The programme enables students to acquire a range of design practice skills and technical knowledge to support career progression within the fashion industry.
The subject has strong links with industry, invited guest speakers, live projects, and work experience. Internship opportunities are embedded within the curriculum. Students develop a major collection to a professional catwalk standard in their final year study.
The fashion area has dedicated studios and a range of high-quality workshops for the production of two and three dimensional work. The programme will also develop professional and entrepreneurial skills for application within the creative industries.
School of The Arts Degree Show
Final year students displayed their work at the School of the Art Degree Show last year at our Avenue Campus. Our Fashion students delivered some stunning designs as you can see:
Feel free to view our flickr account to see our students work from the Degree Show 2016.
Graduate Fashion Week 2015
With collections inspired by homelessness, bullfighting and even the plastic bag charge, 16 budding fashionistas from the University of Northampton presented their final year work on the catwalk at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.
The students worked on a range of fashion garments, textile prints, footwear and accessories using different fabrics, such as leather, sandwashed silk, and 100 per cent cashmere to create their signature pieces and had the opportunity to showcase their work to the fashion glitterati, including established designers, journalists and bloggers.
The 16 third year students took part in the catwalk show held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and showcased their final year collections and accessories.
- Kate Hills – Founder of ‘Make it British’, at Subject Futures Week 2016 talking to some of our Fashion students.
Please see below the full 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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The course aims to equip graduates with a broad range of skills relevant to the fashion and associated industries and our students have an excellent track record of success in national and international design competitions. 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.
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).
Course modules (17/18)
Design Practice: Concept Research and Design Development (60 Credits)
- Module code: FSH1107
- Core module Y
Contextual Studies 1 (20 Credits)
- Module code: FSH1101
- Core module Y
Fashion Footwear/Accessories and Textiles: Context (40 Credits)
- Module code: FSH1106
- Core module Y
Design Practice: Research and Design Development Fashion/Leather/Footwear and Accessories and Printed Textiles (60 Credits)
- Module code: FSH2105
- Core module Y
Contextual Studies 2 (20 Credits)
- Module code: FSH2101
- Core module Y
Visual Communication and Promotion (20 Credits)
- Module code: FSH2106
- Core module Y
Creative and Technical Exploration: Fashion (20 Credits)
- Module code: FSH2107
- Core module Y
Design Context Communication (40 Credits)
- Module code: FSH3105
- Core module Y
Final Major Project (80 Credits)
- Module code: FSH3103
- Core module Y
There are several study trips each year, including trips to New York, Milan and Paris.
Methods of Learning
Students will undertake a blend of teaching methods, from classroom teaching, group and individual, specialised sessions from external industry partners as well as your tutor. Students will receive feedback throughout the year both verbally, written and through online methods.
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 and Footwear 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 collections
The reading list for first year students is available to download.
Graduates have been highly successful in securing employment in the fashion design industry. For example, one graduate began her career working on POP Magazine. We also have designers at companies such as Ted Baker, House of Holland, COS, Topshop and River Island.
Graduates can also choose focused MA’s in areas of Fashion and Textiles while jobs in the industry include Design, Pattern Cutting, Buying, Merchandising, PR, Editorial.
First year students have the opportunity to assist at the Clothes Show. A number of other ad hoc placement opportunities will arise throughout the three years which is supported throughout.
How to apply
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. 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 Framework Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation programme 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 programme you wish to study.
If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
|Foundation:||£6,300 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)|
|International Foundation Fees:||£9,400|
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). In the final year you will be required to purchase your final collection materials, price dependant on materials selected.
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.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
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 Framework programme 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 for BA (Hons) Fashion, the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA (Hons) Fashion programme which includes a year of Foundation study. The Foundation Framework 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 Framework 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).
You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Framework. These are:
Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.
Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.
These modules are delivered concurrently with two Level 4 modules from your programme: FSH1101 Contextual Studies, FSH1106 Fashion, Textiles and Leather: Concept.
Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BA (Hons) Fashion, in which you will receive further support through:
Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key CAD skill sets, technical garment construction skills required by the programme.
In the remainder of Stage One, you will take a further 60 credit module FSH1107 Design Practice: Research, concept and design from the BA (Hons) Fashion Award Map.
Typical timetabled week of study
Foundation Framework teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. Each module involves a teaching contact time of 4 hours per week and students are also expected to engage in approximately 12 hours of independent study, to support the learning experience.
Foundation study will help you to build a solid understanding of the general theoretical and practical aspects that will underpin Fashion, with the retained flexibility to possibly transfer later in your studies to other programmes, if they become more appropriate. Throughout all stages of your programme you will also be supported by a Personal Academic Tutor, to guide you through the learning experience and help you make informed study choices.
Foundation study will enable you to acquire the necessary study skills to succeed in HE, as well as developing your understanding of key subject concepts delivered through taught sessions, studio and workshop sessions, tutorial and online support.