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  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W297
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

100% of part time students were satisfied overall with their course.

Source: Discover Uni

The BA (Hons) Fashion course fuses the highly creative and exciting commercial dynamics of global fashion with a focus on the design, development and realisation of innovative ideas and products for the contemporary fashion industry and consumer.

The Fashion course was ranked 13th out of 49 such courses in the Guardian League Tables 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2019/jun/07/university-guide-2020-league-table-for-fashion-textiles

In an exciting studio and workshop environment you will learn creative thinking, aesthetic awareness, the skills of research and contextual investigation, the importance of materials and surface pattern, the generation of initial concepts, practical design techniques and experimentation, technical product development methods and how to successfully refine design ideas through to finished 3D garment ranges. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern fashion world, its varied sectors and many markets, and the role of the fashion professional, in particular the designer, within the context of industry.

The inspiring curriculum incorporates specialist lectures, seminars, studio and workshop activities in which tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning supports a professional and independent approach to development from your first year onwards. In your first year of study the focus is on your fashion development, introducing you to essential skills, methods, media, practices, concepts and creative thinking. Your second year focuses on your fashion progression and translating ideas within creative professional contexts; during your third year of study the focus is on your specialist fashion expertise. You will produce an extensive, refined and professional body of work that reflects your individual creativity and aspirations and that fully prepares you for your future in fashion.

Employability lies at the heart of the course and you will study a range of bespoke projects, including live briefs set by industry, which will equip you with a thorough understanding of the entire design process and all the essential professional, communication, design, marketing and business management skills, knowledge and approach required for a rewarding future in fashion.

Teaching is focussed in (though not limited to) a studio environment in which tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning supports a creative, experimental, professional and independent approach to development from Level 4 onwards. Teaching, supervised practice and independent exploration also takes place in well-equipped material workshops and computer labs. Throughout the course students are encouraged to explore, develop and build material and technical competencies towards developing their own rich, challenging and distinct visual language as artists and designers.

What happens on the course?

This BA (Hons) Fashion course is assessed on 100% coursework. The course is structured over three years and each year is divided into two year- long 60 credit modules. This framework is designed to provide opportunities for full and part-time study and to allow students the time and space to develop their own specialist approach to Fashion over an extended time frame.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/external projects in the public domain.

Studio and workshop culture are core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

In addition, the School of Art provides many opportunities throughout the year for students to join study visits to UK and European destinations. These visits underpin student learning by providing an opportunity for students to see professional practice in their field, engage with new ideas, materials, sites and scale, consider display and presentation strategies and explore other roles associated with art and design such as curation, marketing, education. The visits also provide opportunities for students to spend time in an expanded community of their own peers to support interdisciplinary and cross year support and collaboration.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

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Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, and the BA (Hons) Fashion course provides opportunities from Level 4 to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts.  At Level 4 students are encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of their specialist area and further embed themselves into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 students will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be an emphasis on off-site/live projects/placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give students the opportunity to risk take and experiment within their subjects but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-negotiated projects and provides students with the time and support to develop their individual voices as artists and designers. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and student will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable students to extend or galvanise their skill and employability goals.

You may also find employment in other sectors, including education, arts and crafts, costume design and community projects.

We encourage entrepreneurial development and provide access to business start-up schemes, enabling you to establish yourselves as a designer, running your own business and selling through retail or within other design, arts and crafts outlets. During your time on the course you will have the opportunity to develop your business ideas, create your own brand and contemporary personal marketing materials. There is also potential to continue your studies to postgraduate level on our MA programme.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The BA (Hons) Fashion course is distinctive in its approach because:

  • We nurture the next generation of contemporary fashion professionals through inspirational teaching, studio-based projects, technical workshops, collaborations with industry, competitions, exhibitions, weekly tutorials and regular individual contact
  • We empower every individual to develop the key skills, knowledge, confidence and personal attributes needed to work in the many facets of the fashion industry
  • We instil a deep understanding of specialist research, design concept and strategy, global context, material content, product purpose, commercial benefit, societal value and future sustainability
  • We challenge each student to deliver their best throughout their creative journeys, project experiments, product developments and towards their final design outcomes
  • We encourage and support individual expression; original, distinctive and innovative ideas; and, intelligent, progressive and highly creative project answers through craftsmanship and new technology 

Our Fashion studios and workshops are based on the 1st floor of the Wolverhampton School of Art, George Wallis Building, in the city centre. Our many specialist facilities include:

  • Fashion studios with industry standard machinery, specialist machinery, pattern cutting tables and tailors stands.
  • Fabric store
  • Laser cutting and engraving, 3D printing, access to all other School facilities
  • Digital printing facilities, heat bed and disperse printing, screen printing rooms
  • Fabric dye lab
  • Rug tufting workshop
  • IT/CAD suites

Click here to see our facilities gallery.

We have an extensive and specialist library collection, supported by a subject librarian with whom staff and students work closely. Level 4 provides opportunities for exploring these resources and is structured around a range of contextual learning opportunities from traditional lectures to creative thinking workshops, mirroring the breadth offered in studio practice. Levels 5 and 6 provide opportunities for students to develop their own trajectories in a way that reflects their practice in the studio through a choice of theoretical and theory-practice combined projects. External visiting speakers and staff research projects and practice contribute to a thriving contextual diet; Students can experience staff working, and gain additional insight into the importance of ideas, research and conceptual experimentation to creative production.

In addition, the School of Art provides many opportunities throughout the year for students to join study visits to UK and European destinations. These visits underpin student learning by providing an opportunity for students to see professional practice in their field, engage with new ideas, materials, sites and scale, consider display and presentation strategies and explore other roles associated with art and design such as curation, marketing, education. The visits also provide opportunities for students to spend time in an expanded community of their own peers to support interdisciplinary and cross year support and collaboration.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Jo Bloodworth

The aim of the BA (Hons) Fashion course is to inspire, develop and prepare graduates who are professional, skilled, knowledgeable and dynamic; the next generation of fashion talent who fully appreciate all possible opportunities and their future role within the context of the fashion industry.

You will be helped to develop skills relevant to employment and enterprise opportunities after the course, including:

  • Fashion design
  • Fashion product development
  • Fashion business and marketing
  • Textile design
  • Trend prediction and styling
  • Retail buying and/or merchandising
  • Product and supply management
  • Visual merchandising

Teaching is focused in (though not limited to) a studio environment in which tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning supports a creative, experimental, professional and independent approach to development from Level 4 onwards. Teaching, supervised practice and independent exploration also takes place in well-equipped material workshops and computer labs. Throughout the course students are encouraged to explore, develop and build material and technical competencies towards developing their own rich, challenging and distinct visual language as artists and designers.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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