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Fashion Design [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Cambridge Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Create your own fashion designs from year 1 in our workshops at Cambridge School of Art, and launch your career with a professional portfolio and stand-out final collection. Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you forge an identity as a designer, specialising in menswear or womenswear. You’ll be hands-on from day one, creating your own fashion designs and engaging with all aspects of the design process in our studios, including pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media. You’ll also learn about contemporary fashion promotion, including marketing, styling and fashion photography and art direction, and create campaigns to attract consumers and influencers to your brand. You will learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, and consider issues of sustainability that will help you to develop as a responsible industry professional for the future.You’ll work closely with fashion students in other years and with students from across our creative community, including photographers and filmmakers to create eye-catching campaigns and digital content. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team of including Fashion technical staff and course leader Mark Hart who has worked on projects for brands such as Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Warner Bros. Records & London Records. As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design student at ARU, you’ll have the chance to find placements and internships with high-profile fashion houses including Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood and contemporary designers such as Mary Katrantzou, Marcus Lupfer and Mother of Pearl; attend trade fairs, such as Pure in London (the UK’s leading fashion buying event) or the fabric and trend show Premiere Vision in Paris; and visit suppliers and other businesses connected with the fashion industry.Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and other well-known brands, including:Yasmin Lucy Greener - Assistant Accessories Designer (John Lewis).Stephanie Cornforth - Lingerie Designer (Something Wicked).Olivia Welsh - Creative Director (Olivia Annabelle).Emily Jeffrey - Design Assistant, Accessories (Cath Kidston).By the end of the course, you too will have a new collection ready to show to the fashion industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, and also to the public at our own Graduate Fashion Show and Degree Show.All our Fashion Design students can access our dedicated fashion workshops; industrial sewing, finishing, embroidery and seam sealing machines; use of the WGSN trend forecasting digital platform; the full Adobe Creative suite; Apple iMacs with wide-format printers and scanners; vintage printmaking presses and letterpress machine; 3D workshop; photography equipment, and more.Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.**Careers**Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and major brands.Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree will help you develop your individual style as a designer, with a portfolio ready to present to fashion houses. Or you might pursue other roles, such as styling, buying, pattern cutting and trend forecasting.If you’re a budding entrepreneur, you can explore the prospect of starting your own business – supported by the commercial know-how you’ll gain at ARU.Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship

Application deadline

15 January

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 : D

Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3. If you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements.


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Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Campus address

    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

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  • Subject ranking

    63rd out of 86 4

  • Entry standards

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    53 53%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%



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