Fashion Design

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: £17,500
  • UCAS code: 2S77

Fashion designers in today's fast-paced industry need the skills to design, make and style contemporary clothing.

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design pathway will provide you with the opportunity to focus on the development of highly innovative catwalk collections that promote your creative and technical excellence and personal design philosophy.

Model and designer on the catwalk at Regent's Graduate Fashion Show 2018
Highlights from Regent's Graduate Fashion Show 2018

On this programme you'll learn the essential theory and practical skills that you need in order to become a designer, including:

  • Drawing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Creating textiles
  • Pattern-cutting
  • Garment construction

At Regent’s we pride ourselves on providing a bespoke design education, where you will be able to study in small group sizes, offering you a high level of contact with tutors and a clear focus on developing your particular interests and abilities. Your tutors will draw upon their wealth of industry experience and specialist expertise in fashion, to fully support your knowledge of current industry practices and the development of your individual talents within your chosen areas of study.

You will also be taught by industry practitioners - including designers, illustrators and trend forecasters - and will be encouraged to explore your own unique style.

Regent's central London location means you'll be surrounded by world-class design, art and architecture. Fashion students are based at our building in the stylish Marylebone Village, with its trend-setting fashion and design stores.

You'll be encouraged to gain work experience and our careers team will support you in finding professional placements. You'll also have the chance to take study trips to other European fashion capitals, such as Paris.

We have a professional fashion show every December that all students can submit their work to. In your final year you will design, construct and style a collection of garments for the graduate fashion show, building a portfolio of work to show future employers.

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Length

This is a three year, full time programme, or four years if you begin on the Integrated Design Foundation.

Year 1 (Core modules)

Module Title Overview
Pattern & Construction This module is designed to equip you with the fundamental garment construction and technical skills which you will use throughout your degree programme. The module introduces you to the basic concepts of garment development and construction, moving from an initial design drawing through to the completed garment. You will be introduced to core terminology, sewing and cutting techniques which will enable you to design and draft two-dimensional blocks/patterns. You will then use these patterns, combined with a selection of fabrics to construct simple three-dimensional garments.
Textiles & Materiality The module introduces you to the creative art of constructed and applied textiles. You will be exploring a variety of textile techniques including hand knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, printing and embellishment. Throughout the module you will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the range of materials that are used in the fashion industry, their properties and applications.
Global Perspectives This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all Year 1 students enrolled on Regent’s degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares you for your subsequent studies by familiarising you with the resources available to meet your lifelong learning needs.
Fashion Design Process This module teaches you the design process by working to a set brief and using a current exhibition as a primary source of inspiration. You will be introduced to research (primary and secondary), idea generation, design, design development and presentation of design outcomes. You will gain an understanding of how to apply a range of creative working processes; from inspiration, to design ideas, to product. You will learn how to work through the analysis and selection process that culminate in range planning and collection development.
Fashion Atelier The central focus of the module is the fashion mechanics – all the elements required to take a fashion design drawing through to a fully realised garment. The module will extend your 2D flat based pattern development (Dresses & Jackets) and look at introductory level drapery. You will continue to practice and improve your garment production skills and explore introductory tailoring skills and use of interfacings/fusings. There will be increased emphasis on garment finishing techniques. On completion of the module you should be conversant with an extended vocabulary of appropriate design and construction terminology.
Fashion History and Context You will be introduced to fundamental developments in European fashion from the 18th Century to contemporary times. Social, political, technological as well as wider art/design history will be covered to place fashion in a context. Both historical knowledge and contextual understanding enhance your understanding and/or practice of contemporary fashion.

Year 1 (Elective modules*)

In addition you will need to choose one elective module from the list below.

*Please note that not all elective modules may be available every term.

Module Title Overview
Fashion Drawing This module introduces you to drawing the fashion figure and garments for communication and illustration of fashion design. You will learn to draw the body considering proportions, head, hands and feet as well as representing movement.

You will be introduced to drawing materials and methods including drawing from a model, representing fabrics and drape, drawing garment details, technical drawing, the use of CAD in fashion drawing as well as basic presentation skills.
The Fashion Industry In this module, you will be introduced to the structure and workings of the fashion industry, focusing on marketing and communications in particular. You will learn how different organisations work together to ensure a seamless and effective transition from concept to collection to customer. You will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of individuals and teams within these organisations in order to more fully understand how fashion is effectively communicated and marketed. You will be expected to undertake your own fact-finding and research to discover which areas of this vast and dynamic industry appeals to you.
English for Academic Purposes These modules are aimed at students who want to improve their academic English or perfect their professional English skills.
Regent’s Connect (language elective) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language, cultural and cross-cultural elective modules available to the student community at Regent’s University London. Connect Modules are designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are often looking for. You will gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, you will develop resilience and self-awareness.

In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interaction with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your global career prospects.

Year 2 (Core modules)

Module Title Overview
Design Studio 1 This module will enable you to explore and generate design concepts through research, idea generation, design experimentation, toile development, and interpretation of a project brief. It will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills through the use of fabric, colour, texture, silhouette, shape, and garment construction techniques. You will design a full collection of contemporary clothing and then select, construct, photograph, and style an outfit.
Design Studio 2 You will build, expand on, and apply technical, theoretical, and design skills and knowledge gained from Design Studio 1. This module will enable you to explore and generate design concepts through focused research, design experimentation, toile development, and interpretation of a project brief. It will give you the opportunity to further demonstrate your skills through the use of fabric, colour, texture, silhouette, shape, and garment construction techniques. You will design a full collection of clothing and then select, construct and style a minimum of two outfits.
Fashion Theory & Research This module will explore some of the main issues surrounding fashion in contemporary society. You will be introduced to concepts and theories to help you critically think about and investigate the social/economic/political and cultural position and relevance of fashion.
Creative Cutting & Drape You will be introduced to various experimental draping techniques in order to challenge your thinking with regards to the link between two-dimensional and three-dimensional design techniques. You will discover and develop new techniques of manipulating fabric and draping directly on to the stand. You will explore how to then turn the three-dimensional drape back into a flat based pattern.
Fashion Illustration & CAD You will continue to develop your drawing of the fashion figure and further your ability to communicate movement, fabrics, textures and construction in order to develop your perception and visual interpretation of garments and how they relate to the human form. This will involve drawing from the model and garments, experimental approaches with the use of mixed media and colour through to the use of CAD and digital illustration.

Year 2 (Elective modules*)

In addition you will need to choose one or two elective modules from the list below to a total of at least 20 credits.

*Please note that not all elective modules may be available every term.

Module Title Overview
Fashion Show Production & Events Management This module introduces you to the history, theory and practice of fashion show production and about how to plan and manage a fashion event. You will be introduced to the different roles and responsibilities involved in creating a successful fashion show or fashion event. You will develop an understanding of the tradition of catwalk shows and events exploring the role of shows and events within contemporary fashion and you will examine the social, ethical and environmental issues relating to these promotional activities. You will learn the practice of fashion show production and event management through tutor-led presentations and guest talks and by working in teams to plan a professional event.
Fashion Styling In this module you will study how trends arise by considering market and consumer intelligence as well as aesthetic, economic, social and cultural influences. You will explore how emerging trends are used to inspire and influence in relation to the fashion industry. You will conduct research and work on trend predictions. You will learn to assess markets, identify emerging trends and create directional trend materials. These materials will then act as inspiration for you to conduct your own styled fashion shoot that is reflective of these trends in practice. You will use mediums such as CAD, photography and illustration to work creatively to enhance your project work.
Fashion Photography This module enables you to develop an understanding of photography in different areas of fashion such as; advertising, film, catwalk, and editorial. You will learn about roles and responsibilities of a fashion photographer. You will study photography as a visual language of contemporary fashion.
Regent’s Connect (language elective) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language, cultural and cross-cultural elective modules available to the student community at Regent’s University London. Connect Modules are designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are often looking for. You will gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, you will develop resilience and self-awareness.

In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interaction with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your global career prospects.
Industry Placement This module will give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in your chosen industry, while developing your employability and increasing your graduate career prospects. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of your subject and allow you to acquire greater knowledge of the industry. It will enable you to explore and experience its practices, develop your intellectual and practical knowledge and skills directly in relation to the industry, apply some of what you have learned on your programme and reflect upon your career aspirations.
Fashion Entrepreneurship This module is designed specifically for those students who are interested in engaging in their own entrepreneurial enterprise in fashion upon graduation. It will help you define both the spirit and practicalities of entrepreneurship, and offers the opportunity to implement what is learned in this module in greater detail in the Major Project modules in your final year. It will equip you with the information required for you to consider starting your own unique enterprise, either individually or collaboratively.

Year 3

Module Title Overview
Pre-Collections – Research & Development The module allows you to fully explore and develop innovative ideas, methods and processes through experimentation. Your work will be self-initiated, enabling you to demonstrate the skills you have already acquired and outlining areas for further learning and development. Your research will involve exploration and design development through the creation of inspirational two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, which considers fabrics, textile development, garment structure and silhouette/shape development.
Dissertation In the dissertation you will explore a subject of your own choosing and negotiated with your tutor, who will guide your selection. The subject will be fashion related and may be something you have touched upon earlier in your studies which you want to explore in depth. It will be a subject that relates in some way to the final work you wish to produce for your Collection or Final Major Project module.

The dissertation module is concerned with choosing a topic, setting the parameters of the research, and gathering research material – both primary and secondary. Then you will move on to write the dissertation in full.
Collections & Portfolio The module will result in the realisation of your final collection – six fully finished and styled outfits ready for presentation at the graduate fashion show. The collection will showcase all the knowledge and skills you have learnt throughout the course mixed with your individual design philosophy and signature style.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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Will Conard Scholarships for Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

Scholarships which enable talented students to study in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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Annual programme degree level fee (September 2019 - May 2020)

£17,500

Non-refundable advance deposits

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students deposit: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme. You will also need to budget for materials that you will use for garment construction during the programme.

The library holds a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating annual fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

The programme focuses on studio work, alongside tutorials and seminars. You will also work closely with other students in small groups and get the opportunity to work on live-briefs, fashion shows and fashion shoots. As well as spending time in our studio spaces, you will visit some of London’s world-class museums and galleries.

Throughout your time with us, you will have access to our state-of-the-art resources and industry equipped fashion workrooms within our beautiful and historic grade 1 listed building on Paddington Street. Our exciting learning environment and workspaces include industrially equipped sewing and pressing workrooms, an elegant glass vaulted design studio, specialist fashion library and social space, dedicated Mac suites, fully resourced photo-studios, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Fashion studio with students working at benches
Regent's fashion studio at the Marylebone campus

Our Marylebone Campus facilities and studios are open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 10.00pm, offering you an outstanding amount of access to specialist resources and workrooms to be able to work on your creative projects and support your continued professional development.

Contact hours and expected workload

There are 200 learning hours per 20 credit module.

Academic Calendar

Teaching staff

You will be taught by lecturers who work in fashion and attend guest lectures hosted by experts in fashion and academia.

Methods of assessment

There are no exams on this programme. You will be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Sketchbooks

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

If you are holding A levels, we would typically make you an offer at two A-Levels at Grades A-C.

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus two APs at grades 3,3.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may be eligible to join our Integrated Design Foundation programme. Successful completion of the foundation year enables you to progress directly onto your chosen Fashion & Design degree programme.

Portfolio review

After the submission of your application you will be asked to present your design work, which may include; garments, 3D experimentation, sketch books, digital images etc. We are keen to see your design process and not just the final outcome. This will allow us to assess your design experience and capabilities. We would like to see at least three different projects, showing a design response to your in-depth and individual research.

Your portfolio is to include an edited body of work with examples of your research, development of your ideas and finished pieces.

Your sketchbook pages can also demonstrate how you research, generate and develop ideas.

Read our guidance for preparing your portfolio.

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in Reading and Writing and 5.5 or above in Listening and Speaking
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-Campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

You will be able to participate in a wide range of industry focused activities and events that will inspire and shape your entrepreneurial skills as well as provide many opportunities for you to network and forge professional relationships with industry and like-minded creative individuals.

Our students graduate as highly creative designers, with informed insights of global fashion markets and an in-depth knowledge of industry contexts to be able to successfully launch their career within the international fashion industry or establish their own global fashion business.

Graduates of Regent's well-established fashion programmes have gone on to work as fashion designers, as well as:

  • Creative Directors
  • Assistant Buyers
  • Pattern Cutters
  • Journalists
  • Stylists
  • Personal shoppers
  • Illustrators
  • Visual Merchandisers

Recent graduates have gone onto work for many of the leading international fashion brands around the world, such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy or progress onto MA Courses at Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

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