Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course has an outstanding reputation for developing highly talented and original fashion graduates. We specialise in enabling you to become an individual and creative designer, capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry.

Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the development of your personal design philosophy. The course offers a comprehensive design education for dedicated and ambitious individuals looking for a specialist career in the creative arena of the fashion industry. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Internships on both the three-year and sandwich course are undertaken at leading international fashion companies, and have recently included Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Celine, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Craig Green, Givenchy, Kenzo, Jeremy Scott, Kenzo, Lanvin, Loewe Vuitton, Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne and Tom Ford.

Course graduates include London Fashion Week designers Claire Barrow, Roberta Einer, Liam Hodges and Ashley Williams; Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Katie Hillier, Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs; Adam Marc James, Head Designer – Menswear at Roberto Cavalli; Jutta Kraus, Creative Director of Bernhard Willhelm; and Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Coach.

Fashion Design graduates from the last 3 years are now working at Versus, Rick Owens, Celine, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Tom Ford, Erdem, Temperley, Gucci, Versace, H&M, Preen, Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, J.W. Anderson, Norse Projects, Acne, Jacquemus, Paul Smith, MaxMara, Harrods, and Adidas.

Course structure

This level covers the core fundamentals of the fashion design discipline, including 2D and 3D design practice, CAD, construction, design, illustration, pattern cutting, print, research, and trend analysis.

The first year of the fashion degree course at Westminster concentrates on introducing the student to a variety of skills and techniques related to all areas of 2D and 3D fashion practice. Design, research, illustration, cut, construction, print, and CAD are all covered.

Research is fostered through a variety of methods including visits to London Fashion Week, fashion shows, exhibitions, sketchbooks, and industry visits.

There are lessons in life drawing and illustration so that students understand proportion in 2D as well as 3D. Students undertake a range of design work that includes menswear and womenswear, spanning both conceptual and commercial.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design Project 1: Skills
  • Design Project 2: Sportswear
  • Design Project 3: Outerwear
  • Design Project 4: Modernity

Credit Level 4

The second year of the Fashion Design  BA (Hons) course focuses on understanding and addressing the demands and needs of the fashion design industry through design assignments. This is accomplished through:

  • Industry-led design projects. Previous partners have included Max Mara, Abercrombie & Fitch, River Island and Topman.
  • Guest industry speakers and lecturers, allowing students to understand their personal design practice within the context of the wider international design industry. Recent guest lecturers and visitors to the course include Julian Ganio from Fantastic Man, Lou Stoppard from SHOWstudio, Cozette McCreery from Sibling, Natasha Booth from Fashion East, Meadham Kirchhoff, Liam Hodges, and Charlie Porter.
  • Industrial work placement and internships. These take place over eight consecutive weeks, starting at the end of December until the end of Paris Fashion Week in March. The timing enables students to have the opportunity, if they wish, to work with a designer on their collection from its conception through to the runway show presentation.

Subjects of study include:

  • Collection 1: Cutting
  • Collection 2: Surface
  • Collection 3: Internship
  • Collection 4: Portfolio
  • Collection 5: Historical

Credit Level 5

In the last year of study on the Fashion Design BA (Hons) course, we help you to develop your signature aesthetic style in both 2D portfolio work and 3D design projects. Advanced research, sourcing and design development lead to a full runway collection range being developed and realised.

A precollection is developed alongside this with comprehensive market research and design proposals alongside a marketing strategy. A sustained piece of written work, in the form of a fashion thesis, is written focusing on the chosen theme or research of the students’ final design proposal.

All final year students are considered for inclusion in the graduate runway show held in Central London in May. Additionally, all graduates take part in our portfolio day which takes place at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Representees from top international fashion houses have the chance to view our graduates work and interview them for potential design positions.

Subjects of study include:

  • Final Collection 1
  • Final Collection 2
  • Portfolio
  • Thesis

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Programme Recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels - Not applicable
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - DDM
  • Foundation in Art & Design - from Merit to Distinction
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

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Typical offer

  • Foundation in Art & Design - from Merit to Distinction
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 39 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE.

Please note: we only accept applications for the current year and do not accept applications for deferred entry.

We can consider applicants taking the International Baccalaureate who can achieve 32 points (minimum) including 6 at HL Visual Arts. If you meet the entry requirements, you will be asked to submit example pages from your portfolio. You may then be asked to submit your full portfolio in person or online. We are looking for creative individuals who can show evidence of personal expression, creative ideas, related skills and a depth of subject knowledge.

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Careers

After graduation, most students go on to work in the international fashion industry while some go on to study fashion design at MA level either in the UK or New York. Graduates of the course are extremely successful in the job market with over 90 percent of all final year students going directly into fashion related work, predominantly as designers or assistant designers working within established companies, or starting up their own design businesses. 

Graduates from 2016 are working in the design teams at companies including Mulberry, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Norse Projects, JW Anderson, John Richmond, Burberry, Acne, Temperley and Tom Ford.

Graduates from 2015 are working at companies including Alexander McQueen, Versace, MaxMara, Cherevichkiotvichki, SportsMax, Urban Outfitters, Preen, Versus, H&M, Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Marina Rinaldi, Harrods, Burberry, and Adidas. While both David Ferreira and Roberta Einer launched their eponymous fashion collections at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week respectively. 

The BA (Hons) Fashion Design course has exceptional industry connections and an excellent track record of successful internships that have benefited both the students and the fashion companies alike. Students gain an enormous amount of specific and transferable knowledge during this period of study. Our internship programme was recently voted the best in the world in the Business of Fashion Global Fashion School rankings.

The 4-year sandwich year option is for applicants who feel they would particularly benefit from an opportunity for more professional development within the fashion industry – spending one ‘sandwich’ year in between their second and final years at Westminster working with one or more companies in the international fashion industry, either in London or abroad. The optional sandwich year is subject to an annual University administration fee.

Examples of where our students have worked on their placements include:

  • Acne Studios
  • Adidas
  • Aitor Throup
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Alexander Wang
  • Ann Demeulemeester
  • Ashley Williams
  • Balenciaga
  • Bally
  • Balmain
  • Bernhard Willhelm
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Celine
  • Chalayan
  • Chloe
  • Christian Dior
  • Christopher Kane
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Christopher Shannon
  • Clare Barrow
  • Craig Green
  • Erdem
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Gieves & Hawkes
  • Giles
  • Givenchy
  • H&M
  • Holly Fulton
  • Iris Van Herpen
  • Issa
  • J.W. Anderson
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Kenzo
  • Lanvin
  • Liam Hodges
  • Loewe
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Maison Margiela
  • Manish Arora
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Margaret Howell
  • Markus Lupfer
  • Marques Almeida
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Matthew Williamson
  • Michael van der Ham
  • Mulberry
  • Net a Porter
  • Nicomede Talavera
  • Norton & Sons
  • Old Navy
  • Paul Smith
  • Preen
  • Proenza Schouler
  • Roksanda Ilincic
  • Roland Mouret
  • Sibling
  • Simone Rocha
  • Stella McCartney
  • The Row
  • Thom Browne
  • Thomas Tait
  • Tom Ford
  • Versace
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Visionaire magazine
  • Vivienne Westwood

Many of the fashion modules in the second year of the BA (Honours) Fashion Design course are taught in conjunction with a fashion industry partner to ensure that students gain an understanding of all aspects of the fashion marketplace.

Students have undertaken particular design projects with companies such as Max Mara, The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Topman. Additionally, some of the students' work has also gone on to go into production and sold in stores across the country.

Final year students undertook a live design project with Max Mara, creating a design range for one of their brands and fully realising a complete outfit using fabrics they provided from Italy. Max Mara was so impressed by the results that they offered jobs to three of the Westminster students taking part in the project.

Westminster final year students have also taken part in the Modebelofte fashion exhibition held in Eindhoven each year as part of the annual Dutch Design Week event in the city.

Finally, we have a number of visitors from the fashion industry and studio visits where students visit top designers in their studios to see first hand the design process up close.​

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Alumni

Ashley Williams

Designer, London Fashion Week

Fashion Design BA

Stuart Vevers

Creative Director, Coach

Fashion Design BA

Claire Barrow

Designer, London Fashion Week

Fashion Design BA

Alumni

Liam Hodges

Designer, London Fashion Week

Fashion Design BA

Katie Hillier

Creative Director, Hillier Bartley

Fashion Design BA

Markus Lupfer

Designer, London Fashion Week

Fashion Design BA

Facilities

Our fashion facilities at Westminster are acknowledged as being outstanding, with each cohort having their own dedicated studio to work in, equipped with individual student design spaces. Each of our design studios is equipped with industrial sewing machines, pattern cutting tables and mannequins.

Westminster Menswear Archive

Founded in 2017 The Westminster Menswear Archive was created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a collection of menswear garments to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view.

Home to over 1000 menswear garments the archive is also designed to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design. 

Some of the designers that we have in the collection include Alexander McQueen, Craig Green, Stone Island, CP Company, Jean Paul Gaultier, MA.Strum, Adidas, Nanamica, Belstaff, Barbour, Burberry, Jeremy Scott, Vexed Generation, Comme Des Garcons, and Aquascutum.

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Student Awards

Students are encouraged to enter competitions while at Westminster, as part of their course work or as standalone projects. Recent competition winners are listed below. 

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2017

  • Lloyd Husband wins the British Fashion Council x Coach Design competition.
  • Fashion Design BA wins the British Fashion Council Outstanding Portfolio Award.
  • Fashion BA win the British Fashion Council Illustration Award.
  • Ian Richardson wins British Fashion Council Scholarship Award.
  • Lloyd Husband wins the British Fashion Council Scholarship Award.

2016

  • Katie Ann McGuigan wins the Fashion Scout Merit Award and shows at London Fashion Week

  • Beth Hall wins LVMH Graduate Prize, which includes €10,000 and a job at Loewe

  • Wendy Leaong wins the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Award

  • Yasemin Cakli wins the BFC MA Scholarship Award

  • Pip Paz-Howlett wins BFC BA Scholarship Award

  • Roberta Einer wins the Saks Fifth Avenue Emerging designer award 

  • Abiola Onabule wins the Diversity Now competition 

  • David Ferreira wins Inaugural Les Etoiles Mercedes-Benz Prize, including €15,000

2015

  • David Ferreira wins the Fashion Scout Merit Award worth £25,000.

  • David Ferreira wins V Files Design competition and gets to show at New York Fashion Week.

  • Westminster wins the ‘Fashion Illustration Award’ at the British Fashion Council's Graduate Preview day.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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