About the course

Fashion impacts upon all aspects of our lives and shapes our appreciation and understanding of the world around us. This course offers a commercially informed, creative and innovative design experience for tomorrow’s generation of fashion professionals. You’ll learn vital pattern-cutting skills in 2D and 3D as well as core manufacturing abilities. You’ll also enhance your freehand and technical drawing and illustration skills using traditional and computer-aided design methods.

As well as technical skills, you’ll explore the history of fashion and exciting innovations in contemporary design. Optional study trips, fashion shows, exhibitions and competitions will enrich your educational experience, while live industry projects could lead to your designs going into production and open up employment opportunities.

If you've already completed an Undergraduate degree, why not take a look at our Postgraduate degree and specialise in MA Fashion?

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Fashion Design 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Fashion Design
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Fashion Design 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Fashion Design Gallery

Why choose this course?

  • A programme committed to developing your personal ambitions whether in, for example, Fashion Design, Styling, Buying
  •  A Fashion team with a vast amount of academic, technical  and industry experience.
  • Very strong working relationships with a number of industry partners including Ted Baker, F&F, Maria Grachvogel, Ally Capellino to name a few
  • Our students study in a spacious and contemporary studio with fantastic facilities and equipment including digital and 3D printers
  • Industry standard specialist Fashion CAD/CAM system available to all students
  • Only 20 minutes on the train from central London

Key staff

Nicola De Main
Nicola has worked with international conceptualist Hussein Chalayan and has subsequently her own label sold through stores in the UK and Europe, as well as designing bespoke outfits for Emilie Sandé and Leona Lewis.

Tony Rosella
Programme Leader for Fashion, since 2007. Tony's background is in body size and shape technology for the apparel industry. He has led extensive projects with Debenhams, F&F, Marks and Spencer, Ministry of Defence, Next, Oasis and many more.

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 29th in the country in the fashion and textiles section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Course details


The emphasis throughout the degree is on a range of knowledge and skills in fashion and clothing design, including practical aspects of production awareness and marketing. This will equip you to work in a broad range of areas in the fashion industry, from design, styling, marketing, manufacturing, visual merchandising, buying and selling.

What job can I get?

Graduates from this course have gone into a wide range of careers, from fashion design, pattern cutting and garment technology to sourcing and allocating, buying, production management, and more. The professional skills graduates obtain from this course also allow them to build successful freelance careers.

Teaching methods

In Year 1 the focus is on learning core design, technical and portfolio skills. We help you to understand the power of observation, how to develop an idea from concept to completion through experimentation and exploration, through the use of CAD and traditional portfolio techniques, you are taught how to begin to develop a relevant fashion portfolio.

You will also learn about 2D and 3D traditional and non-typical pattern cutting techniques beginning with the basics through to creative modelling on the stand and draping. How to manufacture garments beginning with the fundamental basics of sewing techniques and skills through to fully finished outcomes. Critical and Cultural studies will develop your knowledge about the global Fashion industry and the historical and contemporary aspects of Fashion.

In Year 2, you further develop your core fashion design, technical and portfolio skills with a greater emphasis on a continuous programme of exploration, eager curiosity and creativity. You will also learn about and develop skills in branding, marketing and communication and promotion. We also provide our students with the opportunity to participate in internationally recognised competitions too. Just some of the companies our students have enjoyed working for include Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Giles Deacon, M&S, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Maria Grachvogel, F&F, Boden, Paragon Clothing, New Look. 

​We'll teach you how to build networks with industry partners to enhance your career opportunities; through our visiting specialists and guest speakers. At the end of your second year, we offer a Sandwich year, where you can take a one year internship either abroad or in the UK to really develop those industry contacts.

In Year 3, you will be working towards a major project including a final contemporary collection, an essay on a particular aspect of Fashion and a professional portfolio. You are encouraged to put into practice the skills and knowledge gained throughout your studies capitalising on your strengths and embracing traditional, new and emerging technologies to communicate your design aesthetic. The portfolio will contain a comprehensive portfolio of designs, tech packs, marketing and promotional material. We also hold a Graduate Fashion Show, where you will get a chance to display your work completed during your course.

Independent study

As a student on our Fashion programme, a large chunk of your time will consist of independent study. Working on set tasks as directed by your tutors, you will be expected to explore and progress your projects independently outside of lesson hours.

Don’t worry though; independent study doesn’t have to mean studying alone. You will be guided by your tutors on the tasks, able to use our state-of-the-art facilities outside of lesson hours alongside your classmates, and supported by our excellent technicians if you have a query or get stuck when your tutor isn’t around. This allocated independent study gives you the ideal opportunity to build your personal style and grow confidence working and making decisions alone, whilst still giving you professional support and personal guidance you need on your academic journey.

Work Placement

The programme has a highly successful track record in securing accredited work placements for its students.  With strong industry connections, you will have the chance to work with some of the leading fashion companies in the world, gaining valuable work experience and building vital connections for future career prospects. 

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Fashion Design Fundamentals (1): Introduction to Fashion Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fashion Design Skills (1): Introduction to Fashion Function 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fashion Design Studio (1): Introduction to Fashion Application 30 Credits Compulsory
    Critical and Cultural Studies: L4 Fashion 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Fashion Design Fundamentals (2): Fashion Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fashion Design Skills (2): Fashion Function 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fashion Design Studio (2): Fashion Innovation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Critical and Cultural Studies: L5 Fashion 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Professional Work Experience 30: Design 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Fashion Design: Major Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Portfolio 30 Credits Compulsory
    Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Fashion Degree Essay 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC - Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or Design MMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    24/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students