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Course summary

Over this three-year full-time course, discover your own design aesthetic and create a spectacular final-year collection that showcases your extraordinary energy and talents. This practice-based degree course embraces the diversity of fashion design in the 21st century. Join a community of passionate students, all focussed on becoming informed fashion-design thinkers. Together, you will explore the context of historical and contemporary fashion alongside broader factors that influence fashion design, including global fashion narratives, gender, sustainable practice, and ethics. As a result of our connections with the fashion industry, you will benefit from inspirational visiting speakers, live projects and industry visits. Access to these exclusive activities demonstrates the esteem in which this course is held and our ability to produce ‘industry-ready’ graduates. These established relationships enhance your portfolio and increase your awareness of the expectations of potential employers. Working with partners such as the British Fashion Council’s ‘Colleges Council’, Graduate Fashion Week and SHOWstudio we offer opportunities to enter high profile competitions, attend insightful seminars and presentations, and showcase your work on a variety of external industry platforms. Using the latest technologies, from Mac suites to CAD and Adobe software, our staff support you to realise your designs. Our dedicated teaching team encourages practice-based skills from developing initial sketches to cutting and piecing together patterns using advanced sewing machines. We help you cultivate the attitude and skills needed to succeed as a professional fashion practitioner


Year One – Learn the core skills required for fashion design, such as fashion drawing and illustration, design methods, colour awareness and application, material use and behaviour, pattern cutting and garment production, visual research methods, portfolio presentation, and digital applications for design. Educational visits can take a variety of physical and virtual formats. These experiences offer a cultural insight into the fashion ecology and inspire your work. Year Two – Continue to develop your work process and presentation skills, taking pride in your work and gaining confidence in sharing your creations through live projects, competitions, and industry events. Through pattern cutting and garment production, you will combine elements of traditional tailoring techniques with contemporary genderfluid design and you will explore and apply the technique of creative pattern cutting, as integral to the design process, to realise ‘creative cut’ concepts into final garments. Year Three – This self-directed final year takes a holistic approach to your practice. Producing a body of work supported by reflective and critical writing, culminating in the realisation of your graduate fashion collection. Live projects will further enhance your portfolio in preparation for employment and your identity as a successful creative fashion-design practitioner.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our undergraduate minimum requirements are: - 112 UCAS points from any combination of A Levels/T Level/Extended Diploma/Foundation Diploma. One qualification should be in a relevant subject; or - BBC from three A Levels; or - A minimum of one Distinction and two Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma or a Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma or T Level in a relevant subject; or - 112 UCAS points from a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3; or - An international equivalent to 112 UCAS points in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Please see our Information by Country pages for more information. All home applicants aged under 21 must have GCSE English at Grade 4/Grade C or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. International applicants must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no individual component below 5.5 (or recognised equivalent). Examples of work For all BA (Hons) degree courses (with the exception of BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance) you will need: - To set up your portal - You will then be asked to submit a maximum of six examples of work from your portfolio for consideration. The files should be no larger than 30MB in total and it is essential that no more than six examples of work are uploaded. English You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test. Foundation Diploma If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Extended Diploma You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. A-levels You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Access to Higher Education You’ll need to have passed a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. A combination of pass, merit and distinction to total 112 tariff points. Scottish Higher Leeds Arts University welcomes applicants with the BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC). Please contact the university to confirm the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1

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Fashion Design at Leeds Arts University - UCAS