Fashion degrees are very industry-focused; from day one of your course you will be preparing for your future career. There will be a lot of independent study to help you develop your own identity and voice, but you will have the chance to learn a variety of creative and technical skills, build up a professional portfolio and exhibit your work.
You can study at a traditional university, an art and design school such as the University for the Creative Arts or a specialist fashion college such as London College of Fashion.
There are lots of fashion degrees.These are the broadest degrees on offer. You will learn about every aspect of the fashion design process, from research and design development to garment construction and utilising media to present fashion concepts to the public. You will work in 2D and 3D and explore areas such as textiles, styling, photography, trend forecasting, pattern cutting, draping and fashion drawing/illustration. This will be underpinned by your study of fashion business and marketing, the history of fashion and its wider cultural context.
Fashion design degrees
You will cover the fundamentals of fashion design and learn how to research, design, develop and make clothing. You will develop your technical knowledge and practical skills in areas such as drawing, fashion illustration, fabric technology, pattern cutting, computer-aided design (CAD), colour, testing, sewing and garment construction. There will also be modules on fashion communication, fashion business and fashion cultures. The emphasis throughout the course is very much on developing your individual identity as a designer.
You can also choose a degree that specialises in a particular area of fashion design such as:
Fashion design and technology: womenswear
Fashion design and technology: menswear
Fashion design and technology: sportswear
Fashion knitwear design and knitted textiles
Footwear: product design and innovation
Fashion bags and accessories: product design and innovation
Fashion contour (underwear, nightwear and swimwear).
Fashion textiles degrees
You will focus on the development of textiles for use in the fashion industry through print, knit, embroidery and embellishment and through the use of both traditional craft techniques and contemporary digital processes. You will develop your knowledge of fabrics, colour and silhouette, engage in textile sampling and prototype testing in 2D and 3D and explore areas such as fashion awareness, trend forecasting, illustration, pattern cutting and garment construction.