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Fashion (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is an alternative route into higher education if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the traditional three-year undergraduate degree.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for academic study at undergraduate level and equip you with the skills and techniques you’ll use in workshops and studios.

You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students study the traditional three-year course.

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More about this course

Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree will give you a comprehensive view into the fashion industry and its professional environments, including design, material, technology, research and consultancy.

The foundation year will focus on creative practice within historical, conceptual, cultural and contemporary contexts, while developing your key study skills including writing, research and critical analysis. You’ll learn how to ask questions regarding your field of study, find answers via information gathering and critical analysis, as well as how to present them in an academic format. 

On the foundation year you’ll also be introduced to techniques used within art, fashion and design that will be necessary when you begin working in studios and workshops. You’ll learn about a range of different materials, methods and processes to create work within the broad context of art and design. There will also be opportunities to practise the techniques you’ve learned via short practical-making projects, as well as through open-ended longer projects that will focus on developing your sense of direction and a personal perspective on art, fashion and design.

During these projects you’ll get the opportunity to explore pattern designing and cutting, couture fashion, textiles, embellishments and customisation, fashion drawing and photography.

Your subsequent three years of study will focus on more in-depth study of fashion and you’ll be joined by students on the standard three-year course, studying the same content and having the same choice of modules. To find out more about your course in the subsequent three years of study visit the Fashion BA course page.

Assessment

You will be assessed via a portfolio of project work and written work. There are no examinations.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W442
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We 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 small portfolio of work via email.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example modules may include: 

Year 0: 

  • Critical & Contextual Studies: Foundation
  • Formats
  • Project
  • Techniques

Year 1: 

  • 3D Design Principles
  • 3D Visual Research and Communication
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (3D)
  • Workshop Practice

Year 2:

  • 3D Design
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (3D) 
  • Design Resolution
  • Materials, Technology and Markets

Year 3: 

  • 3D Project Design & Development 
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (3D) 
  • Major Project Realisation: Fashion
  • World of Work

After the course

This degree was designed to widen your skills set and opportunities within the fashion industry. In Year 1 of your degree you’ll begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry whilst working on real-world creative briefs set by professional bodies. There will also be opportunities to enter designated professional competitions, take part in London and Paris Fashion Week, and undertake consultancy commission projects.

On graduation you can go into a wide range of roles within the fashion industry including:

  • freelance designer
  • retail buyer
  • stylist
  • technologist
  • fashion writer
  • design journalist

This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

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