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BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Jan 2025 Start)

Our January start (Spring Term) BA (Hons) degrees allow students to study flexibly at home, in the studio or at one of our dedicated international host institutions. You'll complete your first year of study by the beginning of August, progressing straight into your second year in September after a summer break.

Student Nic Rickard discusses her experience on the Interior Design January Start degree at Arts University Plymouth.

<p>We are excited to offer a selection of BA (Hons) creative courses through our new distance learning provision, starting on 8 January 2024 (<a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/distance-learning/key-dates">click here to see the Key Days for our Distance Learning courses</a>). Our vision for excellence in art and design distance learning, under the banner of our <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/learning-teaching-assessment">Connected Campus,</a> affords students flexibility in their studies whilst being a valued part of our community. </p> <p>These three-year courses all share a common distance-learning first year, while specialising in a chosen subject, then progressing into named awards in year two and three. </p> <p>The first year of your <strong>January Entry</strong> BA (Hons) Fashion Design course <strong>can be studied at home, in your own studio space, </strong>or at our<strong> dedicated international host institution</strong>. You will begin in January, and your studies will finish in August, allowing you to <strong>immediately progress on to your second year </strong>of study, <strong>which will take place in person, on campus</strong> in September.<br /></p>
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<p>Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree provides a comprehensive design education for independently-minded fashion thinkers and makers who are looking to influence change within the industry. From future forecasting, concept and design development, creative pattern cutting through to leading compelling marketing campaigns, Fashion is one of the largest employers in the UK’s creative industries - offering endless opportunities to those forward-thinking individuals who seek to challenge the assumptions of design, take creative risks and communicate their individual style through their work.</p> <p>A spirit of independence runs through our vibrant fashion programme; we empower and prepare young creatives to become future fashion thinkers, makers and versatile designers. By combining traditional craft techniques with digital technologies you will transform your concepts from two-dimensional fabrics into three-dimensional forms. You will learn ways of thinking that will inform your personal design philosophies and lead you towards an individualised specialism.<br /></p>

From cutting-room floor to international runways, BA (Hons) Fashion Design students discuss their journey to industry.

<p>You will have the freedom to hone your signature aesthetic without the confines of a house style. The course covers all aspects of the design process, from trend analysis, research and design development, drawing and illustration, colour and fabric development, historical and cultural studies, translation of ideas from 2D to 3D through to presentation, marketing and business development. You will use global trend forecasting tools WGSN and The Future Laboratory and learn software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Gerber Accumark for CAD pattern-cutting.</p> <p>You’ll learn to cut and manufacture quality one-off garments and collections with high levels of craftsmanship, and we’ll provide the tools for you to realise your ideas, and develop design specialisms in menswear, womenswear, lingerie, knitwear, performance, sportswear, and other technical routes.</p>
<p>With online support from our expert teaching staff and technicians, you’ll investigate sustainable design and ethical manufacturing, acquiring a deep appreciation for every step of the commercial supply chain. You will become industry ready and develop entrepreneurial activity through collaborative projects and live briefs.</p> <p>Our study programmes actively encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing. Through visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts you’ll examine fashion attitudes in popular culture and music, and gain insight into fashion movements and how they have impacted the world as we know it.</p> <p>Through expert industry speakers, live briefs and collaborations with brands like Finisterre and Hiut Denim you’ll develop market awareness, project management and communication skills, along with insight into factors that impact design, development and production. You will engage with industry events in London, Paris, New York and Berlin, as well as having the chance to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week. Through our extensive professional network our students have secured placements with Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Raeburn, Mary Katrantzou, Missoni, J.W. Anderson, Gareth Pugh and Lulu Guinness. Sessions by visitors are recorded wherever possible and shared with the Arts University Plymouth community. <br /></p> <p>As part of Arts University Plymouth’s unique interdisciplinary community, you’ll also develop your textile surface pattern and print, digital media and production skills. From presentation and marketing to designing a portfolio - you’ll collaborate with photographers, graphic designers and filmmakers throughout the university and in industry, culminating in a final collection and professional lookbook that launches you into the forefront of industry.</p>
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Graduate Fashion Week

<p dir="ltr">In your first year, you’ll gain remote access to all of our UK campus-based services including our Student Support, Careers, Library, Academic Skills and Digital Education team, ensuring you can gain personalised advice on welfare, finances, English language support, time management, IT and access to digital resources (including an online database of e-journals, research papers, films and more).</p> <p>Once you are in your second year, you can enjoy access to our Fashion Studio - a large, light space with panoramic views and comprehensively equipped with industry-standard technologies, but your experience at Arts University Plymouth is not just limited to the Fashion Studio. We encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative working where you can expand your skills by exploring our professional textile print studios, workshops for jewellery and ceramics and our Fab Lab, which houses the latest laser cutting, 3D printing and design technology.</p> <p>If you are an International Distance Learning student studying at one of partner institutions, like Artslink in Shanghai, you may be able ti access specialist creative facilities. Access to specialist facilities can support your studies, however it is not essential to succeed on this course.<br /></p>
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<p>If you are joining one of our <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/distance-learning"><strong>January 2025-start degrees</strong></a> beginning in the Spring term, you will pay the tuition fees advertised for the academic cycle 2024/25. </p> <p>For new full-time UK students, this will be <strong>£9,250 </strong>per year. For full-time international and EU students joining us from a partner provider, this will be <strong>£16,500</strong>. </p> <p>Please note that the nature of this course's remote first year only allows for full-time study, however, if you are classed as a home student (i.e based in the UK), in your second and third year you may opt to study the rest of your degree part-time as per our other undergraduate students.</p>
<p>All students at Arts University Plymouth can access specialist support via our Student Support Team. Our trained advisers offer information and guidance on student finance and funding, disability support, counselling and more.<a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/disability-support-and-reasonable-adjustments" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><br /><br />Click here</a> to read more about the support we offer.</p>
<p>For more information on how our January-start degrees work and a full list of courses available, please <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/study/distance-learning">click here</a>.</p><ul><li><strong>Email: </strong><a href="mailto:hello@aup.ac.uk">hello@aup.ac.uk</a> / <a href="mailto:fashion@aup.ac.uk">fashion@aup.ac.uk</a></li><li><strong>Tel:</strong> +44 (0)1752 203434</li><li><strong>Instagram:</strong> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/aup_bafashion/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@aup_bafashion</a></li></ul>