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BA (Hons) Fashion Design Degree

Fashion design degree at Northbrook CollegePrevious students have won prestigious prizes, including the River Island Womenswear Award and the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award. Elevate your fashion career with the BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree at Northbrook College.

Design your future with Northbrook College's BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, accredited by UAL. Our practice-orientated course is where creativity meets industry excellence.


Course Overview

  • Location: Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • UCAS code: W232
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Application deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Fees: £16,500
  • Entry requirements: 2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
    1 A-Level, a Foundation course (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
    a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
  • English language requirements: IELTS certificate or equivalent with an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.

The assessment of your application will include a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Course Information

Course Content

Course Content

UAL Degree Fashion Design

From the beginning of the course, you’ll experience

workshop skills in illustration and design, pattern cutting, sewing, garment manufacture, and printed textiles.

As part of your assessed work placement, you’ll enter the industry in year two. In many cases, you’ll work with designers from the initial concept stage right through to the fashion show.

Throughout the degree, you’ll work across a broad range of design modules that include live industry projects, preparing you for your final year project, where you will produce your own full collection
of fashion products.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Key Features

Key Features

  • Excellent industry links provide work placements and competitions with high-profile brands, preparing you for a career in the global fashion industry.
  • Access to specialist resources, including fashion publications, future trend resources, and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for fashion.
  • Opportunities to showcase your work at internal and external fashion shows.

Course Structure

Year One

Unit 1

Unit 1: Fashion Techniques and Processes

  • Introduction to specialist fashion equipment and machinery
  • Introduction to garment construction techniques
  • Essential knowledge of health and safety
  • Introduction to specialist pattern-cutting techniques
  • Introduction to working methods within studio-based practice
  • Essential skills for organisation and timekeeping

Unit 2

 Unit 2: Research and Design

  • Visual research, primary and secondary
  • Critically analyse research
  • Design concept development
  • Current and future trend analysis
  • Analysis of fashion segments and consumers
  • Design communication- traditional illustration and CAD (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)

Unit 3

Unit 3: Creative Cutting

  • 3D model and drape on the dummy
  • Drape and fabric behaviour
  • Translating design through pattern cutting
  • Developing advanced pattern-cutting techniques
  • Toile construction
  • Further development of garment construction for product realisation
  • Essential skills in productive independent working and personal development.
  • Evaluation of own working practice

Unit 4

Unit 4: Ethical Fashion Design

  • Research of ethical fashion production practices from primary and secondary sources
  • Development of IT skills including illustration, presentation and electronic lay planning
  • Introduction to zero waste pattern-cutting techniques
  • Introduction to organic fabric sourcing
  • Further development of personal project management and self-evaluation

Unit 5

Unit 5: Cultural and Contextual Studies

A series of sessions and workshops that form the basis of your understanding of theoretical frameworks, cultural, historical and social contexts from a design and creative perspective and begin to develop research and investigative skills. You will engage in discussions and debate, as you explore a range of topics and you will be asked to communicate your response to these topics through self-initiated research and critical examination

Year Two

Unit 6

Unit 6: Tailoring- Custom Design and Make

  • Introduction to advanced and specific techniques and processes of tailoring
  • Analysis of body shape and proportion for bespoke cutting
  • Applying research and design concepts to inform design
  • Investigating and applying sustainable practice through consideration of custom design and finish
  • Developing professional relationships with others through negotiation and understanding client needs

Unit 7

Unit 7: Fashion Design for Industry

  • Enquiry of a variety of sources, to develop fashion design focused on market placement
  • Knowledge source material with critical and aesthetic awareness
  • Essential skills in textile work, with particular attention to emerging technologies and production techniques
  • Development of design solutions communicated to a specific market with a focus on business environment
  • Further development of technical skills, and manufacture of the final design using specialist production methods, materials and/or finishing processes independently and/or collaboratively
  • Essential skills in reflection and evaluation for personal development

Unit 8

Unit 8: USP and Self-Branding for Work Experience

  • Enhancement of professional, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of appropriate industrial contacts to be made to assist selection of future career pathways
  • Essential skills in self-promotion, with particular attention to emerging self-promotion technologies on digital platforms
  • Experience an increasingly sophisticated and competitive labour market
  • Engagement in work experience or an industry investigation
  • To identify and value appropriate industrial contacts to be made to assist progression of future career pathways
  • Exploration of markets, business environment and industry developments through interviews and first-hand experience
  • Further development of technical skills, and presentation skills verbally, digitally and with film
  • Essential skills in reflection and evaluation for personal development

Unit 9

Unit 9: Advanced Cultural and Contextual Studies

A series of sessions that continues to develop your understanding of theoretical frameworks, cultural, historical and social contexts. You will engage in discussions and debate, and be supported in the continued development of academic and research skills. You will engage in self-directed research and critical examination of a topic, presenting your response in an academic format.

Year Three

Unit 10

Unit 10: Final Collection

  • To create research informed by critical analysis, complex concepts and ideas
  • Advanced pattern-cutting and garment production skills
  • Embedding sustainable practice
  • Developing market awareness for a specific audience
  • Developing personal attributes and work ethic
  • Engaging with industry
  • Reflecting on and articulating the creative process

Unit 11

Unit 11: Portfolio

  • Developing relevant Industry level CAD skills for a variety of professional outcomes
  • Identifying and using new media communication tools and practices
  • Refining individual visual language
  • Selecting and repackaging previous work
  • Developing a body of work that reflects personal attributes and ambitions
  • Illustration and layout
  • Presenting work to a wide audience

Unit 12

Unit 12: Career Planning and Lookbook

A range of workshops, demonstrations, discussions and learning activities including:

  • CV Building
  • Awareness of opportunities for employment, education, funding streams and further training in the design sector
  • Interview techniques
  • Job application
  • Self-promotion and branding
  • Preparation for transition from student to professional designer
  • Collaborative practices with models, photographers and hair and make-up artists 

Unit 13

Unit 13: Creative and Critical Research Project (Dissertation)

This unit supports a self-directed, detailed research examination of a topic, which takes the form of a critical investigation. An initial series of sessions will support you in your proposed choice of topic, which is then presented in the form of a proposal and includes an overview of research sources and resources that have informed your choice of research activity. The second part of the unit will be carried out through self-directed research where you will critically investigate and form a response to a negotiated research area topic, supported by individual feedback and tutorials as the investigation is undertaken. The final presentation of the results of the research will use academic convention in its layout and identification of research sources and include a detailed critical commentary offering a perspective of the research and investigation into the topic.
The presentation style will be informed by the type of research undertaken and could include a dissertation, report or case study for example.

All submissions will be Harvard-referenced.
A formative presentation of a proposal for a detailed research investigation which includes:

  • Outline of proposed topic for investigation
  • Presentation of, not less, than 10 research sources to support investigation of topic
  • Identification of additional resources required in support of the research activity
  • Rationale in the choice of presentation style for the choice of topic to be investigated
  • Bibliography of research sources






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