Fashion at Middlesex benefits from experienced tutors, a large team of technicians and studio demonstrators and the highest quality facilities. Our award-winning students enjoy an enviable reputation for the quality of their craft and the courage of their creative and critical adventure.
Meg Osborne, Course Leader
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 Fashion BA 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.
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
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
Find out more about our Foundation Year modules below.
Principles of Fashion
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.
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.
London Orientation with English for Fashion
introduces you to the wider world of fashion. The projects on this module will
guide you to some of the most exciting fashion, textiles and design-related
places in the world. You will reflect on your experiences and report back on
them through a blog that you will build yourself.
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.
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 really develop your talents.
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.
Find out more about each of the modules of our specialist pathways below:
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
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.
The Fashion BA with Foundation Year 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.
We consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for an interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students.
Students should, normally, hold Level 3 qualifications or have the potential of achieving in the top grade of their current course. It is helpful if students have studied in the area of Fashion of other relevant Art and Design subjects.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3
Digital portfolio of drawings, visual research, design thinking and independent creative projects, which demonstrates evidence of previous production and creative practice
Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, visit your country support page. If you're unsure about the suitability of your qualifications, please contact your nearest regional office for support.
All applicants should normally hold a level C GCSE pass or equivalent in English as a minimum expectation. Overseas candidates will need to have achieved IELTS 5.5 or above demonstrating achievements in written and spoken English and comprehension. to see the full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-Sessional English course.
Portfolio and interview
The application is just the first step in our selection process. We also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us; there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
What are the career
options with a Fashion BA with Foundation Year?
Students from this course will be well prepared to forge a
successful and lucrative career in the fashion industry, thanks to their
exposure to a range of activities – 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. Some students may also be specially selected for our
annual press show, judged by high-profile figures in the