Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jun 30, 2024
StudyQA ranking:2630 Duration:36 months

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Offering specialist pathways in design and development or promotion and communication, this course covers the essential skills demanded by the fast-moving fashion world and will challenge you to experiment, question and discover.

This three-year course will allow you to consider the whole process, from the production of initial design ideas to the realisation of a catwalk collection. Teaching will include pattern-cutting and sewing, traditional and CAD illustration techniques, design and layout, and fashion business and marketing.

As well as covering essential design and garment construction processes, we encourage students to experiment, innovate and explore new techniques. In the past few years students have used laser-cutting, digital print, feltmaking and metal sculpture to create innovative, yet wearable, design ideas.

Creativity is underpinned with a thorough exploration of fashion and design history and with essential business skills. Students develop a strong awareness of fashion industry practice and will be given the opportunity to take part in work experience or receive training in setting up a business of their own.

Each year graduates are involved in a number of high-profile promotional events, allowing final-year students to showcase their talents in the public arena and to potential employers. Events this year will include a catwalk show in East London and a fashion week event in Southampton.

Industrial focus

The emphasis of all Solent Fashion courses is on employability, encouraging students in all years to take part in work experience and live projects with fashion industry partners. Our students are currently working on projects in conjunction with Mudpie, Addict, Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

Guest speakers are invited on a regular basis to discuss their own experiences of working in fashion and to give students advice on how to forge their own career pathway. Recent guest speaker visits have included Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor), Debra Bourne (PR consultant and campaigner), Alex Brownless (Artsthread), Paddy Hartley (artist and designer for Nick Knight and Lady Gaga), design boutique ‘ilovedust’ and inspirational Japanese pattern-cutter Shingo Sato.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 June Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 10610 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year 1

  • Research and Concept Development
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Design and Product development (pattern-making and garment construction)
  • Digital Fashion Design
  • Design in Context (fashion history and design theory).

Year 2

  • Fashion Business and Marketing
  • Casualwear
  • Tailoring
  • Fashion in Context
  • Capsule Collection: Research
  • Capsule Collection: Collection.

Year 3

Three core units and two option units:

  • Research Proposal: Pre-Collection
  • Fashion Design Major Project
  • Fashion Design Portfolio.


  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Industry Work-based Learning
  • Professional Practice.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


240 points from A Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Mature applicants may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

UK applicants are expected to attend a portfolio viewing. Overseas and EU applicants will be requested to send in an electronic portfolio-CD.

International students

Applications are welcomed from students who have been educated outside the UK system, and a number of overseas qualifications are recognised as equivalent to those listed. Applicants should give full details of their qualifications, including subjects, grades, date and the name and address of the school, college, university or awarding authority.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed threshold attainments for undergraduate courses are:

  • GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level (Grade C);
  • IELTS 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550 or more; or
  • City and Guilds ESOL (written assessment) pass in Higher Intermediate examination, plus a comparable pass in City and Guilds SESL (speaking assessment) examination.
  • Where students enter direct to a course at the University, in the final year, without any prior experience of the UK Higher Education System will require IELTS 6.5.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers an International Foundation Programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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 Southampton Solent University.


To help you cover the cost you can take out a tuiton fee loan to pay your fees, which is paid directly to the University by the Student Loan company. Some students are also eligible for a maintenance loan to help with their living costs.

You only repay both loans when you finish your course and are earning £21,000 or more. If you don't have an income this high you will not have to pay anything until you are earning £21,000 or more.

Our student support and welfare advisers have more information regarding financial help and details can be found on our Funding advice pages.

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