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Foundation Year in Fashion

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October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
1 year
+ 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Matt Ryalls

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
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The Foundation Year in Fashion is offered as an entry route to a fashion degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.

Why study the Foundation Year in Fashion at Middlesex University?

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.

You will enrol on a four-year course which includes the one-year foundation year. The number of students who progress to degree study is very high. The Foundation Year in Fashion is taught in our excellent studios and facilities at our Hendon campus by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses. You are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures.

The Foundation Year is for you if:

  • you do not have the right qualifications for a full degree
  • you feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study
  • you have limited or no technical experience, and wish to gain confidence in technical areas of study
  • you are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree

How to apply

If you are interested in studying the Foundation Year in Fashion, you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen degree.

We offer the following courses:

Course titleUCAS code
BA Fashion Design with Foundation YearW23R
BA Fashion Textiles with Foundation YearW23S
BA Fashion Communitcation and Styling with Foundation YearW23V

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What will you study on the Foundation Year in Fashion?

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. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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

Matt Ryalls
Programme leader

Matt studied Fashion Design at Central St. Martins and has worked as a stylist and Fashion Editor for Arena, Dazed & Confused, Exit, Nylon, POPand The Face magazines. In addition he has collaborated with numerous designers on runway presentations internationally. Matt publishes various ‘zines that explore themes of identity, sexuality and gender that he exhibits internationally.

  • Faye Wong

    Foundation Year in Fashion BA

    I was able to progress onto the BA Fashion Design after my foundation year. The skills I've developed have focused on the different ways of layout for my portfolio as well as sewing techniques such as for different seams and pockets. The thing I enjoyed most was the space we had in our studio and the fashion tutors were very helpful throughout the whole course. And what I've most enjoyed about studying at Middlesex would be the overall environment because even though it is a place of study, it still makes me feel comfortable to be around.

Other courses

Fashion Textiles and Design BA Honours

Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: W2T3

Fashion Design BA Honours

Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WFH0

Fashion Communication and Styling BA Honours

Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WF30

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