Bath Spa University Fashion

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Bath Spa University Fashion

Fashion is a dynamic and challenging discipline that is an expression of what people feel and think. It is about evolution and change through design, influenced by cultural, social, historical, economic and political change. To this end you’ll cover all aspects of the design process, from research and design development, drawing and illustration, colour and fabric development, historical and cultural studies, as well as the ability to translate ideas from 2D to 3D.

We foster active, experiential learning; encouraging you to become a critically engaged, independent thinker.

Course structure

Year 1
This level covers the core fundamentals of fashion design disciplines including 2D and 3D practice; design, drawing, illustration, CAD, construction, pattern cutting, ideas research and trend research as well as fabric sourcing and development; the relationship between fabric and design. You’ll develop two-dimensional presentation skills investigating ideas through drawing within a sketchbook to inform your three- dimensional work and may use the Fashion Museum as a key resource for research. Tailoring is also covered at this level.

We’ll introduce you to fashion history and context.

Year 2
In your second year you’ll be encouraged to develop a more personal design style and to develop ideas through research, design development, and design translation using drape and modelling on the stand. You’ll develop your drawing and illustration skills and learn to communicate your ideas and design process within a fashion portfolio, as well as participate in a live project brief offering the chance to be selected for a paid internship in San Francisco. You’ll also undertake an external brief.

Year 3
At this level 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 to develop a highly professional contemporary fashion collection. You’ll work as a designer in industry working with external companies or collaborating with other disciplines as necessary. As part of professional contexts you’ll enter national design competitions, develop a strong fashion portfolio and self promotional materials, as well as greater knowledge of business and roles within fashion to help you develop an employment strategy.

Collections are selected to showcase at Graduate Fashion Week in London, attended by industry and press from the UK and overseas, while all collections are showcased at a fashion show in Bath.

At this level you’ll also undertake a written thesis.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment: 84% main study modules, 16% historical and critical studies.  There are no written exams.

How will I be taught?

The most individual form of teaching you’ll receive outside of one-to-one help in the studio.

Lecturers may be members of the course academic team, or visiting specialists.

Group Discussion/Seminars
These provide a platform to debate and examine implications, influences, and demands of a project as well as issues of interest and ensure you are well informed. Active participation in an exchange of ideas is important to help you develop articulate, and confident attitudes to your work.

Practical Demonstrations
A specialist will demonstrate techniques, skills, equipment and a variety of technical procedures that you’ll need to know to successfully complete modules.

Group Criticisms
Completed projects are usually evaluated as group criticisms. This gives you opportunity to analyse and evaluate your work in a group context and learn to explain your ideas coherently. You should learn to evaluate criticism, how to accept it, and how to give it.


Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Louise Pickles