 Credits
  • Consumer Behaviour – 20 Credits
Level 6
  • Personal Professional Project – 40 Credits
  • Global Markets – 20 Credits
  • Live Project & Industry Experience: UX/UI – 40 Credits
  • Entrepreneurial Practice – 20 Credits
*This course is subject to validation. Modules may change during the approvals process. You will complete work placements as part of the course. 20 credit modules: total study time 200 hours, taught: 50 hours 40 credit modules: total study time 400 hours, taught: 100 hours This course requires a laptop capable of running: Adobe Cloud and Figma

Assessment method

This course is assessed via 100% coursework. The assessment tools include, but aren’t limited to, professionally relevant projects, essays and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from international (non-EU) applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11100 Year 1
England £11100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100 Year 1
Scotland £11100 Year 1
Wales £11100 Year 1
Channel Islands £11100 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Each academic year, you might need to pay one-off costs between £50 and £200 for day trips, final portfolios or shows etc. You might also need to pay up to £300 a year for optional study trips and placements. (Costs are approximate)
User Experience Design for Retail (Accelerated Degree) at Fashion Retail Academy - UCAS