"The course helped me think wider and go further. This new way of thinking has helped direct my career progression."Yanki Leung, BA Fashion graduate
If you aspire to become the classic designer/maker and you're eager to break new ground in the world of fashion, our BA Honours Fashion Design degree will equip you with technical skill, support your creativity and encourage you to develop your identity as a designer.
On this degree you will not only learn the knowledge and practical skills essential for a successful career in fashion design, as so many of our alumni illustrate, but also develop self-confidence, a willingness to challenge yourself, the ability to work with others, and the skills to discover and define your own design identity. Our course puts the emphasis firmly on creativity and the ability to develop your own designs.
Using our state-of-the-art facilities in London, you will work with dedicated and passionate tutors and technical staff, exploring the many aspects of fashion through an intense programme of study in our well equipped studio workshops. We lay emphasis on research and design development in order to lay the foundation for innovative design for which fashion at Middlesex is well known. We cover fashion illustration, portfolio presentation, technical drawings, garment construction and pattern cutting, corsetry, and tailoring. Our degree caters for both menswear and womenswear design, with specialist staff from each discipline.
In your first year you will focus on developing technical skills, including pattern cutting and garment making, alongside your creative design skills. In your first project you will learn the techniques behind good shirt design then work on your own shirt-inspired creation. Throughout the year you will keep an online research journal to reflect on fashion in contemporary culture and this will feed into your other projects.
Your second year further develops your technical skills, including a menswear tailoring project and a 2D to 3D translation project where you recreate an outfit by a designer and create a range of your own designs based on this. You will also spend six to eight weeks on a work placement in the run up to London Fashion Week, gaining hands-on experience working for a designer. Our students have recently worked for leading industry names like Burberry, Peter Pilotto, Louise Gray, and Giles Deacon on their placements.
The third year gives you time to focus on the specialisms you have developed over the previous years and hone your skills for your final portfolio of work. Your final collection can be based on anything you are inspired by and there are opportunities to attend masterclasses in working with materials like jersey, leather and fur. The final year of your degree fully prepares you to enter the fashion industry with your own design identity.
You will be assessed through practical design projects and written assignments. Your design projects will be stage-assessed throughout the creative process, looking at research, design, garment creation and presentation. The course is intensive and we place particular emphasis on good attendance as part of our assessment criteria.
You can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
This module aims to encourage the discovery of an individual style and/or identity through exploratory and experimental work, covering a range of key skills:
This module aims to introduce students to the contexts of fashion histories in order to provide a rich visual and intellectual resource for developing research practice in both studio and academic fields.
We aim to work with students to lay the foundations for good research practice by encouraging them to work in a hands-on way with the archives, collections and resources of London's major collections.
Good connections between studio projects and lectures, seminars and study visits will enhance the student's ability to make connections between research and practice. The module aims to develop good writing and communication skills.
This module includes a six-week work placement and aims to:
Building on work at Level 4, this module introduces the concept of fashion as both culture and industry. We aim to explore the link between the fashion industries and the processes of globalisation.
Students are introduced to the idea of fashion as a system and asked to theorise and understand their developing practice within a wider fashion system.
This module aims to:
We will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. As far as possible, students are invited to attend an interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
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 , of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Fashion Portfolio Foundation Certificate. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Fashion Foundation Certificate page.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a 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.
Entry onto this course requires an interview. You should allow two hours for the whole interview process as this includes a tour of the facilities. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us.
You should also bring a full portfolio to the interview. Portfolios for this course should include 10-20 pieces of work that represent your art and design skills and experience, together with your favourite sketchbook.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
Applications for this course are submitted through UCAS. Please visit our Undergraduate application page for further information.
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 year degree show. Some students may also be specially selected for our annual press show, judged by high profile figures in the fashion industry. Previous judges include Louise Gray, JJS Lee and James Long.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles in design, styling and fashion promotion. They include Richard Gray, Mark Fast, Thom Murphy and Julian Seaman.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market as well as being a fantastic experience. We encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity. A period of work experience of approximately six weeks is embedded in the degree in the middle of the second year. This is in the weeks leading up to London Fashion Week in February. It is an assessed part of the degree offering a wonderful opportunity to work with fashion designers in their studios at their busiest time of the year and often leads to job offers. In recent years we have had students working with, among others, Peter Pillotto, Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Students are supported by the Fashion tutors and the Placement Officer.
BA Fashion Design graduate
Pop star Rihanna modelled one of Zainab's creations on stage at the Wireless Festival when Zainab won Sky Living's Styled to Rock competition. She currently works for a British luxury fashion house.
"I brought one of the outfits that I created for my final year project to the auditions and was honoured to even be selected by Rihanna for the show, let alone go on to win the competition. For the final designers left at the end of the series, it felt like such a long wait for her to appear on stage at the Wireless concert. I was completely stunned when she came out in my outfit and went crazy! I don't normally cry, but burst into tears when she walked out in my piece.
"I learnt lots of new techniques at Middlesex, which helped me to be creative while sticking to the brief for each show. The competition was an incredible experience and working with a star as big as Rihanna was fun as she was laid back and pretty normal."
BA Fashion Design
"The course helped me think wider and go further. This new way of thinking improved me and has helped direct my career progression. I am hoping to return and study a masters to help me develop to the next stage of my career. A masters will improve my CV, offer new information from different perspectives and give me new skills. For a designer, these skills are not just for use at university; they are skills that you carry with you throughout your creative life."
Richard Sorger graduated from Middlesex in 1991 with a first in Fashion Design. Upon graduating he moved to Milan for a year to teach fashion design in a private school, before returning to the UK to work for London based designer Abe Hamilton. After two years, Richard decided to concentrate more on the teaching side of fashion design, taking up posts at various institutions including The London College of Fashion, Middlesex University and Central Saint Martins. In 2004, Richard started designing his eponymous label, (clients included Courtney Love, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Kate Beckinsale and Heidi Klum,) and in 2009 he launched his second line, RJS by Richard Sorger. (Clients currently include Kelis, Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole, Alice Dellal, Diane Vickers, Fearne Cotton, Marina and the Diamonds, Sienna Miller, Sarah Harding and Jessie J.) He has been commissioned to produce special pieces for Swarovski and for the Victoria and Albert Museum, who recently acquired one of his dresses for their permanent collection. He has collaborated with Meadham Kirchhoff, Manolo Blahnik (for Meadham Kirchoff) and ASOS. Visit Richard's website.