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In the constantly evolving fashion and textiles industry we can teach you how to meet shifting customer values, new technologies and approaches to working, whilst injecting your own style into everything you do.
Our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles programme will help equip you with the contemporary, specialist technical and professional skills to work as multidisciplinary practitioners in the fashion and textile industry.
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Why study this subject?
Join a fast paced and ever-evolving industry, whether you are design, creating or selling garments, with our textiles and fashion courses you can be sure you are doing something that you love.
Your ideas could pave the way for future fashion and styles. Inspire and empower others with your creations or the selling of others. Be part of an industry facing ethical, social and sustainable change.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.
Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will based in our ‘Red Shed’ where we have our specialist workshops and facilities. With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community and be able to use the space to create individual designs.
With our strong links with the fashion industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading designers. You'll have the opportunity to get noticed at our London degree show and take part in our annual art and design show. You can also have the chance to enter industry competitions.
With London only a short journey away, you can take the opportunity to visit some of the world’s best shops, galleries and museums for inspiration. You can also work with designers in and around the capital, gaining experience in how to adapt to the challenges of working in a business.
We were recently selected as one of only five UK institutions to take part in the UK Fashion and Textile Association’s (UKFT) ‘MADE IT’ programme, 20/21.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve spent a lot of love and care making the ‘Red Shed’ workshop the perfect creative space and one of the best-equipped workshops in the country.
You will be working on industry standard equipment, learning latest techniques and future focused methods of fashion craftsmanship. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software.
Here you will be able to design, create and get inspired with not only your own workspace, but also our range of equipment which can help you craft your garments in almost any medium you like.
In our workshops, you’ll receive one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, specialist technicians and alongside fellow students.
What will I study?
At the core of the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles course you can find creativity, innovative thinking and an exploration of contemporary approaches to the creation of textiles for fashion.
This course is for individuals who want to innovate through both disciplines – fashion and textiles.
You'll explore many areas within the fashion and textiles industry, including colour, materials, pattern, structure and composition. Alongside this you will be supported as you develop your individual strengths, building a small collection and portfolio to launch you into the design industry on graduation.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. You’ll get to enjoy a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment. This enables you to focus on perfecting your specialism, while developing your creativity and confidence.
You’ll benefit from a close-knit community with your fellow students, as well as great studio-based lecturers from our experienced and specialist team of lecturers who are made up of designers, current industry practitioners and researchers.
As well as working on your own briefs, you’ll be able to meet, and work on, industry-based projects with leading designers. The Red Shed also often has guest speakers and past alumni come in to talk and cover a range of areas from fashion design, costume, styling, brand consultancy and fashion PR.
From day one to graduation, you will be making connections ,and designing and creating garments for an extensive portfolio. Meaning you’re working on your career the very moment you begin your course.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility
Introduction to Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design: Materials, Processes, Techniques
Year 2 Modules
Materials and Processes
Principles and Methods
Contextual Studies 1
Year 3 Modules
Design and Market Awareness
Design and Application
Contextual Studies 2: Research Strategies
Year 4 Modules
Final Collection (optional)
Final Major Project Textile Design (optional)
Contextual Report on Practice
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
We make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in fashion and textiles. With our focus on craftsmanship and skills, you graduate with a robust understanding of the two industries.
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Fashion Designer
- Pattern Cutter
- Print Design
- Knitwear Designer
- Trend Researcher
- Garment Technologist
- Product Developer
- Fashion Buyer
- Materials Researcher
- Visual Merchandiser
- Fashion styling.
Graduates can also choose to further explore fashion in a postgraduate course.