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Fashion BA (Hons)


TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Our undergraduate Fashion degree will enable you to gain the design and technical knowledge needed to be successful in the fashion industry. The course provides a rigorous depth of knowledge and industry-relevant skills.

At each level of the programme and through extracurricular activities you will be able to explore and advance your theoretical understanding and apply it to real industry issues and live projects.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Fashion Studio Tour

Updated 21/09/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:


  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 892134


The course offers the opportunity to explore a range of areas within the fashion industry, highlights include:

  • Traditional and digital facilities
  • Specialist fashion manufacture and textile workshop facilities
  • Access to campus-wide facilities including the Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) tannery
  • The Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) tannery offers a unique opportunity to explore working with leather as a creative material.
  • Technical support and specialist workshop demonstrations
  • Fashion at Northampton is a member of Graduate Fashion Week
  • Live team industry, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects
  • National & International Competitions
  • Livery companies’ scholarships & bursaries available
  • Input by leading researchers and industry professionals.
  • 100% of students said: “This course has challenged me to achieve my best work”, NSS 2020
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content

  • The fashion industry is an important and pivotal part of the UK economy with the industry directly contributing £32.3 billion to the country’s GDP in 2017, with fashion a major UK employer representative of 890,000 jobs.“ Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council 2019.

    Our course aims to equip you with the skills to succeed and thrive in this exciting and fast paced multi-billion pound industry. Fashion is a multi-faceted subject and you will be exposed to a range of topics including illustration & portfolio skills, CAD, computer aided design & manufacture, design research & contextual studies, technical skills in garment production alongside, presentation skills & communication to help you identify your strengths and future career path. Through your research and development we will encourage you to respond to environmental, political and the wider global issues to put your work into context.

    Integral to all of our fashion programmes are our strong creative industry links, who offer live projects,  competitions, work experience and contribute to our outstanding guest lecture programme, which exposes you to leading brands and high profile speakers.  These opportunities enable you to develop and practice your emerging academic, creative, commercial and entrepreneurial skills within a professional setting.

    Year one introduces you to the design development cycle from concept through to production. Building on these skills, group project work , live briefs and in-depth research and portfolio development form year two, in preparation for year three. In your final year you are given the opportunity to develop your own briefs and create a final collection of work to showcase your individual concept and design aesthetic.

    National and International competitions, awards and opportunities are embedded into the three years of study.


    Graduate Fashion Week 2019

    Graduate Fashion Week 2019

    • Module code: FSH1118
      Status: Compulsory
    • Module code: FSH1107
      Status: Compulsory
      This module will investigate the nature of design in relation to a range of contexts. It aims to stimulate and promote an ethos of exploratory and questioning attitudes through problem solving allowing the student to develop visual research and contextual aspects as a means of communicating a design research concept.
    • Module code: FSH1106
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to address issues around Fashion Leather Fashion and Textiles for Fashion. It is intended to stimulate and promote an exploratative and questioning attitude towards the subject. An understanding of generic design skills and the design development process will underpin the module.
  • How will I be taught?

    We take a range of approaches to teaching, to help you learn in the best way for you. There will be classroom teaching, group and individual sessions, specialist workshops with industry partners and tutorials. You will get feedback throughout the year, verbally, written and online.

    How will I be assessed?

    Theory is assessed through essay writing, assignments, presentations and a dissertation. Practical work is judged through studio presentations and exhibitions.

    Will I have access to any specialist facilities?

    Yes! We have a manufacturing facility, including flatbeds and overlockers and a range of specialised production equipment.

    Students have access to a range of CAD packages including Lectra, which specialises in CAD software and CAM cutting-room systems for industries. As well as:

    • Lazer cutter and digital printers
    • Full-size printing table and print room facilities
    • Access to a dark and light photographic studio

    Will there be opportunities for work experience?

    During your second year you might want to choose to do a co-ordinated work experience placement and there will be other opportunities for placements throughout your course. We encourage you to make the most of these opportunities.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Additional Costs

    Study trips

    New York: £800 (Not compulsory)
    Milan/Amsterdam/Sweden: £400 (Not compulsory)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)


    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    For more information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    Study trips

    New York: £800 (Not compulsory)
    Milan/Amsterdam/Sweden: £400 (Not compulsory)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

  • We are keen that our students see themselves as global citizens and embed opportunities to broaden your horizons into the programme. In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York. British Council supported trips have funded opportunities for students to visit India, China and Turkey for specific projects often working in collaboration with international students.

    Exhibitions show casing students work have taken place at The Indian International Leather Fair in Chennai, India, Asian Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong.   The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers supports student travel to international trade fairs such as Le Cuir in Paris, Micam and Lineapelle in Italy.

    All the study trips are optional and the costs vary year on year. Typically, this is approximately £800 for New York, and £400 for European trips (Milan, Amsterdam, Sweden).

  • As a final year student, you’ll put together a major collection and display your designs exclusively in front of a host of the University’s industry partners and VIP guests.

    There are also several prestigious awards during the year, and our students are regularly recognised – either as nominees or overall winners.

    Final year students display their work at the annual Degree Show at Waterside campus. Our Fashion students deliver some stunning designs. You can browse many of their fashion creations on our Flickr account.

  • Changing Futures is a five-day, University wide showcase of activities and industry speakers to help students explore skills and activities to develop their academic and personal lives and offers unrivalled opportunities for networking and industry insight. Speakers have included ex-students such as Helen Kirkum and Lydia Elise Millen as well as industry leaders such as Sarah Harris (Vogue) and Jemma Coffey (Giles Deacon).

Careers and Employability

This course will open up a vast range of career opportunities, including…

  • Designers
  • Pattern cutters
  • Illustrators
  • Production Managers
  • Buyers

We have alumni working across  a wide range of brands and retailers including; Brandix, ASOS, TOPSHOP, River Island, White Company, Next, Ted Baker, LVMH, Henry Holland, Emilia Wickstead and Anya Hindmarch.

Is this course for you?