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Fashion BA with Foundation Year

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October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
1 year
+ 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£9,250 (INT) *
Course leader
Philip Clarke

Gain essential technical skills while we prepare you for a stimulating career in the fashion industry, whether you want to be a designer, maker, stylist, technician, journalist or PR consultant. As well as technique, we will equip you with the confidence and independence you need to engage with the fashion world and move forward in your chosen aspect of the industry.

Why study the BA Fashion with Foundation Year at Middlesex University?

This four-year programme is specially designed for ambitious, dedicated students wanting to begin their university studies with a strong understanding of the London and UK fashion environment, as well as gaining a broad range of skills that will give them the preparation and advantage they need to create their identity as a designer.

You will be introduced to a variety of materials and processes, encouraging you to be ambitious and imaginative in your designs. You will also form your critical appreciation of fashion as you're introduced to academic practice and academic study in a fashion context.

Our course will help you to gain essential fashion skills, develop your visual thinking, focus your design approach and learn how to work in a creative studio as an independent thinker and maker.

Success in your Foundation year will allow you to progress to your second year of Fashion at Middlesex, with the option of moving into a specialist pathway where you can develop your talents. The courses we have available are:

As you progress through the programme, the curriculum constructs a pattern of study that covers contextual learning and critical thinking in design, technical processes, advanced skills, creative practice, professional preparation and fashion cultures.

Course highlights

  • In London, you will have direct access to the fashion industry through projects, talks from leading experts, live industry-sponsored projects and a six-week work placement with your choice of fashion practitioner as they work towards London Fashion Week
  • You will be taught by an invested and supportive team of tutors and technicians who all work in the industry
  • At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at the Middlesex University Art and Design Degree Show and at Graduate Fashion Week
  • The studio workshops in our state-of-the-art £80 million centre, The Grove, mean almost everything can be done in-house and you have access to a wide range of art and design facilities to help realise your ideas
  • Our extensive library resources support your research with books, collections of film, databases, the most up-to-date and archived journals and magazines, and a collection of 3D pieces including historical dress and accessories
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Fashion with Foundation Year?

The first year of the course is an intensive experience which will enhance your creative and communication skills as they apply to the broad and exciting world of the fashion industry.

Your learning will focus on making and learning specialist techniques; developing a creative portfolio, and developing skills in fashion-specific research and writing. At the end of your first year, you will have developed a strong portfolio that will showcase your skills and reflect your future professional direction.

  • Core modules

    • Principles of Fashion (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module will introduce you to design skills such as the selection and gathering of visual and written information, analysis, evaluation and development of selected information, along with the knowledge and understanding of specialist skills such as pattern cutting, draping on the stand, garment construction, embellishment and finishes. You will also cover life drawing and be introduced to photography, and create an online learning journal.

    • Fashion Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      In this module, you will focus on the selection and development of visual and written information, as well as portfolio presentation. You will also continue with the specialist fashion skills started in Principles of Fashion.

    • Fashion: Creative London (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      This module aims to give you an insight into the resources and cultural reference points that inspire fashion and creative industries in one of the most exciting creative centres in the world: London. It will introduce the vibrant culture and excitement of London through gallery and exhibition visits, creative studio visits and lectures and film screenings. You will build a visual and textual diary and adding your own reflection and critical appraisal of the trips that will help you develop your confidence and your competence in academic research and your writing skills.

    • Portfolio (30 credits) - Compulsory​

      In this module, you will focus on developing and establishing your individual and personal style, and learn how to present your final work in a professional way. This module will support you in designing and presenting your final portfolio for the Fashion Portfolio Foundation Certificate.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the BA Fashion with Foundation Year taught?

In the first year, you will be taught through workshops and instructor-led projects that will quickly help you develop the skills and techniques you will need as you progress through the programme..

You will be encouraged to trial your own processes and make your own decisions, to enable you to practice your craft and develop your own independent thinking and aesthetic style. You will take part in regular workshops and group seminars, where you will share ideas and collaborate with other students. You will also interpret briefs as part of group work and individual research study, allowing you to develop your creative identity for your portfolio.

You will also receive weekly one-to-one tutorials from our specialist staff, allowing you to benefit from their expertise and receive mentorship and guidance. All of our staff are experienced practitioners and continues to work in studios, workshops and design offices across London – allowing them to offer a current, fresh knowledge and insight.

This course makes use of specialist fashion facilities to accommodate design, pattern cutting, making and tailoring. You will also gain experience of textile processes using our diverse and high quality workshops; explore our professional-standard photography studios, and make use of drawing studios and computer suites, with industry-relevant specialist software for illustration and visual presentation. You will be supported by our large team of technicians and studio demonstrators, who will guide you through each process as you explore your creativity.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Fashion with Foundation Year support your career?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be well prepared to forge a successful and lucrative career in the fashion industry, thanks to the exposure to a range of activities including fashion design, pattern cutting, sample machining, illustration, art direction, costume, wardrobe, graphic design, fashion communication, styling and photography.

Middlesex has strong links with art and design employers; our industry partners sponsor final year students and give visiting lectures. Your work will be viewed by a large number of industry employers when they attend our final degree show. You may even be specially selected for our annual press show, judged by high-profile figures in the fashion industry.

Other courses

Fashion Textiles BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: W232

Fashion Design BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WFH0

Fashion Communication and Styling BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WF30

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