Fashion - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Explore your creativity and gain the experience and knowledge you need to succeed in fashion. Tutored by experts in the field, you’ll work within real life fashion studios and network with leading names in the business. You’ll explore all aspects of the industry, from design and pattern cutting to research and consultancy – giving you all the skills you need to kick-start your career in fashion.
This exciting degree explores the dynamic field of fashion through visual research, design media, pattern cutting, draping and sewing. You’ll develop and explore your individual creativity, honing the techniques and knowledge you need to make your mark.
You’ll be taught through tutorials, workshops and contextual studies by our dedicated academic team and visiting lecturers, who’ll share their decades’ worth of experience working with iconic fashion houses including Balmain, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Pringle. We'll also invite major brands to share their knowledge with you. These invaluable networking opportunities will help you secure internship roles and future employment with industry leaders.
Throughout your degree you’ll study at The Cass – our renowned art and design centre situated in the heart of London. Here, you’ll experience a multi-disciplinary studio environment, where fashion, textiles and jewellery work together. This not only recreates the dynamic environment of ‘haute-couture’ fashion houses, it also exposes you to the broader industry and the inspiring influence of these related disciplines.
You'll benefit from regular feedback through one-to-one and group tutorials, seminars and critiques. There are regular opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, as well as ongoing 'live projects', international industry competitions and the chance to participate in London and Paris fashion week, all of which will prepare you for your final collections, press show and future career.
You are assessed via a portfolio of project work and written work. There are no examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you will normally be expected to obtain:
- for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in relevant subjects from the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects) plus portfolio review
We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications and also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview.
Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you study full time, each year (level) of this degree is worth 120 credits. During the course, you will study all aspects of contemporary fashion design, including trend forecasting, specialist software and fashion illustration, in addition to studio skills in specialist design and practice.
In the second and third years, you’ll select the fashion studio of your choice and will benefit from specialised learning, expertise and equipment from within our excellent fashion and textiles facilities, including pattern-cutting, stitch, knit, weave and print (2D and 3D printing).
Year 1 modules include:
- Visual Research and Communication
- Design Principles
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1
- Workshop Practice
Year 2 modules include:
- Creative Industry Practice
- 3D Design Practice
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2
- Design Details
Year 3 modules include:
- Fashion Major Project Realisation
- Project and Design Development
- Exhibition Practice
"The difference between London Met and many other universities is that the focus is on post graduation employment. There is a great focus on practical skills for the workplace and the importance of workshops and hands on experience. Art and design based modules run alongside business studies to help us up-and-coming designers understand the real working-world. The highlight of my experience in London Met was the 'live project' that we undertook with Marks and Spencers. Not only was this an incredible experience at the time, but by maintaining this connection I am now employed by M&S only a few short months after my studies ended. It is this approach to practical skills and focus on careers that London Met should be commended for."
Kate Woodhead, 2011
"My time at London Met on the Textile Design course was brilliant! I was so stimulated and enriched by the projects and seminars I took, it not only taught me in depth Textile knowledge but also key life skills and it taught me a lot about myself. The teachers are open minded and supportive, always looking for new way to help you achieve your potential and bring out your creativity. The best thing for me was the variety of subjects you could study, I even tried my hand at textile jewellery designing, which I loved! I enjoyed my time and experiences at London Met so much that I have just applied to do a post graduate course there!"
Hannah Brand, 2009
If you want a career in fashion or you’re keen to undertake a Fashion MA, this is the perfect degree for you. Designed to help widen your opportunities and skills set and advance your career in fashion, the course focuses on the professional presentation of project ideas. From the first year of study, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry whilst working on ‘real-world’ creative briefs, set by professional design bodies. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter designated professional competitions, undertake consultancy commissions and research projects, and take part in London and Paris fashion week – all of which will enhance and develop your future career prospects.
Following graduation, you could enter any number of roles – from working for a well-known brand at a junior level to becoming a freelance designer, or even setting up your own label. Other career paths include becoming a retail buyer, stylist, technologist, fashion writer or design journalist.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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News and success stories
Visitors enjoying the 2014 Cass Summer Show
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
Fashion designers of the future are inspired by the past in their second annual fashion show.
Jane Bowler Workshops poster
Workshop: 23rd July, 5.30 - 7pm
Come and join designer Jane Bowler and head of knitwear Heather Orr for a free knitting workshop.
Celebrating London’s fashion history through the Aldgate area, home of the Huguenots and the epicentre of the UK’s rag trade roots
12 June - 4 July
Dates announced for Cass Summer Exhibitions 2015
Angular pillars. Architecture.
Part of "Out of the Ordinary" exhibition
Alongside the British Council and the Korean Cultural Centre, we're hosting a festival of contemporary Korean architecture and wider Korean culture.
A woman in a red cloak
Fashion show responds to Out Of The Ordinary
Project Red is a live catwalk show taking place in (and responding to) the Out of The Ordinary exhibition in the Bank Gallery.
St Lorenzo church in Guarini, Italy
9-13 February 2015
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
Parties everywhere at The Cass
Parties galore at The Cass for Christmas Celebrations this year, where the ingestion of art, architecture and design (...and the odd tipple) spread merriment amongst all.
Image Credit: John Lehet www.lehet.com
Pop-up Studio Show/ One To Watch & eats/ drinks!
Welcome to the class of 2014! The Design School throws open its doors, inviting students and staff to tour all 2014 studios.
Speakers Corner: Jane Bowler is a London designer
Jane Bowler is a London fashion designer known for her constant exploration and discovery of new and exciting materials, alongside sculptural silhouettes.
CASS 'Start of the Year' Party
The first party of the year is being held at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and is open to all students at The Cass.
FSHN UNCUT launches the real E1 view on Fashion
This summer, graphics and fashion students worked together to design, built and post the first CASS Fashion blog/ as they say, 'RUN BY US'.
ArtCube Finalist - Dicle Erver
Cass student selected for Hanbury Street Pop Up
Dicle Erver who studies MA Jewellery at The Cass has been shortlisted in the Art Cube student competition from 200 submissions.
Image Credit: Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan freelance illustrator from London
Ciara Phelan is a freelance illustrator and paper craft artist from London. Ciara’s work shows a well-considered approach to visual language and image making skills.