Undergraduate programmes

Fashion Design

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Gain hands-on experience by designing, creating and showcasing your own collection.

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  • NameFashion Design
  • QualificationBA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation
  • LevelUndergraduate, Foundation
  • UCAS Code9L17
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration4 years
  • Tuition feesFoundation: £11,300 | Degree level: £17,500 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2019
  • Future start dateSeptember 2020
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationRegent's University London
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Integrated Foundation is designed for those who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the BA (Hons) Fashion Design. It includes one year of studies at the foundation level and then a further three years at BA level.

Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees progression to your selected degree programme.

The degree level 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.

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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This is a full time four year programme, comprising of one year of foundation studies followed by three years of study at degree level.

Foundation year modules

Term 1

  • Research - learn core research skills
  • Ideas - develop creative, fresh ideas in art and design
  • Make - gain the technical skills to bring your ideas into reality

Term 2

In the second term, you will choose to take three out of the five modules listed below, designed to introduce specialist areas of study:

  • Design in Industry
  • Fashion Design Specialist Module
  • Fashion Marketing Specialist Module
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design Specialist Module

See foundation year module descriptions

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Pattern & Construction
  • Textiles & Materiality
  • Global Perspectives
  • Fashion Design Process
  • Fashion Atelier
  • Fashion History and Context

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

Elective Modules*

  • Fashion Drawing
  • The Fashion Industry
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Regent’s Connect (language elective)

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Design Studio 1 and 2
  • Fashion Theory & Research
  • Creative Cutting & Drape
  • Fashion Illustration & CAD

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

Elective Modules*

  • Fashion Show Production & Events Management
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Photography
  • Accessories
  • Regent’s Connect (language elective)
  • Industry Placement
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship

Year 3

Core Modules

  • Pre-Collections – Research & Development
  • Dissertation
  • Collections & Portfolio

See module descriptions 

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English requirements

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

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

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 admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

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 admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • 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.

Foundation year tuition fee (September 2019 - May 2020)


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


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 hold 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 the foundation level year are lower than fees for the subsequent BA programme. As you progress to the full BA programme after the foundation year, your fees will increase (see above for the September 2019 entry fee to give a guide price)
  • 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

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Future Finance loans

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

Full details

Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

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

Full details

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