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Fashion Design BA Honours

Learn about the course below
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Paul Rawson

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.

Why study BA Fashion Design at Middlesex University?

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.

Fashion at Middlesex is highly regarded and this course puts the emphasis firmly on creativity and the ability to develop your own designs in order to lay the foundation for innovative design. The programme provides a wide range of skills relevant to the industry and you will a vast array of topics such as fashion illustration, portfolio presentation, technical drawings, garment construction and pattern cutting, corsetry, and tailoring.

You will focus on individuality and be encouraged to question everything. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our cohort and staff, providing a multifaceted environment in which to research, challenge, design and create. Our programme allows you to experience both menswear and womenswear design, giving you an opportunity to explore, develop and focus on your strengths.

Course highlights

  • You will be taught by an invested and supportive team of tutors and technicians who all work in the industry, including pattern cutters and designers
  • During the second year you will benefit from a six-week work placement in preparation for London Fashion Week – our students have worked with designers such as Charles Jeffrey, Sibling, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Peter Pillotto, Giles Deacon and Burberry.
  • At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at a fashion show in the End of Year Degree Show, a professional standard showcase giving you the opportunity to expose your talent to creative industry employers
  • The studio workshops in our state-of-the-art £80 million facility, The Grove, mean almost everything can be done in-house and you have access to a wide range of specialist facilities to help realise your ideas through art forms
  • Your will learn from an array of fashion experts, speakers, subject specialists and live projects sponsored by industry, and have the opportunity to be selected for an external press show
  • Our extensive learning resources support your research with books, collections of film, 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 Design?

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.


  • Year 1

    • Fashion Skills One (30 Credits) – Compulsory

      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 such as research, design development, fashion drawing, pattern cutting, and garment making.

    • Fashion Skills Two (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to facilitate a range of specialist technical skills used in order to make clothes.

    • Fashion, Cultural Contexts and Representation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce 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 you to lay the foundations for good research practice by encouraging you 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 your ability to make connections between research and practice. The module also aims to develop your writing and communication skills.

    • Generic Fashion (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce and develop the academic and professional environment that lays a foundation for future study on the Fashion Design programme. It will also introduce and develop your fashion awareness as well as the range of skills required to communicate research effectively including presentation and editing of information from traditional learning sources also through the use of blogs and online media.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Fashion Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the processes involved in pattern cutting and constructing unstructured and structured garments. You will develop the ability to translate 2D designs into 3D garments along with the ability to produce experimental and modern design details in 3D. You will also be able to translate silhouettes generated on the stand into 2D flat patterns.

    • Developing Fashion (60 credits) – Compulsory

      This module includes a six-week work placement and aims to engender self promotion and networking skills, broaden awareness of fashion industry practice, and develop technical and transferable skills relevant to a chosen career pathway. The module will encourage reflection and self-evaluation and help develop your individual design identity.

    • Fashion Cultures (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on work at Year 1, this module introduces the concept of fashion as both culture and industry. You will explore the link between the fashion industries and the processes of globalisation. It will introduce the idea of fashion as a system and you will be asked to theorise and understand your developing practice within a wider fashion system.

  • Year 3

    • Critical and Contextual Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to identify and deliver a written research project related to your development as a creative studio practitioner. You will consolidate the development of skills gained in Year 1 and 2 such as project identification, research organisation and development, time management, visual analysis and critical argument. The module will encourage sustained and analytical engagement with a wide range of research resources, in order to enrich an aspect of studio practice through greater understanding of its historical, theoretical, discursive and social contexts. Your ability to think creatively about the professional presentation of conceptual, critical and contextual material in both written and visual form will be extended and developed

    • Establishing Fashion and Professional Practice in Design (90 credits) - Compulsory

      Working in the context of the major design projects, this module aims to enable you to audit and articulate your design practice in relation to the different fields of knowledge design and communication, professional practice, technologies and processes, history and theory developed throughout your studies. This module aims to consolidate all previous learning and to refine and finalise the final professional portfolio and/or collection.

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

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interviews and portfolios
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International


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Look Book

Take a look at this years Look Book to see a showcase of our students work.

Degree Show

The photography work that our students create is world-class. Each year, our final year students exhibit their work at our Degree Fashion Show. You can watch previous shows below.

How can the BA Fashion Design support your career?

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.

Student and staff success stories

Menswear designer Martine Rose: ‘Fashion used to be for outsiders’

Martine Rose graduated from MDX Fashion in 2002 and is now one of the most feted London designers.

Chloe Johnson: Fashion graduate is Tomorrow's Talent at London Fashion Week

Chloe Johnson, showed her final year collection at Tomorrow’s Talent, an exhibition run as part of the On|Off AW16 London Fashion Week showcase, in collaboration with creative network ARTS THREAD.

Emily Witham: Middlesex University student set for London Fashion Week

Emily Witham saw her latest collection on the runway at London Fashion Week, after being nominated in the 2016 Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition.

Fashion students take talent to China Fashion Week

Five fashion students were given the opportunity of a lifetime as they showcased their designs at China’s University Fashion Week.

Alex Noble: Lady Gaga wears Middlesex fashion lecturer’s designs

Pop icon Lady Gaga’s new music video, John Wayne, features bold and original designs from Middlesex fashion lecturer Alex Noble.


Our 2016 graduates have been featured in Vogue and our 2017 Fashion Show was published in Dazed and Confused.

We are very proud of our studio workshops in the state-of-the-art facility, The Grove. You will have access throughout your degree to industrial grade machine workshops which include lockstitch, overlock machines, coverstich machine, walking foot machine, seam sealer, bonadex, babylock, blind hemmer, buttonhole and keyhole button hole, Industrial irons, and heat press.

You will also have access to Laser cutting, digital print, digital embroidery, and 3D printing which will enhance your fashion design practice. Our Library Materials room is stocked with a variety of key garments, historical garments, fabrics and materials, and an extensive Visionarie magazine collection to help you with researching and sourcing your projects.

Paul Rawson
Programme Leader

Paul joined Middlesex University in 2012 and is currently Programme Leader for the Fashion Design Degree. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree from Northampton University, in 2007 Paul graduated with MA Womenswear from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He worked as a pattern cutter for a number of designers including McQueen and Giles. For the last eight years he has been Assistant to Stevie Stewart, working on a range of projects, developing and producing costumes for contemporary dance companies such as Michael Clark Company, Russell Maliphant and Rambert. He has also produced costumes for a number of music tours and music videos for artists such as Kylie, Britney Spears, Robbie Williams and Cheryl Cole.

  • Zainab Vandu-Chikolo

    Fashion Design BA 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.

    Read more about Zainab' story.

  • Yanki Leung

    Fashion Design BA graduate

    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.

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