University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Fashion Design University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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The catwalk, the models, the shows; the world of fashion is exhilarating, rewarding and hard work. This course can help you be a part of it, by taking you through the design process to produce catwalk-ready collections that showcase your talent and demonstrate your technical ability. You’ll cover everything from designing, garment construction including fashion drawing and illustration, style forecasting and marketing. From a broad skills base, the course allows focus into specialist areas into the final year including menswear, sportswear and corsetry.

The course aims to provide our graduates with the wide-range of skills the fashion industry are looking for; it has an exciting mix of hands-on practical skills based in our spacious industry-style fashion workshop, with creative development through idea generation and innovative techniques with contemporary fabrics.

We may offer opportunities for residential trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have taken opportunities to embark on study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris among others

Course details


During the course, you will:
•Develop a comprehensive understanding of the technical requirements and aesthetic appeal of the materials you work with.
•Explore and manipulate fabric and construction techniques as a means of design expression.
•Develop digital design skills. You will be able to access our digital workshop, which includes equipment for laser cutting, embroidery and fabric printing, as well as the print room and sewing room facilities. Photoshop and Illustrator are available to inform visual design communication.
•Undertake live industry projects supported by people who live and breathe fashion.
•Take up work placements to gain valuable first-hand experience of the fashion industry and establish your reputation.
•Enter competitions to raise your profile. For example, our students have achieved Gold in EuroSkills and awards at UKSkills and WorldSkills.
•Have your own work and display area in spacious, well-equipped studios.
•Consider the wider cultural context to underpin your studio work.
•Focus on your own personal design statement in your final year, which will culminate in your collection being shown at the Degree Show

Assessment method

A range of study methods are used with an emphasis on using modern technology creatively to both research ideas and communicate completed products. You are encouraged to work to your strengths and will be supported in developing these skills. Communication between you and your tutor is key to our supportive ethos, with social networking and blogging being used to help you develop ideas, solve problems and submit work. Assessments is via practical projects, reports, essays and peer and professional evaluations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W230
Institution code B70
Campus name Taunton Campus
Campus code T

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points from a full level 3 qualification
A level 80 UCAS Points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 80 UCAS points

Additional entry requirements


we run portfolio workshops throughout the year to help you prepare for interviews


Fees and funding

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University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College
Bath Road

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01278 441234