University of Hertfordshire Fashion

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University of Hertfordshire Fashion

University of Hertfordshire Fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

About the course

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme is focused on creativity and innovation within an industrial and commercial context. As a student we develop your skills and knowledge to become a confident Fashion learner in a dynamic and exciting environment.

We teach you vital pattern cutting skills in 2D and 3D and core manufacturing skills, how to develop your creativity through design, create a professional portfolio and enhance your freehand and technical drawing and illustration skills using traditional and CAD methods. You will also learn about fashion history and new exciting innovations in contemporary fashion design. Through increasing fashion awareness, on exciting study trips, fashion shows, exhibitions and competitions both nationally and internationally to truly enrich your educational experience.

Live industry projects put learners’ skills to the test. You’ll experience what it’s like to work to a brief in a real life setting. These projects can lead onto your designs going into production, open up placement and full employment opportunities too.

We are also running a new Fashion & Fashion Business programme for September 2015.

If you’ve already completed an Undergraduate degree, why not take a look at our Postgraduate degree and specialise in MA Fashion?

Why choose this course?

  • A programme committed to developing your personal ambitions whether in, for example, Fashion Design, Styling, Buying
  •  A Fashion team with a vast amount of academic, technical  and industry experience.
  • Very strong working relationships with a number of industry partners including Ted Baker, F&F, Maria Grachvogel, Ally Capellino to name a few
  • Our students study in a spacious and contemporary studio with fantastic facilities and equipment including digital and 3D printers
  • Industry standard specialist Fashion CAD/CAM system available to all students
  • Only 20 minutes on the train from central London

Entry requirements…

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

  • 96 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
  • A levels/BTECs to include an art related subject.
  • IB – 96 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at SL or HL  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Key staff

Jayne Smith
Jayne delivers specialist teaching in garment assembly & pattern cutting, where she published a book for the fashion industry in 2013. Her recent research is in a replica of the 1740 red coat for the national army museum and fashion education.

Nicola De Main
Nicola has worked with international conceptualist Hussein Chalayan and has subsequently her own label sold through stores in the UK and Europe, as well as designing bespoke outfits for Emilie Sandé and Leona Lewis.

Tony Rosella
Programme Leader for Fashion, since 2007. Tony’s background is in body size and shape technology for the apparel industry. He has led extensive projects with Debenhams, F&F, Marks and Spencer, Ministry of Defence, Next, Oasis and many more.

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 29th in the country in the fashion and textiles section of the Guardian’s 2017 University League Tables.

MA Fashion

About the course

  • On this MA Fashion degree you will develop your professional skills as an fashion designer.
  • Work with design professionals of international standing.
  • This postgraduate degree will allow you to work in professional and industrial contexts.
  • Develop a range of research skills.
  • Exhibit your work and work as a tutor/mentor with our undergraduates.
  • Take a look at our MA Design Leaflet.

Why choose this course?

MA Fashion is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

Through working alongside artists and designers on other Fashion postgraduate course, you will explore the possibilities for the fashion designer today, questioning conventions and refining your practice and design capabilities by working with and understanding materials. The course provides you with research skills and an understanding of fashion and its contexts and, at the end of your studies, you will have the expertise to promote your own practice, either as a small business or in the context of global fashion markets.

Our staff are experienced in research, industry and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting fashion designers and design professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme. Our fashion courses also have close links with a wide range of industry partners and contribute to major national and international events in the fashion industry.

The Postgraduate Fashion programme is to equipped to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, as well as fostering your creativity and enhancing your employment opportunities. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

Entry requirements…

An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also be able to take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate through a portfolio or interview your preparedness for study at postgraduate level.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.