Fashion Design (with Foundation Year)

Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Fashion reflects society, but also questions it. An agent of evolution and revolution, fashion is influenced by cultural, social, historical, economic, and political change. This four year fashion course begins by developing broad creative design skills with a fashion focus. These include drawing, visual research, photography, and three-dimensional thinking and communication techniques. From this base, you'll progress to the degree with more focused learning around ideas, presentation and 3D interpretation, within a fashion studio environment. Personal creativity and innovation are expected. As you advance through the degree, emphasis is placed on ideas, creativity, personal design ethos, and communication. Our philosophy is to provide you with the opportunities to develop as an individual, and to become a versatile, innovative, and creative practitioner, relevant to the contemporary fashion industry.

Course details


Foundation Year Stage one We'll introduce you to a range of approaches to visual research skills, alongside drawing and experimenting with 2D media. Stage two You'll continue to develop your drawing and visual research skills alongside three-dimensional and conceptual thinking. Stage three You'll write your own project brief, with outcomes being displayed in an end of year exhibition. Year 1 introduces you to the fundamentals of fashion design, including 2D and 3D practice as well as fabric sourcing and developing the relationship between fabric and design. In Year Two you’ll be encouraged to broaden your research skills and further develop your personal design aesthetic as well as working on a live intern brief for a US brand. Finally, in Year Three you’ll develop a more strategic perspective and negotiate a body of work that reflects your personal practice as a designer, drawing together your academic experiences and personal interests. You will draw together all you have learnt into a written thesis. For more information please refer to the website.

Assessment method

Assessment during the Fashion Foundation course is continuous. There are formal internal assessment points at the end of stages one and two. Stage three is externally assessed. All teaching staff are practising artists or designers. Teaching is held through personal tutorials, as well as demonstrations and discussions. There are lectures on aspects of contemporary practice, in addition to collaborative work and outside visits. You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, which may include: Workshops One-to-one tutorials Lectures Demonstrations.

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How to apply

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If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeW235
Institution code B20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CC Grades CC including Grade C in Textiles or Art & Design related subjects preferred.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Pass (MMP) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Fashion Design (with Foundation Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS