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Fashion

BA (Hons)
Fashion
3 years (full-time)
UCAS W230

This award winning course focuses on contemporary fashion design and encourages students to be innovative and creative whilst developing an understanding of the needs of the fashion industry. You are taught how to develop concepts and ideas through in-depth research processes and experimentation, and learn how to design original and innovative fashion solutions and present fashion concepts through established and new media. At all levels you will undertake theoretical, historical, contextual and professional studies, which continues throughout the programme. You will further develop industry relevant knowledge through collaborative project opportunities with other students and national and international fashion industry professionals. The course offers opportunity for external showcasing of work and encourages you to participate in competitions, external projects and collaborations

Special Features

  • 2012 graduate Jousianne Propp won the British Fashion Council Mulberry competition and the Karen Millen Portfolio award and Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear award at Graduate Fashion Week
  • 2011 graduate Toni Stott won a national competition to show her collection at Who's Next in Paris in February 2012.
  • 2010 graduate Rebecca Thomson was awarded the £20,000 River Island gold award at Graduate Fashion Week. Having completed her MA at the RCA she is now setting up her own label.
  • 2009 graduates scooped a number of awards including The Best of Manchester Fashion Awards 2009 and North West Young Designer of the Year 2009.
  • 2008 graduate Nabil El-Nayal was named a finalist in the prestigious Fashion Fringe project 2011.

Course Content

This course has an excellent reputation for producing fashion graduates who are employed for their creativity, originality, versatility, and professional skills. This is achieved by the development of individual creative abilities and you will be encouraged to develop your own personal
design philosophy and identity.

You will gain an understanding of the fashion design process and how it operates within the fashion industry. Your market awareness will be developed further as you will have the opportunity to work on industry live projects and collaborate with students from Textiles in Practice.

The course very much focuses on research, the development of ideas, and design and garment construction methodology. Individuality and creativity are at the core of the briefs set, and you will learn how to develop and challenge concepts and ideas, which you will apply to your design work. Innovation and originality are encouraged.

Practical skills are taught throughout the course in tutorials and workshops, using traditional and state-of-the-art equipment.

Year 1

In the first year, you will be introduced to the context of fashion and the role of the fashion designer. You will learn to develop innovative and original concepts and improve your design skills, learning how to cut patterns and how to make and style outfits. Workshops and tutorials take place throughout the year to develop your practical skills. You will also study the historical and cultural context for fashion.

Generating Fashion

This is the first unit to be delivered it contains a series of projects that provide students with an insight into the specialisms available for fashion. This is a practical unit that introduces different fashion design processes.

Realisation

The unit introduces the fundamentals of the design and make process for fashion and also provides an opportunity to exhibit, disseminate and reflect on the outcomes. A series of textile and 3D workshops support an experimental design and make project. The unit will focus on learning through making and explore a range of approaches to generating and presenting fashion. Students participate in a live event, experiencing the broader issues relating to the production and presentation of fashion through dissemination and articulation of their design ideas.

Unit X

The unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within the Faculty of art and Design.

Contextualising Practice 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

During the second year you will further expand your design skills, developing a more professional approach to practice but also experimenting, testing out ideas and developing your own interests and specialisms such as menswear, knit or print. You will also start to tailor your outcomes to your own individual practice through both live industry projects and  self-written briefs. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience during the second year.

Design

This unit focuses on research approaches and processes for developing a professional fashion design practice. Experimentation and innovation will be encouraged within a professional context.

Directions

This self-directed unit facilitates the development and dissemination of a personal design philosophy. You will explore interests and themes, which will help to establish concepts, contexts and methods for their maturing design practice

Unit X

The unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.
It covers a range of external facing learning opportunities, which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. Lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings, and presentations.Opportunities include work experience and live industry projects.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Year 3

The final year is self-directed, students develop their studies in line with their own design philosophy and career expectations. Through extensive original research students establish their own design practice and in response produce 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional and digital fashion outcomes alongside related reflective and critical writing.

Practice

You will distill through practice your personal design direction, context, research methods and processes and  develop and produce individual fashion outcomes.

Unit X

You will generate a final project brief, leading to the presentation of a significant body of final work for academic, public and professional audiences related to the students personal interest, ambition and career aspirations. Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice can be authored into the project in relation to your professional context and ambition.

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Assessment

Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document.

Staff


Graduates

Graduates of this course have diverse careers in fashion with some working freelance or starting their own companies. Most go on to work as designers for companies such as River Island, Gieves & Hawkes, Roland Mouret, Dolce & Gabbana, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, Donna Karan, Abercrombie and Fitch, Reebok and Rodier Paris.

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a Digital Portfolio to support your application.

If you meet our criteria we will invite to you an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other leve 3 qualifications.

Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE Grade C (or acceptable alternative) in English language

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.

International Baccalaureate28 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees

UK and EU full-time students: £9,000

Non-EU full-time international students: £11,000

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