Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VA1HE13
UCAS Code: W455

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Start DateLocationDuration
10/09/2018University Centre3 YearsApply
09/09/2019University Centre3 YearsApply

Course Overview

The Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) degree course at Blackpool and the Fylde College is positioned at the interface of high fashion and creative costume. The degree is unique in that it has a dual focus from the earliest stages of the course and is taught alongside the Fashion Design Degree in the skill building stages. It does however also facilitate students who have a specific desire to work exclusively in either the fashion or costume industries.

In the second year of study you will be asked to confirm your final degree pathway either BA Hons Fashion Design, or BA Hons Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume) this allows you to specialise in your chosen field in your final projects and gain the qualification that is the most suited to your future career. From catwalk to music videos, creative fashion communicates with a wide range of audiences and the course encourages innovative approaches through all projects and aims to stretch and challenge your imagination whilst developing your practical abilities.

The unique selling point of this course is the freedom to experiment across specialist areas. The fashion industry is made up of many different facets and you will be encouraged to develop critical enquiry in all these different areas of study before deciding on a final degree pathway. Both our current and past students have been positive about this aspect of the course and have enjoyed the variety provided by the different projects, ultimately the advantage is that our graduates are perfectly positioned for a career in their specialist field.

Entry Requirements

2018 Entry

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline excluding Functional Skills and GCSE English Language and maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop or send in their work electronically.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Contemporary Costume)

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The teaching and learning methodology across the programme is broad and diverse and ranges from an academic approach, where you will attend lectures and seminars, which aim to facilitate stimulating debate centred on the fashion industry and other wider contexts, through to practical sessions delivered by demonstration and technical instruction. Many of the modules are studio based and you will be encouraged to have a hands-on approach to your learning. This is a very practical course and assignments have been designed to allow you to experiment, be innovative, and challenge the perception of your abilities within your chosen field.

During the programme you will be encouraged to evaluate your progress and development as a designer by reflecting on and assessing your achievements at each step of your learning, setting personal objectives and using the feedback that you get from your peers and tutors to target areas of improvement.

You will also be expected to collaborate and engage in group work mirroring current industry practices using a designer, pattern cutter, sample maker and studio/production manager, you should make the most of these opportunities as they will prepare you for your future career by teaching you valuable interpersonal skills such as team working, negotiation and communication.

Percentage of time in different learning activities, by year for this course:

  • Year 1: 40% time in lectures, seminars and workshops  60% time in independent study
  • Year 2: 34% time in lectures, seminars and workshops  , 66% time in independent study
  • Year 3: 24% time in lectures, seminars and workshops ,76% time in independent study

Work Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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