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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS course code: 2A5T. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

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Fashion Design and Product Innovation

As a BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Product Innovation student, you will be a part of the Art and Design department which is one of the biggest and most active departments at York College. The teaching facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms and specialised workshops equipped with industrial machinery to provide the relevant support for pattern cutting and garment manufacture to ensure you get the finest learning experience. The programme fully explores the core disciplines of fashion, research, design development and garment production. You’ll learn how to design inspiring original collections through live projects, combining an experimental, innovative approach to study through project-based activity. The ability to solve problems and an understanding of form, function and design principles is developed through direct involvement with fabrics and the design process. Throughout the programme you will learn to negotiate with employers, develop confidence in your technical and creative abilities and develop professional and interpersonal skills. You will embrace emerging technologies to investigate fashion issues and identify areas of research and development in context of current social and cultural issues. The traditional methods of creating garments through prototype making are as important as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided pattern cutting and manufacture. A real working atmosphere is enriched by regular external visits to reflect the annual fashion calendar. Links with potential employers and industry partners, including the Company of Cordwainers and the Company of Merchant Taylors, ensures the professional direction of the award, making it highly distinctive. You will see your designs come to life in the end-of-year Fashion Show held each year, providing a high profile platform for your work to be seen. Competitions and fashion events provide essential networking opportunities, giving a valuable taste of industry practices.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry: 32 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent (MMP). Please see the UCAS tariff calculator on the left-hand side of this webpage to work out your tariff point amount.

Non-standard entry:

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter the course through their personal statement.

Duration and Attendance

Full-time: 3 years.

The course has a modular structure taught over three years and attendance will usually be timetabled across three days per week to allow time to participate in a work environment. Learners are expected to set aside additional time for private study (timetabled days may change each year).

Programme Content

Catwalks are the visible tip of the fashion industry iceberg. The fashion industry covers many different areas and needs people with a wide range of skills. Fashion designers work for both designer labels and for the quantity production clothing industries. This is an innovative course with a strong emphasis placed on all technical aspects involved in the design process. Individuality and professionalism are vital to the diverse range of subject areas offered. Students will develop a professional portfolio through a series of projects and live client-led projects. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures by visiting academics and professionals, participate in national and international study visits, competitions and external projects.

Course themes include:
Fashion Presentation
Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction
Collaborated Work Related Learning
Contextual Studies
Commercial Viability
Professional Practice
Professional Product Development
Fashion Development
Fashion Realisation
Design Research Proposal

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods is used within the modules including work-based assignments, case studies, presentations, projects, problem based scenarios, simulations, portfolios, reflective assignments, learning journals and outcomes of negotiated learning contracts.


The BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Product and Innovation programme at York College provides students with the right environment and skills to enter the fashion industry in any area. This exciting, dynamic and creative industry is one of the largest employers in the UK offering a diverse range of employment opportunities for trained graduates. Future career destinations include design, pattern cutting, garment production, fashion concept, CAD/ CAM for fashion, fashion design history and textile design and some students choose to go on and study at Masters Level or apply for internships within these areas.

Related careers include: buying and designing, merchandising, sales, marketing, PR, journalism, garment technology, pattern cutting and product development.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Full time £6165 £7200

*International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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