University of East London

Course Introduction

Our popular and well-regarded course, taught by industry professionals, is having an increasingly big impact on the exhilarating and competitive world of fashion.

Do you want to see your own creations taken on by major fashion labels? Or to be in demand as a creative machinist or garment operator? Would you like to become an entrepreneur and set up your own clothing business? Graduates from our course have done all these things and more.

This is a fast-paced, hands-on course amid the creative hub of east London, preparing you to take your place in the world of commercial fashion.

You’ll learn as your prototype progresses from concept through to construction and product development. We’ll build your confidence as you develop your handcraft and design skills, fashioning pieces that you’ll have the chance to showcase at Graduate Fashion Week the world's largest platform for the designers of tomorrow.

And if you choose to undertake an optional placement year, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to earn as you learn for a year at top fashion companies such as Diesel and Urban Outfitters.

Course Modules

Foundation Year:

Art & Design Studio (core)

Art & Design Workshop (core)

Contextual Studies (core)

Year 1:

Professional Creative Theory 1 – Introducing theoretical underpinning of art and design perspectives (core)

Communicating The Idea – Developing your design signature through a multitude of 2 dimensional practices. (core)

Creativity in 3 Dimensions – Developing your ability to explore, create and refine fashion related gar-ments. (core)

Employability 1 – introducing you to aspects of professional practice that are integral to Fashion De-sign. (core)

Year 2:

Professional Creative Theory 2 – observing and reflecting upon the role of “The Media” and other so-cio-cultural events that have shaped the development of the Fashion Industry. (core)

The External Client – Fast paced technical development and design communication developed through external collaboration and competition projects. (core)

Design Conviction – developing lateral approaches to design the focus on the recognition of subjective and objective direction. (core)

Employability 2 – A focus on the development of communicational skills via c.vs, interview skills, ana-logue portfolios and digital/online presence. (core)

Optional placement year:

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3:

Professional Creative Theory 3 – Creative, analytical and reflective Journal development leading to the completion of a dissertation. (core)

Final Major Project – To reflect and advance upon your studies in order to autonomously produce a final major project. (core)

Employability 3 – A series of tasks and projects based around entrepreneurial activities, networking events, external competitions and rationales that detail your career choices and aspirations. (core)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees