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Leather for Fashion BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W220

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


This unique course will give you the specialist skills you need for careers in the Leather garments area of the fashion industry. You will have access to bespoke facilities to help you learn more about the properties of leather and applying them to garment design and manufacture. We have industry links which support live design projects and provide opportunities for work experience.

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.

Updated 10/08/2020

Highlights


  • Opportunity to take part in high profile catwalk shows.
  • Showcase your designs at the University’s Degree Show.
  • International study trips available, typically to one of the fashion capitals of the world.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

Course Content


  • Leather has always played a major role in the creation of garments and it is still significant today, with many leather designs appearing on catwalks. Appreciating the properties of materials will allow you to maximise your creative flair, so this course uses theory and practical work to help you understand leather as a material. You will learn how to take leather through the design and manufacturing stage for the production of leather garments so that you can meet the demands of innovative design while ensuring that the product remains fit for purpose, meeting the high demands of the commercial world.

    We will encourage you to develop your own individual aesthetic signature in a stimulating work environment, where you will be able to explore materials and develop exciting conceptual pieces in leather and suede. We put an emphasis on on technical finesse, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation.

    You will start your degree with an introduction to fashion, textiles and leather so that you can tailor your studies to your interests. You will then focus on Leather for Fashion, with a specialist module at the Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT). As well as developing your technical skills, you will produce a portfolio of conceptual design work culminating in a final collection utilising leather or suede.

    More information is available for you to download – Creative Leather Applications.

    Methods of Learning

    Project briefings are supported by tutorials, seminars, group work, visiting lectures, professional practice, field trips, independent study and assessment.

    Assessments

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

    The Degree Show

    Final year students display their work at the annual Degree Show at our Avenue Campus. Our Fashion students deliver some stunning designs which you can view on our Flickr.

    High Profile Catwalk Shows

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

    Changing Futures Week

    Our annual Changing Futures Week is an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for our students to explore the potential of their course and understand where their university experience can lead them beyond graduation. It offers a unique chance to network with high profile industry professionals from the arts, TV, film, fashion and more.

     

      • Module code: FSH1101
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to design history and theory. Inquiry ranges from early industrial society progressing through time to contemporary visual cultures and so doing establishes an historiographical study of design practice and theory. Study will include weekly subject-specific lectures as well as set seminar tasks workshops and tutorial meetings.
      • 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.
      • 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: FSH2101
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to help students become familiar with a broad range of research methods and approaches through engagement with critical analytical models written responses student-led investigation and the production presentation-based ideas and information.
      • Module code: FSH2105
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to offer a multi-disciplinary delivery that engages students across the subjects of fashion textiles leather and footwear & accessories. Students will be encouraged to further develop and progress creative aesthetic technical exploration while developing a considered approach to a contemporary design practice.
      • Module code: FSH2106
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to support students in developing visual design communication and promotion skills. Students will be encouraged to explore conceptual aesthetic and experimental approaches to developing individual lines of enquiry within the fashion design communication process.
      • Module code: LEA2012
        Status: Compulsory
        Fashion students moving into the commercial sector will invariably deal with leather products. 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.
      • Module code: FSH3103
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to draw on and showcase their skills and experience. They will undertake a self initiated project that encompasses theoretical and practical design practice resulting in a professional collection and portfolio to support their launch into industry or post graduate education.
      • Module code: FSH3105
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to underpin the final major project through a variety of theoretical reflective practice-led and presentational investigations. As future designers there is a requirement for students to consider the changing nature of design contexts and the need to communicate personal creative identities within the professional environment. The module will emphasise the need to recognise the fashion/textiles/footwear/accessories/ leather and fashion promotions industries as agents of change and the resulting implications.This module will allow for visual and textual analysis of this critical area through the exploration of wider creative practices contemporary marketing synergies recognizing the impact of global outcomes environmental considerations the digital landscape and product specialization as a means of supporting decisions made within the final major project.
  • 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 per year
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    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 per year
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    Study trips

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

    International

    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.

    International: £12,900 per year

    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.

    International: £12,500 per year

    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)

  • Our international study visits provide a unique opportunity for you to gain an insight into various cultures and international business. Previous study visits have included New York, Milan and Tokyo.

    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).

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