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?

This internationally recognised fashion design course has a proven track record of delivering the designers of tomorrow. You’ll study a broad range of topics - including market research, fashion illustration, pattern cutting, CAD design, trend prediction and design history - with the ultimate aim of creating a portfolio of your own innovative, creative collections. Everything you learn is designed to help you start a successful career - where possible, you’ll be assessed via live projects with fashion industry partners, and you’ll also study a module specifically aimed at preparing you for work.

UCLan has been producing graduates for the fashion industry for over 45 years and we are one of the most successful UK universities at Graduate Fashion Week.  We were successful once again this year; read more.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma
: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF 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.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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.

UCLan Open Day, 12 June 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Fashion Design I
  • Fashion Design II
  • Introduction to Design and Culture
  • Fashion Illustration or Digital Communication for Fashion (elective)
    • Year 2

      • Fashion Design III
      • Fashion Design IV
      • Dress Style & Communication
      • Introduction to Catwalk Shapes

      Year 3/4

      Year 3

      • Industrial Placement

      Year 4

    • Fashion Design V
    • Experimental Silhouette Investigation
    • Fashion Collection
    • Fashion, Culture & Identity
      • 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 good aspect about the course is that we are constantly learning and challenged daily, resulting in us gaining more skills and knowledge.


        In Year 1, 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 2 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.

        Year 3 involves a full-time placement in one or more fashion-related companies. The positions within these companies vary from pattern cutter to design assistant, and can be national or international positions. Your placements are monitored by the Industrial Placement Tutor who will be in regular contact with you and the company.

        Year 4 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.

        Course Specification and Handbook

        For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
        For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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        Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

        Contact Us

        +44(0)1772 892400

        Fees 2016/17

        Full-time: Non-standard fees apply to this course.

        Tuition Fee: £9,000 per year – 3 years duration of course. Students currently undertaking a sandwich year out in 15/16 will be charged £680.

        Sandwich year fee maybe subject to change in subsequent years due to Student Finance Regulations which are outside of university control.

        Further information:

        For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

        Scholarships and bursaries

        Case Studies

        Industry Links

        Our extremely close relationships with over 150 global fashion brands means we are able to help you secure your placement opportunity at companies like Levis, Burberry, Coast, Reebok, Oasis, M&S and George.

        The graduating fashion design show has been shown at prestigious catwalk events in Hong Kong, New Delhi and Bangkok, giving you an incredible opportunity to showcase your work on a global stage.

        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 Year 4, 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.

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


        Our graduates have gone on to have great careers in the fashion industry. Fashion labels Preen and PPQ were founded by graduates from this course, and you’ll find UCLan alumni at work in Jack Wills, Courtesy Shoes, George at Asda and working freelance for M&S.

        In your third year, you’ll spend a minimum of 48 weeks putting theory into practice, working full-time on placement for a fashion brand. Positions you could find yourself filling include design assistant, graphics designer, product developer, pattern cutter and knitwear designer, and in some cases placements can lead to sponsorship for final collections and graduate employment.


        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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