This course aims to equip graduates with a specialist skill set relevant to the Leather garments area of the fashion industries. Our students have access to a wide range of unique facilities in order to develop their specialist knowledge. The university has the only working tannery within a university in Europe, where students can learn more about the properties of leather and applying them to garment design and manufacture. Students also benefit from the School’s strong links with the industry, which supports live design projects. The course offers a stimulating working environment where students are encouraged to develop their own individual aesthetic signature, explore materials and develop exciting conceptual pieces in leather and suede. Emphasis is placed on technical finesse, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.
Students start the course in a cohort comprised of fashion, textiles for fashion and leather for fashion students and select their chosen pathway at the conclusion of term one. In term two they will continue to specialise in Leather for Fashion, learning more about the construction and development of leather garments. In Year One students study a specialist module at the International Centre for Leather Technology (ICLT) at the University. Technical skills are supported by a portfolio of conceptual design work developed throughout the programme. The final year is dedicated to specialist projects with the focus on Leather for Fashion, developing a final collection utilising leather and/or suede. Students have the opportunity to show their work on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week, in London via a selection process.
Please see below the 2016 Subject Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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Other course locations
This course is taught at both Park and Avenue campus.
Historically, leather has played a major role in the creation of garments and in today’s environment it still holds a significant presence with many leather designs appearing on the cat walks. In order for fashion students to maximise their creative flair it is imperative to appreciate the properties of the materials being used. This module is both theory and practical based and provides the student with a sound understanding of leather as a material and how to take it through the design and manufacturing stage for the production of leather garments. With this increased knowledge, individuals will be able to meet the demands of innovative design, whilst ensuring the product remains fit for purpose… ideal for the commercial world!
There is an introduction to studio design and workshop practice in fashion, printed textiles, leather for fashion, supported by the theoretical studies programme. Throughout this stage students are offered the opportunity to work on ‘live’ projects, in collaboration with the industry.
The emphasis is placed on students’ creative potential and individuality with opportunity for co-ordinated work experience. Projects are generally led by external contacts and sponsors and some projects will be undertaken in consultancy groups which simulate the working practices of the industry. The design management and marketing programme includes a range of guest speakers in support of preparation for the world of work.
The final major project is the design and production of a capsule collection supported by academic research. Students develop a self-negotiated project, which should promote their personal aims and ambitions. Subjects covered include pattern cutting, manufacture, printed textiles, design research, portfolio presentation, design management, fashion photography and styling, fashion PR, fashion forecasting and computer aided design (CAD).
Students benefit from the School’s strong links with the industry, which supports live design projects. The course offers a stimulating working environment where students are encouraged to develop their own individual aesthetic signature. Emphasis is placed on technical finesse, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.
Students select their chosen pathway at the conclusion of stage two. Students are invited to present their skills to academic staff and representatives from the industry. Their skills are supported by a portfolio of work developed over the first two stages. Stage three is dedicated to specialist projects with the focus on either fashion, textiles for fashion or leather for fashion. Students may also get the chance to produce work for the London Graduate Fashion Shows.
Course modules (16/17)
Fashion, Leather Fashion and Textiles: Context
- Module code: FSH1106
- Core module Y
Design Practice: Research and Design Development Fashion/Leather/Footwear and Accessories and Printed Textiles
- Module code: FSH2105
- Core module Y
Contextual Studies 2
- Module code: FSH2101
- Core module Y
Visual Communication and Promotion
- Module code: FSH2106
- Core module Y
Fashion with Leather
- Module code: LEA2012
- Core module Y
Design Context Communication
- Module code: FSH3105
- Core module Y
Final Major Project
- Module code: FSH3103
- Core module Y
Our international study visits provide a unique opportunity for students to gain an insight into various cultures and international business. Previous study visits have included New York, Milan and Tokyo.
Methods of Learning
Project briefings are supported by: Tutorials, Seminars, Group Work, Visiting Lectures, Professional Practice, Field Trips, Independent Study and Assessment.
Theory is assessed through essay writing, assignments, a dissertation and presentations, while practical work is judged through studio presentations and exhibitions.
Facilities and Special Features
- the Fashion area has dedicated studios and a range of high quality workshops to enable the production of 2D and 3D work
- emphasis is placed on students’ creative development whilst recognising the importance of marketing and management skills
- strong links with industry, invited guest speakers and live project learning experiences
- opportunities for work experience and internships are embedded within the curriculum
- Leathersellers’ Scholarships from £1200 to £800 for fashion leather
The reading list for first year students is available to download.
The work based learning opportunities aim to improve the industry knowledge and employability skills of students. The opportunities also aim to increase the maturity, confidence and often the motivation of each student. All students are given the opportunity to experience work-based learning and have contact with industry specialists.
Our current work experience opportunities include:
- Clothes Show Live Birmingham
- research visits
- visits to exhibitions and galleries
- commercial industry projects
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be 280 UCAS tariff points for qualifications included in the UCAS Tariff. In addition applicants are expected to have studied an Art or Textiles related subject in an A level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification; or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.
Foundation Entry Requirements
Admission to this programme is normally based upon 120-140 tariff points gained from A levels or BTEC programmes of study.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Full Time:||£9,000 per year|
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 Credit Module|
|Foundation:||£6,200 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)|
|International:||£10,900 per year|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
The Foundation Year programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance, no matter what their educational background.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Leather for Fashion, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA (Hons) Leather for Fashion programme which includes a Foundation Year that will help you develop the conceptual design, technical grounding and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
The Foundation Year provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by the fashion world. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist fashion modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).