Develop your own fashion designs from Year 1, with a focus on either menswear or womenswear, by studying our full-time Fashion Design degree at Cambridge School of Art, ARU. Choose to study abroad for one semester in the Netherlands, and get support to find placements and work experience. Graduate with a portfolio and final collection ready to take into a career in the fashion industry.
The lecturers are so willing to dedicate their time to help you grow as a designer.
My confidence has definitely been boosted.
Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design will take you out of your comfort zone, and help you forge a fresh identity as a fashion designer.
You will be free to experiment with your own designs from the very start of the course, receiving regular support and feedback on your work from our teaching staff, who were rated joint 1st in the UK for ‘satisfied with teaching’ and 2nd for ‘satisfied with feedback’ in the Guardian University Guide 2017. Our commitment to feedback will help you reflect on your work and develop your own unique style, making you stand out from the crowd.
Our modules – taught by specialist tutors – take in all aspects of the design process, including the latest techniques in pattern cutting, draping, textiles and digital media, but will also allow you to explore business practices such as marketing and trend forecasting.
As well developing your own individual approach to design work and discovering new directions for self-expression, you will graduate with a broad knowledge of the fashion industry, benefit from networking and collaboration within Cambridge School of Art (with, for example, photography students) and have the chance to explore your entrepreneurial side.
With out-of-hours access to all of Cambridge School of Art’s industry-standard facilities - not just the fashion workshops - you can approach your work with flexibility. We’ll provide training on any process that you want to use, as and when you need it.
You will have the chance to find placements and internships with high-profile fashion houses including Alexander McQueen, French Connection and Vivienne Westwood; attend trade fairs, such as Pure in London (the UK’s leading fashion buying event) or the fabric and trend show Premiere Vision in Paris; and visit suppliers and other businesses connected with the fashion industry.
Many of our students go on to establish their own labels or work for fashion houses and other well-known brands:
By the end of the course, you too will have a new collection ready to show to the fashion industry at Graduate Fashion Week in London, and also to the public at our own Graduate Fashion Show and Degree Show.
Course Leader: Mark Hart
"People from industry came to our lessons, high-end designers like Antoni and Alison..."
Our BA (Hons) Fashion Design will help you develop your own individual style as a fashion designer, with a portfolio ready to present to fashion houses. Or, if you’re a budding entrepreneur, you can explore the prospect of starting your own business, with modules that allow you to create your own business plan.
You will also develop skills and knowledge useful for many other roles in the fashion industry, including styling, buying, pattern cutting and trend forecasting.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Companies including French Connection, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Laura Ashley have recently offered internships and work opportunities to our students.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
NB Modules are subject to change and availability
You will show your progress towards your final portfolio with a combination of written and practical work, depending on the module, with regular feedback from our lecturers.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
You'll have flexible, out-of-hours access to our sewing and finishing machines and surface textile facilities, but can also request full training on our many other industry-standard facilities, such life drawing and sculpture workshops, photography labs, computer suites (complete with Photoshop Illustrator), and filmmaking equipment.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Estimated cost of materials across the three years is £1,900.
Optional field trip £300.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.
For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our cambridge school of art portfolios page.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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