BA (Hons) Fashion

Our Fashion course responds to contemporary practice in the fashion industry and is ideal if you wish to pursue a career within the wider scope of fashion. Individual self-expression is balanced with the need to understand commercial design and manufacturing processes, and an awareness of key critical issues affecting the industry.

Key information


BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4.5 years


The University of Bolton

UCAS points:


Start date:


Course Details

Our BA (Hons) Fashion programme supports you to develop skills in design development, pattern cutting, garment manufacture, fashion illustration, CAD for technical drawings, as well as for use in communicating your portfolio of work. We'll offer you the chance to enhance your employment prospects by undertaking a placement in one of a range of fashion areas, such as fashion design, CAD design, pattern cutting, garment technology, forecasting or styling.

Our Fashion degrees are part of the University’s Bolton School of the Arts and offer access to surface design and embroidered textiles for the production of innovative fashion outcomes. Our courses are driven by a considered approach to design, and explore the impact of fashion at the individual, local, national and international levels. Alongside trend and concept-led collections, you'll consider the performance, functionality and longevity of clothing for different purposes. Awareness of sustainability and ethical practice is also embedded in the course. We’ll encourage you to balance your individual creative expression with industry awareness for fashion production.

You’ll have the chance to use the latest reports from the Worth Global Style Network and benefit from the University’s extensive industry links for live project briefs. We'll also support you as you work to develop your appreciation of the design timeline, the trend prediction industry, and consumer research.

Our courses offer moderate group sizes to ensure you can enjoy regular feedback on your progress in all areas from our dedicated and knowledgeable staff. We know all our students as individuals and offer you the opportunity to find your unique creative voice.

  • Our Art and Design courses are placed fourth in the UK and top in the North West of England for teaching quality by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic fashion lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when you need it.
  • We’ll encourage you to enter national and international design competitions.
  • You’ll be exposed to fashion and fabric companies from the contemporary design world through our links to design groups, manufacturers and supporting agencies. You'll also have the chance to attend exhibitions and dedicated trade shows for fabric and sustainability issues in the UK and overseas.
  • You’ll have the chance to exhibit and showcase your work at national and international events, such as Graduate Fashion Week.
  • Guest lectures from specialists in different fashion fields ensure you have opportunities to learn about the industry directly from its current leaders.
Key Features
  • You’ll have access to the latest technologies for design and visualisation, including Adobe Creative Suite, our Mimaki TX fabric printer, laser cutting equipment, and digital embroidery.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop transferable skills valuable for work in the wider fashion industry, as well as for related fields such as PR, events management, cultural policy and the media.
  • You'll have access to career support to help equip you for a work placement that will give you an invaluable insight into the fashion industry.
  • We offer opportunities to work on live briefs for established clients sourced from national and international trade events and professional bodies.
  • We’ll support you to explore innovations in fabrics and technology as you develop fundamental skills in fashion design, visualisation and garment manufacture and range building.
Professional recognition

  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include fashion and textiles or another relevant subject; for instance, A-level Fashion and Textiles or BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language.
  • You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

If you're excited at the thought of a career in fashion, one which shows off your creative flair and drive for contemporary design, then this course could be the perfect start to your career journey. As a graduate of our BA (Hons) Fashion degree, you’ll possess a range of creative and practical skills including the ability to design and produce a collection, technical garment drawing skills, pattern cutting, garment construction techniques and the use of digital technology. You'll also possess a host of transferable and employability skills such as communication skills, self-promotion, creativity, commercial awareness and ability to work in a team.

During your studies, you’ll be expected to follow and observe fashion trends, consumer behaviour in regards to buying fashion online and in retail outlets, brand awareness and ethical issues facing the industry. You'll develop a portfolio that encapsulates your design process and design identity, and gain the skills to promote yourself through various digital platforms. These will help you apply for employment in your chosen career area in fashion after you graduate.

What can I do with this qualification?

There are many opportunities in the fashion industry in the UK and overseas. These range from top designers in well-established studios to high street retailers and manufacturing and supply companies. Employment opportunities vary and some of the typical roles you might consider include: fashion designer, CAD designer, pattern cutter, garment technologist, colourist and trend forecaster.

You could also study for a master’s qualification. Popular options at the University of Bolton include our MA (Specialist Title) via Creative Practice, MA Arts Management, MA Community and Applied Arts and MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and postgraduate study may be required. These careers include:

  • Event management
  • Sales
  • Tailor
  • Costume design
  • Wardrobe management
  • Personal shopping
  • Fashion styling
  • Photography
  • Modelling
  • Jewellery design
  • Retail management
  • Textile design
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Writing and illustration
  • Public relations
  • Self-employment

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2021/22.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

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International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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We use a blended approach to teaching and learning. You’ll have face-to-face sessions and workshops and take part in online learning. Studio and computer suite-based activities are important features of the course, alongside lectures, seminars and practical-based workshops. We'll encourage you to participate in visits to locations such as factories, galleries and museums, go on garment research trips and attend presentations by our visiting speakers. You’ll also be expected to engage in self-directed study, with support from a range of staff including technicians and library/learning resources staff.

Module briefs include a wide range of activities such as commercially-based design projects, live briefs, competitions and commissions, and self-initiated projects. In addition, there are opportunities for collaborative design briefs that involve working with students from other creative areas within the Bolton School of the Arts. The sharing of ideas and practices across disciplines helps you to gain a broader understanding of the position of fashion in the wider creative and global creative industries.

In terms of assessment, you’ll have formative assessment to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills, and summative assessment on which you are graded. You’ll receive individual help and advice on your personal work in one-to-one tutorials. Peer reviews, where you present your work to a small group of your fellow students for their comment, also provide useful feedback.

Formal assessment is by coursework. This may involve you presenting your portfolio of drawings/design work, samples or practical outcomes, along with supporting design work of developmental ideas, technical note files, and a written research journal. It can also take the form of essays, reports, verbal presentations, assignments, projects and other written work.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Fashion Contexts - Critical Theory 1
  • Fashion Concepts
  • Fashion Practices 1
  • Fashion Practices 2
  • Fashion Contexts - Critical Theory 2
  • The Fashion Industry - Preparation for Placement
  • The Client Brief
  • Design Identity
  • Fashion Contexts - Research in Context
  • Fashion Practices - Concept to Collection
  • Major Project - Final Collection
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 93%, Practical exams 7%
Level threeCoursework 93%, Practical exams 7%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 53%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 47%
Level twoGuided independent study 65%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 32%
Level threeGuided independent study 68%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 32%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Donna Claypool
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903370

Lindsay Banks
Course Coordinator/Lecturer

+44 (0)1204 903299

Emma Fazackerley
Course Coordinator/Lecturer

+44 (0)1204 903545

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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