Fashion Design - BA (Hons)

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
3 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 34,866
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 46,488

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no sub score lower than 5.5
  • Pearsons: Overall - 52; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Listening - 51; Writing - 51
  • Other equivalent qualifications.


Year One

Briefs are structured to give you the space to explore the contemporary fashion design landscape and help you to find your place within it. Creative briefs will challenge preconceived notions about what fashion is and can be in the future. You will be introduced to primary research and be expected to keep sketchbooks that include drawing, design development, documenting 3D experiments in form, silhouette and fabric, resulting in links to clothing design.

The fashion designers portfolio will be introduced and honed throughout the degree. Creative outcomes in 3D including the realization of garments will be achieved and this multifaceted approach will help you to develop your own personal working method.

Year Two

You will apply techniques and skills to more industry focused methodology and outcomes. Simulated or live briefs will give you alternative perspectives on fashion from differing brands/designers as well as different areas of the market. Creative problem based learning and studio practice, together with more advanced workshops, provide you with the skills and confidence.

There is also a growing professional focus, with particular emphasis on relevant skills and knowledge for the design and production of clothing that makes an impact in the contemporary world. You will be set challenging projects that require you to undertake extensive research and to appreciate, select, and effectively make use of traditional techniques and new technologies.

You will be introduced to team/group working and develop confidence in safely using relevant leading-edge process and production technologies, the ability to working in a more self-directed manner, and to self-reflect, communicate and evaluate effectively.

Year Three

You will complete a major research/design project preparing you for the graduate fashion design market. Negotiated, the work produced will be exhibited and entered into competitions and should challenge creativity through research, design development and design translation/realisation to a high level. Creative investigation into garment shape and silhouette as well as form and finish will be developed through creative pattern cutting and successive toiling processes. Fabrications and materials will be key with a focus on texture, colour and print.

Practical and strategic thinking will be required to develop competition briefs and industry briefs where applicable and this will help to identify the direction your portfolio will take.

The Fashion Design exhibition will allow you to see your vision realised but also to understand the production demands of time and resources. Finally the portfolio will include a range of promotional materials to showcase your professional body of work.

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