Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Learn the processes and techniques of contemporary fashion design, then launch your collection at our end-of-course degree show. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career in fashion, and create a portfolio to catch the eye of employers and studios across the globe.
This course will get you close to all the issues and challenges of contemporary fashion design. From an experimental and industry perspective, you’ll explore its materials, processes and production, and learn how to communicate your ideas creatively. You’ll develop your conceptual thinking and practical skills, and become a professional, innovative fashion designer with an individual identity.
With a focus on womenswear and menswear, and the practical design methods used by professionals, you’ll try out techniques including traditional and creative pattern cutting and draping, surface textiles with knitwear, styling, and digital media. You’ll also investigate the culture surrounding fashion: what informs fashion trends, and consumer and market analysis? This knowledge will be crucial for marketing your work, and you’ll be given a chance to experiment with it in branding and promotion work.
In your last year, you’ll create your final collection and promote your skills to the public and potential employers at our annual degree show. But this isn’t the only chance you’ll get to show off your work: throughout the course, there will be opportunities to take part in other shows.
Supported by our highly experienced teaching staff in the creative and dynamic learning environment of Cambridge School of Art, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own creative path, hone your visual and oral communication skills and networking skills, and collaborate with students from other courses such as photography and film.
When you graduate, you’ll be well equipped for employment in today’s fashion industry.
Course leader: Dr Wendy Moody
The Guardian University Guide 2017
This course will fully prepare you to pursue a career as a fashion designer, but also prepare you for a number of roles in the industry, such as design, styling, buying, pattern cutting, illustration, and trend forecasting. You’ll also be well equipped to start your own business or embark on a career in teaching.
You might enjoy the course so much that you decide to continue on to a Masters course, like our MA Fashion Design.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written and practical work.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Additional study information
We’ll give you access to industrial sewing and finishing machines and surface textile facilities. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our life drawing and sculpture workshops, photography labs, computer suites (complete with Photoshop Illustrator), and filmmaking facilities.
Estimated cost of materials across three year £1,900.
Optional field trip £300.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Your portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of work that demonstrate:
NB You must include a sketchbook for your portfolio to be considered. If you’re invited to interview, we’ll send you a letter with more information about our portfolio requirements.
If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
For more information, please download our digital portfolio pack.
Important additional notes
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.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
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 undergraduate 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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