In our professional working studios you will be taught a wide range of skills and processes to enable you to work at the forefront of the fashion and textile industry. New technologies combined with traditional techniques will enable you to develop your own creative style and design identity. Our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles programme will help equip you with a wide range of specialist technical professional skills to work as enable your progression into the fashion and textile industry. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career. Our Fashion and Textile courses are also ranked 7th best in the whole of the UK (The Guardian League Tables 2022). With a comprehensive range of knowledge in the industry, our experienced and specialist course team are a mix of experienced designers, current industry practitioners and researchers. Each being someone who can help you develop your ideas into professional-standard garments, artefacts or samples. You’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community, where you’ll work alongside students from the Textiles, Fashion Promotion and Communication and Fashion Design courses. This fast-paced course will teach you how to excel at every step, from concept, construction through to final creation. You can bring your garments and ideas to life in our fashion and textile specialist workshop. As well as this you will be assigned your own personal workspace where you can continue to work independently around your timetabled lessons. With our strong links with the fashion and textile industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading designers. You'll have the opportunity to externally exhibit and showcase your work in our annual art and design show. Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to take part in international competitions, including British Fashion Council reviews, competitions, exhibitions and the BNU Summer Show. With London only a short journey away, you'll always be able to find inspiration out and about in the city. What facilities can I use? In our professional working studio, you’ll have your own personal workspace equipped with the technology and machines you need to create your designs. You’ll have the opportunity to work on industry standard equipment, learning key techniques and methods. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. We also have specialist technicians on site to support and share their knowledge with you, when and if you need it. How will I be taught and assessed? This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. You’ll get to enjoy a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment. This enables you to focus on perfecting your specialism, while developing your creativity and confidence. As well as working on your own briefs, you’ll be able to meet, and work on, industry-based projects with leading designers. The Red Shed also often has guest speakers and past alumni come in to talk and cover a range of areas from fashion design, costume, styling, brand consultancy and fashion PR. From day one to graduation, you will be making connections and designing and creating garments for an extensive portfolio. Meaning you’re working on your career the very moment you begin your course.
Year one Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry-based Learning Introduction to Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design: Materials, Processes, Techniques Year two Materials and Processes Creative Technology Principles and Methods Contextual Studies 1 Year three Design and Market Awareness Live Industry Design and Application Contextual Studies 2: Research Strategies Year four Final Collection (optional) Final Major Project Textile Design (optional) Professional Practice Contextual Report on Practice
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. You’ll get to enjoy a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment. This enables you to focus on perfecting your specialism, while developing your creativity and confidence. As well as working on your own briefs, you’ll be able to meet, and work on, industry-based projects with leading designers. The Red Shed also often has guest speakers and past alumni come in to talk and cover a range of areas from fashion design, costume, styling, brand consultancy and fashion PR. From day one to graduation, you will be making connections ,and designing and creating garments for an extensive portfolio. Meaning you’re working on your career the very moment you begin your course.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships