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.
Starting university is a big step and we want you to have everything you need from day one. That’s why if you choose to study this course full-time at Northampton you will be provided with your own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. For more information on this and many other benefits you can enjoy, visit our benefits webpages.
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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; feel free to view them on Flickr.
You can also watch this short film to get a flavour of what the show has to offer:
Graduate Fashion Week
Our final year students take part in the Catwalk Show at the annual London Graduate Fashion Week.
This year’s Graduate Fashion Week saw collections influenced by traditional international costumes, grime music and the negative side of social media when the University of Northampton students presented their work on the catwalk on Tuesday 6 June.
The 15 students from the BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and BA (Hons) Footwear and Accessories programmes have been working on their fashion collections, textile designs, footwear and accessories, using a broad range of traditional and unexpected materials, such as silk, cotton, leather, parachute nylon, bandages and even a duvet! Check out their Graduate Collections in the image gallery below. You can also download the Graduate Fashion Week 2017 brochure.
Take a look at the Graduate Fashion Week video from 2016 to see what our previous students designed.
Subject Futures Week
Our annual Subject 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.
Below is a video featuring Kate Hills – Founder of ‘Make it British’, at Subject Futures Week 2016 talking to some of our Fashion students.
Take a look at 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.
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We know our staff and students want the very best, and that’s what Waterside will provide. It is the embodiment of our mission to transform lives and inspire change.
We’ve designed Waterside to put you first – it is flexible to the changing needs of our students but also makes the most of our fantastic staff. A University that teaches in a way that mirrors the skills you will need when you graduate, a place that provides everything you will need to live and learn, and that will provide a home-from-home as you enjoy one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of your life.
Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
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 (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: Printed Textiles (20 Credits)
- Module code: FSH2109
- 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
In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York.
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).
Theory is assessed through:
- essay writing
- a dissertation.
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 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
- optional international study visits
- 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.
Here are some of the job roles directly related to this degree:
- Clothing/textile technologist
- Colour technologist
- Interior and spatial designer
- Fashion designer
- Textile designer
You could also continue along the academic route with a focused MA in any area of Fashion and Textiles.
Our graduates have secured fashion design jobs with:
- POP Magazine
- Ted Baker
- House of Holland
- River Island
You might also go on to create your own fashion line, like our recent graduate Ngoni Chikwenengere who has started her own label – “We are Kin”.
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 Study 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.
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 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,350 per 20 credit module|
|Foundation:||£6,500 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). 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.
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.
Foundation Study Framework
Our Foundation Study Framework offers an 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 entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.
The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award. The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.
You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study 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 one 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 two further modules from the BA (Hons) Fashion (Textiles for Fashion) Award Map.
Typical timetabled week of study
Foundation Study Framework teaching may be a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions. Each module involves a teaching contact time of four hours per week and you are also expected to engage in approximately 12 hours of independent study, to support your learning experience.
Foundation study will help you to build a solid understanding of the general theoretical and practical aspects that will underpin Textiles for Fashion. 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.