"The course helped me think wider and go further. This new way of thinking has helped direct my career progression." Yanki Leung, BA Fashion
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 own 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 intensively 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 re-create 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 can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
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.
We will 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 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.
The School normally makes offers on condition of 280 UCAS tariff points in line with our long held belief that the achievement of distinction from a Foundation or Level 3 Diploma or BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design is an excellent preparation for our courses. The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Progression Diplomas, specialising in Art and Design subjects, are also accepted at the equivalent tariff and above. We accept the Access to HE Diploma. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required for a student entering the University.
Recognised overseas qualifications must evidence at least the equivalent standards as home students. The School invites the submission of portfolios from all of its applicants so that we can assess ability and potential. To find out more about the requirements from your country of origin, please see further information under support in your country.
Applicants must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
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.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
We strongly advise all prospective applicants to attend an Open Day. You will be able to talk to staff and students, listen to talks on the subject areas that interest you, ask questions and go on a workshop tour.
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, J.JS 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.
The studio workshops in our state-of-the-art £80 million facility, The Grove, mean almost everything can be done in house. We have an extensive range of professional standard equipment including industrial sewing machines and overlockers, leather machines, button holers, fusing presses and cutting tables.
You also have access to a wide range of art and design facilities to help realise your ideas through art forms such as photography, illustration and reprographics.
Find out more about facilities in the School of Art and Design.