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Fashion is a subject based around total creative freedom, so here at the University of Bolton, we dedicate ourselves to devising new and unique ways for students to explore their courses. No matter which sector of the industry you study, you can rest assured we will provide all the resources and support you need to excel in your field.
We offer three main BA (Hons) Fashion courses at our renowned Bolton School of the Arts: Fashion, Fashion Photography, and Textiles and Surface Design. Each is a three-year course requiring 96 UCAS points to enter, making the University of Bolton a great choice to pursue a career in an ever-evolving fashion industry. Keep reading to learn more about which course may better suit you and your career ambitions.
Our fashion courses at the University of Bolton
BA (Hons) Fashion: If you wish to pursue a career in fashion without dedicating yourself to a particular niche from the get-go, this is the course for you. We will teach you how the industry functions, keeping up with contemporary trends and commercial designs while simultaneously letting you explore and nurture your own style. Personal expression balanced with a critical awareness of the industry is what we strive to encourage.
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography: This course combines the technical and creative skills of photography and understanding fashion. You will have the opportunity to learn through both studio and location shoots, applying your knowledge in practice. We also teach digital image production and manipulation to keep up with the modern world. From make-up artists to model agencies, by the time you finish your course, you will be an accomplished photographer.
BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design: Whilst slightly more technical than the other two, this degree still allows room for student creativity. Throughout your three years at University, you will study surface and texture design for not only fashion, but also interiors, contemporary crafts, and design-led products. Our passionate team has combined years of industry experience and will share their knowledge of traditional and digital processes, preparing you for your professional career.
Since its founding in 1857, Bolton School of the Arts has hosted a plethora of showcases and displays of student work. We know how important it is to celebrate self-expression. For this reason, we host as many events as we can for everyone to enjoy, promoting our students, and their creativity.
One example would be our virtual “Unlocked” show in 2020, which allowed artists and designers to still share their creativity, despite the COVID-19 lockdown rules. It was a huge success and spoke volumes of the student's passion and dedication at Bolton.
Do you want your hard work and fashion designs seen by the whole university? We host annual competitions that let you see your work displayed in our competition gallery. Not only is this a wonderful experience, but also interests prospective employers down the line.
The University of Bolton
Of course, it is not only the course that matters when choosing where to study. The University itself plays a massive role in the decision. Studying at the University of Bolton comes with several benefits:
Firstly, the campus is in a great location, integrated into one of the UK’s friendliest towns so you never have to travel far for any basic needs. Bolton is known to have cheaper accommodation than other universities, with a buzzing nightlife to keep your weekends exciting. Public transport runs regularly, with Manchester city centre being just 15-minutes away by train.
The University of Bolton itself now houses state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for all subjects, following a recent investment of over £50 million to upgrade the campus. Our high student satisfaction levels increased even further with these changes; with us now being voted first for Student Satisfaction for the past five years!*
If you are looking for a positive and inclusive university to study a fashion degree at a high academic level, the University of Bolton would be a great choice. Our excellent facilities and dedicated lecturer team will make you feel respected and welcome in this warm and welcoming town as you take the first steps towards a fruitful career in fashion.
If you have any questions about studying at the University of Bolton, get in touch with our award-winning Student Services Team at email@example.com or call us on 01204 903807. Please remember, we are here to help!
*Complete University Guide – 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 – Northwest