Senior Lecturer in Fashion
Faculty of Arts, Science and TechnologyDiscover
BA with Foundation: W236
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4 years
Fees UK 24/25:
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credits)
Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
Fees International 24/25:
Full Time: £15,200
Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:
Course previously titled Fashion Design BA (Hons).
This exciting and creative fashion degree in will enable you to explore a range of industry relevant topics, allowing you to specialise in Fashion, Footwear and Accessories or Textiles.
Our Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories degree provides rigorous depth of knowledge and industry-relevant skills at each level of the programme, enabling you to explore and advance both your theoretical understanding of fashion design and technical skills to support realisation. With access to specialist workshops, supported by expert academic and technical staff you will develop skills in both traditional and digital technologies making you prepared for the industry of the future.
The range of facilities will support you to learn the process of design from concept development, through to materiality and 3D visualisation within your chosen specialism. You will also have the unique opportunity to access the Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) tannery allowing you to explore working with leather as a creative material.
Live projects, national and international competitions provide real-world industry experience for a range of careers for the fashion, textile and footwear industry, freelance work or preparation for further study at postgraduate level.
“Northampton is the heart of footwear.”
Katie Greenyer, Creative talent and Network Director at Pentland Brands & World President of The Textile Institute
This fashion design course offers the opportunity to explore a range of areas within the fashion, footwear, accessories and textile industry, highlights include:
This Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Our degree in Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories aims to equip you with the skills to succeed and thrive in this exciting and fast paced multi-billion pound industry. Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories BA (Hons) at Northampton 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 our fashion design degree programme is our strong creative industry links within the footwear, fashion, textiles and accessories sector who offer live projects, competitions, work experience and contribute to our outstanding guest lecture series, 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.
Our second year students hosted an exhibition of their latest concepts, at Waterside campus. See how they got on here:
National and International competitions, awards and opportunities are embedded into the three years of study.
There are also a number of prestigious awards during the event, and our students are regularly recognised – either as nominees or overall winners.
That’s not all – our students have also seen their collections displayed at Asian Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong, Ningbo Fashion Week in China, Lineapelle in Italy, PV in Paris and The Wing at Silverstone Racecourse right here in Northampton.
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 Design students deliver some stunning designs. You can browse many of their fashion creations on our Flikr account.
Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.
Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is:
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.
Admission to this foundation course is normally:
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.
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time Fashion Design degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
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.
*UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).
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.
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.
We take a range of approaches to teaching throughout our fashion design degree at UON, to help you learn in the best way for you. This is a creative course that aims to nurture creative and innovative designers for the future.
Our BA Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories course will enable you to realise your full potential through a varied programme of studio-based projects, specialist practical workshops, group critiques, one-to-one tutorials, study visits and regular personal tutorial support. You will get feedback throughout the year, verbally, written and online.
Theory is assessed through essay writing, blogs, assignments and presentations. Practical work is judged through studio presentations, portfolio and product realisation.
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.
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 has supported student travel to international trade fairs such as Le Cuir in Paris, Micam and Lineapelle in Italy. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers has supported student travel to Paris, Italy to international trade fairs and exhibitions.
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).
Senior Lecturer in Footwear & Accessories
Faculty of Arts, Science and TechnologyDiscover
Studying Fashion, Textiles, Footwear & Accessories at university will open up a vast range of career opportunities, including…
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.
Watch student Simon discuss his incredible fashion inspiration from World War 2.
Learn how student Amy grew her own fabric.
Be inspired by Maisie as she discusses how her life and her family have inspired her creative work.
We have a fashion manufacturing facility, including flatbeds and overlockers and a range of specialised production equipment, and a fully equipped textile print room with screen printing, hand dying, transfer printing, laser cutting and two footwear manufacturing workshops.
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: