University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

The course offers students with a background in fashion design or a closely related discipline the opportunity to take a fresh view of their work and their creative direction. The course's learning and teaching philosophy emphasises creative freedom and offers students the opportunity to explore and experience London as an international fashion design centre and a rich resource for research, providing invaluable insights into progression to postgraduate study or employment in the international fashion industry. The learning and teaching are project'based and offer students the freedom to experiment and find or re'define themselves within a creative environment. The course emphasises breadth as well as depth of research and an innovative approach to design development. The course begins with staff'directed and / or industry projects aiming to support students in identifying and further developing their strengths and addressing their weaknesses. This enables students to develop their work in consultation with staff on an ongoing basis. Fundamental to the course is the commitment to support student's creative development with appropriate design, technical (pattern cutting / garment construction) and professional skills to help take advantage of the benefits and challenges that studying in London provides. Later projects are negotiated with course staff and self'directed, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate independent learning in the context of their final project. The curriculum also introduces students to the potential of a range of different approaches to the visual communication and articulation of design ideas. Personal and professional development emphasises the skills and aptitudes required in designing for a specific market, researching and taking account of current trends and, in particular, the personal presentation skills required to support application for entry into postgraduate study and / or employment in the international fashion industry. Students leave the course with a portfolio and realised design work that will effectively support access to postgraduate study and / or entry into employment in the fashion industry.

Course Modules

Unit 1: Diagnostic: research and creative development. Unit 2: Final project and portfolio: Development and resolution.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to a BA Honours degree in fashion, or in a closely related design discipline e.g. fashion textiles, accessory design, jewellery design will be considered. The required education level can be demonstrated by: Having the qualifications named above; having professional qualifications recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree; prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required; a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to the formal qualifications otherwise required. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £17,230  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees