Fashion Design (with Sandwich) BA (Hons)

Fashion Design (with Sandwich) BA (Hons)

School of Art, Design and Fashion




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Four years sandwich

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W231; Short form: BA/Fash

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our award winning BA (Hons) Fashion Design course has a credible reputation within the fashion industry, we are renowned for producing successful graduates due to our commitment to developing creative and innovative designers. We keep a keen eye on current fashion industry requirements, the advice and direction you will receive from our industry-linked members of staff will enhance your employability once you graduate. Our close relationships with over 150 global fashion brands means our students go on to gain esteemed positions with companies such as Burberry, M&S, Reebok, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi and many, many more. Whilst studying at UCLan students benefit from many opportunities to present their work throughout their studies to industry professionals, the highlight of which being Graduate Fashion Week. At this event graduates have the chance to showcase their work on the catwalk and exhibition space to the key fashion industry players, with many gaining industry contacts and winning nationally recognised awards.

National Student Survey 2017
90.7% of Design Studies students agreed that teaching staff are good at explaining things


Entry Requirements

112 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

Open Day (Saturday 18 November 2017) - Register Now

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Fashion Design 1
  • Fashion Communication and Presentation Methods
  • Fashion Design 2
  • Cultural & Historical Studies: Introduction to Design & Culture OR
  • Enterprise in Practise: Enterprise Skills

Year 2

  • Fashion Design 3
  • Fashion Design 4

Pathway 1 & 2:

  • Preparation for Industry
  • Outerwear Design & Creation or Computer Aided Fashion Drawing
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: Dress, Style and Communication

Or Pathway 3:

  • Computer Aided Fashion Drawing
  • Contextualising Fashion Direction
  • Enterprise in Practise:  Planning & Developing a Business Model

Year 3 and 4

  • Industrial Placement Fashion

  • Fashion Design 5
  • Fashion Collection

Pathway 1:

  • Experimental Silhouette Investigation
  • Cultural & Historical Studies: Fashion, Textiles, Culture & Identity

Pathway 2:

  • Fashion Design for Industry
  • Cultural & Historical Studies: Fashion, Textiles, Culture & Identity

Or Pathway 3

  • Craft Technique
  • Enterprise in Practise: Enterprise Project


Further Information

On the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course, you will have the opportunity to transform your two dimensional design ideas into creative clothes. Our lecturers have worked at the top of the industry, for brands like YSL, Ted Baker and Debenhams, and many staff are still involved on a part-time basis, so latest practice can be quickly incorporated into the course.  

Areas covered include:

  • womenswear and menswear design
  • research skills
  • design development
  • range building
  • pattern cutting - traditional and experimental
  • professional production techniques
  • knitwear design
  • 'live' projects with industry
  • fashion illustration and presentation techniques
  • CAD Design
  • flat drawing
  • trend prediction
  • fabric exploration
  • preparation for industry
  • design history

The support and contact time I received on the BA Hons Fashion Design course at UCLan has enabled me to fully realise my creative potential. I was encouraged to develop my own personal style and the insight I gained from my placement year, visiting lecturers and the course team played a vital part in securing me a job within the fashion industry.

Amelia Robertson, Graduate BA Hons with Fashion Design

In Year one/Year two if on Foundation entry, you will be introduced to the broad area of fashion design. Projects involve: visual research, drawing and presentation, an introduction to fashion ideas and to fundamental techniques in cut, knit and embellishment. Complementary modules in historical and sociological studies will provide a context for fashion.

Year two/Year three if on Foundation entry, will introduce you to the fashion industry and require you to find innovative solutions to a series of market-related challenges. Activities involve ‘live’ projects and preparation of a portfolio of work for placement interview. Complementary studies in the History of Art and Design continue together with ‘in-house’ electives in pattern cutting and experimental knitwear.

In your third year/fourth year if on Foundation entry, you will get the chance to spend a minimum of 48 weeks putting theory into practice, working full-time on placement. Dedicated Placement staff will work with you to secure a minimum 48 week placement as well as monitor your experience. This includes specific preparation for Industry modules that are embedded into the course where you will cover the likes of interview techniques, job roles, CV writing as well as creating an industry ready portfolio. Positions you could find yourself in include Assistant/Junior designer for the high street/designer brand/start-up company, Trend Forecaster, Pattern Cutter, Garment Technologist or Assistant Buyer. During this time of ‘work situated’ learning you’ll discover how to make a living from doing what you love.

Year forth/Year fifth year if on Foundation entry, encourages you to work in an independent manner throughout a series of guided and highly individual projects. These are for inclusion in personal portfolios and for national and international competitions. In a final module, you will design and produce a collection of six to eight outfits aimed to be showcased on a catwalk.


Lancashire Arts Festival 2017 award winner – Amelia Robertson


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Sandwich year out fees: £1,000

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have numerous successes in National and International competitions, alongside the opportunities of working on live project briefs with industry partners and there are opportunities for international collaborations. Many students have been recognised in national awards including Graduate Fashion Week’s gala nominated collections, Tu Sainsbury’s scholarship finalists, the annual F.A.D. competitions and ID magazine’s Diversity Now! competition.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.


UCLan fashion students show off designs to American Vogue editor-in-chief

Learning Environment and Assessment

Most teaching on our fashion programme is studio and workshop based. Tutors have a good rapport with students, and tutorials enable you to discuss your work with your project tutor individually or in small group sessions.

Assessment is continual and can take the form of individual presentations or verbal critiques, group assessment work or seminar presentations. Modules are assessed through project based work, and in some cases, a portfolio submission at the end of the module is required. During the final course module in your final year, students present a minimum range of six to eight outfits, supported by a market/customer profile, together with a personalised portfolio of directional design work.

Graduate Fashion Week 2017


A well-structured course that builds up your skills and makes you industry ready.


Your time spent on this course will expose you to a broad range of Fashion Design projects and creative activities including: CAD, Fashion Illustration, Creative Research, Designing, Pattern Cutting, Trend Forecasting, Creative Shape Making, Textiles, Contemporary Craft Techniques, Business Enterprise and Critical and Cultural Studies. Your in-house tutors will enrich your studies with their various specialisms’ and industry linked experiences. We also have specialist guest lecturers delivering ‘industry-linked’ master classes. We run trips locally, nationally and internationally to see fashion shows and exhibitions - we’ve visited London, Paris and New York and it is these experiences that enhance and develop your creative and academic work to an international level.


This course is based in Victoria Building, which is a modern, bright building with purpose-built studios and workshops. It is close to the library, computer facilities, students' union, cafés, bars, refectory, and the city centre of Preston is only a 5-minute walk away. The facilities provide students with in-house access to the knit studios and production rooms with supervision and support from the specialist technicians.

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Our Graduates

Our graduates work across the creative industries both nationally and internationally. They work in the fashion design sectors such as Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, Sportswear, Lingerie/swimwear, Luxury markets, Denim sector, Fashion Forecasting and Buying. We direct the course to be both creative, innovative but distinctly realistic and reflective of the fashion industry so our graduates are highly sought after and work within the key companies at all levels of the fashion industry. We often receive glowing reports from their employers on their performance within their new job roles, which highlights the relevance and focus of this BA Hons Fashion Design degree course.