The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)

Fashion with Body Contour The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth


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This exciting programme will encourage conceptual approaches of contemporary contour fashion within the challenging arena of lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear, exploring the fashion contour by pushing the boundaries of design within the specialisms.

This degree will offer you the opportunity to develop specialist skills within creative design practice, pattern cutting and technical competence using CAD and 3D prototyping for the realisation of specialist contour fashion.

There are opportunities to work with established companies both nationally and internationally. You can develop your specialism within the fashion arena in areas such as:

• Lingerie
• Intimate apparel
• Underwear
• Structured body wear
• Swimwear
• Active wear

Interesting Fact
Dr Carol Harris heads up Fashion with Body Contour at The Northern School of Art and has been specifically chosen for the position due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design.

Carol’s academic profile which spans almost twenty years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter and is a Paris Fashion Week regular.
She is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.

Course details


In your first year (Level 4) you will explore: Experimental Drawing and illustration both analogue and digital: Trends and creative processes: Fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques: Contemporary body contour fashion solutions and garments: Production techniques for contour fashion solutions.

In the second year (Level 5) you will develop: CAD skills for pattern drafting, 3D modelling and portfolio skills: Knowledge and understanding of the skills required within the body contour industry: Design and development for a specific market: Real-life skills within the industry through work experience opportunities: Professional and design skills through client-based live projects: Independent learning through negotiated projects.

In your third year (Level 6) you will produce: A final major project: Dissertation: Exhibition: Professional portfolios for traditional and digital routes: Self-promotional material.

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed on completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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 W232
Institution code C71
Campus name The Northern School of Art
Campus code H

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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept applications from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile.
If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview.
Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate.
It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact

Provider information

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The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)
University Level Campus
Church Square
TS24 7EX

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