fashion and textile design clothes on mannequin
UCAS Code
W990
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you’re ready to make your mark on the fashion world and unleash your creative ideas through doing what you love, this is the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile design course for you.

You’ll develop your design abilities to the standard expected in the industry and learn business-savvy skills that boost your career prospects.

After the course, you'll be set to pursue a career with the biggest names in fashion and retail. Or you could set up your own label.

95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Immerse yourself in the latest trends, cultures, techniques and technologies in the fashion and textile industry
  • Learn design methods including drawing techniques, pattern-cutting, fashion illustration, silkscreen and digital printing, embroidery and constructed textiles
  • Use the professional software you’ll use in your career to bring your digital designs to life, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Lectra Kaledo for fashion and textile design
  • Make use of our modern facilities and equipment, which include industrial sewing machines, lazercutting, and Lectra Modaris, for digital pattern making with 3D prototyping
  • Build your professional network with international guest lecturers fashion industry professionals, like Julian Roberts, Niccolo Casas and Shingo Sato

You can also:

  • Set up your own label or fashion and textile company as part of your studies
  • Exhibit your work at the University’s annual Graduate Shows and graduate showcases in London

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You could work in areas such as:

  • fashion, textile or accessories design
  • trend prediction
  • buying
  • visual merchandising
  • teaching or lecturing
  • journalism or writing

Previous students have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:

Others have secured careers working within major retailers including River Island, Fat Face, and Marks and Spencer.

Previous students on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:

  • Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS.com
  • Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Digital Designing for Fashion and Textiles
  • Core Skills: Fashion
  • Core Skills: Textile
  • Design Research and Development
  • Design Resolutions
  • Introduction to Visual Culture

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Enterprise Planning and Retail
  • Enterprise Production and Manufacture
  • Intermediate Design Research and Development
  • Intermediate Design Resolutions
  • Live Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Visual Culture: Cult Films and Postmodernism
  • Visual Culture: Design, Style and Identity
  • Visual Culture: Issues of Representation
  • Visual Culture: Technology and the Image
  • Visual Culture: Visions of the body
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise

On this course, you can do an optional work placementyear between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Self-Initiated Design Briefs and Student Competitions
  • Advanced Design Research
  • Advanced Design Development
  • Final Design Resolution

Optional units in this year include:

  • Visual Culture: Dissertation
  • Visual Culture: Research Project
  • Visual Culture: Research Pop
  • Visual Culture: Extended research Project
  • Professional Strategies

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Students have completed work placements at designers such as:

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own fashion company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • studio practice

There's an emphasis on developing your design and creative skills, challenging your creativity and encouraging participation in shaping the future of the fashion and textiles industry.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this course. 

Rachel Homewood, Principal Lecturer

Before joining the University, Rachel spent 13 successful years in the fashion industry, working on a variety of product design areas for major high street retailers, including womenswear and menswear. She also managed design teams at a number of UK and European brands.

Her cross-disciplinary research examines the interaction between fashion and textile design, and how emerging digital technologies can enrich the design and presentation process.

Christine Field, Senior Lecturer

Chris joined the University in 2004, after working at local Further Education Colleges and local community groups delivering taught sessions in pattern cutting, garment construction and other art subjects.

Chris' teaching continues to focus on creative and technical pattern cutting, and encourages students to fully realise their own design work. She is personal tutor and level 4 year co-ordinator, and module coordinator for our Core Skills Fashion and Textiles and Studio Practice modules.

Dr Elaine Igoe, Senior Lecturer

Elaine specialises in textile design for fashion and has worked as a freelance designer and stylist. Her work has been exhibited and sold internationally, including at London Fashion Week, trade fairs in Paris and Hong Kong and has been featured in leading trend publications, such as vogue.co.uk.

Elaine, who has also worked at the Royal College of Art, coordinates our activities in support of the Fashion Revolution campaign, and is the lead for our Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures Research and Innovation Group.

Lara Torres, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MA Fashion and Textiles

Lara's research sits at the intersection of fashion, fine arts and film practice and theory, and explores notions of an expanded field of fashion, critical fashion and fashion film practices in the 21st century.

Her work has been featured in international exhibitions, including 'The future of fashion is now' (2014/15) in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam; ‘Why-what-who: 10 years of fashion artefacts’ at the Venice Biennale (May 2018); and 'State of Fashion' at the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (July 2018) with her film ‘Unmaking’.

Sue Noble, Senior Lecturer

Susan’s expertise spans experimental drawing and image-making; printmaking, digital and traditional textile design; and textile craft techniques, particularly stitch. Her teaching combines her knowledge as a creative business owner and educator, and also focuses on entrepreneurial and business skills.

One of the many things her practice explores is the possibilities of narrative and illustrative textiles, using feminist literature and domestic artefacts, and her research explores how traditional domestic craft techniques are employed within academia and the design community.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • research and developmental work
  • industry set briefs/live competitions
  • fashion and/or textile collections
  • digital designs and design boards
  • making and construction skills
  • group work
  • written essays or reports

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to pay extra printing costs of around £100–£600 on portfolio work. Material and production costs are around £100–£500 a year.

You'll need to pay the full cost for optional study trips. Optional study trips abroad will cost around £200–£800. Optional study trips in the UK will cost around £50–£150.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – W990
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.