Our unique BA (hons) in Fashion and Textiles offers exciting opportunities to study Fashion Design and Printed Textiles for Fashion or Interior applications. Our course is highly practical with a strong emphasis on design and making, whether that is a length of hand printed fabric or the production of a fashion collection.
With our strong employer links, we recognise and respond to Industry Trends and aim to develop highly individual, skilled and creative graduates. Our alumni can be found working at brands across all levels, including: Burberry, Zoffany, Paul Smith, M&S, French Connection, Oasis, and River Island.
This unique degree programme aims to develop your creative and practical skills for both Fashion and Textiles.
The course introduces you to the importance of research, critical thinking and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of; pattern making, fashion construction and textile processes, including traditional print methods and digital techniques. Our 3-year programme is delivered by a team of dedicated professionals with a variety of specialist subject knowledge and professional expertise. Excellent links with industry allow students to engage in live projects and also provide final year students with a mentor as part of our unique Industry Mentor programme.
Students can combine areas of study throughout the degree, or alternatively may specialise in Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles or Fashion Interiors developing a personal design philosophy and a unique set of skills. Our students are also able to attend London-based shows and exhibitions including New Designers.
Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points* gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Graduate shows and exhibitions such as Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers and a Fashion Show give a platform to students to exhibit their work to a wider audience. Our feedback shows that 80% of our graduates find employment; this is higher than the national average. The breadth of the course enables our Graduates to find work in a variety of areas and at all levels of the industry, from well-known high-street brands such as Ted Baker, Monsoon and Asos to high end luxury labels including Burberry, Harrods own Label and Paul Smith. Students work as; Designers, Pattern cutters, Garment Technologists, Product Developers, Buyers, Visual Merchandising, Public Relations, Print designers, Print studio managers, Trend Forecasters, Teachers.
Students may apply to join graduate schemes to pursue careers in Buying, Retail management or Marketing. Some students wish to continue studying and specialise further; for example we currently have 3 students at the Royal College of Art studying Textiles. The educational sector can be accessed through a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.
Awarding body: University of Essex
Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from the University of Essex. The agreement between the University Centre Colchester and the University of Essex is reviewed every five years and was last renewed in 2017.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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