Fashion starts with textiles, and on this exciting programme, you will learn how to develop a wide range of textile applications to enhance your fashion collections. The broad range of facilities includes; digital and screen printing, transfer print and laser cutting. Students also use applique and embroidery to embellish and enhance their garments, dyeing their own fabrics and yarns to create personalised colour combinations. Live projects and competitions provide students with real time industry experience, and the range of careers available include the textile, accessories and garment design sectors for high street and high-end markets.
School of The Arts Degree Show
Final year students displayed their work at the School of the Arts Degree Show, 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.
You can also watch this short film to get a flavour of what the show had to offer:
Visit our School of The Arts Degree Show 2016, from 11-19 June 2016 to see work from our final year students.
Graduate Fashion Week 2015
Witchcraft, urban culture and even glow in the dark leather hit the catwalk at the University of Northampton’s catwalk show at Graduate Fashion Week 2015.
Above: Nyoka Francis (left) and Ashleigh Wise (right) showcase their work at the Graduate Fashion Catwalk Show 2015
Talented fashion students from the University of Northampton took to the stage at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week with an array of colours, textures, styles and even glow in the dark leather!
The 15 third year students took part in the catwalk show held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane on Monday 1 June and showcased their final year collections and accessories.
The links below show some of the media coverage, news and reviews of this year’s Graduate Week Catwalk Show.
You can also download the Graduate Fashion Week 2015 Brochure.
Kate Hills – Founder of ‘Make it British’, at Subject Futures Week 2016, talks 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.
Northampton student is given a helping hand by a local Greengrocer
The Northampton Chronicle reports that Design Student Charly Jansson was producing a sustainably aware fabric project for her degree using natural dyes. Local Greengrocer Brian Harradine helped the student by providing a constant supply of onion skins for her to use. See the Chronicle website for the full story.
Charly showcased her work at the prestigious New Designers Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, between June 24 and 27.
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.
The University of Northampton
St George’s Avenue
Stage one of the course is an introduction to studio design and workshop practice in fashion, printed textiles and leather for fashion. This is supported by the theoretical studies programme. Throughout this stage students are offered the opportunity to work on ‘live’ collaborative design projects in conjunction with the industry.
Throughout stage two of the course, the emphasis is placed on students’ creative potential and individuality with opportunity for coordinated work experience. Projects are generally led by external contacts and sponsors. Some projects will be undertaken in consultancy groups which simulate the working practices of the industry.
Stage three of the course entails the final major project, which is the design and production of a collection of fabrics aimed at the fashion market focusing on surface design and print and supported by academic research. Wherever possible the project is produced in collaboration with the industry. Students will be responsible for writing their own project, which should promote their personal aims and ambitions. Subjects covered on the course include pattern cutting, manufacture, printed textiles, design research, portfolio presentation, design management, photography and styling, textile/fabric/colour forecasting and CAD. Students may also get to produce work for the London Graduate Fashion Shows.
Course modules (16/17)
Design Practice: Concept Research and Design Development
- Module code: FSH1107
- Core module Y
Contextual Studies 1
- Module code: FSH1101
- Core module Y
Fashion Footwear/Accessories 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
Creative and Technical Exploration: Printed Textiles
- Module code: FSH2109
- Core module Y
Design Context Communication
- Module code: FSH3105
- Core module Y
Final Major Project
- Module code: FSH3103
- Core module Y
Assessment methods include formative assessments, seminars and tutorials.
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 the partnership between digital imaging and more traditional screen printing techniques
- the course is a member of Graduate Fashion Week
- strong links with industry, invited guest speakers and live project learning experiences
- opportunities for work experience and internships are embedded within the curriculum
The reading list for first year students is available to download.
Graduates have been highly successful in securing employment in the fashion and textile industries. Many choose to continue their studies onto postgraduate courses.
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 at A-Level, 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 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 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|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)|
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). Students will be expected to purchase own materials and printing costs in support of their design project work.
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.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Fashion (Textiles for Fashion), the University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA (Hons) Fashion (Textiles 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).
In the Foundation Year you will study 2 x 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study experience. 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 1 x Level 4 module from your programme: 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 2 further modules from the BA (Hons) Fashion (Textiles for Fashion) Award Map.
Typical timetabled week of study
Foundation Year teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. The three Foundation Year modules, Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills, Research for Practice and Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas are taken in the sequence indicated above. Each one 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, therefore, help you to build a solid understanding of the general theoretical and practical aspects that will underpin Textiles for 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, tutorials and online support.