Fashion Design (Fashion Design with Textiles) BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

On this course you'll have the chance to focus on designing and making fashion garments, and developing creative textile ideas for fashion such as printing, dyeing, embroidery, laser-cutting and fabric embellishment. We aim to provide you with a stimulating environment in which you can develop your aesthetic, intellectual and multi-disciplinary skills, which are needed for many roles in the dynamic and global fashion and textiles industry. The course offers an optional placement year in Year 3. Students on the course have recently undertaken placement opportunities with companies including: LK Bennett, London; Matthew Williamson, London; Vivienne Westwood, London; Stella McCartney, London; Me and Thee, Huddersfield; Jo-Y-Jo, Manchester; Christy Group, Barnsley; and Eliaz Bridal Fashion, Bulgaria.

Our fashion and textiles studios house a range of technology to help you to bring your ideas to life, including industry-standard sewing machines, computer aided embroidery, laser-cutting, digital ink-jet fabric printing, as well as pattern cutting equipment. This is all supported by a highly skilled and experienced team of technical staff. The course scored 97% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015.

This course is part of a suite of two courses which are Fashion Design (Fashion Design with Marketing and Production) BA(Hons) and Fashion Design (Fashion Design with Textiles) BA(Hons). Once you have enrolled on one of these courses, you can transfer onto the other course within the suite should you wish. This offers you flexibility on the course and allows you to develop your own path. You therefore only need to apply for one course from the Fashion Design suite.

This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Course content

You'll have the opportunity to integrate exciting textile embellishment ideas into all of your fashion design and studio-related projects. You'll be able to benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff throughout your studies, as well as equipment and technologies that underpin the combined areas of fashion and textiles. Our excellent studio spaces and workshops offer you facilities from new industry-standard equipment to tools for the more traditional practices.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.

Year 1

Core modules:

Sample Development 1

This module will introduce you to pattern cutting and garment construction skills, through: - basic block manipulation and pattern production - basic skills of seaming, stitching and sewing methods, toiling and garment making - an understanding of the transfer of a design concept into a three dimensional garment by introducing the basic principles and concepts of flat pattern cutting and garment construction, and creative and technical interpretation of design concepts into toiles and sample garments. The module will help to provide you with knowledge of fabric types and structures in relation to fashion garment construction, and also offer an introduction to the skills needed to create basic production packages. (50% annotated file/50% production patterns/garments).

Fashion Design/Visual Studies 1

An introduction to the perceptive awareness and understanding of the significant features of fashion, such as fabric and styling on the human form together with experience of dedicated design methodologies, will form the basis of this module. You will be introduced to a broad and diverse range of creative materials and techniques. An analytical approach will be encouraged to promote the evaluation and selection of methods. (100% portfolio of projects).

Textiles for Fashion Design 1

This module will cover ideas and embellishment designs, which you’ll be able to explore through a range of textile craft materials and techniques including print, dyeing, hand painting, embroidery and felting, stitch type, pleating, stretching, steaming etc. You will be expected to begin to include textile embellishment ideas into your fashion design projects and consider the taste, style and fashion relevance of your ideas in relation to customer and market. (100% portfolio).

Fashion and Costume: History and Contemporary Context

This module provides an introduction to key historical, cultural, political, social and economic contexts which affect our readings of fashion and costume practices. It will include a review of stylistic change and how it has been influenced by key macro trends, cultural movements and also socio-political and technological change. The research and performance contexts of fashion and costume practices will also be considered. (40% group presentation/60% individual assignment).

Year 2

Core modules:

Sample Development 2

This module provides the opportunity to consolidate previously acquired pattern cutting skills, introducing specialist bespoke tailoring and bespoke moulage techniques. (50% pattern cutting and production work/50% critical analysis of garment journey with toile and technical information).

Fashion Design / Visual Studies 2

You’ll have the opportunity to develop good professional practice and an industrial awareness through sponsored, live projects and competitions. A compulsory team working assignment will be included for a specific market sector to promote sharing ideas and range building in a group. Contemporary and historical decorative arts and other cultural sources of inspiration will be further studied. (100% portfolio).

Textiles for Fashion Design 2

This module aims to instil intermediate knowledge of selected textile embellishment techniques as applied to fashion products. You will be encouraged to explore innovation and enterprise in a wide context, integrating technical and creative research within a series of personal projects. Emphasis on practical skills will be balanced by personal problem-setting and solving skills, underpinned by intermediate skills in research collection, analysis and application within a fashion and textiles related project. (30% research report/70% practical project).

Year 3 - optional placement year

School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).

Final Year

Core modules:

Research and Development for Fashion Design

This module aims to establish and inform your major project. Within it you will be asked to identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you’ll be encouraged to demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. You’ll be asked to define the context and parameters of this module through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. (100% research portfolio).

Major Project for Fashion Design

You will have the opportunity to build upon and test research developed in THD1355 Research and Development for Fashion Design. You’ll be supported in channeling your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative, original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example, sketchbooks, design sheets, design outputs. You will be asked to realise the potential for your major project based on your intentions and create a coherent group of statement pieces. (100% design project)

Technical for Fashion Design

This module enables you to complement your major project by undertaking an in-depth market/technical analysis and evaluation of your finalised design. You will have the opportunity to extend and apply your knowledge of manufacturing, production and specification design to your design practice: products, environments, buildings, materials etc. You will be encouraged to demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of market, technical, manufacturing and economic aspects relating to your design solution(s). (20% oral presentation/80% project support package).

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have recently taken up placement opportunities with companies including: LK Bennett - London; Matthew Williamson - London; Vivienne Westwood - London; Stella McCartney - London; Me and Thee - Huddersfield; Jo-Y-Jo - Manchester; Christy Group - Barnsley; and Eliaz Bridal Fashion - Bulgaria.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Career opportunities

85% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. This course aims to help you develop the skills needed to go on to work in design, styling, merchandising, buying, selection, management, marketing and promotion, fashion journalism, product development and manufacturing.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear. This is reviewed every five years and is valid until 2021.

Teaching and assessment

36.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. Teaching methods include studio-based design projects, workshop demonstrations and lectures. These are related to commercial realities by visiting professionals from industry who share their knowledge and expertise. Your progress will be monitored throughout the course and your assessment will include assignments, practical presentations and a final year dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Our fashion and textiles studios house a range of technology to help you to bring your ideas to life, including industry standard sewing machines, computer aided design (CAD) embroidery, laser cutting, digital ink-jet fabric printing, as well as pattern cutting equipment. A highly skilled and experienced team of technical staff supports the wide range of resources in embroidery, pattern cutting and manufacture, printing technology and laser cutting. The CAD and IT team are also on hand to support you whether you're an Apple or Windows user.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


Basic materials will be provided during the first and second years of the course, including pattern paper, thread and calico fabric. You'll need to supply some of your own materials, including sewing equipment, art materials and printing. The costs may vary based on the materials you choose.

During your first and second years we endeavour to gain fabric sponsorship for all first and second year projects. If no fabric sponsorship can be gained the maximum cost will be approximately £60 per student in Year 1 and £120 per student in Year 2.

In the final year you'll need to supply the materials you require to produce your major collection. There is no limit on the amount you may wish to spend, however as a guide, costs in recent years have ranged from £200 to £1000 per student for this project.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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