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DMU Fashion Design student Hazel Symons, winner of the Graduate Fashion Week Christopher Bailey Gold Award 2016 DMU Fashion Design student Hazel Symons, awarded the GFW Christopher Bailey Gold Award 2016

Fashion Design BA (Hons)

Hazel Symons, winner of the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award 2016
Fashion Design at DMU is creative and dynamic, allowing you to experience and understand the constant flux and evolution of the fashion industry. 


Reasons to study Fashion Design BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Specialise in womenswear, menswear or fashion knitwear, gaining specialist design and technical expertise relevant to industry needs
  • Work on projects set by companies and organisations such as the British Fashion Council, Burberry, Warehouse and New Look to gain a diverse range of relevant skills
  • We maintain an outstanding reputation and create graduate designers who can bridge the boundaries between creativity, technology and design innovation
  • 91% of students are in work or study six months after finishing their course
  • The opportunity to enter prestigious national and international competitions. Hazel Symons, was named winner of the Graduate Fashion Week Christopher Bailey Gold Award 2016
  • Graduates have gone onto careers with employers such as Burberry, River Island, Nicole Farhi and Reiss. Katie Eary has launched a collection with high-street giant River Island
  • You will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal

You will be introduced to the academic, professional, industrial and commercial challenges of design practice. There are opportunities to work with companies on live projects, work placements and competition awards, and the course has unparalleled links with the UK and global apparel industry.

The first year provides grounding in fashion and design through practical, creative and technical classes and projects. The second year is more focused, with the emphasis on experimentation, in-depth project research and 3D development. You will develop new skills such as tailoring and fashion prediction, and work on collaborative projects with industry. The major project in the third year gives you the opportunity to set your own briefs and design and produce a final collection, as well as entering national and international competitions. 



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Contour Fashion BA (Hons)
Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W230

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points  including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language and Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Fashion Design BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Complete Fashion Studies
  • Integrated Fashion Studies

Second year

  • Practical Fashion Studies
  • Fashion Design Studies

Third year

  • AdvancedFashion Studies
  • Major Project


Throughout the three years of study on Fashion Design you will receive formative feedback on projects, either from tutor led, group stage reviews or from individual formative assessment.  At each of these, students will receive written feedback which is to be considered before carrying out future work.  Part of this feedback will focus on areas to improve work already carried out and  students are afforded the opportunity to address feedback and alter individual time plans in order to allow for the re-visiting of work and address current problem areas before the summative assessment. Peer evaluation is often utilised as a successful assessment tool this will be accompanied by tutor led formative feedback, focussing on student development and the achievement of the modules learning outcomes. 

Summative assessment of all work carried out will take place at the conclusion of the module and assignment again will be accompanied by written and verbal feedback. Assessment can be varied, but generally will take the form of a visual presentation either as a catwalk, or static display.

You will regularly take part in national and international design competitions. Previous students have been finalists and winners in the ASBCI annual competition, the Fashion Awareness Direct Competition, British Fashion Council competitions and Graduate Fashion Week awards.


Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 23 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 19 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

Our excellent facilities include dedicated studio space, extensive pattern tables and sewing and knitting machine resources. You will also have access to our extensive CAD suites (PC and Mac) for specific teaching and with open access if you are completing coursework. 


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Our students have completed a variety of work placements with high-end designers ranging from and including Jonathan Saunders and Alberta Ferretti in Italy, through to high street retailers such as River Island.

Recently two students from DMU were given the opportunity of an eight-week, all expenses paid placement in New York with global retail giant Gap as part of their intern programme. 

The course offers placements from two weeks to twelve months and there is the option to take a career break in-between Year two and three as part of the programme. 



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Fashion design offer Faculty-led field trips: a short-term visit to another country as part of an assessed module. Recently second year students took advantage of this four-day #DMUglobal opportunity to experience the culture and beauty that Paris has to offer and gain inspiration for their own work. Students had the opportunity to visit the Première Vision Designs Trade Show as well as the time to explore museums, shops and exhibitions in central Paris, as well as spending the day at the six shows that make up Première Vision, where students will experience the scale and nature of the international fashion market.

Fashion Design graduate Florence Tudgay spent six weeks in America on an internship with the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) in Harvard University, Massachusetts. The internship was supported by #DMUglobal.  Florence worked behind the scenes in the costume design department on Finding Neverland, a musical based on the life of Peter Pan author JM Barrie and his relationship with the family who inspired the story. Music and lyrics are by Gary Barlow of Take That and Eliot Kennedy. 

During her time in America, Florence learned millinery skills, shopped for fabrics with the designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb and learned different processes for dyeing natural and synthetic fabrics – all skills which will enhance her studies.


Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of areas in the fashion and textile industry as fashion designers, illustrators, pattern cutters, stylists and trend forecasters. Many launch their own businesses. Recent employers include Burberry, River Island, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi, Reiss and French Connection.
Others progress to MA courses at IFM Paris, the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins and DMU’s Fashion and Textiles MA or Fashion Management with Marketing MA.  

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