Fashion Design (Top up) BA (Hons)





About the course



Fashion Design (Top up) - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W291
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time

  • A downloadable version of the course specification is currently unavailable. For more information on course information please email - admission@beds.ac.uk




Why choose this course?

This course provides you with the knowledge in design/making skills and expertise that are transferable within the fashion industry. Graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as fashion designers, fashion buyers, fashion stylists, pattern cutters, graders, production managers, garment and CAD/CAM technologists, merchandisers, forecasters and textile designers.


During the course you will:


  • Benefit from dedicated studio spaces within a lively and stimulating environment, equipped with a sewing machine for every student
  • Enjoy excellent garment-making facilities with full access to digital photography, computer facilities and high-quality screen-printing
  • Experience professional practice and personal development
  • Explore fashion design with a focus on technology
  • Have the opportunity to showcase your work on the runway at our Graduate Fashion Show

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:


  • Developing and exploring creative approaches to the designing and making of garments
  • Reseaching contexts, including multicultural and international aspects that will support personal approaches to designing and making
  • Digital pattern cutting
  • Preparation of a garment collection for public display



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Final Major Project: Fashion Design (ART025-3) Compulsory
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Current Debates (ART002-3) Compulsory
  • Present And Promote (Bridging Unit) (ART014-3) Compulsory



Discover the School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and this was reflected when we came in the top 15 for Art and Design courses in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Studying in the School will give you personal access to a creative team of successful practitioners and academics who regularly publish, design and exhibit Nationally and Internationally, in art and design and, the creative industries. All are dedicated to teaching and the privileges this brings.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this course is conceived to emanate naturally from the teaching and learning and you, provided you have engaged in the course, should be able to meet the demands of assessment in your stride. The requirements for assessment range through the types listed below.


Practical Projects are at the heart of learning activities and are a key learning and assessment tool within the course. Formative and summative assessments of practical assignments are seen as an important method of ensuring your understanding, the development of relevant cognitive and practical skills and personal progress.


Continuous appraisal by both the students themselves and their tutors is a feature of the course and although there are no end-point examinations, formative assessment is carried out in relation to all the assignments that are an integral part of the course. An accumulation of the work that is done in response to learning activities is assessed summatively at the end of each unit.


The following are examples of the various assessment methods used:


  • Coursework to include examples of, making, drawing, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, contextual writing

  • Assessments based on individual presentations

  • Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils in students the right attitudes towards professional work whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts

  • Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills, helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills that are of particular benefit in producing the final year contextual rationale for your major project

Key Skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be taken into account in all assessments.

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

  • Related HND or Foundation degree qualification

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Careers development is integrated into the course and the course seeks to provide you with an awareness of the real world context of the creative industries in general and Fashion Design in particular. You will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate employment at the end of your course.


Professional practice will be emphasised as part of all learning units but a work-related learning unit especially will help you to become more focused on managing your career.


You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio as well as a CV (curriculum vitae) and material so that you can market yourself.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

During your course you will need to buy some materials and equipment. We estimate that the total spend will be around £700 to £1,100.

Things you will need to pay for include:

  • Pattern Master (£20)
  • Tracing Wheel (£10)
  • Metre Ruler (£10)
  • Measuring Tape (£5)
  • Fabric Scissors (£30)
  • Embroidery scissors (£8)
  • Paper Scissors (£5)
  • Awl (£3)
  • Notchers (£15)
  • Stitch unpicker (£4)
  • Fashion Pattern Making Textbook womenswear (£30)
  • A3 Portfolio
  • Drawing materials
  • Calico
  • Degree show sundries
  • Final collection material*

*The biggest spend is on the final collection material. Students normally allow from £250 up to £600 for their final collection.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

This course runs at Alexon House, formerly owned by fashion label Alexon and now home to the University’s School of Art and Design.

The building boasts: a digital studio with laser cutters and 3D printers; a photographic studio and darkroom facilities; numerous workshop areas; dedicated studio spaces and open plan studios.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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