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Bath Spa University



Fashion Design Skills (Foundation Degree)

This course is aimed at students who want to understand fashion and clothing construction with a creative stance in order to work in this exciting and fast-moving industry.

The course provides a ‘hands on’ approach to designing, pattern and construction skills. Through a unique partnership with the world famous Bath Museum of Costume you will have special access to an unrivalled collection of fashion.

Course Structure and Content                                                                                   

The course integrates theory and practice, with an emphasis on learning and exploring skills from design, simple sewing techniques to pattern cutting. The aim is to underpin the designer or technician’s knowledge with a thorough basis in the skills of fashion. You will study flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, draping and tailoring. You will be encouraged to draw, research and design constantly, and throughout the course you will analyse trends, magazines and general issues affecting fashion. There will be opportunities to visit centres of fashion both in the UK and abroad, as well as constant visits to shops. Work placements will be available for those students who consider this appropriate, usually between Years 1 and 2, or during the second year of the course.

Year 1

Year 2

Teaching Methods and Recourses

You will benefit from

Work placements include: Alexander McQueen, Bristol Old Vic wardrobe department, Nicol Fahri, Ted Baker, Whistles, Karen Millen, Ben de Lisi, Museum of Costume, Bath.

Industry led projects have included: Ted Baker, Nicol Fahri, Sarah Lawrence designer at Julian McDonald/Givenchy, Anthony Hendley design director Jaeger

Assessment Methods

Coursework, portfolio and exhibition – there are no written examinations.

For more information http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/fashion-design-skills.asp


Fashion and Textile Design BA (hons)

A fast moving dynamic course for ambitious students who want careers as designer makers, industrial designers or freelance in surface design.

This is a dynamic course concentrating on new technological skills with a strong emphasis on computer aided design. The course is demanding across a wide range of subjects, aiming to produce designers and people of influence in the future.

Students have the opportunity to study either a Textiles with Fashion route or a Surface Design route from a common first year.

Course Structure and Content

The course introduces you to a wide range of subjects to enable you to have a good understanding of the academic, theoretical and practical constraints of surface design. The normal pattern of study is 80% practical and 20% contextual studies.

The course offers an initial introduction into a wide range of basic skills for textile and fashion design during the first year. These include printed, knitted, woven, embroidered and felted textiles as well as pattern cutting and sewing skills. Drawing and visual research are crucial throughout the course alongside computer and digital design skills that are emphasised during the first year of the course. These are supported by a strong research and theory programme to enable you to make an informed choice about specialising in either Fashion with Textiles or Surface Design in the second year of the course. You are exposed to a wide range of opinions and ideas through contact with the industry and an exciting visiting lecture programme, visiting tutors all of whom are practising designers, visits to the industry, trade fairs, exhibitions, museums, and student exchanges.

The course allows specialism in any of the following areas:


Year 1

In Year 1 you will be introduced to a wide range of disciplines through a combination of studio, workshop and theoretical study. Design theory and critical studies will link with workshop practice, and you will be able to experiment and explore ideas whilst developing a sound grounding in basic design, drawing, visual research, visual communication, 2D and 3D digital design, textile construction and surface embellishment.


Year 2

At the end of Year 1 you will be asked to choose a selected route through the course and a specialism. The routes are Textiles with Fashion and Surface Design. The specialisms are Printed, Woven, Knitted Textiles/Knitwear, Felted or Embroidered Textiles.

You may support the chosen specialism by crossing over to other areas as required during the year. The emphasis of the year is to improve research design and technical skills. The Fashion with Textiles route includes modules of study in fashion design and pattern cutting and garment construction. The Surface Design route allows you to study any area of surface you wish from wallpaper to furnishing fabrics or the decoration or construction of any surface as an art or craft form. You will be introduced to professional skills leading to a work placement or student exchange where appropriate. The programme is further supported by Contextual Studies.


Year 3

You will continue to specialise in either Fashion and Textiles or Surface Design.

Independent study will form the basis of the year. Your individual design abilities and interests will continue to develop using new technology as a design and production tool and creative medium.

Teaching Methods and Resources

Visiting Lecture Programme

A lively programme of national and international speakers from a wide range of surface design interests is planned over the three year course. This is supported by a team of visiting lecturers for project based work representing all surface design skills.

Visiting speakers also represent the Contextual Studies course, providing a rich mix of knowledge across the course as a whole.


Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on the importance of skills. Workshops are planned in all areas, in particular digital media.


Discussion groups are formed to discuss and debate issues of interest and to ensure students are well informed about current practice. Contextual Studies further supports this debate.


You are given regular personal tutorials both in Main Studies and in Contextual Studies.

Visits and Links with Industry

Throughout the course there are organised visits to exhibitions, industry and museums, both nationally and internationally.

Work Experience

Students will gain work experience where appropriate both nationally and internationally. Student placements have included Chloe, Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Clarissa Hulse and Jessica Ogden


International exchanges will be made where appropriate.

Part-Time Study

The course can be studied on a part-time basis over a period of five years. Part-time study usually consists of 12 hours per week attendance, plus ten hours of independent study. Programmes are devised on an individual basis.

Assessment Methods

The course is delivered in a series of modules varying in length that are continuously assessed.

Visit http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/ for more course information









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