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    What will I experience?

    On this course you can:

    • Work with current contemporary fashion and textile design companies
    • Enter international and national design competitions
    • Participate in setting up and running a fashion and textile company as part of your course
    • Exhibit your work at graduate showcases

    What opportunities might it lead to?

    Our graduates are successfully working in a broad range of related employment including running their own businesses. This course focuses on developing multi-skilled, highly employable graduates with adaptable creative thinking in fashion and textile design. You will be well equipped to work in a variety of contexts from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations.

    Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

    • design
    • buying
    • visual merchandising
    • teaching
    • running their own businesses

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year one

    Your first year focuses on the development of manual and digital skills such as drawing and mark-making to sewing and construction techniques. You will also learn the value of good visual and verbal presentation.

    Core units in this year include:

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

    Year two

    You will enrich and expand your knowledge of fashion and textiles design by learning to produce well-considered fashion and textiles collections that are professionally presented through the process ‘design, make, sell’.

    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 include:

    • Visual Culture: Art, Science and Visual Culture
    • Visual Culture: Cult Films and Postmodernism
    • Visual Culture: Design, Style and Identity
    • Visual Culture: Issues of Representation
    • Visual Culture: Technology and the Image
    • Music: Practice, Performance and Research
    • Professional Experience
    • Student Enterprise

    Year three*

    This year is primarily self-led and will reflect your individual interests and areas of expertise. It will result in the design and production of a professional standard fashion/textiles collection. You'll also create a professional, innovative and imaginative portfolio to match your personal career ambitions.

    Core units in this year include:

    • Self-Initiated Design Briefs and Student Competitions
    • Employability, Professional Practice and Portfolio
    • Advanced Design Research and Development
    • Final Design Resolution

    Options to choose from in this year include:

    • Visual Culture: Dissertation
    • Visual Culture: Research Project

    *This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    240-300 points from A levels or equivalent, with 100 points from an A level in an Art & Design subject. Or Foundation Art & Design or National Diploma in Art & Design. Applicants may be subject to interview. A portfolio is essential.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Portsmouth.

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